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  1. i have a private tour scheduled for santiago de cuba on the full day we are in port. will we be tendering in to the original location or to the cargo terminal. i would need to let the tour guide know of this ahead of time. when can we expect azamara let us know in writing of these changes. i am only now 2 weeks from sailing.
  2. bonnie can you verify this policy on the use of onboard credit to pay for visas. i keep hearing different policies regarding this. we leave on jan. 5 so would like to know this before we board.
  3. diamond diva thank you so much for this valuable info. since we have a full night planned with dinner, then drinks at a rooftop bar, and then a show we booked on our own, i think we will stay with our original plan. too bad though that we don't also get to see this type of show elsewhere, but if the dock is unavailable in santiago then the show cannot go on. unfortunately we are left with a cruise very different from the one we booked and we are out the free night that is offered by the cruise line in the price. unfortunately all of these changes happened long after the final payment. i am sure we will enjoy this cruise, but the one we ended up with is a day and a night short in havana and has an extra night in santiago that can't even be used. azamara is not earning a good reputation with these kinds of late changes and also on other threads with confusion about pricing. as i said, i am sure we will enjoy this cruise, why not it's 10 days in paradise, but i am leery if i will be seeking out azamara again. this is our first with them and have done several with windstar and oceania with none of these logistical problems.
  4. diamond diva, as far as the new havana azamazing night is concerned, could you provide a little more info on the show itself. we currently have reservations for one of the shows that focus on the music of the buena vista social club and wouldn't want to miss that. also do you recall what time it begins?
  5. pretty disappointing. i heard so much about the azamazing night but had already been informed it would be in santiago. we already scaled back our plans from 2 nights in havana to only 1. now our choice is to take the azamazing night or cancel the nighttime plans we arranged on our own. and now we have a night in santiago that i doubt anyone would use. is this new night available on the shore excursions and do you know what time it begins. we would love to have dinner ashore in havana. thanks, steve
  6. hi bonnie: i am concerned about the change of plans for the azamazing night in santiago. i, too, am on the jan. 5 sailing and our itinerary was changed from the original one to make a night in santiago for the azamazing night possible. however, that resulted in a loss of one of the nights in havana. if they are moving the azamazing night to havana we will lose our only free night there and have a hole in the schedule in santiago. bonnie, do you know if they are planning to put the azamazing night in havana, and if so will they go back to the original schedule.
  7. we just received a similar upgrade for our february cruise. not as early as yours, but still almost three months before departure. we got a great price when we booked; only saw that price the day i noticed it drop, and the room is now back to $600 higher so they aren't going to lose on my upgrade. i assume they were really heavy on balconies.
  8. while i can't lay claim to over 20 windstar cruises, we have been on 6 with another booked this february. i have always said that high expectations leads to more bad reviews than good ones. for many people who are used to cruising on mass market lines, the windstar ships are older and more subtle. they don't have the glitz of the newer ships and actually look more like the elegant ships of before. they will wonder, "what am i paying more money for. these ships don't offer anything". it is simply a bad match and the smallness and camaraderie of these ships was not a high priority and the subtleness of the refined service was not noticed. to me, windstar is the ultimate best value out there. great service, food that is several notches above that of the mass market ships, a relaxed pace aboard ship, and a feel for the old kind of cruising. and only a notch above them in pricing. i do still take cruises on some mass market ships especially when shopping for price, but then i always lament, not complain,that they don't offer what windstar does.
  9. bonnie, we are on the january 5 sailing and also do not have an overnight in santiago so we are wondering how this will work. thanks, steve
  10. we are on the 10 night cuba cruise on january 5. this cruise only overnights in havana and leaves port by 6:00 on the other 2 stops in cuba. i assume, then that the white night will be in havana but is there any way to know beforehand which night. we are planning on a very extensive night ashore with dinner and drinks and then a show, but also want to attend the special night aboard. how can i find out this info.early.
  11. this has become more curious. we are now told that the azamazing night will be in santiago on the 11th but we don't dock in santiago until the 12th. i emailed again for clarification. could just be a typo on their behalf.
  12. i just received a response back from azamara. our jan. 5 sailing to cuba will have its azamazing night in santiago, like most of the other cuba sailings. it will be interesting to see the logistics of this evening event as we depart at 6:00 pm. this has not yet posted to our excursion list but was given the heads up by azamara's excursion dept.
  13. this is our first time on azamara as well. we love the smaller ships and have cruised with oceania, windstar, and star clipper several times each. these were great questions and answers as all these cruise lines offer different things included or not included. this was all very helpful.
  14. i found the link but on your cruise. it shows you overnighting in santiago where you have your azamazing night. on our cruise we leave santiago at 6:00. so i don't think we will have it the same night or place as you. oh well, hopefully it will be out soon.
  15. i have tried looking this up on the shore excursions and i don't see any listing. i have also emailed them and got a canned response that they received my email, but no one has responded to it. if this is in havana i don't want to book an evening event that would conflict with this. how do i find out.
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