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    East Yorkshire, UK
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    Azamara
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  1. You don’t need an excursion for Dubrovnik. If the ship is anchored in the bay, then the tender will bring you straight into the old town harbour. If the ship is docked you can get a taxi or a local bus the fairly short distance to the Pile Gate of the old town. Once in the old town, buy tickets to walk the walls (or buy them online before you go) https://www.dubrovnik-travel.net/entry-ticket-for-dubrovnik-city-walls/
  2. I ‘d take a different view of the ‘Secret Itineraries’ tour of the Doge’s palace. We did it and loved it. You get to see rooms that others don’t including the cell where Casanova was held & a torture chamber. Our guide was excellent and explained a lot about the history of Venice & how it was ruled. If you want to do it, it’s better to book online. http://www.doge-palace-tickets.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwy97qBRDoARIsAITONTJtIySva8Zb4uSN6KezJa3K-2ugSKiYj0UqjR9_J2TSxft7_ZSWyJ0aArOLEALw_wcB The other part of Venice that we loved was the Jewish Ghetto area - it was very quiet and there is a very moving memorial there.https://www.venetoinside.com/hidden-treasures/post/monument-to-the-victims-of-the-holocaust-in-ghetto/ https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/travel/venice-italy-jewish-ghetto.html
  3. And here’s today’s email from the UK & received in the UK - advertising their land tours. Embark on one of 1,700 of our newly introduced Land Tours around the world. We have a range of travel types to suit every traveller. These include Stay Locals for either 2 or 3 days before or after your voyage, Land Journeys for a full cultural immersion experience of 4-6 days, or for a truly incredible adventure our AzAmazing Journeys will give you once in a lifetime experiences in some of the world's most exotic destinations. Our top picks for Land Tours this month include a Stay Local in Auckland where you can be exploring wineries, secluded beaches and some of the largest lakes in New Zealand. Our next choice is a 3 night pre/post Adventure to El Calafate & Patagonia . With this tour you can enjoy off road adventures, national parks, glaciers and much more. We have also selected a Stay Local in LA to be specifically paired with our Hawaii & Tahiti Voyage departing in January 2020. This tour will take you to the most popular landmarks across the City of Angels. LEARN MORE Stay Local in Auckland (2 Night Pre/Post-Cruise) Highlights Auckland War Memorial Museum & Wintergardens: Home away from home for Dubai's hipster population, here you'll find restaurants, art installations, pop-ups, and niche boutiques. Herne Bay Beaches: A string of exquisite little beaches in one of Auckland's most expensive suburbs. Lake Taupo: The largest lake in New Zealand is a popular fishing spot thanks to abundant quantities of trout and eel. And much more... EXPLORE THIS TOUR Adventure to El Calafate & Patagonia (3 Night Pre/Post-Cruise) Highlights Panoramic City Highlights Tour: Uncover Argentina's captivating magic on a complete overview of the "Paris of South America," visiting the city's differing neighbourhoods. Foodie Experiences: Visit Cafe Tortoni founded in 1858, an iconic coffee shop with a very rich history, it's a favourite with the cultural elite. Off Road Adventures: Spike your adrenaline with a 4x4 exploration of the park. And much more... EXPLORE THIS TOUR Stay Local in LA (2 Night Pre/Post-Cruise) Highlights Tour Hollywood: Enjoy a full day tour of the city of angels with visits to Hollywood and Beverly Hills with a local insider guide. Landmarks: See iconic landmarks like the Hollywood sign, walk of fame, TLC Chinese Theatre, and the Beverly Hills Hotel. Insider Access: Explore lesser known gems known only by locals. And much more... EXPLORE THIS TOUR View as webpage | Booking Conditions | Privacy Policy Azamara.co.uk For more information or to make a reservation: Call us on our local rate number: 0344 493 6060 (UK), or visit us online. Azamara® is a proud member of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. family of cruise lines. Cruise only holidays are protected through our membership of ABTA RCL Cruises Ltd: ATOL 10372 and ABTA Y3001; Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd: ATOL 3088 and ABTA Y1650. We hope you enjoyed this email from Azamara Club Cruises | Building 3, The Heights, Brooklands | Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0NY Company number: 07366612
  4. Worth trying. Be interested to hear if it works.
  5. Same here, I’ve found that a good time.
  6. I checked in today for our November cruise. I was going to use the app, but wanted to put upload new photos and couldn’t see how to do it on the app. The app now shows the boarding card and has all the other information there. The Daily Planner has information in it, but it’s not correct - it has the DJ Farewell Party and Activity Reward Redemption on Day 5 and Day 10, but not Day 17! I guess this will be sorted out nearer the cruise. My booked excursion is still not showing in either My Calendar or the Daily Planner. It could also do with updating to the new brand image - maybe someone’s working on that now. Can you see a little outline of a ship and/or of a little person right at the top of the screen? If so, try clicking on them.
  7. Here’s the link to the spreadsheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pEoojQ5-EPmD4cI3gw1dVcYfYTXfZePdDXxU09l0H3M You can see that minimum bids seem to vary a bit, even for the same length of cruise. $400 is often the minimum for OV to Verandah, but is sometimes also the minimum for Verandah to CC Suite, whereas on other cruises the minimum is $800 for Verandah to CC Suite. I guess that the minimum bid varies depending on the number and type of empty cabins. None of the bids recorded are for more than one category up.
  8. As far as I am aware you can use OBC to buy one of the experience more packages, so long as it is not designated as for shore excursions only. I think, though, that you will need to wait to do this until you get onto the ship, unless things have changed recently.
  9. Maybe your prices will follow ours. It’s usually the other way round.
  10. As I understand it guarantee cabins are not included in the upgrade bidding process. We only booked a guarantee once, on HAL. It was a guarantee Verandah and we got a De Luxe Verandah which gave us some benefits such as the use of a very nice lounge just for those in a De Luxe Verandah, which served a nice continental breakfast, nice coffee with cakes & biscuits, afternoon tea and canapés. We were very happy with that.
  11. Another Summer Sale email sent from the UK & received in the UK Don't miss out on our Summer Sale! Explore our voyages starting from £1,397pp for a limited time only – BOOK BY 30th SEPTEMBER Celebrate both Christmas and New Year in South America on our 15 Night New Year’s Eve in Rio Voyage. Starting in Buenos Aires you’ll be visiting Ushuaia before spending Christmas at sea. You will then be exploring Sao Paulo, Rio De Janeiro and Copacabana Beach before sailing back to Buenos Aires via Uruguay. In February 2020, Azamara Quest will be touring South Africa on our 10 Night South Africa Intensive Voyage and visiting destinations such as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and more. We have the perfect pre & post packages available for you to make the most of your time in Cape Town here . We also recommend looking into our exciting shore excursions taking you to the front of the action in the Game Reserves! Beginning in Cape Town and sailing to Dubai, our 26 Night Indian Ocean Adventure Voyage is not one to be missed. Once you’ve explored South Africa we will take you straight to Madagascar to try the fresh fish, visit the lemurs and baobab trees. We will then proceed onto Mauritius before 5 days at sea sailing to Colombo, Sri Lanka. There will be an overnight stay in Colombo and Cochin before sailing to Mumbai and ending in Dubai. EXPLORE VOYAGES 15 NIGHTNEW YEAR'S EVE IN RIO VOYAGE21 DECEMBER, 2019 | AZAMARA PURSUITSM VIEW VOYAGE 10 NIGHTSOUTH AFRICA INTENSIVE VOYAGE10 FEBRUARY, 2020 | AZAMARA QUEST VIEW VOYAGE 26 NIGHTINDIAN OCEAN ADVENTURE VOYAGE20 FEBRUARY, 2020 | AZAMARA QUEST VIEW VOYAGE View as webpage | Booking Conditions | Privacy Policy Azamara.co.uk For more information or to make a reservation: Call us on our local rate number: 0344 493 6060 (UK), or visit us online. Azamara® is a proud member of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. family of cruise lines. Cruise only holidays are protected through our membership of ABTA RCL Cruises Ltd: ATOL 10372 and ABTA Y3001; Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd: ATOL 3088 and ABTA Y1650. We hope you enjoyed this email from Azamara Club Cruises | Building 3, The Heights, Brooklands | Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0NY Company number: 07366612
  12. I’d agree. We really valued Monika’s input about life in Mageroy island. She took us to her village and told us all about the dried fish - how it’s dried and how it’s used, she told us all about the reindeer and about king crab fishing. We wouldn’t have understood how things work there if we had not been on the tour. It’s very good value too. We paid about 40% of the ships tour which was literally just a transfer to the North Cape Centreand back with no guide or commentary at all.
  13. odd job has set up a topic which includes a great video about dining on Azamara
  14. I have added a link to this topic in the ‘Tips’ topic.
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