We have cruised with Windstar and Seabourn both of which are excellent, but Azamara was better in so many ways.
Embarkation was straight forward and we were made to feel special by all the staff. The decor onboard is beautiful and stylish, everywhere clean and sparkling. Our balcony cabin was very comfortable, and the bathroom, although on the small side was more than adequate.
There were 2 hairdriers, and perfectly powerful enough. I had taken my own based on another review and not needed. The beds are quite hard, but I always take a cheap lilo from Argos when I go on holiday and place it under the mattress protector and find this more than comfortable.
The food is delectable - so much choice and beautifully presented. The wait staff are so willing and polite. All these features are were evident in our previous cruises but the whole atmosphere on Azamara and the lovely restaurants made this so special. Aqualina was amazing - Michelin standard and a breathtaking setting overlooking the sea.
We didn't go on any excursions but used taxis and buses ourselves. If I can pass on any tips it would be to take an umbrella if visiting Ephasus in Turkey to shade the scorching sun. Also - if visiting Santorini, don't make the mistake of walking down the steps from the town to the port as we did. The stones are polished smooth and treacherous from the hooves of herds of donkeys hurtling up and down carrying tourists pushing walkers clinging to the walls. Much better to take the 4 euro cable car.
We didn't watch any entertainment apart from the marvellous Turkish dancers that performed while we had a barbecue on deck.
I can't recommend this cruise line highly enough and can't wait to going again next year.