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  1. Is there a list somewhere of the specific included “premium spirits” on the ships? Eg, Scotch... Glenlivet 12 or Macallan 15? Specifically? Thanks.
  2. Sujormik

    Bed Linens

    We loved the sheets on the Quest, anyone know what brand they are?
  3. Totally agree the price was fair, just wish we could’ve made the most of it. Genuinely never crossed my mind to ask if some included item wasn’t listed.
  4. We were newbies too. Other than the land package snafu and this unexpected after-the-fact drinks thing, we genuinely LOVED Azamara. And the people we met truly changed the vacation for us (in a good way lol). We set up a google docs page so all our pictures can be shared! I hope you have a wonderful trip wherever you’re headed.
  5. I just posted about George Inlet! It was fantastic, the crab was amazing and the staff delightful. Atmosphere not so much. King crab is not in season now so you won’t be getting fresh. I had one king leg over 3 weeks and it was over cooked but others enjoyed the King crab in Juneau a lot. Personally would recommend George Inlet, best crab I’ve ever had.
  6. Just wanted to give a shout out to this excursion, we did float plane and then crab feast. Float plane wasn’t necessary but the crab was phenomenal, all you could eat dungeness caught just off the shores. Staff was delightful. I assume they do a just crab thing, whatever just go. Best crab I’ve ever had.
  7. Posting this link because I never saw anything about the Indulgence package before our trip.
  8. Thank you Bonnie. We were on Quest Alaska July 20-30 with full Indulgence package. IS this something I should’ve known to keep track of? You may have seen that our land package bus was among the last to arrive to board at Seward and maybe this info was covered in the newbie session that we missed? That might just add insult to injury.
  9. Don’t think I’ve seen this in prior threads, if I missed it I apologize. Random thought about Indulgence package: was I supposed to keep a personal copy of the entire package listing from the website (I.e., the terms and inclusions I contracted for)? Just now, as I was looking for the name of the scotch I enjoyed on board, (Balvenie triple cask, wow who knew scotch could taste good?!) I rediscovered the whole list of drinks that were NOT mentioned on the menu sheets in the bars. For example, the Port options listed in the bar menu all had prices attached without the “u” indicating they were included in our package. Did I have to ask for the specific Port named on the Azamara website? I love Port and would’ve had one every night but for the fact I felt like I’d paid for Indulgence and didn’t want to pay more. Never saw Evian listed as a menu option anywhere, yet was supposedly included. Would’ve loved one bottle in our cabin each night. There were some wines listed on the website we were never made aware of, we only ever had the wine of the night, yet I happen to really like viognier and would've preferred that to many of the nightly options offered. I know I saw this when we decided to enroll in this ultimate package but did not remember the specifics, just kinda figured there would be a list. A disclosure if you will. I feel taken advantage of. Yes, i feel like this is another of those things you have to “search” for instead of them simply telling you. I feel really sucker punched in fact. Stupid for some liquor, maybe, but I paid for that and then didn’t get what I paid for. Is this his typical of all cruise lines? My fault for not researching better? Should my TA have been aware of this?
  10. I can tell you we drank a LOT more than usual after buying the indulgence package! And the laundry bags are teensy.
  11. There was a first-timer’s meeting, yes before we got to the port. We were on a land package FROM AZAMARA, how could they not be aware of us? The whole process was a a cluster. Really lowered my esteem for the company. and you shouldn’t have to mine for info....paying customers (full price from the looks of all the last minute guests) should be treated with respect, not challenged!
  12. We were INCREDIBLY lucky with weather, I believe my dad may have pulled some strings up there because it couldn’t have been better.😉 I’m amazed at what a huge difference it makes in the experience, wishing you clear skies! We did a Disney Cruise maybe 10 years ago, the experiences couldn’t have been more different. Right now in Vancouver, will try to jot down my thoughts sooner than later. Suffice to say for now that I learned way more about the trip from CruiseCritic than I did from Azamara. Safe travels.
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    hubbard glacier

    We did see some wildlife, seals and sea otters if I recall as well as golden eagles. Overall wildlife sightings were mostly disappointing for us, though some friends had amazing experiences off Icy Strait Point with bears and multiple types of whales.
  14. Thank you for understanding, it was incredibly disappointing and an awful way to start a cruise vacation. I was under the impression (restated in the comments above) that “you can always book reservations” at Windows or similar. I’m saying that arriving FROM an Azamara land package and being among the last to board, with NOBODY from Azamara to acknowledge our arrival, was simply wrong. And poor business practice. And I would STRONGLY rethink taking a land package in the future for precisely this reason. There was nowhere to register for anything when we boarded at 4:30 pm and if there was, we had no way of finding it without anyone getting these buses. We ultimately got dinner reservations though NOT at the times we would have preferred...first world problems but enough to cause some serious consideration in the future. Rita, there was a French chef’s table available for us, and it was very nicely done. The we didn’t even realize that there were different types of chef’s table options. Newbies...there were a few other things I didn’t ever get explained and only found out after a week on board. I may start a thread for those.😉
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    hubbard glacier

    Just off the Azamara Quest where we did the Hubbard Glacier excursion with Allen Marine. They were very nice but it was NOT worth $500/couple. We got very close (200 yards maybe) which was awesome. And the calving was great too. But our ship got almost as close and saw the exact same thing we did. I’d thought it was something for a no-excursion day and I regret spending that much money.
  16. We had already been in Fairbanks when to group convened at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge so I do not know about airport procedure, however all the cruise lines had people at the baggage claim so I suspect you’ll see someone with a sign. We did receive more info at the hotel, our itinerary packet for the week, restaurant menu selection sheets for the included lunch days, etc. There’s some free time that first evening then you begin early the next day. We enjoyed the Riverboat much more than expected and the coach was comfy. Not a lot to see in downtown Fairbanks so no real recommendation for lunch. So about the final day on land, it wasn’t great. We drove from Talkeetna to Anchorage, stopped a5 a sort of flea market then had lunch before moving on toward Seward. Unfortunately, they really f’ed up. We arrived at the boat after 4 pm. Other than a young man with glasses of champagne and mimosas there was nobody to meet us or the other people coming from the land tours. None of the reservation tables were set up, there were no directions, it was genuinely a disaster and a very VERY unpleasant way to start the week. I did speak to several people about it incl Phillip the hotel manager and someone from guest relations. They took all the info but have no idea what they will do for your group. Be aware of this, and if it’s your first time on azamara don’t let it get you down as it did our group. I can’t see them changing the itinerary so no idea how they remedy the problem. Weve spoken to to many people who were on the AZAMARA land package and the opinion has been pretty universal that they got this (boarding procedure and timing) wrong. Just be prepared and don’t let it put a damper on the rest of the trip
  17. Just wanted to let you know we are having a great time. We had a WONDERFUL pre-cruise land group and it has made all the difference for us. Hopefully they’ve changed the schedule so you arrive at the ship at a reasonable time as we did NOT and have shared our negative experience with everyone. Off to Chef’s Table!
  18. Checkin for Quest today has been totally unimpressive. Couldn't find any of the things y'all talk about on this board. Dinner reservations and packages, obc stuff etc. Sure hope this isn't a portent.
  19. Is there a doctor on board the Quest? I may have a UTI requiring antibiotics (trying urgent care here in Fairbanks, but curious in case something doesn’t work. Sorry for TMI!😣
  20. Thanks for this thread. We board for the 10 day intensive on Saturday and hope to enjoy it as much as you obviously enjoyed yours!
  21. Thank you. We previously booked the Hubbard excursion despite the high cost. So glad to hear the entire cruise was nice!
  22. Any feedback on how the Alaska cruises are going? There’s a ton of discussion in the Alaska forum about the Hubbard Glacier excursion and nobody from AZ talking about it. Was super expensive, implied small group so would like some feedback, we may decide to cancel.
  23. So on top of the high fees we need to pay more? Oy.
  24. Thanks for your reply. The discussion here was interesting without having a great sense of the import.
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