We booked this in August 2013 when Azamara had an offer of inclusive flights and an upgrade from inside to Veranda and it just seemed like too good a deal to miss.
As we'd never been on a fly/cruise before we liked the idea of a fairly relaxed dress code and thus not need to worry about the weight of all that formal attire. Also as we'd never been to Miami before we asked about being able to amend our flights to add a stay in Miami and that was no problem to arrange, though we sorted out our own accommodation for this.
After four hectic nights in Miami it was time to make our way to Azamara Quest. We'd researched the ship fairly thoroughly via the Cruise Critic forum so had an idea what to expect and we weren't disappointed.
From the simple and welcoming registration to the big smile and welcoming galss of champagne as we embarked things looked good and then they got better.
There's often much talk about is Azamara a luxury line or not but we got what we paid for and a lot more besides. The cabin was on Deck 6, midships and was comfortable. Yes the shower space is a little small but if the shower curtain tries to wrap round you (ours did) then pull it taut and put one foot on the bottom and that soon stops. The cabin was nicely decorated and kept spotlessly clean by our cabin steward.
The ship itself was clean and we found it to be pleasant. No sign of deterioration in the furnishings or decorations and always room to find a chair, table, sunbed wherever we were.
The food was pretty good in all the venues and sometimes the difficulty was in selecting from the various options available. We enjoyed our meals, whether in the MDR or in the Windows Cafe and on the few occasions we needed Room Service that was fine too.
The inclusive drinks were fine though we're not big drinkers (well not nowadays) and tried a good number of the daily wines though it wasn't at all difficult to request a different wine if you found one you really liked.
The crew were every bit as friendly and welcoming as we'd read they'd be and often went out of their way to be helpful and this was true regardless of their position be it Hotel Director or waiter. Captain Carl's noon talks were most welcome and highly amusing.
We find the mix of entertainment to be very good and the "crew" singers to be excellent and the Entertainment Team certainly kept us entertained. The April Fools Day Daily Rant just had to be seen as Alex got CD Russ with a switch of program that had Russ in near hysterics, great fun.
Our fellow passengers were an international mix and a pleasure to be with and I suspect we've made some friends for life, albeit a distant relationship.
Unfortunately we were a little unwell for the last few days of the cruise with some virus that caused us to cough and splutter quite badly and despite antibiotics and other medicines once home we're still not quite fully recovered and it's been nearly 2 weeks since we arrived home.
However that doesn't prevent us from rating this cruise very highly indeed and we'll certainly be looking for another opportunity to enjoy Azamara's hospitality.