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You should be able to do day safaris from the ship, we were on a Crystal South African cruise in January and there were plenty of safaris on offer.

If you get a chance for Pumba Private Game Reserve from Port Elizabeth or East London, we had a fantastic time there we were able to get up close to wildlife and they have white lions there as well guides were entertaining and extremely knowledgeable.

However the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park from Richards Bay was a huge disappointment, it’s a National Park you might get a glimpse of wildlife but the drivers seemed to have more fun driving around as fast as they could. Also a lot of the time you are on public tarmac roads, Crystal had so many complaints they refunded most of the trips cost.

 

 

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Thanks for the tips. I am on Crystal this winter. I will recheck my day and overnight tours. Did you get the yellow fever shot?? Heard you have to have the proof or a letter.

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I did not get an email from AZ. The info I got was posted here. been to busy to look at the website

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I did not get an email from AZ. The info I got was posted here. been to busy to look at the website

 

 

 

Mine arrived just this afternoon

 

 

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No email for us, and we completed our 6th sailing with Azamara just a few weeks ago, sigh. Oh well, they probably wouldn't let us board for Papeete from Nawiliwili anyway - but it certainly is grand to see our Napali cliffs as the lead photo for new Tahiti cruises.

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We were browsing the '20 schedule and noticed that all three sister ships will be in Venice October 9 - 10, 2020. Does anyone know if all three are meeting up sooner than that in 2018 or 2019? I haven't paid close attention to the 2019 schedule even though we do have an Alaskan trip scheduled. I found it interesting that all 3 ships are in Europe together in 2020 so I guess it makes sense that they can easily meet up somewhere. All three ships are scheduled to arrive at 9am in Venice on the 9th.

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Thank you Michael, we agree! And thank you for being among the first to book our newest destination, South Africa, where we are offering 6 country-intensive voyages. Our frequent travelers have been asking for So.Africa for a long time...and now it's on the calendar. We also have new country-intensive voyages to Scotland, Denmark and Ireland in 2020.

Plus we are excited about the Quest visiting Hawaii & Tahiti in January 2020.

So much to look forward to! :hearteyes:

 

Hi Bonnie,

We are also excited to see the South Africa opportunities. My only reservation about these itineraries is although we absolutely love overnights (every cruise needs them). They are really pointless at the embark and disembarkation port. Instead of a double overnight in Cape Town (where we can easily add a few extra nights accommodation). I would have very much preferred an overnight somewhere else on the itinerary (such as Durban). Guess it is what it is, but really worth considering for future offerings.

Anyway we have South America booked with Oceania for 2020. We will monitor Azamara as you offer similar opportunities. However we will await the promotions and see if you come in comparable. Currently Silversea comes in only slightly higher than O. Azamara is 20-30% higher than Silver and I will not even bother comparing between O and Azamara right at the minute.

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Thanks for the tips. I am on Crystal this winter. I will recheck my day and overnight tours. Did you get the yellow fever shot?? Heard you have to have the proof or a letter.

 

 

 

We have Yellow Fever shots as a matter of course and always carry our certificates, but we weren’t ever asked for them. However they may have been required in Mozambique but we decided on the recommendation of our South African friends to stay on the ship.

Most places only seem to want them if you are traveling from a Yellow Fever area.

 

 

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We were browsing the '20 schedule and noticed that all three sister ships will be in Venice October 9 - 10, 2020. Does anyone know if all three are meeting up sooner than that in 2018 or 2019? I haven't paid close attention to the 2019 schedule even though we do have an Alaskan trip scheduled. I found it interesting that all 3 ships are in Europe together in 2020 so I guess it makes sense that they can easily meet up somewhere. All three ships are scheduled to arrive at 9am in Venice on the 9th.

 

The press release I found says this about the sistersmeet:-

 

‘For the first time, Azamara’s three sister ships will meet on October 8, 2020 in Koper, Slovenia, where the cruise line will host a grand AzAmazing Evening in port for all guests on all three ships, and then sail together to Venice’.

Sounds good!

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Hi Bonnie,

We are also excited to see the South Africa opportunities. My only reservation about these itineraries is although we absolutely love overnights (every cruise needs them). They are really pointless at the embark and disembarkation port. Instead of a double overnight in Cape Town (where we can easily add a few extra nights accommodation). I would have very much preferred an overnight somewhere else on the itinerary (such as Durban). Guess it is what it is, but really worth considering for future offerings.

Anyway we have South America booked with Oceania for 2020. We will monitor Azamara as you offer similar opportunities. However we will await the promotions and see if you come in comparable. Currently Silversea comes in only slightly higher than O. Azamara is 20-30% higher than Silver and I will not even bother comparing between O and Azamara right at the minute.

 

 

 

We had an overnight in Durban on Crystal in January and it caused the ship no end of problems. Local regulations require all bar stock that’s not on display to be bonded, this resulted in a number of bars running dry on the second day.

We were also told by a friend who lives there not to walk out of the port area especially at night as it’s unsafe.

 

 

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I see no sailings for Journey around 1 Sept 2020 the one time we would have wanted for a special reason. I’m presuming a charter scuppering what we had tentatively thought of. There was a reason we wanted it to be Journey :(

 

 

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I have just had a look at the itineraries for 2020 and there are quite a few that I could be interested in but won't be booking any time soon. Much as I love Azamara, the prices are too high, more than I consider the 'On Board Experience' to be worth. I don't know what I am going to be doing in that far in advance ( health, finances etc.). What appeals to me now might not appeal in two years time. From reading the posts on here about the many changes currently underway, e.g.entertainment, specialty restaurant spacing, verandah plus cabins etc. the Azamara that I know and love might not be the same Azamara in 2020. Also Azamara has a habbit of cancelling cruises or amending itineraries if they get a better offer from a private charterer. Like most of you I will wait and see what the future holds.

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I would possibly book a few if

a. there were commensurate protections against price drops in the UK as in the USA

b. I could learn more about whatever the further amended entertainments might be

c. I knew more about what Pursuits is actually going to be like and whether some of the changes that being rolled out on Journey (e.g. Specialities layout) are temporary

 

and of course, if I could be sure LCV communications worked!!

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I see no sailings for Journey around 1 Sept 2020 the one time we would have wanted for a special reason. I’m presuming a charter scuppering what we had tentatively thought of. There was a reason we wanted it to be Journey :(

 

 

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You’re right I think Ann, on the list of Cruises we were given on Quest for 2020, there looks like 2 charters on Journey, August 20th to September 5th and September 26th to October 3rd. Both periods shown as sold out.

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You’re right I think Ann, on the list of Cruises we were given on Quest for 2020, there looks like 2 charters on Journey, August 20th to September 5th and September 26th to October 3rd. Both periods shown as sold out.

Yep our two alternatives for a family celebration we have a special birthday early September and an anniversary at the end. I have decided we are just cursed between cancellations, reschedules the fall out of which are still haunting us and no communications. Probably a message for us somewhere in there

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Prices for 2020 seem quite high. The “Israel Intensive” 10 day cruise works out to $1200 per day for 2 in a CC Suite. At that price point, there are many options that are more appealing.

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New to Azamara, but have sailed on Celebrity(select) and finished my first Viking Ocean in April.

Found a 2020, 10 day Denmark Intensive Voyage that sounds great, 1 overnight and late departures in all port!

 

My question, are the prices for veranda cabin the best when first posted?

Or will Azamara do the" Celebrity "type marketing in the next year or so with various other marketing offers?

 

I usually use a online TA which will be having a big sale later this month.

 

First of many questions about Azamara...

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We had an overnight in Durban on Crystal in January and it caused the ship no end of problems. Local regulations require all bar stock that’s not on display to be bonded, this resulted in a number of bars running dry on the second day.

We were also told by a friend who lives there not to walk out of the port area especially at night as it’s unsafe.

 

 

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As I booked an overnight tour from another port never even notice the time of leaving. Just know we are coming back to Durban. But realize very little time there. Now I am glad. As far as the bar goes I would look at the stock in my room,

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We have Yellow Fever shots as a matter of course and always carry our certificates, but we weren’t ever asked for them. However they may have been required in Mozambique but we decided on the recommendation of our South African friends to stay on the ship.

Most places only seem to want them if you are traveling from a Yellow Fever area.

 

 

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I was told I needed it for Africa in general. Do not live near a city that has the vaccine. I was in two places twice that it would if been easy to get. Would of been nice to know with invoice. I have a ships tour in Mozambique, looks interesting to me.

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Azamara do have various promotions from time to time, such as second person at 50%, or free stateroom upgrade, however at the same time the basic price is usually at its lowest when cruises are announced, so it’s difficult to say when will be the cheapest overall price.

Often the first price turns out to be the cheapest, but definitely not always. I think it depends how well cruises are selling. For example the North Cape cruises are rarely, of ever, discounted because they always sell very readily.

The other thing to take into account is where you live - if you live in the US or Canada then you have the best price guarantee, which means if your cruise price goes down Azamara may pass that on to you if it is before final payment (here’s the link to the relevant page on the website https://www.azamaraclubcruises.com/plan/best-price-guarantee )

If you live anywhere else then you have to cancel, lose your deposit, and rebook to get a cheaper price. Sometimes that’s worth doing. A cruise we were booked on went down by £1500, so we cancelled, lost our deposit and rebooked at a saving of £1000.

 

 

 

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New to Azamara, but have sailed on Celebrity(select) and finished my first Viking Ocean in April.

Found a 2020, 10 day Denmark Intensive Voyage that sounds great, 1 overnight and late departures in all port!

 

My question, are the prices for veranda cabin the best when first posted?

Or will Azamara do the" Celebrity "type marketing in the next year or so with various other marketing offers?

 

I usually use a online TA which will be having a big sale later this month.

 

First of many questions about Azamara...

As I abd others have favorite cabins we book early. But many wait as prices do drop. A good American TA can get you the better price. Somehow in the U.K. that is harder to do.

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Thanks Grandma Host and ellbon for your quick replies.

 

Did not know about the price guarantee before final payment. I do live in the USA.

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Prices for 2020 seem quite high. The “Israel Intensive” 10 day cruise works out to $1200 per day for 2 in a CC Suite. At that price point, there are many options that are more appealing.

 

I just priced a 9 day Southampton to Lisbon cruise. A route I'm currently planning a land trip to. I almost fell out of my chair that a bottom of the line 173 sq ft balcony comes in at $1,408 Cdn per day for two.

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I was told I needed it for Africa in general. Do not live near a city that has the vaccine. I was in two places twice that it would if been easy to get. Would of been nice to know with invoice. I have a ships tour in Mozambique, looks interesting to me.

 

 

 

It depends on the ports of call in Africa, there’s no Yellow Fever risk in South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar or Mauritius but they might ask for a certificate if you travel from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever.

The areas of risk are mainly Central Africa and and the countries on the West coast north of Namibia. This may be of help https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2018/infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/yellow-fever#5291 we originally got ours for a trip to The Gambia.

 

 

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I was told I needed it for Africa in general. Do not live near a city that has the vaccine. I was in two places twice that it would if been easy to get. Would of been nice to know with invoice. I have a ships tour in Mozambique, looks interesting to me.

Robin,

 

I'm pretty sure the Buncombe County Health Department has Yellow Fever Shots. When we lived in Hendersonville, we needed to go there when the Henderson County Health Department was out of something we needed (but I don't think that was Yellow Fever). But we did get the YF shots at one or the other.

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I just priced a 9 day Southampton to Lisbon cruise. A route I'm currently planning a land trip to. I almost fell out of my chair that a bottom of the line 173 sq ft balcony comes in at $1,408 Cdn per day for two.

 

Yikes, that's high! I'm guessing it's best to wait then?! By the way I'm seeing 2 great back to back itineraries....they are pricing out around $540-570 pp per day for a V2. I'm thinking I can get better if I wait....

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Yikes, that's high! I'm guessing it's best to wait then?! By the way I'm seeing 2 great back to back itineraries....they are pricing out around $540-570 pp per day for a V2. I'm thinking I can get better if I wait....

 

The same cruise for 2019 is currently being offered with the $2,000 off but even then, it's crazy for that part of the world. It's so easy to do it yourself and such gorgeous towns in Brittany, Bordeaux, etc. I'll continue booking my land trip in amazing chateaus for a fraction of that cost :)

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The same cruise for 2019 is currently being offered with the $2,000 off but even then, it's crazy for that part of the world. It's so easy to do it yourself and such gorgeous towns in Brittany, Bordeaux, etc. I'll continue booking my land trip in amazing chateaus for a fraction of that cost :)

 

The 2019 one is pricing out at $481 pp per day for a V2. Better but you're right, I do think this area would be better for a land trip....especially because the tender ports could get cancelled due to rough seas. I've been eyeing this itinerary for so long but never seem to book it. Crystal has a great 14 day itinerary next year as well....and it's pricing out roughly the same.

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FYI the June 7 cruise this year Lisbon to Greenwich on the Journey is about 9,500 for a veranda for a 10 day cruise on a last minute special. But I realize it IS last minute so hard to drop everything and go if you aren’t retired.

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I've been eyeing this itinerary for so long but never seem to book it.

 

Me too. We've done so many areas of France on land trips, but haven't done the Westcoast or Northern Spain. Time to start planning ;)

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Me too. We've done so many areas of France on land trips, but haven't done the Westcoast or Northern Spain. Time to start planning ;)

 

Will you be keeping your Oceania cruise in this area in April?

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Will you be keeping your Oceania cruise in this area in April?

 

Nope, just cancelled it this week. Switched to Celebrity Reflection 8 day Lisbon to Barcelona in October and we'll add about 4 days in Seville. This land trip will take the place of the northern portion of that Oceania cruise.

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FYI the June 7 cruise this year Lisbon to Greenwich on the Journey is about 9,500 for a veranda for a 10 day cruise on a last minute special. But I realize it IS last minute so hard to drop everything and go if you aren’t retired.

 

We intended booking this and the prior cruise, while on board last July. At the time, they had a "free nights" promotion. We didn't book because the price for 19 nights, after taking account of 5 free nights, was Aud1228 per couple,per night, for the lowest grade balcony. On your quoted price above, the AUD/USD conversion works out about the same as the price a year ago when they had their free nights "special"

 

 

Fortunately, when we got home we found a Seabourn 21n East Med cruise, in a balcony suite, for AUD1114. So, we're now looking forward to a wonderful cruise on a luxury ship this coming July. With any luck they won't have opera singers and short plays.:D

 

We're also looking forward to Japan in a Regent suite in 2019 - AUD1450 per night for 12n cruise and 3n add-on. Aza's 15n cruise was AUD1605 per night for balcony. Regent has luxury and excursions - Aza. veranda doesn't come close. Perhaps by 2020 enough people will have gone elsewhere that RCI may have no choice but let Az return to its correct price comparison point.

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