We choose the Turquoise Coast 11-day voyage on August 30, 2013, from Azamara Club Cruises for that it offered the best itinerary to visit Turkey an Greece and for the mid size of Azamara Journey ship (694 passengers). We enjoyed very much our cruise : the ports of call were well selected, the shore excursions were well organized, the ship was just the good size for tranquillity and range of services, the staff was friendly and helpful and the cabin was comfortable.
We boarded in Istambul at 12:30 PM, we were directed to the Grand Salon for check-in and to our Veranda Room (#7060). All things go very fast.
The luggage came fastly after the arrival in our room. The stateroom was exactly as expected: a very comfortable bed, a small sitting area, a large window giving on the balcony with a table and 2 chairs. It is compact but convenient and we had enough room to store all our things. The bathroom was small but efficient with good smelling toiletries. The shower is very tiny but we had no problems at all with hot water and pressure. There was a very useful laundry room but the irons were flooding on the clothes.
After a four night stay in Istambul by ourselves, we visited with the cruise Canakkale, Lesvos, Patmos, Mykonos, Bodrum, Kas, Fethiye, Marmaris, Rhodes, Santorini and Athens at the end. Because of the strong winds, we went first to Patmos and after to Mykonos. However, we only stayed half a day instead of a complete day as planned, which was truly too short. Thus, probably for that reason, four people missed the boat. The captain did speak about this event but never explained what finally happened. Again because of the winds, they replaced the port of call of Kos by Bodrum. This city was less interesting than a Greek Island.
In Fethiye, Azamara organized an Amazing evening outside the ship to discover turkish music, dance and cuisine. 570 passengers participated in the event. The food was delicious and the music was excellent.
Food in the restaurants was remarkable. The menu at the main dining room Discoveries varied each evening and was wonderful. Many options for the appetizers, soups and salads, main entrees (beef filet, steak, halibut, snapper, salmon, tuna, duck, lamb, pasta, chicken,...) and desserts were available. The only one choice red and white wine which was included was very good and served generously. We made reservations for the two specialty restaurants requiring a cover charge of 25 $ per person each time. But we received a 200$ credit on our account which was appreciated. We went twice at the Aqualina serving mediterranean food and once at the Prime C which was a steak house. We liked very much the food and the service at the Aqualina. Though, on the second night at Aqualina, my husband was the only one to eat the seafood bouillabaisse and he had a severe indigestion during the night. Then, we advised early in the morning that we could not make our excursion in Kas. We informed afterwards the guest relations about that bad experience. But, we had no other following from the management than a phone call from the doctor. The food and the service at the Prime C was rather standard. In both restaurants wine service for the wine list was poor. The breakfast at the Windows Cafe offered a lot of choice : omelette, fried eggs, regular, expresso or capuccino coffee, fresh orange juice, a large selection of bread and pastries, cereals, oatmeal, a good variety of fruits (pineapple, orange, watermelon, etc.), yogurt, cheese, etc.
The service was excellent everywhere on the ship. Every member of personnel said hello and was smiling. In the restaurants, the service was very attentive, friendly and efficient. The room was cleaned twice a day.
The check out was well planned and we disembarked at 8:15 AM, claimed our luggage and took the Athens sightseeing tour and city transfer.
Overall, it was a fabulous cruise, with remarkable service, gourmet food and attractive destinations. We highly recommend Azamara Club Cruises for an excellent trip to Greek Islands and Turkish Coast.