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  1. Thanks Nordski, would be nice if we do get there even if the cruise doesn’t go ahead, we’re booked into the Grand Bretagne in Napflion, lovely interesting place.
  2. Totally agree with you Nordski, we spent two weeks last year touring the Peloponnese, it was glorious and at the end of the summer season very quiet. Before the dreaded ‘C’ word we planned a further week there this year prior to joining the Journey in Athens on 3rd October. We still have the hotels and flights booked for that holiday, just waiting to see what happens to the cruise when our extended final payment become due in a months time before we pull the plug.
  3. All I can say is RCCL management must be living in ‘cloud cuckoo land’
  4. We have successfully applied this to our Black Sea cruise, all done very efficiently through our TA and we are now going next year, for the same price with only a small adjustment in Port charges. Same category cabin, great service, all we need now is that vaccine! Do however suspect the flights next year won’t be as cheap When they are released.
  5. Michelle has just posted on FB that she and others are transferring to the Ovation, hopefully travelling home soon.
  6. Agree, always bought them direct beforehand, that way you can choose which Grandstand and much much cheaper than AZ.
  7. We’ve both finished it, did feel a bit guilty about one of the last questions about what are you looking forward to and I answered ‘Our Seabourn cruise in 2021 around the Caribbean’!
  8. Anyone in the UK received the email yet?
  9. agree wholeheartedly, although my own preference would be for Seedlip Spice 94. Currently my go to tipple for post Christmas.
  10. Thanks for sharing Phil, looks good, now what about the puddings?
  11. We had to use shekels for entrance fees at Masada and Ein Gedi on our visit to Israel although our private tour guide accepted USD.the rest of the cruise we used Euro, USD and credit cards.
  12. Azamara does well in the recent Which? Survey of best and worst cruise lines. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-7925157/Best-worst-cruise-lines-2020-revealed-Viking-Ocean-Cruises-MSC-bottom.html
  13. Absolutely no need to tip on Azamara, the best way to reward the crew is to contribute to the crew fund which is always appreciated A more appreciated way of recognising good service is to mention the crew members name on both the mid and post cruise surveys. . I have always thought the tip line on the speciality bills is a ‘Feature’ of the accounting system they use which has not been relevant for a long time. Similarly I cannot understand why some people insist tipping bar tenders etc at the beginning of cruises on Azamara expecting better service during the cruise when excellent service is always the norm, especially as it is not expected or required. I suspect this may open a can of worms!
  14. Thankyou Phil and Harriet, I wasn’t aware of the 72 hour visa rule in Russia for cruise passengers, it’s a new destination for us. Planning continues for this cruise as all the ports in the Black Sea are new to us, and are still awaiting Azamara to provide details of interesting land tours.
  15. We are on the first Black Sea cruise next year in July and have been mulling over whether we need any visas in advance, particularly for Russia when we dock in Sochi. I know a number of CC members went on the previous cruises there before the troubles in Ukraine happened and wonder if the ship handled any visas required. This is also a question for Bonnie.
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