Azamara Quest - Athens to Venice: Azamara Quest Cruise Review by henrytf
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Azamara Quest - Athens to Venice
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
There were a small number of children on board and few teenagers, the staff went out of the way to look after them & they seemed to be enjoying themselves, but I would say the ship is more geared to adults. We rather missed the 'formal dress' dinners. The complimentary & drinks package is a bit strange - eg having checked in for dinner, having a glass of wine whilst waiting is $8 once you are at the table its complimentary for the same wine!
All in all full marks !
*** Not listed in the Port list - Hvar Croatia - tender port lying off the coast, part the Dalmation Islands - a little Jewel!! - easy walking in and around the town and along part of the coast path - well worth the visit!
*** Advised to carry passports when on shore in some non EU ports. Less
Cabin review: VX8001 Club Deluxe Veranda Stateroom
Cabin 8001 - Requested double bed - was queensized ! cabin seemed to be about the same size as the small suites on Braemar/Balmoral, Lots of pillows. Fridge & mini bar - soft drinks complimentary. Small sofa, dressing table & stool - tray with Ice bucket- topped up at least twice per day also 2 bottles of water, fresh fruit & fresh flowers.Telephone, hairdryer & TV. Plenty of draws & wardrobe space. Aircon was fine, fiddly to get right at night so not too cold.We stored our cases all inside the largest and then in the bottom of the wardrobe- but you can have them stored else where - just ask!Bathroom small and the toilet at an angle, shower space is on the small size with a curtain, plenty of towels, never a problem with hot water.We are about a size UK 14 & 16 - if you were much bigger then the bathroom could be a bit more of a problem !! - did not hear any complaints though.Balcony not huge, had two chairs and a rather over sized table. The pool deck is above and forms a small roof over, but still able to sit & sunbathe. Last cabin forward before door to crew area - never a problem, but during crew safety drill was a bit congested.Despite being a forward cabin did not find the motion uncomfortable whilst under way, but no rough weather encountered.Read All Club Deluxe Veranda Stateroom (VX) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Coach transfer from port
Lots to see in the town very busy - but the old fort involves quite a bit of walking - go early when not too hot.
Chania - quite a large town lots to see walking fairly easy. Visited on a Sunday lots of shops closed.
Very pretty waterfront.
Tender port, but landing direct to the old city walls - Unesco site but well worth the visit a walk round the ancient walls a must - there are a couple of bars part way round ! Fantastic views.
In the main few places take euros, but several stores have change bureus. Tickets for the walls can be paid by credit card.
There is a chair lift up to the hill overlooking the new & old town.
Fantastic early morning sail in, a guide came aboard with the pilot and gave an on deck running commentary for almost an hour as we negotiated the harbour entrance which is like a Fiord, docked right by the town no more than 5 mins easy walk.
Unesco site lots to see & traditional market.
Some great shops & restaurants / bars & prices very good, not all places would take Euro's but several places would exchange to local currency.
Well worth an evening stroll into town when its cooler.
The Captain decided to take us on an accompanied trip up the hill to the fort!
The sail in to both Kotor and Venice were our cruise highlights!
Fantastic tour - great tour guide (Khan)the ships crew provided midway through the ruins tour cold drinks & frozen towels.
Very crowded also very hot time of year to do this - might be better in spring time. Was impossible to browse the town of Kusadasi without being pestered to buy something though.
House of the Virgin Mary
Fantastic tour - great tour guide (Khan)
Very crowded long queues also very hot time of year to do this - might be better in spring time. Was impossible to browse the town of Kusadasi without being pestered to buy something though.
Another tender port - but fantastic little town - like Greece used to be!
Walking no problem and regular boat trips to the ancient ruins.
The only way up is chairlift, Donkey or walk! if you don't like the 1st 2 its a tough climb in the heat.
Pretty little town some great views. (Tender required to go ashore)
The star of the show! sailing into Venice was something we have wanted to do for a long time! A running commentary was provided over the PA system as we sailed into the lagoon, being a small vessel we moored alongside the ferry terminal in the Giudecca Canal rather than with the other cruise vessels in the docks round the corner.
It was about 15 mins easy walk to the Accedemia bridge another 10 to St Marks Sq.
We had allready booked a table in Aqualina for the Saturday, evening the icing on the cake was that we had dinner with a rooftop view across Venice!