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Old July 7th, 2009, 12:13 PM
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I can't decide! Celebrity would be on Connie 14 nights, Azamara would be 12 nights. Hubby wants St. Martin, I want St. Lucia, both go to both, the rest is gravy. Price isn't that different.... C3 $1,868, C2 $1913 and a C1 2002 pp. Azamara, 1C $2000 1B $2087.

We loved Millennium and not sure we're ready for such a small ship but would love to try either Oceania or Azamara. I realize it's March and Spring break might be a factor on Connie, although a 14 day cruise probably less so.
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Aren't you lucky to have THIS kind of decision to make? You know, they're both excellent choices though. The Connie is our favorite ship on =X=. St. Lucia was a fun port, man was it hot and humid!!!! Loved the little shops just outside the pier though and the people are very friendly.

For what it's worth...our last cruise was on Azmara's "sister ship", albeit Princess. We sailed on the Pacific Princess. That ship along wtih Azmara's Journey and Quest belonged to the former Renaissance line. Oceana, Princess and Azmara have the smaller vessels now, and they are all alike. My boss just returned from Azmara last week, and he sailed the Black Sea. We compared stories, and the ships are fairly identical...of course the Princess "experience" is far different from the Celebrity experience, IMHO.

Saying that, the small ship was nice, but we prefer the mid-to large size as the Connie is, but not the mammoth (Oasis). The Azmara ships are way smaller. The dining room is intimate, as is the theater. The theater is "Cabaret" style, without the big production numbers...again, very quaint...up close and personal. I think the ship only holds about 650 passengers, so you WILL see the same people every day, and get to know others quite easily.

The services is stellar, afterall it's =X=. You will use the stairs a lot more and get from Aft to Forward pretty darn quickly. Still, looking at her from the port, in the water is beautiful. Relatively speaking, she's small, but when you're on the ship, it doesn't seem dinky. You'll have most everything you experienced on the larger M-Class ships, but on a much smaller scale. Smaller shops, not as many - one floor in the dining room as compared to two huge floors...the buffet is smaller, pool and deck smaller as well.

Either way, what a decision! Have fun and happy sailing!
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If you want a ship with practically no kids on then Azmara is the one. I have toured the ships and they are small compared to todays ships.
But if it is relax and enjoy your down time Azmara is the line to go with.
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We sailed on the Azamara Journey last year and loved it. Small, intimate and a very relaxed pace. I found it vey lowkey and just about perfect. Our sailing had less than a handful of kids and they don't really seem to have much for them to do on board. I love Celebrity but given a choice I would pick Azamara hands down.
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On Azamara the focus is more on good food and the ports of call. It is a small ship for shorter lines and more personalized service.

If you want more shipboard activites - a nicer pool area, bingo, gym bigger casino, onboard shopping, bigger stage shows, etc, then stick with Millie.
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I can't decide! Celebrity would be on Connie 14 nights, Azamara would be 12 nights. Hubby wants St. Martin, I want St. Lucia, both go to both, the rest is gravy. Price isn't that different.... C3 $1,868, C2 $1913 and a C1 2002 pp. Azamara, 1C $2000 1B $2087.

We loved Millennium and not sure we're ready for such a small ship but would love to try either Oceania or Azamara. I realize it's March and Spring break might be a factor on Connie, although a 14 day cruise probably less so.
I'm sure that either cruise would be phenomenal!

That said, there are two significant questions to consider.

>> 1. Will there be any minors in your party? Celebrity's ships have full children's programs staffed by professional counsellors. Azamara ships do not.

>> 2. Do you and your husband enjoy dressing for "formal" evenings? Celebrity's cruises of fourteen nights have three (3) "formal" evenings, whereas Azamara's cruises prescribe "casual" attire every evening.

Other than those two differences, the facilities and amenities are pretty similar.

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I can't decide! Celebrity would be on Connie 14 nights, Azamara would be 12 nights. Hubby wants St. Martin, I want St. Lucia, both go to both, the rest is gravy. Price isn't that different.... C3 $1,868, C2 $1913 and a C1 2002 pp. Azamara, 1C $2000 1B $2087.

We loved Millennium and not sure we're ready for such a small ship but would love to try either Oceania or Azamara. I realize it's March and Spring break might be a factor on Connie, although a 14 day cruise probably less so.
I'm sure that either cruise would be phenomenal!

That said, there are two significant questions to consider.

>> 1. Will there be any minors in your party? Celebrity's ships have full children's programs staffed by professional counsellors. Azamara ships do not.

>> 2. Do you and your husband enjoy dressing for "formal" evenings? Celebrity's cruises of fourteen nights have three (3) "formal" evenings, whereas Azamara's cruises prescribe "casual" attire every evening.

Other than those two differences, the facilities and amenities are pretty similar.

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No minors, just the two of us. And I think we're done with formal, which is a very appealing side of Azamara.
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Sounds like Azmara may be a good choice for you.

I failed to mention in my earlier post, my boss and his significant other were invited to a Captain's dinner for the suite guests, on their Azmara Quest cruise last month. They held this in the library (which if it is at all similar to the library on the Pacific Princess, is beautiful!). Elegant 5-course meal with wine-pairing throughout.

He said that they were the only two in formal attire, aside from the Captain in his evening formal jacket! He said they felt out of place, lol. They're more of the 'old school' cruisers and like the pomp and circumstance of Cunard and Crystal, and sometimes HAL.

I would like the casual atmosphere of Azmara too...so tired of lugging around the tux and jackets.
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Thanks for everyone's response to this... we ended up booking.,...... Tahiti instead of the Caribbean! But thanks anyway
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Sounds wonderful!! What ship are you sailing on? Tahiti is on our bucket list!

Have a great time.
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Royal Princess. The 12 day Tahiti to Honolulu. So we get the small ship after all
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Lucky! We've looked at that cruise many times. What an incredible intinerary. Look forward to reading your review when it's complete.
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