To criticise this cruise would be difficult. It was the third Azamara crossing and the sixth transatlantic.
They really have it right, my only concern is that it is too much of a bargain to last at the prices we paid.
The Journey, now an old friend, was as comfortable and friendly as ever, the cabin comfortable, the dining excellent and the ship well kept and cared for.
The crew were, as usual, attentive, polite, caring and well mannered.
The entertainment staff headed by Eric De Grey, an eccentric but phenomenal entertainer, organiser and all round really nice guy assisted by James, Mark and Jodi, put up with the passengers silliness at trivia etc.
The activities were really well organised, lectures by Jesse Weir on opera were fascinating, well presented and attended as were others on local ports.
Dining was exceptional whether at Discoveries, windows or the Prime C and Aquilina, absolutely no complaints at all.
The touted free wine was of good quality and unrationed, many of us just couldn't believe the quality of wine and service.
A nice touch was the freeing of charge for the Cova Cafe (Now renamed Mosaic) It became a meeting place for afternoon teas, morning coffee and just socialising, nice touch. In former years it was not so well patronized.
The Officers were visible and friendly especially the Captains small son who endeared himself to the Grandparents on board. Jason (The Captain) was very approachable and friendly.
Ports were Rome,Cartagena (Blah), Gibraltar, Tenerife and Nassau. Nassau was a bit of a disappointment, lots of pestering by locals when getting on shore, needed a good rainstorm to just wash it down.
We don't take ships tours as they are not good value and move at the speed of the slowest passenger but we enjoyed looking around the ports, on a Transatlantic the sea days are the draw.
Embarkation was an absolute breeze, Debarkation a bit chaotic, not due to Azamara but the ever arrogant Immigration officers of the USA. If Azamara could avoid Miami it would be great, an old grimy terminal with circular winding concrete steps to navigate to get to your bags, the usual dead slow stop customs officials showing their power.The chaos of non marked Taxi and Bus stands. After 2 weeks of politeness and 'niceness' being exposed to that lot was a come down to earth with a bang!(Dont get me started on TSA in Miami Airport)
After so much leisure and relaxation to be dragged out of bed for a 6 am meeting with Homeland Security who then kept you waiting till 7 am was just a contrast between Azamara Club and USA Inc.
My concern is that as I was paying about the same as in previous years for a superior service, free wine and coffees and a $500 OBC I hope that Azamara have done their costs right and will be profitable!!
To those many many passengers I met and whose company I enjoyed, thank you.
To the couple of miserable English Women who perpetually moaned and rudely berated the crew that it 'wasn't Seaborne' there was a reason you dined alone!!