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  1. There is no daily happy hour on Azamara as alcohol is included for everyone. So, every hour is happy 😄. Have a great cruise!
  2. If your Celebrity Elite is based on reciprocity from RC, things will play out differently than if it is based on accumulating points strictly with Celebrity. To wit: Celebrity and Azamara accumulate points together while RC and Azamara offer reciprocity only. . https://www.celebritycruises.com/captains-club/exclusive-offers/loyalty-reciprocity-program
  3. We booked a private tour (just me and DH) with Marina Wilson Tours. Our guide was wonderful and so was our driver, we customized our itinerary. Highly recommend a private tour or very small group. We went to the Impressionist Museum in the Hermitage (not on most tours) and we were almost the only people there. Our tour guide had a masters in Art History and she added so much to our appreciation of the museum.
  4. It’s only Romaine lettuce from a farm in California that is affected. Romaine lettuce from other sources isn’t impacted and is available in many stores. . Calm down.
  5. I’m not really sure what you mean here, but you need to make a cruise reservation even if you have an open passage certificate. Call the Captains Club, they most certainly answer the phone.
  6. One more suggestion, when you speak to the folks at Hertz, ask them about their early morning car inventory. We have experienced rental car delays because the satellite locations don’t have enough cars before noon (they wait for the drop offs from cruisers who are departing that day) and they are flooded with departing cruisers. Sometimes you can’t get the type of car you reserved or, in worst case, have to wait for any type of car.
  7. I am very prone to seasickness (yes, but I still cruise 🤯). I use the scopolamine patch, even so, I am frequently queasy and, on rare occasions, have been very seasick on cruises. We have sailed in an aft cabin on Deck 11 on an M class ship. Seas weren’t too bad and I wasn’t any worse than usual. A lot depends on how well your daughter handles feeling a little unwell from time to time. I’ve enjoyed cruising very much despite this. I hope she does too!
  8. WE took this four hour tour with Azamara called “ Marvels of Mumbai” in 2016. . We enjoyed it thoroughly. We enjoyed both museums. (note: tour didn’t include the train ride). Experience the highlights of this fascinating city, with its Western monuments and Eastern sensibilities. Begin with the Gateway of India, the city's most famous landmark; an Indo-Saracenic archway built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. It was originally conceived as an entry point for passengers arriving on P&O steamers from England; today it is remembered more often as the place from which the British staged their final departure. After a short photo stop, you will continue to The Prince of Wales Museum, crowned by a white Mughal-style dome, the finest work done by architect George Wittet, who also designed the Gateway of India. It houses interesting displays of jade work, weapons from the Mughal Empire that belonged to Shah Jehan, Aurangzeb and Akbar, and clay and terracotta figures from the 3rd century BC. When you leave the museum you'll take Marine Drive, Mumbai's seaside promenade, an eight-lane highway with a wide pavement. Its graceful curve sweeps from the skyscrapers at Nariman Point to the foot of Malabar Hill. The whole stretch is popular for strolling, and it is a great place for people watching. At the northern end is the lively Chowpatty Beach, a Mumbai institution. Continue to Mani Bhavan, Gandhi's Bombay base between 1917 and 1934. Nowadays, a permanent museum and memorial to the Mahatma, it contains a research library of more than 20,000 volumes. A series of tiny dioramas tell his life story in an interesting fashion. The walls are covered with photographs of historic events and noteworthy people and there are a number of personal artefacts - including a letter to Hitler asking him not to go to war, plus correspondence with Roosevelt, Tolstoy, and Einstein. Gandhi's sitting room/bedroom is preserved behind glass. On your way to the pier, drive past a most remarkable railway station. Inspired by St. Pancras Station in London, the Victoria Terminus was built during Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee year. It is an extraordinary conglomeration of domes, spires, Corinthian columns and minarets in a style described by journalist James Cameron as "Victorian-Gothic-Saracenic-Italianate-Oriental-St. Pancras-Baroque". The first train in India left from this station in 1853; today, half a million commuters use the station every day. Note: Guests must be able to walk 3/4 of a mile over flat, uneven terrain, and navigate around 90 steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Please note a visa is required to enter India; guests must obtain the visa before leaving home through a visa service provider or local embassy. PLEASE NOTE: (Mumbai) is a city of extremes and it can be an overwhelming experience for first time visitors. Being a third world country, the standards are not as you might be accustomed to and the buses are the best available. The best way to experience a different culture and way of life is to keep an open mind and fully absorb this unique opportunity.
  9. I agree with Cyber Kat that the “Azamara Regulars” often receive extra special treatment from the officers and crew compared to less frequent cruisers. We had a lovely voyage, but had reasonable expectations going in.
  10. Celebrity posted this on Facebook about an hour ago: ”Important announcement for our guests sailing on our Celebrity Equinox 7-Night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing August 31 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida: As you may be aware, Hurricane Dorian is forecast to affect South Florida this weekend. In order to depart Fort Lauderdale ahead of any adverse weather, we will be departing one hour earlier at 2:30 PM on Saturday, August 31st. We will begin boarding at 10:30 AM, so please plan on arriving to the pier early to help expedite our check-in process. All guests must be on board 60 minutes prior to our scheduled departure. We’ll continue to keep a close eye on the weather conditions. If we need to make any changes to your itinerary, we will let you know as soon as we can. Your safety and the safety of our crew is our primary concern. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation, and we look forward to providing you an amazing vacation.”
  11. I bring a silk pillow case and a stuffed animal named Dr. Puppy (bought for me by DH in Chennai (Madras), India when I was sick on a cruise).
  12. Thanks for your review and your offer to answer questions about the cabin. I am curious about the storage areas in the bathroom. From the pictures, it appears they have open shelves instead of the glass door shelves pre-Revolution. I was wondering if things stayed where you put them. Thanks and looking forward to the rest of your review. p.s. We sailed a similar itinerary last September and really enjoyed the Oceanografic in Valencia. Cheers!
  13. Happily, I have nothing to do with Celebrity marketing or lack thereof 🤪
  14. Yes on the millennials https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/list-ranks-tampa-in-the-top-15-best-places-for-millennials-to-live/67-92610d55-0e0d-4dfe-9ab3-5427f27778d1
  15. Spectacles are shows (in Quebec Province, at least). The shows don’t require reservations. You just walk in the Theater and sit down before the show starts.
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