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    Hot off the Press: Tuesday's Travel Tip!
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    Hello Everyone, I am so excited to go on my second cruise with Carnival this coming Nov 24. Hopefully it will be very family friendly since my DD 8yrs will be with me. Do reply if you are going 🙂 Cant wait to meet everyone Anita
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    It's nearly November. Most of us have been shoreside and land locked since February or March 2020, or even earlier. The COVID-19 pandemic with the assistance of the CDC has seen to it that we won't be cruising any time soon. The CDC has extended it's No-Sail Order, again, through October 31, 2020, and who knows when ships will return. Unless you have been lucky enough to be able to cruise one of the European lines or a small ship adventure line exempt from the CDC's order, you're probably suffering from cruise withdrawal, wondering when and if you'll ever again be aboard a cruise again. Not that we don't have feelings. We recall the rampant cases of Coronavirus on board cruise ships earlier in the year, the quarantine that kept guests at sea for what seems like forever, and the crew members stranded aboard for many months away from their families while ships were kept away. While the virus continues to rage and re-emerge around the country, especially in the U.S., we remember those friends and loved ones who have become ill and those who have tragically died. Now eight months later, and the virus is still very much alive, surging in some cases, and people are getting restless. Still, passionate cruisers want to cruise again - someday. And I believe we will, when it's deemed safe, when proper precautions are in place, and when there is a vaccine. Even now, cruise lines are working hard to secure that we can be healthy and safe when it's time to get back to the ocean. In the meantime, let's think about the ways we can survive this cruise drought. Plan Now, Sail Later! This is first and foremost the best way to combat cruise withdrawal. Just as the melancholy that takes over when you arrive home after disembarking a memorable cruise, the same principle applies. Don't put it off any longer. Book a cruise now, even if you're not sure what the future holds for cruise ships. Those of you whose cruise was canceled and you were given future cruise credit, it's easy. Just choose another cruise and move your funds over. However, if you've only been dreaming and wondering if you'll ever sail again, put those dreams to action. Book a cruise now and sail later. Most lines now have opened bookings up to 2022, are offering free amenities galore, and have instituted flexible cancellation and change policies. They value your business and are making it easier than ever to plan for later. In fact, assuming that the CDC drops the No-Sail order, cruise lines are betting that they will depart U.S. ports as early as December or January, and if you can tolerate risk of cancellation, you could snag a great deal! See Where Others Are going! Okay, so you're still not sure you want to invest your time and energy in a future cruise during these uncertain times. I get it. We're all apprehensive, cautious and nervous about how this virus will play out. It's time to read, research and stalk the internet. People ARE currently traveling - not cruising, of course, but they are taking to the roads or the air. Do you notice how other people simply LOVE to flood social media with their latest and greatest travel photos? Does it make you crazy that they are traveling and you're not? Instead of wallowing in envy and jealousy, find out how these people are making it happen. What steps are they taking and how are they getting there? For example, I have several friends and acquaintances that have recently traveled amidst a pandemic, places like Cancun, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Las Vegas and our National Parks. They post photos of pristine beaches, majestic mountains, rugged canyons and frilly umbrella drinks. They report traveling to these places easily, safely and without major incident. Take a look at the trips others are successfully taking and ask yourself - could I do this? Road Trip It! If you simply can't wait until it's safe to cruise again, take a quick road trip. A short 3-day trip will clear your head and soothe your soul. Depending on where in the country you're located, it could be a mountain retreat, a lakeside cabin or a beachside resort. Research the particular COVID policies for your destination, grab your mask and hand sanitizer, and take to the highway. Got a camper? Lucky you! Take off and see the country in your home-to-go! Or camp out under the stars in your favorite tent. Dream Up a Staycation! If accommodations make you nervous, simply plan a day trip. Take to the road for a few hours and admire the scenery, whether it be snow-capped mountains or seaside vistas. If you're a photography snob, grab your camera and do a photo shoot. Alternatively, plan a virtual vacation in your living room or on the outside patio. If you're lucky to live in constant warmth and sun, a backyard pool and garden patio can be a great escape without the expense. Make some frilly umbrella drinks and pretend you're in the Caribbean. If you live in the snow belt, loop a virtual cruise or ocean video on your TV, lay a blanket out on the floor, whip up some Pina coladas in the blender, and have a picnic. A backyard fire pit can provide hours of camp-out fun, so grab some marshmallows! Bide Your Time and Don't Give Up! If the virus doesn't seem to be going anywhere and infection rates are up in your area, don't let it get you down. Unfortunately, the virus is still here and is creating disharmony across the country, on both sides of masking. If you feel it's just not the right time to travel, you're not alone. There continue to be risks, and peoples' lives are at stake. But don't despair - be proactive. Think about the destinations on your bucket list. Particularly those that can be reached by cruise ship. Read about it and make it forefront in your mind. Prepare and be ready when the coast is clear to book your dream trip! Realize that opportunities for both cruise and land travel - and to travel freely - will return. Just be patient! In the meantime, dream about those amazing travel adventures to come. ________________________________ Thanks for reading! Comments and suggestions are always welcome. For inspiration or assistance with cruise or land vacation planning, visit me at Seven Sea Journeys.
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    AndiD

    New Member Introductions

    Hi Jiggy, We have done that sailing twice - both times with Royal Caribbean, on the Radiance. This cruise sailed from Vancouver and ended in Honolulu, so it was only 11-days for the cruise itself. We have also done roundtrip from LA on Princess, which was 15 days. We did love the roundtrip, but the one-way gave us many more days in Hawaii....the itinerary itself was more port-intensive, and we tacked on a few days in Honolulu afterward. We loved sailing out of Vancouver toward Hawaii; the weather was perfect in both September and October and after the first day or so, it was warm enough to be on the pool deck - in our bathing suits! Now that Celebrity and Holland are both sailing from Vancouver you have more choices - so go with the itinerary and dates that work best for you. We love the Koningsdam and now that I know it is going....I will definitely look at that itinerary! BTW - We are two seniors in a balcony - you will love the sea days on your balcony on this cruise!! Be sure to tell us what you choose and when you go - we will cheer you on!
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    Hahaha - you caught that before I fixed it 😁
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    Wow Andi, that's on my bucket list as well. I just might join you. It would be nice to get a group together again.
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    Jan115

    Hey Y'all

    Welcome back to CruiseCrazies. Looks like you joined us in 2010. No one is cruising now, but do you have any cruises coming up to look forward to? I look forward to chatting!😎🛳
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    Thanks for continuing to keep us updated, Jan!
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    Jan115

    Online Cruise Industry courses

    Karina, To become CLIA certified you have to be actively selling. Since you're in Australia, you should look at some online travel courses at your local colleges. If you're really serious about selling travel, you could join a host agency that provides on-line training and support. Do a Google search for host agencies.
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    Jason

    Another Covid Casualty - Cruise Travel Magazine

    So bummed to heart this news! Have always LOVED every issue and CruiseCrazies had been featured in the magazine numerous times over the years. Glad I still have some copies to hold onto for the future.
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    Shari2

    Introduction

    Hi Andrew! I am Sharon. I live in Minnesota. It's happy to have you here.
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    Miranda

    FREE Gratuities + 5 FREE Amenities

    I don't know about you, but I don't really need free kids to go with my cruise 😇
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    I got the Cliff Notes version, and my eyes glazed over from just reading that.
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    Just doing my part to keep cruise and travel on our minds even though it all seems dead in the water right now. Thinking positively.😎
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    Jan115

    Favorite Cruise Activities???

    Glad to hear you’re thinking optimistically and planning now for next year! I am a pretty sedentary person on a cruise, preferring to lounge in a chair and nap or read most of the day, which is why I gravitate towards Princess and to smaller ships. I love the production shows at night, and Norwegian does a great job with their Broadway series. If you’re the type that likes non stop entertainment, you can’t go wrong with NCL and Carnival. For even more activity and people watching, though, you might want to try Royal’s Oasis class ships with their Floating-resort feel and “neighborhoods”, and a cabin overlooking Central Park or Boardwalk. If you’re traveling with a family of varying ages, these ships have something for everyone. For ports, I love The NYC or Boston to Bermuda cruises. The ship sits in port for three days with plenty of opportunity to explore the island. Any of the cruise line private islands (Cococay, Great Stirrup Cay) are always a great beach day. My favorite Caribbean ports have been St. Maarten, Aruba, Grand Cayman, and Ocho Rios. Caribbean is nice but my all-time fave destinations are Alaska, Norway, Mediterranean, and the British Isles. Check out some of the recent reviews here on CruiseCrazies for more inspiration. Have fun on your cruise!
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    AndiD

    The Benefits of a Travel Agent in an Uncertain World

    Great article, Jan! Even though I have taken 30+ cruises I would never think of booking without a good travel agent. All of the points in your article are spot on, and unless you opt for a very high-end, exclusive travel agency, the cost to use an agent is $0! So why not take advantage of their expertise and access?! You can still maintain as much control over the details as you want....or....you can leave everything up to your agent if planning is not "your thing". And CruiseCrazies even makes it easy - check out their recommended Authorized Agents - I have!!
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    FLTop

    Carnival Glory December 20 - 27, 2020

    Thank You! Crossing fingers, arms, legs, toes and eyes for your upcoming cruise. 😁
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    Jason

    Let's Cut the Cruise Lines Some Slack

    Well said, Jan. Thanks for posting!
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    charlotter1415

    Cruise Line Favorites??

    Hey everyone! I am new to the CruiseCrazies community and am so excited to explore it some more. I am currently planning a trip but want some other opinions to ensure a great trip. I have been on many cruises, mostly when I was younger. The cruises I do remember are the Norwegian Epic, Carnival Dream, and Carnival Sunshine. I therefore only have knowledge of Carnival and NCL for the most part. I would love to get some opinions on which cruise lines everyone prefers and why. I would love to know the value in everyone's favorite and what you look at when booking a cruise. Thanks in advance everyone! I know this will make the decision much easier.
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    AndiD

    Great Cruise Ship Casinos

    Us too - but we don't bet much and we chalk it up to a little bit of fun.
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    Jan115

    RCL "Key" program

    I've heard a lot of mixed reviews on Royal Caribbean's Key Program, so I'll be interested to see how it goes for you. When are you cruising?
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    kcl57

    RCL "Key" program

    For our next cruise on Liberty of the Seas, we've booked the "Key". It looks promising priority boarding and priority tendering drop off our carryon to be delivered to our room (yes, no lugging around my roller bag!) Lunch at the steakhouse. Zoom wifi included Special times for the rock wall, Flow-Rider and right now, it's on sale, so yeah. Gonna give it a try!
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    An open letter to the media: Back off, get your facts straight and stop whipping up hysteria about cruise ships. A completely new phase of “Turn Back The Boats” which is bordering on immoral. All ships out there off the coast only have crew. The last ship disembarked all guests in Sydney around 20 March. Most ships also disembarked a number of crew around the same time to head back to their home county, however a number of crew are needed on board to maintain the ship and keep it operational. They (ships) are here because they were based (home porting) here at the time, and anticipate resuming their operations here when this all blows over. And according to CLIA, the sector contributed over $5 billion to the economy last year. That’s over $5,000,000,000. The problem for Ruby Princess and some of the Royal Caribbean ships is that Covid-19 has been brought onboard at some stage - more than likely by a guest who has gotten through the screening process a number of weeks ago when they boarded. It should be said they likely were not aware of - or not showing - symptoms at the time, however there are now still residual effects on some crew from the spread of the virus on board. Unfortunately with this virus in an enclosed space, it easily spreads as we have seen on ships, at weddings, social gatherings, sporting events and the like. The question is, given the worldwide shutdown and closure of ports, where are these ships supposed to go? Particularly if there are illnesses on board, are we just to say bugger off and fend for yourselves? Do we simply treat them like people smugglers and "turn back the boats"? Certainly the politicians and media are doing their best to whip up a storm, which I think is leaning towards an approach completely lacking in morality.. Thank You Matt Halloran for your brave words that the Media should take note of. All photos taken by our photographer, Brian Gaskin of www.australiancruisingnews.com.au We Are The HOME Of Australian Cruising! #WeWillBeBack #Comebacknew #LikeNoPlaceOnEarth #ChooseFun @pocruisesau @Carnivaloz @PrincessCruises @rciaustraliaandnz @CarnivalAustNews @CelebrityCruisesAUNZ @Princess_AUST @HALCruises @Cunard @gordanos @Stuarta11
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    Welcome to www.australiancruisingnews.com.au we are back ! We are the Home of Australian Cruising! We focus on the ships that are based and homported in Australian waters every Australian Cruising season. Australian Cruising News are proud to be independent of the cruise lines and do not offer bias reviews or opinions of cruise lines or their ships, we are not like some other media outlets that are online or operate though social media outlets . Every review and opinion is strictly our own. This is something we are very proud of. So for independent opinions and reviews and the latest cruising news, come and join our cruising community. We are on our website, facebook, instagram and many other social media sites .
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    Thanks to all the authorities for making the right decision. Passengers must be so relieved to finally be heading home after such an ordeal. Wishing them a safe trip home! In the meantime, wishing the remaining 26 quarantined on board with mild symptoms a speedy recovery, and thinking of the families of the four deceased.
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    Thanks for sharing Jan, will help promote on social media as well.
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    Stay positive, believe that this, too, shall pass, and book a cruise NOW for later. There are great new deals for fall 2020, 2021 and even 2022! For ideas and inspiration, message me or visit: https://7seajourneys.com
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    Jan115

    GRAND PRINCESS - 8/21/21

    And what a deal it was! Thanks for not letting the current gloom and doom get you down and thinking ahead to better times. 😁🛳👏
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    Certainly a sight we don’t see every day. But don’t let COVID-19 prevent you from looking to the future. Let’s get beyond the gloom and doom and plan something for fall or 2021. The virus may take a hit on personal finances, but even having a 3-day cruise to look forward to will be uplifting!
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    KeithnRita

    MSC Cruise Lines

    We have friends who cruised MSC last year and they loved it. They especially liked the food and service in the dining room. if they would stage a ship in NOLA we would probably book just to try something new.
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    Redfriz

    Princess-Island 3/7/2020

    This is Karen Schleimer from Mount Kisco, New York, traveling with my friend Joyce Gordon. Please let us know if you will be joining us on this cruise and whether anyone might be organizing anything this trip. Looking forward to meeting everyone!
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    Jason

    Welcome, SunnyD ! See you around!

    Welcome, SunnyD! See you around!
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    With us I think they will remain a virgin!
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    Desperate situations call for desperate measures!😄 Other reports mentioned they ordered 2 cases, and this was just the first drop. Cheers!😎👍🛳🍷🍷🍷🍷
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    Well I would say they are making the best of it, right?!
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    cruzngene51

    MSC Cruise Lines

    Oh thanks for your interest. I will defiantly make a post about my experience on here about the MSC cruise line,
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    Jason

    Welcome, Robbie ! See you around!

    Welcome, Robbie! See you around!
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    Oh what the heck, I’ll take the $240,000 owner’s suite. If I could afford a luxury world cruise, why not go for it all!
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    Jan115

    Sky Princess

    Not yet, but as you can see from my signature, CruiseCrazies is cruising the Sky Princess in November. I hope you enjoy her! Please tell us all about the ship and your experience when you return so we all know what to expect!😎🛳
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    Jason

    Visit TravelCrazies - Our Sister Site!

    Excited to announce the launch of TravelCrazies.com - Featuring the most interesting, entertaining and helpful travel content such as tips, news, videos, articles and more … All focused on travel including destinations, the traveling lifestyle, food & drink from across the globe, video segments and more. While CruiseCrazies has always focused specifically on the cruise industry, TravelCrazies as the name implies, tremendously broadens the scope of content we can now deliver. CruiseCrazies IS NOT going anywhere. TravelCrazies simply complements our existing online community which has been online since 2001. Read more on the history of CruiseCrazies here. Because our new sister site is purely content based, there is no membership necessary. TravelCrazies is one of three additional sites that have been launched, as part of the new Crazies Network. The other sites are FoodCrazies (Delicious Recipes including Entrees, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, Dessert and more) and FitCrazies (Fitness Tips, Workouts, Healthy Eating, Sports Medicine and more). Examples of recently published content on TravelCrazies: 20 Best Places to Visit in 2020 US airlines are set for a 10th year of profits Inside China’s luxury hotel boom Delta partners with Wheels Up, creating one of the world’s largest Confessions of a private jet flight attendant The hot new island-hopping destination Desert hunting with the world’s fastest bird Your Guide to Responsible Travel to Thailand Please check out TravelCrazies today and share with friends, family and coworkers! View full article
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    Excited to announce the launch of TravelCrazies.com - Featuring the most interesting, entertaining and helpful travel content such as tips, news, videos, articles and more … All focused on travel including destinations, the traveling lifestyle, food & drink from across the globe, video segments and more. While CruiseCrazies has always focused specifically on the cruise industry, TravelCrazies as the name implies, tremendously broadens the scope of content we can now deliver. CruiseCrazies IS NOT going anywhere. TravelCrazies simply complements our existing online community which has been online since 2001. Read more on the history of CruiseCrazies here. Because our new sister site is purely content based, there is no membership necessary. TravelCrazies is one of three additional sites that have been launched, as part of the new Crazies Network. The other sites are FoodCrazies (Delicious Recipes including Entrees, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, Dessert and more) and FitCrazies (Fitness Tips, Workouts, Healthy Eating, Sports Medicine and more). Examples of recently published content on TravelCrazies: 20 Best Places to Visit in 2020 US airlines are set for a 10th year of profits Inside China’s luxury hotel boom Delta partners with Wheels Up, creating one of the world’s largest Confessions of a private jet flight attendant The hot new island-hopping destination Desert hunting with the world’s fastest bird Your Guide to Responsible Travel to Thailand Please check out TravelCrazies today and share with friends, family and coworkers!
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    Not going on this cruise but went to Israel last year (by air) and I loved it. There was a lot of walking and I got baptized in the Jordan River. Yeah, that was pretty cool. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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    Thank you, this is great information to have but I hope that I never need it.
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    This is great news! I have been longing for a return to smaller ship builds, and I love that NCL is offering a variety of ship styles to suit its customers. Still, 3,300 passengers is still pretty big, and it would even be better if we saw a 2,000 passenger ship appear down the line. There has to be a ceiling for “biggest ship in the world”, right?
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    In a 12-hour evolution several months back, the Boskalis semi-submersible heavy lift ship BOKA Vanguard successfully floated the cruise ship Carnival Vista aboard in order to facilitate repairs at a shipyard in the Bahamas. The BOKA Vanguard is the largest vessel of her type, and she has enough capacity to lift and carry the 4,000 passenger Carnival Vista. The Vista is experiencing technical difficulties with her azipods, and she needs to be drydocked in order to carry out the repairs. After the loss of Grand Bahama Shipyard's largest floating drydock in April, the nearest conventional solution for drydocking a vessel of Vista's size would be overseas - but the Vanguard could come right to the site. She will serve as a temporary drydock while repairs are carried out, and the Vista will only be out of service for 17 days and three sailings. The cruise ship is expected to resume her normal schedule later in the month. Watch the video to see a time-lapse summary from beginning to end. It's INCREDIBLE! By The Maritime Executive Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
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    Shari2

    DAILY DOCK for November, 2019

    Jan and Andi...Sorry about your trees. It's a sad thing to lose your trees. Miranda...you went to the theater. I bet you had lot of fun there. They wrote the whole play, the lyrics, & the music. Wow! Ray...I wish we were next door neighbors, so you two could hang out together. Thank you for saying that. I've been kind of down a little, but you just raised me up. I hope you and Yuki are doing ok. I will pray for you. You are the kindness man I've met. Except for my Marc. LOL Hi to Falina, & Jackie, too
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    Jan115

    Carnival Sets Largest Bermuda Season Ever

    I sure do wish a Carnival ship would cruise out of Boston to Bermuda, giving us a change from the same weekly Norwegian cruises. Haven't been a huge fan of Carnival, but I'd be willing to give them another try for a close-to home port!
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    Thanks for the article, Jason. I have many food restrictions and meet with the dining staff as soon as we get on board. I have found everyone to be incredibly accommodating!
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    That’s great news – we’ll have to look a little closer at Azamara Club Cruises!
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