Our hotel, outside Venice, was conveniently located near a railway station and we were able to get into Venice very easily. On the morning of the 24th September our transfer arrived promptly and we were welcomed aboard the Quest by 11:30am. We were greeted with sparkling wine and immediately felt at home. The welcome was very warm. We were able to deposit our hand luggage and head off to lunch. After lunch there was time to go back into Venice as the ship was docked at San Basilio, next to a vaporetto stop and close to Accademia.
Cabins are not huge, but of an adequate size. The bathroom and shower are small, but we were aware of this and it was not an problem. The cabin was very well kept by Jesus (or Jess as he liked to be known). The bed was extremely comfortable and we had no trouble slipping into the Land of Nod each night (but maybe the included wine had a bearing as well).
The ship itself is of a lovely size. Just right for us.
The food on board in all restaurants was very good indeed. We dined once in Aqualina, which was excellent and well worth the $15 supplement. We did not try Prime C so cannot comment on that venue. The reason we did not try Prime C was simply that the food in the main dining room was so good and we enjoyed sharing tables and meeting other passengers,
The included wine was very good indeed. Every day there was a different selection and it was very generously and freely poured.
The staff on the Quest are delightful. They are friendly and very helpful and efficient. It was a real pleasure to meet them and chat with them.
The itinerary was good. I won't comment on the ports but the cruise was made special by all the points above and a few extra touches. In Kotor, the captain and officers led an "expedition" up the steps to the fort at the top of the town. This was great fun. The captain also to us past the volcano Stromboli at 11pm one evening and stopped the ship for 20 minuites or so as we watched eruptions and lava flowing down the volcano into the sea.
All too soon, the week was over and we had to leave the Quest with great reluctance. It was here that we encountered the only false note of our Azamara experience. Our included transfer deposited us at Rome airport 5 hours before our flight was due to leave. This, we felt, was excessive and I have raised the issue with Azamara.
Nevertheless, we thoroughly enjoyed the Azamara on-board experience and can't wait to get back on board.