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  1. Congratulations Tony, Eric, Amanda, Ernest and Stephen on this wonderful video collaboration. Sitting here in tears and thinking about all the Officers and Crew and everyone that we have been missing. Hoping that we will all be together soon in the " New World".
  2. Oh, we sincerely hope not! We have cruised twice with Silversea. The first cruise was amazing ( the food, the service and, really, everything). The second cruise... well, not so much ....very poor food and a different attitude from the Officers.. though the crew and service were still wonderful. We haven't dared to try Silversea since then as we discovered Azamara, which "ticks all our boxes" , and so there was no looking back.
  3. Thank you so much for posting this wonderful review! I have read all your posts in one fell swoop this afternoon/evening accompanied by a cocktail (or two!) and only stopping for dinner. We have cruised to most of the Caribbean Islands but not the ABC islands which have always been on our wish list and now we cannot wait ( once all this is over) to book a cruise there. Obviously we cannot cruise at the moment but I have enjoyed every minute sharing your cruise with you. I am waiting with anticipation to hear about your Birthday surprise!!! PORNSTAR MARTINI The Pornstar Martini is one of the most popular cocktails in the UK and is viewed as a modern classic. The cocktail was created in 2002 by bartender and LAB (London Academy of Bartending) bar founder Douglas Ankrah at The Townhouse bar in Knightsbridge. He first named the cocktail the Maverick Martini, in recognition to a sketchy club in Cape Town, but later changed the name to the Porn Star Martini. “I called it the Porn Star Martini because I thought it was something that a porn star would drink. It’s pure indulgence, sexy, fun and evocative,” Douglas Ankrah said. This is an adapted recipe. The original recipe calls for 50mL Vanilla Vodka, 20mL Passionfruit Liqueur, 50mL Passionfruit Puree and 2 Bar Spoons of Homemade Vanilla Sugar. Some variations call for plain vodka, vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, apple juice, etc. Ingredients 60mL Vodka 30mL Passionfruit Puree 30mL Vanilla Syrup 15mL Fresh Lime Juice Prosecco or Champagne Instructions Combine all ingredients (except the sparkling wine) to your cocktail shaker Shake with ice Strain into a chilled coupe glass Garnish with half a passionfruit (sprinkle with vanilla sugar, optional) Serve with a shot glass of prosecco or Champagne
  4. Aww!! This was so wonderful.. Yes, I certainly think that the hay fever season must have arrived early in the UK this year...especially as I never suffer from hay fever!! Hoping that all the Azamara Officers & Crew and, indeed. any Officers and Crew on any ship stay safe, healthy and return home safe and well... And we hope to see them all again soon...
  5. We can, sadly, never go back to the early days of Azamara.. but how I wish that we could! After many years of cruising with Azamara (our first cruise was in 2008) it is still so wonderful to board the ships and see so many familiar and welcoming faces. I think that the prices that we paid then were unsustainable but that some of the recent prices are unbelievable.
  6. We have cruised with Azamara from the "early years" and have incredibly fond memories of Sonia Limbrick , her helpfulness and responsiveness and her team in the UK. We understood that the appointment of Richard and his (expanded) team reflected the increasing importance of the UK market for Azamara. We are not sure where Azamara are going with this decision but time will, no doubt, tell.
  7. We love Malaga ... so easy to explore and get around. And it has lovely tapas bars... our favourite is Uvedoble. The walk up to the Gibralfaro is well worth it ( forever in our memories with fellow guests from the Azamara TA many years ago as "The Malaga Hill Climb"^).
  8. I had noticed that the waiters in Aqualina do tend to offer parmesan with seafood pasta. Possibly because that's what some people expect. They also offer mint jelly with any dish of lamb (regardless of the other flavours) because, I was told, that is what Americans expect.
  9. One of our favourite buffets for White Night featured salt-baked turbot....absolutely delicious!
  10. Hi Thank you. We were looking at the 5th November TA and the prices appear to be just the same as yesterday but I will keep checking.
  11. Many thanks for all the replies. The new promotion has more OBC but free gratuities have been removed from all sailings except those departing from Southampton. There are free flights to Europe for some cruises. We probably should have booked yesterday but hadn't sorted the flights.
  12. Hi We are considering an X cruise in November this year. The last day to book for the current promotion is today. Does anyone have experience of one promotion finishing and another starting? Should we really book tonight or wait and see? Any advice would be most grateful though we realise what has happened before may not happen again. Many thanks, in advance.
  13. In our opinion any cruise with Ed on board is a better cruise. We just wish that Azamara would book him again.
  14. We have never had to share a specialty restaurant table on Azamara. If we are flexible with our timings we can always get a table for two. We did ( once, and only once on Oceania) share a table and it really wasn't a success.
  15. And ours also, especially, if you are dining with those that you do not know. First of all you have to wait for the table to fill, then for everyone to introduce themselves, then for each person to look at the menu and decide on their choices.....
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