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  1. We are a family of 3 with a 16 year old daughter. We did it once with Oceania (same size ship), with an ocean view and it seemed a little claustrophobic. This time we chose a Veranda and with the extra breathing room we should be OK. Looking forward to our Spain intensive trip.
  2. The recent CDC announcement for the US will be a game changer for most cruisers. 🙂 https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-usa-cruises/update-1-cdc-committed-to-us-cruise-industry-resuming-operations-by-mid-summer-idUSL1N2MM083
  3. Hope you didn’t fold yesterday, you may want to wait just a little longer. The CDC announcement yesterday on US cruises should really help get things back on track.
  4. I had the same thing happen to me. We had (2) cruises within +/- of our 4 week criteria, meeting all lift & shift requirements. The May cruise that we wanted was denied, and we were only offered the June date. I worked through our agent and reached out to Azamara directly. I received a denial with no explanation, and no substitute options were offered.
  5. Colluiure looks like a wonderful place! I will certainly place in on my short list. Time will be my enemy.
  6. Is this for a cruise booked prior to sale or a tentative upcoming cruise not yet booked? I would think bookings prior to sale (and paid in full) would be reciprocal since this was a booking benefit.
  7. Read the content in the link. I think you mistakenly went directly to the FAQ’s (easy to do). “We’re happy to share that you’ll keep any reciprocal points that you’ve earned to date for Celebrity or Azamara. In other words, you will not lose any previously earned Club Points or Azamara Circle Points. You’re also still able to earn cumulative points in both programs for the time being. At some point in the future this benefit will change, and members will only earn points when sailing on their respective cruise line. We’ll continue to keep you updated with any additional information.”
  8. The ship name is not that important to me…but I am pretty sure Onward was my choice. 😉 I am also responsible for the Hilton Doubletree’s redesigned logo. Two times I got my choice after participating in a survey.
  9. Great news, hopefully all existing bookings will benefit from the shared status.
  10. Thanks everyone, these tips and recommendations are perfect. I really appreciate the guidance and help with the trip planning. Based on your feedback, I plan to keep it simple and stay local, whether by train or rental car.
  11. Wonderful ideas, glad I posted the question to this group! My friend visited a few years ago and recommended Andorra but I see Montserrat and Sitges are much closer.
  12. Thanks, I do intend to post and explore in the ports of call but this group has already provided great feedback. The walking food tour looks very nice. We did something similar in Hanoi and enjoyed it.
  13. No, but since most of the cruise will be in towns, I'd like to get out and see the surrounding area. If I manage to have 5 days pre-cruise, then it would be nice to explore outside of town at least 2 days. A rental car or short train ride is probably the best compromise for our family of 3.
  14. Hi Everyone, Your feedback and ideas in Rome were very helpful. Our new Spain intensive cruise now departs from Barcelona and ends in Lisbon, giving us a few more options out of Barcelona. If we manage to arrive several days early what do you recommend or have done? - Fly through another town on arrival (Rome, Paris, etc.). Probably too expensive or impractical, but would consider. - Train day trip to an adjacent town? - Rental Car? Taking a car into France and the Pyrenees mountains seems like it would be fun. We would like to explore on our own if feasible. When we were in Venice for 5 days pre-cruise we rented a car twice and went to Parma on one trip and into Austria for another. It was neat to see the stops along the toll roads where you could get an espresso or a bottle of wine (much different experience than back home). Your ideas are appreciated! Thanks, Doug
  15. OK thanks, appreciate the everyone’s feedback.
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