We have recently returned from an 11 day cruise on Azamara Quest, which commenced in Rome on Tuesday 25th September 2012 and terminated in Barcelona on Saturday 6th October 2012. We have previously sailed six times on Azamara Quest and once on Azamara Journey, which qualified us as joint top cruisers on this occasion.
Our pre cruise package included an overnight stay in the Romanica Hotel, conveniently situated within walking distance of most of the popular tourist attractions in Rome. Following a coach transfer to Civitavecchia, we boarded the Quest in mid afternoon. Our stateroom was ready for us and our suitcases, which had been collected from the hotel during the morning, were already there. Our stateroom attendants looked after us very well throughout the cruise and replenished the water, fruit and toiletries as and when required.
It was a great pleasure to renew acquaintances with the Food & Beverages Manager, Ryszard Gusmann and the Cruise Director, Russ Thomas Grieve, whom we had met on previous cruises. We were also very pleased to meet Hotel Director Philip Herbert for the first time.
Once again the senior officers and indeed all the crew were very friendly; but we would like to pay special thanks to Ryszard, Russ & Philip, who worked tirelessly throughout the cruise, to Mustafa the Maitre d' of the speciality restaurants Prime C and Aqualina and to Nathalia Jacob, Le Club Voyage Hostess.
Once again we were very impressed by the effort that goes into setting up the excellent White Night evening deck buffet. On this occasion it was held in Mahon, Minorca towards the end of the cruise and Ryszard's crepes are definitely improving!
On previous Azamara cruises we have commented that the evening shows have been rather disappointing. However on this cruise the show productions and the entertainment by the guest performers were excellent. Also the show featuring the forever exuberant Russ was most enjoyable.
In summary this was another excellent cruise with Azamara Club Cruises. The officers and crew work very hard and do their best to ensure that the highest levels of service are provided at all times.
We look forward to our next cruises on Azamara Quest in March/April 2013, when we shall see the results of the refurbishments, following the imminent 7 days in dry dock.
Also we shall be amongst the first to experience the new inclusive benefits programme and we hope that we will not be disappointed, for in our view it will have to be really extra special to justify the substantial increase in prices and the discontinuance of the 50% reduction for pre-booked shore excursions, both of which have already been the subjects of much discussion in other forums.
We sincerely hope that Azamara Club Cruises has really thought this through. We have yet to be convinced!!