We made our own travel arrangements since we could travel non-stop to Miami for less money than the ships arrangements. The transfer from the port was easily done with very pleasant personnel. We arrived at the ship at approximately 1 p.m. and were able to board immediately and get into our cabin. Suite passengers were given a complimentary dinner at a specialty restaurant for the first night and that was arranged at check-in. A very nice perk! However, the luggage did not arrive for another 5 or 6 hours and that was very stressful. The cabin was lovely - very roomy and comfortable. The set-up was not what we requested but that was corrected by bedtime. Our butler was there immediately to introduce himself and to explain the amenities of the cabin to us. The ship is really beautiful. It is decorated beautifully and everything was top-notch. We had traveled on a R ship before so we were familiar with where everything was. We had some breakfasts in our room and sometimes our orders were not correct. We ate one breakfast in the Discoveries Dining Room and that was very nice but most breakfasts and all lunches were at the buffet and the food there was fine. There was a lot to choose from, the wait was not long and the food was mostly delicious. We ate twice at Prime C and once at Aqualina and those meals were superb! Our other dinners were in Discoveries and with the exception on one steak that was not cooked to our order, those meals were also exceptional. One night everyone in the restaurant got the same dessert - Chocolate 5 ways - that I wish I had taken a picture of! The wait staff at all the dining venues was friendly, helpful and very pleasant! We went to most of the evening entertainment.
The group of singers and dancers were very good, the magician was terrific, the ventriloquist was OK (as was the violinist) and the stand-up comedian was terrible! We thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Frank Peel's lectures and wished there were more of that type of activity offered. The activities staff did all they could to make things exciting. I was particularly impressed with the fact that they provided Hanukkah celebrations for the Jewish passengers during the holiday nights - that was very touching.
We arranged for several of the ships' trips before we left. The City Tour of Santa Marta, Columbia was terrible - the guide was poor and there wasn't that much to see in the city. However, we liked the tour of Cartagena harbor. We enjoyed the Blue Train Ride and Tortuga Canal trip. We went into Puntaranas on our own and that was an awful stop. Nothing there to see or do. We took a private tour of Granada and Lake Nicaragua—it was much less expensive than the ships' tour and was quite nice. We enjoyed Huatalco, Mexico very much. I would hope that the ship could stop at better venues. The disembarkment in Acapulco was handled very well.
In all I would say that this was a wonderful trip and although Azamara Quest is a work in progress, they are learning more every day.