Loved our Azamara experience: Azamara Quest Cruise Review by traveler856
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Loved our Azamara experience
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
We enjoyed the mix of people - in addition to US passengers others were from Belgium, Australia, and Great Britain. The ports were wonderful. Can't say enough about the staff and how attentive they were. Their interest in our well-being seemed sincere. Appreciated the fact that there was little emphasis on hawking Bingo, the casino (a small one at that) and things for sale. There was a large, well-visited library full of natural light.
We especially enjoyed the fact that the ship stayed late in ports. The itinerary was interesting.
Our cabin was well-appointed and, unlike other cruises, had enough hangers. We appreciated the laundry facilities with provided More detergent. One afternoon the laundry was filled with 4 men - two watching sports on the tv, one ironing while sipping white wine and one waiting for the dryer to finish while sipping a beer. Now that is the way to do laundry!
Food was great and varied. We were able to have time to dine on shore if desired.
For a small ship the entertainment provided by the dancers and singers was outstanding. We also appreciated the local entertainment brought on board.
Safety and health seemed to be given high priority, for which we were appreciative.
Our captain circulated among the passengers and was very personable. It appeared that he was respected by the staff and maintained high standards. He kept us very informed about the technicalities entering or leaving a port.
Additional ports of call were Portovenere, Civitavecchia, Calvi (Corsica), Palamos (Spain) and Livorno. Portovenere is an interesting port on its own. Many of the passengers used it as means of traveling to Cinque Terre, either on excursions or on their own, which is what we did. We bought a round-trip ferry ticket at portside. We intended to walk the path connecting the cities, but learned that we needed to take the train because the path had eroded during the spring storms. The ferries were convenient and as enjoyable as the village visits. During our overnight stop in Livorno we had access to Florence and Pisa, by train or on excursion. Wish we had thought of staying in Florence as did one couple. They notified the ship and went ashore. They knew they wanted to maximize their visit in Florence, thus saved the travel time.
In Civitavecchia we were close to Rome and did a wonderful tour with Rome in Limo and Stefano as our driver. In doing so we were able to maximize our very short time in Rome. For first-time visitors who wanted to see the highlights it was the perfect solution. It gave us an overview and whetted our appetite for a return visit that would be more leisurely.
Calvi, Corsica, (France) was a beautiful port with interesting shops. We took a ship excursion and enjoyed seeing more villages on the island and learning about the history and how the island came to be French. We saw the Corsican flag displayed everywhere with pride. We learned a little about the rich agricultural heritage (olives, almonds, lemons, honey).
An unusual port of call was Palamós, where many of us chose a ship-arranged excursion to Figueres and the Dali Museum. Our guide was very capable of negotiating the crowds and giving a sense of Dali and features of the museum. Although he was multi-lingual many tour participants had trouble understanding and hearing him. It would have been a perfect situation for individual earphones as there were a number of school groups and the museum was noisy. We saw our guide the next day at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona guiding a group of German tourists. Although it was a hurried stop it was well worth taking the ship tour to see the countryside. The port town itself was very interesting and would have warranted a stop in itself.
Cabin review: 124035 Club Interior Stateroom
Cabin 4035, inside cabin, handicapped accessible. Had a large bathroom, but it was difficult for non-handicapped to shower with the hand-held shower as the water ran into rest of the room. Spaciousness was a bonus. Very quiet room. Appeared to adjoin the medical facility from the other side of the ship (locked door). We were bothered by light shining in around the locked door all night. Ended up asking to have the lights dimmed and put towels along the sill at night. Closets and drawers very generous.Read All Club Interior Stateroom (12) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
As a small ship we were able to dock, thus access to Monte Carlo was convenient. We were in Monaco two weeks before the Grand Prix and enjoyed walking along the streets set-up for the race course. Everything was convenient for walking and exploring from the port. Some passengers went to Nice (1 Euro bus ride) to visit museums or find a beach.
One interesting excursion was a tour of the interior of the palace, but we were too jet-lagged to be interested in an excursion immediately upon arrival.
Lovely small ship
First and last time cruiser