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  1. We were in 7085 on Pursuit’s “extended” March South America cruise, and would choose it again. Great stateroom in a great location.
  2. Actually, on our March (extended) Pursuit cruise of South America, there were two bourbons in the Ultimate Package . . . Bulleit and Maker's. My preference was the Woodford, which I consider a few steps above either Bulleit or Maker's.
  3. I believe that once one ship goes from "warm" to cruising, one of the other ones will have to go "warm" . . . and have a captain and maintenance crew. The "cold" ships rely on the "warm" ship for required power, sleeping and eating facilities for all crew, and a captain to oversee all operations.
  4. Yes! We moved our FCC from a cruise WE have cancelled, to a cruise next year that we had booked with the offer. Our new balance on next year's cruise is $0. We are in the the United States and use a wonderful TA. Jerry
  5. It appears that much (not all) of the negative comments over the past few months toward Azamara should have been directed at travel agents. I guess we were lucky. Our TA took care of everything efficiently, and facilitated our getting FCCs and refunds promptly. It’s a shame that we cannot mention travel agents by name/company here. It would be a great place to share both good and bad experiences with our fellow travelers.
  6. We were on the “extended” March 2 South America cruise on the Pursuit, arriving home on March 30. When the issues began with Chile and Peru closing their ports, we had been told we would receive 50% of our cruise cost as a FCC and 50% as a credit to our form of payment. On April 5 we received what I believe was the balance of the OBC we had; on April 17 we received our FCC emails/certificates; on May 2 we received what I believe was the unused port fees; and this morning the 50% refund appeared on our credit card account. I am in the United States. Neither my travel agent or I had contacted Azamara regarding any of the credits.
  7. Denise, Your contributions to the forums have been too numerous to count. I could never have maintained the composure and self-control that you have exhibited through the many confrontations here. Thank you so much! Jerry
  8. I would be thrilled if the 70+ physician letter requirement was lifted for CLIA member cruise lines, but I would wait until I see verified information that this so before posting it as fact.
  9. Can you point us somewhere that indicates other CLIA members have lifted the requirement?
  10. Just received this email from Azamara . . .
  11. I believe there were two Chilean passengers and four Chilean crew members who were picked up by a "pilot" type boat off the coast of Valparaiso.
  12. I was on the March 2 Pursuit voyage. My glasses aren't rose colored, they are very clear! Our story should be told. I will be sailing with Azamara again.
  13. Please correct me if I am mistaken, but I believe that the 70+ physician certification is something that all cruise line members (over 50 . . . https://cruising.org/cruise-vacationer/cruise-lines) of CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) are requiring. Viking is one of just a few of the major lines not a member of CLIA.
  14. I'm a 70+ . . . I have three cruises (two on Azamara) scheduled between October and February. I'm going to continue to be optimistic about travel plans! Jerry
  15. Please keep up posted. Scheindel and I are praying for a speedy recovery.
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