Azamara surprised us. We have taken 3 Oceania cruises and thought that we wouldn't find similar service levels. Fortunately Azamara surpassed our expectations - wonderful courteous staff; varied menus each night with an extensive "offered every day" selection; wines from different regions included with lunch and dinner; nice entertainment for a ship this size; friendly passengers; and one of the most visible Captains we have ever encountered!
We would highly recommend this line to anyone who enjoys small ship cruising.
Their 2013 itineraries are varied compared to other lines and they seem to offer overnights in more locations on every cruise.
Embarking in Amsterdam was a pleasure and our bags were delivered to our staterooms which were ready around 1 pm. All of the ports were well done, shore excursions were not terribly expensive and if you pre-booked there was a 50% off discount! Most of our ports were not included in the port review section below - as they were very tiny fjord towns: Molde - where the Jazz festival was happening; Andalsnes, a tinier town further inland from Molde, Geiranger, Eidfjord, and Stavanger.A shuttle was provided in Edinburgh and wasn't necessary in any other port as were right in town.
Disembarkation was the only downside to this trip. In Edinburgh there was no direction for taxis and the scene was chaotic. Aside from this, the trip was flawless!