Azamazing

Azamazing

I have attended on seminar at sea already and a private function meet and greet. I am very impressed with Azamara. The Captain and cruise director also participated with our seminar and shared some great stories of their experiences on this ship. Roger Moore one of the James Bond actors and his wife sailed with this ship not too long ago and we saw pictures.

It is not a brochure outlying the specialness of Azamara …. But rather, a destination guide. “You will love where we take you”. Longer stays, more overnights and night touring. Azamazing evenings are unique, authentic and exclusive. This ship is doing the very first one on the Journey, in Haifa. Lucky us!

Complimentary beverages on this sailing just started this cruise as well. People are really talking about what sets Azamara apart from the rest. Destination immersion is the brand. Average age 56-58 years of age.

The service is outstanding. The maitre d, room stewards, front desk and wait staff are all terrific. I am so pleased with the whole experience. Really memorable.

Fantastic time being had by all. We are having some laughs. Travelling with my mom is a hoot and so good for us both. Great relationship and quality time. Eating together, laughing together and seeing new sites together. Of course, shopping together!

Love to all,

Pamela

It’s going to be hot

It’s going to be hot.

Hey all, heading to Israel tonight and will be there in the morning. We had our sea day and ate way too much food and specialty drinks and wine and so much excess. Phew. Even sat on deck and read a book for a while. Beautiful flat seas.

Tomorrow we have opted for a safe and only half day tour of Jaffa and TelAviv. Once we have done that, there is a complimentary shuttle in to town in Ashdod. We need to find postcards to send to grandsons, and a flag to add to the collection they have of Grammies travels. I also want to get another sticker for my suitcase. Feels like fun to me. No other real shopping necessities but open to whatever we find. Neither of us has been to this country before.

Most people on the cruise are doing tours to Jerusalem and Bethlehem I imagine. 10-11 hour day. There are so many choices and all will be good I think. Ashdod is one of the oldest cities in the world. I can’t imagine what it will be like. So much rich history.

We don’t leave this port till after 10 pm. I wonder about all the exciting new old things we will see and encounter.

Azamara is a great cruise line, fabulous itineraries and night touring, exotic destinations.

Sea day in med

Sea day in the Med

I have two hours with Seminar at Sea commencing 830 am. So up early and dressed in business casual clothes. The sea is a bit rocky and we have not seen the sun yet this morning. This promises to be a day for reading and checking out the ship.

Mom and I are going to check out the breakfast buffet and then after my seminar, we will partake in the brunch served in the dining room. The day may centre around food! Well, that is cruising! And of course enrichment seminar on the history of Israel ( where we will be tomorrow) and for two days.

At 330 is the future cruise presentation. And we typically eat again around 630 ish and then join for the entertainment later in the evening. A nice rhythm for this cruise. Only one sea day so it will be nice to relax some and enjoy the sun when it burns through.

Lovely day, wish you were here!

Love Pamela

Chania Crete

Kalimera from Crete

Not sure what day it is, second full day of cruise. We are stopped outside this lovely place and tendering in to town today. Last year I was here with Steve, Marilyn and Alex. We wandered through town and bought some olive oil soaps. It was my last port of call before Rome and coming home.

This time, it feels like our holiday has just begun. Walking, chatting, being. We have really enjoyed all our dinner partners and also having room service each morning, eating on the veranda as we watch the entry in to a new port.

There are beaches here however we probably won’t search for them. Just walking and exploring the local fare.

Later: returned from an awesome day in Chania. Wow! Such friendly service, not pushy and with exquisite Greek designer clothes and jewellery. I thoroughly enjoyed Chania as much this time than last year.

We walked along the sea wall, then ventured inland on small uncrowded streets. Sure there were tourist shops that we avoided, and a market that seems to go on forever and then there were delightful clothing stores with spectacular outfits, designer brand names I recognized from my previous visit.

I picked up a few things and still wishing I had picked up more. Light airy, flattering and flowy. Just the way I like it. No bottoms, and I even found a sale rack with 50% off for some great linen and cotton things that just can’t be found where we live.

I see yellow and black / white combinations, some bright coral to orange and vibrant blues seem to be colours du jour. my mom spied an awesome ring for my long fingers, the sign of circle of live /infinity.

We had tendered in and then the ship relocated to a port and we all took the city bus to join the ship at the pier. Up to our room to enjoy the time together and talking about our day.

Dinner of surf and turf. Filet mignon and lobster tail with a great sauce. I also ordered steamed veggies. Shrimp cocktail every night and fabulous soups.

The wine is bottomless but apparently we are not. At one point I had 5 or 6 beverages in front of me. Drinks as well as wine are complimentary on this cruise, however we have yet to enjoy any spirits (yet). The cruise is young and our first and only sea day is tomorrow so perhaps a happy hour may be on the horizon. The red tonight was called the Crusher, I think, merlot. The whites have been great as well, mostly Chardonnay.

Hotter each day and tonight we have howling winds on the seas.

Time to call it a night. I have completed the quick feedback survey and give Azamara an easy 8 out of 10. Looking for a ten before disembarkation.

Heading now to Israel, then Cyprus before we head back to more Greece. I will pick up more postcards for the grandsons.

Good night my peeps, and loving family. Sleep well where you are, and wish you were here.

Love Pamela
Xoxoxoxo

Coming to Crete

Kalimera from Crete

Not sure what day it is, second full day of cruise. We are stopped outside this lovely place and tendering in to town today. Last year I was here with Steve, Marilyn and Alex. We wandered through town and bought some olive oil soaps. It was my last port of call before Rome and coming home.

This time, it feels like our holiday has just begun. Walking, chatting, being. We have really enjoyed all our dinner partners and area having room service each morning, eating on the veranda as we watch the entry in to a new port.

There are beaches here however we probably won’t search for them. Just walking and exploring the local fare.

Island Nafplion

Island Nafplion

The centre square is paved with marble. This is an ancient city surrounded by shops and cafes. Bakeries, tourist shops and a boardwalk promenade. There is a fortress as well a prison (no longer in use) sits in the harbour on its own island. Interesting and gloomy energy.

A local tourist gal is by the main lobby and we stop to chat and learn from her. It’s will be an awesome day to wander and look. Gentle day in Greece. It’s is my first time here and we tender in. We share the harbour with Oceania Riviera ship. Very beautiful and both my favourite cruise lines.

Later: we investigated the streets of marble throughout old town. Shops, cafes, interesting people. Many from our ship we recognized. We found some little treasures. I was looking for a coin or pendant of Greece. I found one to add to my collection around my neck. Some said it was some ancient calendar, some said it is a collection of Greek symbols and came from Ephesus. Once I found it, there were several others in a few more shops, silver, comparable prices. I looked at rings and clothes, but not much tempted me. I found a cute ring, no symbol of significance and I had to take off one of maxi sting rings to make room for the new addition.

I found some more suitable postcards to send to Luke and Jack.

We came back to the ship and had salmon brochettes by the pool area … And Mediterranean grilled veggies. Yum! A glass of white wine for the day. Off to our room to et ready for the evening. I had a date with the maitre d from diniNg area to discuss my food issues. Then on to a cocktail party meet and greet with 189 travel agents! I am shocked by the large number.

Ten dinner with another couple. They were lovely, married 30 years, live in San Diego. Both very tall. We ended up talking a lot about criminals and youth and what people can do to assist. It was a great chat. Then we went to the show together and listened with goosebumps to the singing voice of the cruise director from Toronto Eric de Gray. Powerful voice and very entertaining!

Checked email this morning. The sun came out and the day was so great. Relaxing and so enjoyable.

Wish you were here.

Love Pamela

Ps off to Crete, Chania is the port town, more tendering. I loved this city when I was here in the fall. It seemed much hotter then.