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  1. Getting back to the original subject of this series of posts, after the Ponant debacle, I cannot see any cruise line committing to a NZ cruise for some time.
  2. Azamara have just announced the purchase of Pacific Princess. No indication of it's new name, however it will be completely refurbished in the soft restful colours and decors that Azamara excels in, and will start it's new cruising life in Europe in 2022. I have fond memories of my cruise on Pacific, however agree that it needs a redo from it's rather dull interior decor to a more modern and restful look. Great to see these smaller older ships retained.
  3. Azamara is not a cheap line, as has been mentioned, however their refurbished ships are lovely, and if you can find a reasonably priced deal, you will probably find the on board experience, including all the things that you usually have to pay extra for, quite good value for money. I enjoy other cruise lines such as Holland America and Princess, however on the few occasions I have taken an Azamara cruise, I have really enjoyed the special attention and the great atmosphere and personalised service on board. Royal Caribbean have neglected the line in recent years, concentrating on newbuilds for RCL and Celebrity, so perhaps the new owners will concentrate on improving the Azamara product, and adding value to the line before they pass it on.
  4. There has been a mostly negative reaction from Cruise Critic posters: https://www.cruisecritic.com.au/news/5829/
  5. RCL has sold Azamara to a private equity group: https://www.cruisecritic.com.au/news/5828/ The Azamara board is hot with comments.
  6. Most cruise lines are giving refunds during a three month period. Our Azamara cruise was terminated early also in March, and we have just received our cruise refund recently, two months later. Be patient, and don't become too alarmed if it takes the full three month period for the refund to arrive.
  7. Fred does not allow alcohol to be brought aboard for personal consumption. You may find the following of interest [from their site fredolsencruises ]: Unlike some other cruise lines, we don't charge a small fortune at the bar. We want you to relax and enjoy your holiday, and we know that many of you prefer to have a drink in your hand while making the most of your time away. You shouldn't have to worry about the cost of enjoying yourself, which is why we always ensure that our drinks are reasonably priced. For example, a glass of house white costs just £4.35 and a pint of lager is £3.80, while a gin & tonic is around £4.05 (depending on the brand of gin)*. If coffee is your tipple, take a seat in the Bookmark Cafe and enjoy a delicious cup of your favourite hot drink, or stop by and grab one to take away, using your reusable cup. Fred. Olsen Drinks Prices Price From Glass of wine (175ml) £4.35 Pint of lager £3.80 Cocktails £5.05 Glass of champagne £10.25 Spirits (25ml) £3.05 Soft drinks £1.25 Cappuccino £2.10 Americano £1.85
  8. A couple of points about FRED: Fixed seating at dinner, and I recommend asking for a large table - say, an 8 - and you will most likely be seated with other singles. If you like a drink, consider the Stg.19/day drinks package [includes reasonable Spanish wines plus beer spirits etc - look at their site for details] Fred sometimes offer a special deal for singles on some cruises. Fred cruises are not offered in Australia, so have a look at their sites: fredolsen [or] fredcruises
  9. Having travelled on Fred last year to the Arctic Circle, Norway and Iceland, I can thoroughly recommend the line. However, I sailed on BALMORAL, a larger and newer ship than BOUDICCA, and found it a lovely ship, ideal for those destinations. BOUDICCA is smaller, and older, and may well be reflecting it's age. You may be the only Australians aboard a predominately British ship. If the main reason for your trip are the ports, Fred may well fit the bill. Food aboard is surprisingly good, and they sell a reasonably priced drinks package.
  10. Our 9th of March cruise on Azamara Journey [Auckland to Sydney] was going wonderfully well until Dunedin, when the announcement came through that the rest of the cruise [Milford Sound, Hobart, Melbourne] to Sydney was being curtailed, and we were sailing back to Auckland, meaning that our 15 day cruise was being shortened to 10 days. From that point, Azamara was exceptional in their helpfulness: giving free internet to all passengers, setting up internet stations and phones with staff to assist in travel bookings and arrangements, and providing free bus services to the airport all day on the final day. They also offered a very generous compensation rebate, and future cruise discount. We had no difficulty getting a flight back home, and apart from having to fill in several forms upon our arrival, the process was fairly quick and simple. Back home, and starting our 14 day quarantine. We have already done our Local Body voting via telephone, and our fridge and pantry is fairly well stocked. A friend has already offered to get any essentials for us should we require them. Fellow cruisers, keep well and alert to possible dangers when you are out and about.
  11. Our 9th of March cruise on Azamara Journey [Auckland to Sydney] was going wonderfully well until Dunedin, when the announcement came through that the rest of the cruise [Milford Sound, Hobart, Melbourne] to Sydney was being curtailed, and we were sailing back to Auckland, meaning that our 15 day cruise was being shortened to 10 days. From that point, Azamara was exceptional in their helpfulness: giving free internet to all passengers, setting up internet stations and phones with staff to assist in travel bookings and arrangements, and providing free bus services to the airport all day on the final day. They also offered a very generous compensation rebate, and future cruise discount. We had no difficulty getting a flight back home, and apart from having to fill in several forms upon our arrival, the process was fairly quick and simple. Back home, and starting our 14 day quarantine. We have already done our Local Body voting via telephone, and our fridge and pantry is fairly well stocked. A friend has already offered to get any essentials for us should we require them. Fellow cruisers, keep well and alert to possible dangers when you are out and about.
  12. If you are going on Pacific Dawn in January [summer plus school holidays], just be aware of the truly dreadful pool deck "reconstruction". The ship originally had two pools; the larger one has now been completely covered over and replaced by a children's water park. The remaining smaller [and deep] pool gets very crowded and the water park area very wet underfoot. In my opinion the "reconstruction" is a complete disaster, and renders the ship a poor choice for summer or school holiday cruising.
  13. The local James Street station is a fairly easy walk from where the ship docks, and frequent trains to Lime Street, a swift five minute ride, will allow you to connect, however you may find you have too much time to spare? Taking your own luggage off is always a good option.
  14. Two very different cruise lines, and certainly two very different ships. Small vs large. Restrained vs ebullient. Individual vs mass market. You really need to work out what your "style" is.
  15. This may be the final "Canada in the Fall" cruise, which Marco Polo has done every September, as I note that it is not scheduled next year.
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