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Azamara Quest Cruise Review by krsto: AZAMARA - ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS

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Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Middle East
Embarkation: Other

On 24th April my partner and I embarked on a 14 day repositioning cruise from Mumbai to Cairo on Azamara Quest. This was our second cruise on "Quest". Azamara has become our favourite cruise line for several reasons - the overall ambience and professional and genuinely happy crew - nothing is too much trouble. The complimentary inclusions of water, soft drinks, and wine at lunch and dinner. The top class entertainment. The excellent & well priced shore excursions.

Last year we were on the ship in Nagasaki, Japan when the Tsunami hit and we new how professionally Azamara and the Quest crew operated in an emergency. So despite the ship having endured an engine fire causing the cancellation of the cruise from Singapore to Mumbai we had no hesitation in joining the cruise. On boarding the ship we were welcomed with open arms (and champagne) by a crew eager to resume normal duties after 3 weeks of maintenance. Due to some cancellations the ship was only half full and we More immediately upgraded to a suite at minimal additional cost. This entitled us to the services of a butler - a charming young Mauritian who attended to our every need. We enjoyed breakfast served on our lovely balcony every morning, afternoon tea and evening cocktails from our complimentary bar and a selection of horsd'ouvres. We struggled to find room to enjoy the complimentary fine dining in the specialty restaurants (usually $25p.p.) Aqualina and Prime C. The entertainment was first class led by Russ Thomas Grieve one of the most talented Cruise Directors it has been our pleasure to meet. Russ often teamed up with the Hotel Directo Ryszard Gusmann & Executve Chef Fabio D'Agosta to demonstrate their culinary talents too!
One of the joys of a repositioning cruise are the number of sea days enabling us to enjoy the ships many facilties. We started every day with the complimentary Qui Gong classes (a static form of Tai Chi) followed by a relaxing session in the Thalassotherapy spa private area(complimentary for suite guests).

As members of Azamaras loyalty program"Le Club Voyage" we were also invited to a number of cocktail parties where we were greeted with genuine warmth each time by Captain Leif Karlsson and his senior officers.

The ports of call on a repositioning cruise are not always very exciting. We were disappointed that Muscat was cancelled before the cruise and Fujairah substituted As we were staying in Egypt for 8 days to visit all the highlights we did not take the option to visit Luxor from the port of Safaga. Sharm El Sheik is only worth visiting for its luxury resorts and Red Sea diving options which we did not take. The highlight for us was Aqaba enabling us to visit Wadi Rum and Petra

Passengers are welcomed on board Azamara Quest as family. Every effort is made to accommodate individual needs. There were approximately 80 Australian & New Zealand passengers on board. We were amazed that the ship had organised a special Anzac Day Dawn service for us - complete in every detail - a most moving experience.

Safety was the highest priority at all times - traversing the Gulf of Aden we had been drilled in emergency procedures in case of pirate attack. Ths drill had to be put into action once - but there was no panic due to the professionalism of all the crew. A few days before we were due to dock in Sokhna there was another incident in Cairo and the guest relations staff were very helpful in contacting our hotel to ensure our safety.

Azamara Quest will undergo a major refit in November and we look forward to booking another cruise next year.

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Published 05/20/12

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Cabin review: S1

Our suite was excellent - mid-ships & quiet location, wonderful butler service. Spacious wardrobe, comfortable bed, good lighting, lounge and chair with footrest. Bathroom with bath & plenty of storage space. Balcony was excellent - table and 2 chairs plus sun lounge.

Port and Shore Excursions

Petra Walking Tour

The trip to Petra was a full day tour - a 2 hour drive from Aqaba to the town of Petra and then a 90minute guided walk through the canyon to the Treasury and other wonders of Petra. Not a trip to be undertaken by the faint hearted - especially in hot weather! We were exhausted by the time we had walked back (another 90 minutes) to the hotel for a late lunch (delicious before boarding the coach for the drive back to Aqaba where we were welcomed back with a glass of champagne by the Captain Karlsson, Ryszard our Hotel Director, and Russ our Cruise Director mounted on camels!

Wadi Rum Walking Tour

The tour to Wadi Rum was everything we expected. Magnificent desert and mountain scenery, a hot, dusty & bumpy ride in an open 4 WD. We visited the oasis made famous by Lawrence of Arabia, drank tea with the Bedouins in their tents, and declined the opportunity to ride a camel!

The port is located 10 minutes from the Gateway of India & Taj Mahal hotel making it an easy destination to explore the major pints of interest - we had visited mumbai before so arrived the night before boarding the ship and did not take a tour. Boarding was very smooth - a shuttle bus took us from the port gates to the main processing hall and all boarding procedures wee competed within 15 minutes of arrival.

The port of Muscat was cancelled just after we booked this cruise and the port of Fujairah was substituted. Fujairah is a major re-fuelling port and like the majority of UAE countries - hot, dry, desert and rugged mountains. As we arrived on a Friday (Muslim holy day) we opted to take a short tour to visit the local mosques, fort, and Friday market. We would not put Fujairah on our "Must see" list of places to visit!
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The port of Muscat was cancelled just after we booked this cruise and the port of Fujairah was substituted. Fujairah is a major re-fuelling port and like the majority of UAE countries - hot, dry, desert and rugged mountains. As we arrived on a Friday (Muslim holy day) we opted to take a short tour to visit the local mosques, fort, and Friday market. We would not put Fujairah on our "Must see" list of places to visit!
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Red Sea Snorkeling

Only 10 passengers had booked this excursion (the majority had opted for the 14hour trip to Luxor!)We drove along the coast one hour to the resort town of Hurgharda - a mixture of high rise and half completed abandoned buildings (not very impressive. We boarded one of about fifty charter vessels in mediocre condition and headed out to an offlying island. on the way dolphins were sighted uch to the excitement of the charter boat skippers who endeavoured to round up the poor creatures for better viewing - this immediately scared then away! We anchored off the island and enjoyed some excellent snorkelling - lovely coral and colourful fish. Thwere were a large number of charter boats rafted up in te one spot and some quite perilous manouvers by boats near the snorkellers! We then went ashore on the island to Paradise Eco resort where we enjoyed lunch and a rather uncomfortable afternoon siesta on straw mats in little straw shade houses (no artificual materials allowed) We boarded the boat and were taken to another dive spot for more snorkelling before arriving back at Hurgharda marina for the trip back to Safaga.

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