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About debcip

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  • Location
    Abington PA
  • Interests
    International travel, reading, theater, movies
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Azamara, Holland, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Greek Islands

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  1. Norris, We are going on the Azamara Norway intensive next year, and I’m starting to work on our activities—am looking forward to reading your take on things—Thanks! Debbie (NJ via PA!)
  2. We are hoping to purchase a dining package on our next cruise. My husband prefers to drink beer or vodka and is not much for wine. I assume that he would be able to get a mixed drink or beer at the Chef's Table, is this a correct assumption? Thanks!
  3. We took our daughters, 21 and 25, on AZ last summer. They were pretty happy on board, although there were only a handful of people on the ship their age. However, they are used to this as we have sailed on HA where there are also few young people; in addition they love being with each other. I do think they thought it was a little “sleepy” but they didn’t seem to mind
  4. I wish I could see your spreadsheet! I have made many only to be unhappy with my format and have thus abandoned them. But I know that I can do better (pricewise) if I adopt some type of tracking system!
  5. My husband and I are pretty easy to please and don’t find much to complain about on HAL or Celebrity, with whom we’ve cruised multiple times. However, we much prefer AZ to the mass market ships. The objective things to love about AZ are easy: the small size, lack of crowds, port-intensive and interesting itineraries, and genuine friendliness of the staff. DH and I enjoy the food on AZ more than any of the other lines we sailed. We’ve taken some ship excursions and have been happy with them—they are comparable to those on other ships with the exception of the smaller group size. But honestly, the thing we like the most is more intangible—we just love the “vibe.” We like the upscale but casual atmosphere; we don’t require and don’t much like being fussed over although we do like being treated well. We feel like we are very much at home there. So, for us, it is worth it. And there’s no way for you to measure this feeling without doing it yourself. I bet you won’t be sorry if you do!
  6. We had an AzaMazing Evening in Koper in 2016. It was incredible!
  7. Thanks! As always, it takes Googling the correct words--I spent a couple of hours on it last night and did not hit upon any of these! Thank you so much!!
  8. I forgot completely about the standard transmission. Never learned. Ok, now I am 1,000% OUT on the driving (as opposed to the previous 100%).
  9. Hi all, This is a bit off-topic for Azamara but I am hoping the extensive travel experience of this group can help me out! I will be doing a land tour and spending 3 days in Matera. I would like to hire a car to bring me about an hour inland to a small town called Salandra (my grandmother's hometown). I can find recommendations from the Bari airport to Matera, but it's been tough finding recommended drivers starting in Matera. Does anyone here have any experience which you could recommend? I have also posted this in the Italy thread, where some have recommended doing the driving myself. I just do not feel comfortable doing that, particularly as I will be alone and on a bit of a time restriction. There is also fairly limited and ? reliable bus and train service, which makes me a little nervous for the same reasons. And while I have you...any tips for finding long lost relatives in the town? I don't even know if the folks there speak much English, as the town is not one frequented by tourists/Americans. I did find the website Italianside.com, which runs a pretty extensive geneology search if desired, but the charge a pretty high price for their services. The site did provide a link to search for people with a given name in a given town. I did find some folks with my grandmother's name--maybe will just try to find them upon my arrival that day, if I manage to make it there Any ideas would be appreciated! Debbie
  10. Thanks, bennybear. I am a bit of a chicken and will not be driving myself! Perhaps if I had more time and was not alone I would do this. Thank you for the recommendations--I have been to Italy a number of times but never to this area. I am so looking forward to it!
  11. Thanks Hank! No way am I venturing into driving through rural Italy myself, and with a time restriction no less! You, bennybear, and my brother-in-law are much braver than I am! Regarding Italianside.com: I had found this as well and contacted them. They have a very extensive program which seems to be legitimate, but charge a pretty high price for their services. If I was really digging into my geneology I would use them The site did provide a link to search for people with a given name in a given town. I did find some folks with my grandmother's name--maybe will just try to find them upon my arrival that day, if I manage to make it there Debbie
  12. I will be doing a land tour and spending 3 days in Matera. I would like to hire a car to bring me about an hour inland to a small town called Salandra (my grandmother's hometown). I can find recommendations from the Bari airport to Matera, but it's been tough finding recommended drivers starting in Matera. Does anyone here have any experience which you could recommend? And while I have you...any tips for finding long lost relatives in the town? I don't even know if the folks there speak much English, as the town is not one frequented by tourists/Americans
  13. Why did I never think to look for this?? Thanks Host Grandma!
  14. Lois, Just so you’re prepared, be ready to bring your tape and paper tags. I’ve been on 2 Azamara cruises and have never received the sticky tags in the mail! I too keep thinking I must have missed a checkbox somewhere! One of those mysteries..
  15. I have met many people who do not mind the inside cabins at all, and think they would rather spend their money on their experiences than on their in-room time, which others have said is somewhat limited in these port-intensive trips. Personally I feel a little closed in and, like Bayanno1, feel much better if I can see daylight. Many folks use their balconies a lot (breakfast, afternoon relaxation, etc), and it is nice to go out on them occasionally, but if you are happy enough to walk to the decks, you can certainly get by without one.
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