Originally posted by Sandy:
LHT, if the thread you highlighted is any indication, there are just as many very happy campers as unhappy campers regarding the Quest's no-smoking-except-in-allowed-areas policy. I agree that it will be interesting to see if they have more problems than usual filling a 710 passenger ship that has a restrictive smoking policy.
Well if they follow in Oceania footsteps they will fill the ships.
Oceania usually sails fully booked on their 3 ships.
We had to book a year out just to get cabins
I guess time will tell!
Alexandr Pushkin, Carnival-Holiday, HAL-(old)Westerdam, Orient lines-Marco Polo, Royal Olympic-Olympic, NCL-Dream, Dawn-Princess, ACCL-Grande Caribe, Oceania-Insignia (3), Regatta(4) Marina (1) St Lawrence Cruise Lines-Canadian Empress
yes indeed, I'm from Germany - from the romantic rhine - and there I always saw the cruise ships, dreaming of being on board there, too - one day. Happily my grandma took me with her on a cruise along the river Mosel and I was caught by the "Cruise-syndrome".
Thinking I couldn't afford such a cruise, I was surprised to find some affordable offers years later, departing from Miami as I searched for some affordable hotels for a trip to Florida (I got some relatives in the US, that I visited several times the last years due to the cheap US$, but because I do not want to nerve them too long, I am always making a trip somewhere else).
I decided to make a short cruise on Carnival's Fascination, although I had a great offer for an SS Norway cruise and I could not imagine, that such a classic liner could be a "freestyle-ship". Still don't know, whether that decision was right - it was Norway's last cruise as I found out a few days later when I woke up by the sound of an army of police cars, fire trucks and so on and switched on the TV......
And now I am saving for the next caribbean cruise ..........................
Nederland 1984 - Fascination 2003 - Carnival Triumph 2004 - Carnival Legend 2005 - Costa Victoria 2006 - MSC Musica 2007 - Costa Atlantica 2007 - MSC Sinfonia 2008
I'll copy below the industry blurb I got on the change. They are currently selling both ships under the new name.
Azamara Cruises, a division of Celebrity cruises, is a deluxe line designed to offer exotic, destination-driven travel experiences. Azamara provides guests with a distinctive combination of impeccable service, exceptional cuisine and off-the-beaten-path destinations, with truly immersive excursions.
The intimate Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, formerly the Celebrity Journey and Celebrity Quest, allow passage into remote ports that larger cruise ships are unable to reach, some of which have never before been visited by cruise ships. An onboard "excursion expert" will be available to help guests choose shore excursions personalized to their interests and educate passengers on the culture and history of each port. Butler service is on hand in every stateroom and suite, and guests can enjoy a daily fruit basket, fresh-cut flowers, flat-screen televisions and wireless internet. With an emphasis on luxury and relaxation, Azamara cruise ships provide private spa services available in each stateroom, as well as a variety of services accessible in the ship's spa, including microderm abrasion and acupuncture.
Azamara Cruises features destinations including Bermuda, the Caribbean, South America/Antarctica, the Panama Canal, Europe and Asia.
Azamara Journey has completed its first cruise, if you can call it that. They should have had a shakedown cruise. It left a day late, and construction and repairs continued while underway. They received full refunds, so it was free. But some observed "you get what you pay for". Some people left the ship in Bermuda and flew home, they were that disgruntled. All agreed it was a beautiful ship, and photos endorse that. Reports of this experience will keep me from ever signing up for an inaugural cruise. But I'm not going to cancel my 10/27/07 Journey reservation.