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  1. Do you feel safe getting on a plane? Are you aware that the European Union is closed to US residents? Right now, Florida is not a safe place and it isn't getting any better. I live there.
  2. Thank you, Work in to Cruise. I found it.
  3. We are now 310 days from embarking in Tokyo on our first Azamara cruise. We booked 4 B2B cruises, ending in July in Greece. The airlines have already posted their flights from the US to Japan for our dates. I tried to search one way flights to the cruise embarkation point on Choice Air, but received this error message: "not eligible - Back to Back Booking Type." Does this mean that we cannot use Choice Air to book our flights, just because we're on B2B cruises? If not, what does it mean and how can I at least research available flights on Choice Air? (I called Choice Air and was told that I would be able to book by the end of June. It's now July 6; I emailed Azamara but did not receive any answer at all.) I hope that some of you have experience with booking Choice Air flights for B2B cruises and can explain this to me.
  4. Thank you for posting that. I thought that, as written on the Azamara website, "ChoiceAir, the airline booking tool for Azamara®, lets guests shop every major airline and book flights any time from 330 days up to 4 days before sailing." https://www.azamara.com/plan/air-transfers/choiceair
  5. We are now 317 days from embarking in Tokyo on our first Azamara cruise. We booked 4 B2B cruises, ending in July in Greece. The airlines have already posted their flights from the US to Japan for our dates. I tried to search one way flights to the cruise embarkation point on Choice Air, but received this error message: "not eligible - Back to Back Booking Type." Does this mean that we cannot use Choice Air to book our flights, just because we're on B2B cruises? If not, what does it mean and how can I at least research available flights on Choice Air? (I called Choice Air, but did not receive a clear answer; I emailed Azamara but did not receive any answer at all.) I hope that some of you have experience with booking Choice Air flights for B2B cruises and can explain this to me.
  6. According to yesterday's NPR news, the European Union is likely to bar US Travelers this summer. https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/06/24/882801218/eu-could-bar-u-s-travelers-due-to-ongoing-rise-in-covid-19-cases Maybe they'll open up for us by November, but right now, it doesn't look good.
  7. For those of you who are already planning to cruise again, are you booking flights? How? Have you booked cruises that require a flight to embarkation or from disembarkation, or are you sticking to drive to ports? If you're going to need a flight, how and when will you book it in case the cruise is cancelled or in case you decide it's not safe to travel even though the cruise will sail? My problem is that except for EZ Air (that some cruise lines don't offer), refundable flights are very much more expensive than non-refundable ones. But waiting until the last minute to book also has been very expensive.
  8. Princess cancelled my October "Search for the Northern Lights" cruise, so I booked a similar one for October 2021. I hope the pandemic will be over by then or that there will be an effective vaccine or treatment. If not, we'll cancel by the final payment date and get our deposit back. DH and I are in a high risk group because of our ages. The cruises I'm more concerned about are 4 B2B Azamara cruises beginning May 11, 2021. We have a substantial non-refundable deposit on those.
  9. Who do you call - Azamara or Choice Air?
  10. Choice Air: DH and I have 4 B2B cruises booked on the Azamara Pursuit beginning on May 11, 2021 in Tokyo and ending in Greece. Airlines now have flights posted for MCO to HND on our dates. I would like to book through Choice Air, but when I search for flight options, I get this error message: "not eligible - Back to Back Booking Type." Does this mean that we have to book our flights independently?
  11. If I want to take a Princess transfer from Southampton to Heathrow or Gatwick, what's the earliest flight I could safely book? (Transfers are not on my Cruise Personalizer, my TA is off for the weekend, and Princess is not answering their phone.)
  12. Sorry, I don't remember the time exactly. We probably arrived at the port around 10:30 - 11 AM and were required to wait only a short time before boarding. We were on board in plenty of time for lunch.
  13. What does Azamara offer passengers if they make an itinerary change? I guess that the cruise documents say that the Captain has the right to change the itinerary, but I'm wondering about their usual procedures. I'm thinking of a major itinerary change, not just a skipped port due to unexpected weather or some such thing. I ask because we're booked on 4 back to back cruises from Japan to Europe for which we've put down non-refundable deposits. I'm concerned that the coronavirus might force Azamara to make major changes to its itineraries. Final payment date will likely arrive before we know whether itinerary changes will be necessary.
  14. I have a cruise booked on the Pursuit from Tokyo to Athens. Will I be able to purchase my flights through Azamara? How?
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