We have been fortunate to cruise with lovely Azamara several times before, and are very fond of these lovely comfortable ships, whose staff excel at making guests feel comfortably at home. This time, we chose Quest for a favourite Transatlantic crossing, embarking right in the heart of gorgeous Seville.
We were welcomed by name by cruise staff who remembered us from previous cruises, and made our home in a comfortable deck 8 cabin. The cabins are on the small side, comfortably furnished , with subtle shades of taupe and navy accenting the dark cherry cabinetry. The one downside is the small bathroom, which only has a shower. After a recent makeover, the balcony furniture is much more comfortable rattan, and the balcony is a pleasant place to relax and read.
Dining on Azamara is always a delightful occasion, with a spacious main dining room , 2 wonderful speciality restaurants, Prime C , a traditional steakhouse restaurant, and Aqualina serving a delightful menu of Mediterranean inspired dishes. At lunchtime, and for casual evening dining, the Ocean View cafe offers excellent choices, varying daily. We avail ourselves of the splendid room service breakfast menus, offering a better choice than many other cruise lines, and served promptly, and piping hot.
Azamara have now adopted a policy of being more inclusive, so wines, spirits and cocktails are on offer all day long, from a list of complimentary drinks. In reality, daily wine choices are made by the bar manager, though favourites can usually be chosen, and we noted that fellow guests were disappointed by the limited beer choices.
Azamara has a wide selection of evening entertainment , to suit all tastes, but we felt it a pity they have moved the grand piano away from the lovely Mosaic cafe where guest tend to gather in the evening, and formerly enjoyed listening to delightful piano melodies.
This line excels in organising a myriad of daily activities during transatlantic crossings, keeping guests as busy as they chose to be. The lovely stately home style library has far too few books for the number of guests, relying on too many coffee table type books. A cruise is when many people love to indulge a love of reading, and enjoy the opportunity to choose in a pleasant library.
We were delighted to be invited to join the new Captain for dinner, his first hosted dinner on Azamara, and believe future guests sailing under his command will have a wonderful experience.