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On ‎8‎/‎20‎/‎2018 at 11:50 AM, Host Grandma Cruising said:

It was suggested that it might be a good idea to have a ‘sticky’ thread which had tips for cruisers new to Azamara, so here goes.

 

White Night - Azamara Cruises normally include a ‘White Night’. This is an on-deck party, with a buffet served from the Patio area. Most people wear white clothing (though this is not required).

 

Speciality Restaurants- good idea to make your bookings as soon as you board. There is sometimes a bookings table in the terminal building and always one inside the entrance to Windows buffet.

 

Dining Packages - the speciality restaurants are $30pp, but you can buy dining packages at a ‘bargain’ price - for example 3 meals for $70pp.

 

Cocktails - the list of included cocktails is only intended as an example of the available cocktails, you can ask for any cocktail to be made with the included spirits.

 

Breakfast drinks - you can ask for a Bloody Mary and/or a Mimosa (Buck’s Fizz) for breakfast and you can have a smoothie made to your own tastes. If you like ginger ask for an ‘Energiser’ at breakfast - it’s a small smoothie which has ginger in it and is (unsurprisingly) very energising!

 

Stateroom fridge - the sodas in the fridge are included, the alcoholic drinks are not. You can ask your stateroom attendant to get you the sodas you like to keep in your fridge.

 

Bringing alcohol on board - you can bring alcohol on board to drink in your stateroom. If you want to drink it in a public room there is a $10 corkage charge.

 

Please add your own tips, so we can get a really good information thread for all those going on their first Azamara cruise.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you so very much Host Grandma cruising.  We will be going on our first Azamara Cruise on October 2020

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6 hours ago, amc aaa said:

My travel agent told me I wouldn't get any credit with Azamara for my elite status on Celebrity. Which is correct? Anyone know? Also any idea what the Amazing Nights are? We are on a cruise from Hong Kong to Sinapore. Thanks

Your travel agent is wrong. Azamara has reciprocal arrangements with Celebrity and with Royal Caribbean. If you are elite on Celebrity you will be Discoverer on Azamara. You  (or your travel agent) should let Azamara know your Celebrity Captains Club number which will become your Le Club Voyage number.

You can find information about the reciprocal arrangements on Azamara’s website. Look for the ‘Le Club Voyage’ link in the menu at the very bottom of the page, then click on ‘Member Benefits’ and scroll down to the bottom. Here’s the link to the page. https://www.azamaraclubcruises.co.uk/le-club-voyage/le-club-voyage-programme/member-benefits

Azamazing nights are free excursions. There is one on every cruise of a week or more, except for transatlantic cruises. They are often some type of performance held in an exceptional setting - for example a 3 tenors concert in a beautiful old theatre. Although they are free, Azamara ask passengers to sign up for them so they know the numbers.

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5 hours ago, ONCRUISEMODE said:

Thank you so very much Host Grandma cruising.  We will be going on our first Azamara Cruise on October 2020

You’re welcome. I’m glad you’ve found the thread helpful - it’s the accumulated wisdom of many  enthusiastic Azamara cruisers.

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On ‎9‎/‎27‎/‎2018 at 1:29 AM, Azamarajunkie said:

 

Well done Grandma, it looks very good, and I like the way you have Referenced the post numbers of the tips.

 

I’m interested in your recent holiday in the Peloponnese, we are currently planning a land tour there for next year as we visited Nafplio, Monemvasia and a number of other ports earlier this year and have decided to do a more in depth visit. Already got the guide book and road map.

I would love to hear about your land tour to Greece.  If you could email me the name of the company and the name of the tour, I would be most grateful. 

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On 10/21/2018 at 11:05 PM, Host Grandma Cruising said:

Your travel agent is wrong. Azamara has reciprocal arrangements with Celebrity and with Royal Caribbean. If you are elite on Celebrity you will be Discoverer on Azamara. You  (or your travel agent) should let Azamara know your Celebrity Captains Club number which will become your Le Club Voyage number.

You can find information about the reciprocal arrangements on Azamara’s website. Look for the ‘Le Club Voyage’ link in the menu at the very bottom of the page, then click on ‘Member Benefits’ and scroll down to the bottom. Here’s the link to the page. https://www.azamaraclubcruises.co.uk/le-club-voyage/le-club-voyage-programme/member-benefits

Azamazing nights are free excursions. There is one on every cruise of a week or more, except for transatlantic cruises. They are often some type of performance held in an exceptional setting - for example a 3 tenors concert in a beautiful old theatre. Although they are free, Azamara ask passengers to sign up for them so they know the numbers.

Thanks for the info! I’ll let my travel agent know. June 

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Just finished reading all 4 pages.  Wow, that was awesome.  I learned so much as a result of Azamara Tips for Newbies.  Thank you so much Host Grandma for doing this.  YOU ARE SO APPRECIATED.  

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It has been 9 years since I was on an Azamara cruise and things sure are different. Can someone tell me if what are the complimentary bathroom amenities. I want to know if I need to pack conditioner. 

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1 hour ago, cruzsnooze said:

It has been 9 years since I was on an Azamara cruise and things sure are different. Can someone tell me if what are the complimentary bathroom amenities. I want to know if I need to pack conditioner. 

There are complimentary bathroom amenities--shampoo, conditioner, soap.  No need to bring your own.

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1 hour ago, cruzsnooze said:

It has been 9 years since I was on an Azamara cruise and things sure are different. Can someone tell me if what are the complimentary bathroom amenities. I want to know if I need to pack conditioner. 

Complimentary amenities are aloe based.  My wife is allergic to aloe.

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6 hours ago, PirateWife said:

There are complimentary bathroom amenities--shampoo, conditioner, soap.  No need to bring your own.

There’s also body lotion.

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So would like a clarification on the different beverage packages--premium vs ultimate....With premium package no wines are listed-so assume that would be the usual complimentary wines offered. With the ultimate you have more options on wine?

We have a package that includes the premium package-but are wine drinkers so we would have to purchase wines above this?

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10 hours ago, desert traveler said:

So would like a clarification on the different beverage packages--premium vs ultimate....With premium package no wines are listed-so assume that would be the usual complimentary wines offered. With the ultimate you have more options on wine?

We have a package that includes the premium package-but are wine drinkers so we would have to purchase wines above this?

Yes, that’s right - that’s assuming you don’t like the included wines. We’ve always managed to find wines we like among all those included. Don’t forget if you don’t fancy any of the day’s wines, you can ask for one you liked from a previous day. There are 6 wines every day - Rose & sparkling are the same every day, then 2 different whites & 2 different reds.

They sometimes have wine offers of bottles to buy - I’ve seen a notice about that on the bar on Discoveries - never read it properly though because we’re happy with the included wines.

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What a wonderful task you have taken on and doing a great job- Do you know if Azamara offers Moscato wine ?

 Appreciate so much all the information and help!

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26 minutes ago, Cruiser Nonna said:

What a wonderful task you have taken on and doing a great job- Do you know if Azamara offers Moscato wine ?

 Appreciate so much all the information and help!

Sorry, don’t know. I don’t remember seeing any,  but that doesn’t mean they don’t.

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Hi,

 

On our recent Celebrity cruise stateroom toiletries did not include body wash or shower gel. Just bars of soap.

 

Celebrity and Azamara are both part of Royal Caribbean.

 

Does anyone know if this now also applies to Azamara?

 

Many thanks in advance!

 

Jack

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53 minutes ago, katzy said:

Hi,

 

On our recent Celebrity cruise stateroom toiletries did not include body wash or shower gel. Just bars of soap.

 

Celebrity and Azamara are both part of Royal Caribbean.

 

Does anyone know if this now also applies to Azamara?

 

Many thanks in advance!

 

Jack

Azamara supplies aloe based conditioner,  shampoo and shower gel.  

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There’s been a thread recently relating to luggage tags. 150edmiston suggested adding a note to this thread about it, as it is often mentioned.

People often ask how to get luggage tags. If you are in the USA or Canada, you can request to have luggage tags sent to you. This option comes up on your account at the same time as your cruise documents are available.

For those in other countries your cruise documents include a version of your luggage tags that you can print off and either attach to your luggage with staples, or insert into plastic luggage tag holders.

If you do not have luggage tags, don’t worry. When you get to the cruise terminal you can ask to have a luggage tag attached to your luggage at the baggage drop.

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Packing for 3 weeks in S America with varied temperatures, and wondering about evening dress on Azamara. Celebrity has gotten quite casual with respect to dressing for dinner (nice jeans and top acceptable). What will I feel most appropriate wearing (I’m a female)? Thanks!

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18 minutes ago, cmclovestravel said:

Packing for 3 weeks in S America with varied temperatures, and wondering about evening dress on Azamara. Celebrity has gotten quite casual with respect to dressing for dinner (nice jeans and top acceptable). What will I feel most appropriate wearing (I’m a female)? Thanks!

Azamara is ‘smart casual’. It depends where you eat. Windows buffet is more casual - jeans & top fine. Discoveries is a bit smarter. Most ladies wear trousers and nice top, skirt & top or dress. Occasional maxi dress/cocktail dress. Smart jeans and nice dressy top OK too. Specialist restaurants tend to be a little smarter.

Jackets for men are not necessary, but a few choose to wear them in the speciality restaurants.

Edited by Host Grandma Cruising

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Excellent info on this board, thank you to everyone for posting.  I saw on a video that Azamara has bikes on board that you use for their various bike excursions.  Is that correct? Also wondering what the bikes are like...in the video they looked like a step-through foldup style...does anyone have any experience with their bikes and bike tours?

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13 minutes ago, hoshi said:

Excellent info on this board, thank you to everyone for posting.  I saw on a video that Azamara has bikes on board that you use for their various bike excursions.  Is that correct? Also wondering what the bikes are like...in the video they looked like a step-through foldup style...does anyone have any experience with their bikes and bike tours?

I know they have bikes on board and when you look at the shore excursions you can see bike excursions, I have not been on one, so can’t tell you any more about the bikes.

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