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    antiques, travel, politics, mah jong
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    Azamara, Celebrity
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  1. I recently booked a cruise onboard solo occupancy where the single supplement was only 150% and only received 150 OBC. They said it was because of the reduced single supplement and provided an email in writing explaining it. does it say somewhere that someone booking a single supplement of less than 200% will receive the Normal 300 OBC for a cabin? If so, could you please point me to that policy? When I checked it out, I seem to remember AZ stating that the OBC would be reduced in half if the single supplement was leas than 200%. can someone please help me with this? Thank you
  2. i was in 6036 for a 10 day cruise and actually enjoyed it. It is situated between lifeboats so there is plenty of light and was great for one person. Not sure it would be that great for two people, although the use of space is very good. I saved over $2,500 compared to a balcony so it was definitely worth it. I am in a veranda in May, and it is only costing me about $320 per day for a V2 balcony, (single occupancy) including an excellent deal for singles. I think double occupancy would be only about $250 per night pp. It even worked out cheaper than a RCCL Baltic cruise at the same time, plus consider the difference between sailing on RCCL and Azamara...priceless..
  3. Hi Mike, Great review of your cruise! I will be on Pursuit again in May and really looking forward to it. It looks like you had a great time and it was nice to see Paul and Gail again. I have never had much desire to see Rio, but after your review, I might give Brazil another look. Keep on traveling and posting your great adventures for all of the rest of us to read and enjoy. I will be looking forward to the next ones (especially Africa..I am so envious!) Have a great 2020, Anne
  4. Two days in Paris is practically no time at all so I would make sure to stay centrally located, somewhere in the 1st to 6th arr. you want to be able to walk everywhere not depend on public transport. i have been to Paris 30+ times and still find new things every time I go there.
  5. I have changed a guarantee to a better cabin but only in the same category. If there are alot of vacancies and the price difference is substantial it might be worth it but only you can decide. Just decide whether you will be ok with any cabin in the category in case you cant change. In my case I saved over $2,000 on a 10 day cruise so I decided to take the risk and just accept any cabin. Only you can decide.
  6. No room for a couch. They do have a vanity. But the room is still surprisingly comfortable in my opinion for one person. Plenty of storage space. I think it would be better if they didn’t have a huge bed taking up so much of the room but I understand why that is.
  7. Location is great. I stayed in 6036 and liked it a lot. The obstructed view is between two tenders so you can see out. Would definitely book that category again if I could get a cabin that was not totally obstructed. Fine for one person with great closet space but no place to put room service, so note that.
  8. I stayed in an OV Category 08. I was a little leery of it being obstructed but I could actually see between the tenders so it was no big deal. And the location is great. I will say that although I really liked it for one person I am not sure how comfortable it would be for two people. It is small but cozy and I would book it again. Cabin 6036. Some of these cabins are totally obstructed so try to get one in between tenders.
  9. i stayed in one of the Avalon panoramic view cabins at the single rate and it is a great deal for a river cruise. Loved the tulip cruise but would recommend the sailings mid April when the tulips are in full bloom and the weather is a little warmer. March could be really freezing.
  10. I have gotten some excellent deals recently on Azamara. For instance their Anarctica cruise 16 nights last minute voyage was going for about $1,000 less than Celebrity. Also there are excellent deals right now in South America around Xmas into the beginning of 2020, and India too. next April and May there are several AZ cruises in the med including the TA to Lisbon that are excellent deals, especially for single travelers with a reduced 50% supplement. I just booked a 10 day cruise on Pursuit May 14-24 from Lisbon to Southampton with three overnights in Bordeaux for $3,500 single occupancy Veranda on their double upgrade special. I think the pp rate for double occupancy is around $2,300 pp without any discounts (loyalty or TA). I think that is a great deal for the quality you get on AZ and the small ship experience. Also gratuities and drinks are included. Of course you have to want the itinerary they are offering but I would definitely not just assume AZ is higher than Celebrity. I am not interested in the shows generally or all that nonsense that sometimes goes on in the center of the larger Celebrity ships, the casino, etc. so the ambiance and refinement of Azamara works perfectly for me. I am sure people would disagree if their priorities are drinking, dancing and shows, though. And BTW the food on AZ is much better as is the general atmosphere in the ship with extremely laid back and friendly passengers and crew. And the beds are 1,000 percent more comfortable too. Just my opinion of course and I continue to find some good itineraries at fair prices on Celebrity, especially the smaller ships, which work for me. Anne
  11. i just priced an 11 day itinerary for veranda single occupancy on Apex to Spain and Portugal for over $7,800. Obviously I am not taking that cruise. I am in Paris now at a wonderful 4 star hotel on Rue Jacob in St Germain for far less than that per day,, including business class air and delicious food from the restaurants around here, plenty of money left over for purchases from the expensive boutiques and the best pastries you could ever have.😁😁 Plus, you cant get better surroundings than Paris, even in the rain!
  12. I booked a cruise for single occupancy with a 50% single supplement versus a 100% single supplement so that may be the difference. It sounds like yours was for double occupancy. in any condition, I will find out when I return home.
  13. Thanks Phil i will check it out when I get home. I am in France now. The cruise deal was so excellent that whatever it is, I would take it. The cruise is costing me about $310 a day when Le club voyage discount and travel agent discount is taken into consideration. That is cheaper than. the Baltic cruise I was booked on RCCL around the same date which I am canceling.
  14. Thank you Bonnie. This makes sense since it looks like I only paid a 50% supplement for this cruise which was already a great deal due to the double upgrade. I might point out to singles who are interested that several cruises on AZ in Europe in April and May 2020 have these great single rates which are unadvertised. The Pursuit April TA is even a better deal but unfortunately I can’t take advantage. I think most of the best deals are on Pursuit for some reason. some of these cruises are working out way cheaper <50% of some prices on the new Celebrity cruises for 2021, which is really unbelievable. Anne
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