This is a review of the transatlantic segment of our trip. Late in 2011, we took our first cruise on Azamara, two back to backs in Asia. It was a wonderful 4 weeks.
Since then, we have been on the Quest to Sicily and in March of this year we spent another 28 days on Quest, sailing from Miami and ending in Monte Carlo.
The transatlantic was our third time crossing. Azamara continued to WOW us with wonderful food, delightful staff in a gracious setting. Staff are happy in their jobs and it shows. The leadership of hotel director, Phillip Herbert, who is charming and everywhere on the ship...his very high profile contributes to the warm hospitality extended by everyone on the ship.
The food in the main dining room was perfectly presented with creative menu's. Service was equal to the service in the specialty restaurants. Windows Cafe had lots of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Indian food buffet was just wonderful! Our favorite specialty restaurant was Prime C but many raved about the other restaurant, Aqualina.
Afternoon tea served everyday either in the Windows Cafe or the Looking Glass. Delicious scones and other afternoon delights along with music provided by the onboard harpist. So genteel.
Wine choices were very nice and if a cruiser didn't like a wine, previous days wines were available.
Our cabin was kept spotless. We have sailed in a suite and in balcony cabins. There is little difference in the quality of the service between the suites and other cabins. Obviously suites are bigger but cabins are quite livable. Linens were very nice, fresh flowers, and the ice bucket always filled.
Entertainment was as much or as little as one might desire. If serenity is what you seek, retire to the beautiful library. Shows, games, exercise classes, scrapbooking and really good lecturers are just a few to mention.
Few ports on a transatlantic cruise is standard. It is inevitable that some ports will fall on a Sunday. If that is an issue, look before you book.
We met some interesting, fun folks which enriched the experience. The vast majority we met were seasoned travelers. Often we requested a large table at dinner and became acquainted with some very nice people with a diversity of backgrounds.
We had another grand time on the Quest and we recommend it without reservation. We are seasoned discerning travelers. We have been to 98 countries and still going. We are already looking at our next cruise on the Quest.