Aldrich - Answered a Question by Stone (30 Oct 08 20:04)

Jan, a great cruise for singles because smaller ships mean more intimate friendlier atmosphere! Suggest you join the connections group and get chatting with your fellow cruisers before you board - then you have a selection of ready made friends! Go to azamaracruises.com >before your cruise >faqs and you need the 3rd link down that says 'connections'. There are some wonderful deals with OBD at the moment too....Happy cruisin'.

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Stone - replied to Aldrich (30 Oct 08 20:38)

Hi, thanks for the information, I'd better get booking and connecting! I hope I can find a good deal as I've already splashed out a small fortune for two weeks' single occupancy on Constellation. I know it will be worth it, it always is, just a painful dent in the bank balance when the invoice comes through. Happy cruising - Regards Jan .

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Aldrich - replied to Stone (30 Oct 08 20:59)

Don't forget you can get 'connecting' on the Connie too - same logic applies- got to celebritycruises.com >before your cruise >FAQs and the 3rd link down again. You will have to register but the link at the top that says 'boards' will give you all your info.

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Stone - replied to Aldrich (30 Oct 08 22:09)

Thanks, I've already checked out the Azamara site and found the 'Connections' section. I must register with Celebrity. See you at the party! Cheers - Jan .

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Aldrich - replied to Stone (31 Oct 08 09:07)

And thanks for saying 'thanks' - so few people do on this site!

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Stone (30 Oct 08 16:32)

Hi Jan, yes you are right to query as you are doing. The first thing to remember is that both Azamara ships are smaller ships holding generally less than 700 passengers so less people to chose from. Having said that because of their size they are more personal ships and you tend to get to know a much larger proportion of the people on board and we like that. The dining situation is one which you need not fear as the tables are for fours, sixes and eights in the main although there are other sizes. When you wish to dine you go to the Maitre'd's station at the entrance of the restaurant and you will be asked if you would like to join others and if so how many. We met so many people that way and many of them were singles who joined us and dinner times seem to last longer than on other ships because there was no rush because the next lot were waiting to dine etc. and because the system allows conversation to flow and develop. I am afraid that I cannot say whether single people we well looked after socially in the evenings and going ashore but the fact that we heard nothing to the contrary would indicate that that side was catered for. Whilst there are no formal nights people tended to dress well all the time and at no time did it feel stuffy or elitist. I felt that it was a better version of Celebrity with a lot more nice touches so I would say that if you enjoy Constellation, which incidentally we did, you should enjoy Azamara. We would be very interested in how you feel about that. ... Neil.

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Stone - replied to Neil & Ida Down (30 Oct 08 20:15)

Hi Neil, thanks for your prompt comments. I too prefer the smaller ships as you do seem to meet a greater number of passengers. On QM2 you could go the whole cruise without seeing the same person twice, although to be honest, that can be a bonus if you don't hit it off! I'm pleased the Maitre 'D seats singles with other diners as I'd hate to be 'Billy no mates' stuck in the corner alone. Although I did meet a lady on a recent cruise who preferred to spend every meal dining alone, each to his own I suppose. I'm used to 'open' dining on other ships, but only for breakfast and lunch. I find it fascinating talking to so many people from every walk of life and background, probably it's one of the reasons why I enjoy cruising so much. I'm not too bothered about being amused in the evenings, so long as there is some music, a few bars to prop up and people to chat to, I'm happy. I'd better start searching on the Azamara site and make a decision. Many thanks for all your help, Regards Jan.

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