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We love all of those ports.

A visit to Albania was a highlight of one cruise. So very different than elsewhere and less commercialised. A great trip by taxi to Tirana from Dulles.

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15 hours ago, takemewithyou said:

Another interesting port was Itea Greece.  From there, most of the ship took excursions to Delphi.  That was a fascinating stop to be so close to visit Delphi.  That was in 2010.

 

 

You docked in Itea?  Which were the prior and next-stop ports?  Was this on Journey?  Delphi has been a long-held goal of mine... We'd just discovered Azamara in 2009, I wonder how I missed this itinerary??

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On 8/13/2020 at 1:16 PM, takemewithyou said:

Looks lovely!  We were supposed to stop here in 2017 on an Oceania cruise and never made it in due to bad weather.  We missed two or three posts that cruise.  Then again, Oceania seems to cut ports pretty easily!  Looks like we missed a great port.  Maybe some day in the future!  Enjoyed your pictures.

I enjoyed visiting Victor Hugo's home in St Peter's Port. It's very unusual and fascinating. Then walking through the town with all the fabulous shops and restaurants.

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1 hour ago, toucan49 said:

I enjoyed visiting Victor Hugo's home in St Peter's Port. It's very unusual and fascinating. Then walking through the town with all the fabulous shops and restaurants.

 

I used to wonder why so many cruises stop at St Peter's Port.  Then I learned that it counts as a non-EU port for VAT purposes.  But more recently I have learned about its many charms!

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We opted for the ship's bicycle tour out of St. Peter's Port and had a wonderful excursion.  We biked narrow, flower bordered lanes, enjoyed a beverage stop, pedaled past gorse and fabulous sea views, stopped at a windswept, stone church and basically saw nothing of the center of the town.  I loved it.

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Loved just about every port in the west and east Med but, in particular, the cruising into Kotor and Venice are great spectacles. Similarly the cruise into Stockholm, through the archipelago, is wonderful.

 

Having been to some ports in bigger ships, Azamara (and other smaller lines) win hands down in terms of access to destinations. We were docked in Helsinki very close to the market and after touristing  around on a glorious sunny  day, it was so rewarding sitting out the back of the ship, sipping wine and gazing out on Helsinki. Copenhagen was a beauty too. There’s a huge difference between docking opposite the Hermitage in St Petersburg and docking in the depressing area the big ships go to. Bordeaux position is sensational - right in town in a better location than the river ships, with lots of locals also coming down to wave us off; and it makes it so easy to just step off the ship and be straight in tourist central. We just love the ports which are up/down? river and we’re looking forward to doing this next year to Seville, Bordeaux, Nantes and Rouen.
 

Thanks for starting this thread Laurie and also the Azamazing one - very enjoyable reading other people’s favourites. 
 

Tony

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We love all of those ports.

A visit to Albania was a highlight of one cruise. So very different than elsewhere and less commercialised. A great trip by taxi to Tirana from Dulles.

 

Also sailing in and out of New York.

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On 8/18/2020 at 4:35 AM, Host Jazzbeau said:

 

I used to wonder why so many cruises stop at St Peter's Port.  Then I learned that it counts as a non-EU port for VAT purposes.  But more recently I have learned about its many charms!

The one and only time that I have been to St Peter Port was on Quest. The tender ride from Quest was very bumpy.

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On 8/18/2020 at 4:35 AM, Host Jazzbeau said:

 

I used to wonder why so many cruises stop at St Peter's Port.  Then I learned that it counts as a non-EU port for VAT purposes.  But more recently I have learned about its many charms!

Cheap(er) marine fuel I think is the only reason that a stop is made there. Guernsey is indeed lovely, but a day stop on a cruise isn't really long enough to do it justice. Spend longer and you have the islands of Sark and Herm to visit. Herm Bay is a stunning white sand beach. 

 

I did a family trip to Guernsey when I was younger. Memorable for the places I mentioned. My mum and dad honeymooned on Guernsey in 1956. 

 

Phil 

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It’s also a port that has more than it’s fair share of misses.  I am glad I have done it by land as I’ve had four cruise stops due there but missed due to weather, first two celebrity, then hoped for better luck on Quest and Journey but no each time. 

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I appreciate this is off thread, however, it is worth sharing as it is part of what makes the Azamara crew so special.

We visited St Peters Port on Quest in 2013, it was the last port of call before Southampton. The weather was horrible.

Upon disembarking one of the female Filipino security staff was standing at the gangway with her Azamara fleece on and she was still shivering with the cold, and I remarked to her "its a bit nippy" to which she asked what that meant.

Upon returning to the ship several hours later she was repositioned inside and when I approached she asked "is it still nippy out there" to which all I could do was agree and laugh.

Move forward three years to 2016 and Quest had received a refit and we got invited to see the ship in Belfast when she berthed.

We got great welcome from Captain Carl on the quayside as he headed off on a tour.

Anyway, we enjoyed the tour the ship and lunch on board, but as we headed for the gangway to depart a voice chirps up "Hello Mr Nippy" and to my amazement it was the same Filipino security team member, all I could do fist bump, smile and say hello goodbye as we departed.

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On 8/11/2020 at 10:26 AM, excitedofharpenden said:

I hadn't forgotten that area of Europe. It's just not my favourite. Scenically the Norwegian Fjords are beautiful, but they aren't a port. 

 

Phil 

Tallin and Visby are beautiful, and favourites of ours, as well as the Baltic jewel St Petersburg!

Portofino, Italy

 

Further afield:

Yalta, Ukraine

Catalina Island, California

Bar Harbour, New England

Newport, Rhode Island

Halong Bay, Vietnam

 

 

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4 hours ago, travelberlin said:

Venice, Kotor, Hvar, Rhodes by night, Porto Venere... there are so many...

I just hope we sail again soon.

Ivi

Oh yes, I forgot about Porto Venere! We visited there on our very first Azamara cruise in 2012; I would love to go back there, but it doesn’t make it onto many itineraries 

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