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  1. 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.
  2. Colluiure looks like a wonderful place! I will certainly place in on my short list. Time will be my enemy.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 infor
  5. 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.
  6. Great news, hopefully all existing bookings will benefit from the shared status.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 i
  12. OK thanks, appreciate the everyone’s feedback.
  13. OK, I guess it is a moot point. Update: Spoke to Azamara directly and since I worked with an agent they couldn't discuss any details but supposedly would let me upgrade from Veranda to Suite for the published price difference (website difference). Then went through agent who called Azamara and they wanted the difference from what I originally paid and the Suite price, which was about $1,000 higher. Not worth it...and at this point more hassle than it was worth. From my perspective, once my room category was locked in, it would be common sense to
  14. OK, that’s what I thought. I was surprised when I heard otherwise. I’ll reach out to to our agent again. She may have just been confused.
  15. mdpa


    Thanks, that makes sense. At first I was disappointed in the shortened time in June but then quickly realized that my practical time onshore is identical. I am not normally off the ship after 10PM.
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