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Azamara Quest Cruise Review by mlovestennis: It's Greek to me!


mlovestennis
1 Review
Member Since 2011
28 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.5
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.5
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates 5.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 5.5
Value for Money 5.0

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It's Greek to me!

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other

After leaving Charleston, SC EARLY Friday September 9th and spending time in The Atlanta and JFK airports, we headed to Athens! We had an uneventful flight with Delta arriving early Saturday morning. Thankfully, our luggage made it and we met our private transportation arranged through Azamara. Easy transfer considering the taxis were on strike!!!! So, word to the wise, book your transfers through the cruise ship!!! We arrived around NOON at the port, filled out some medical forms prior to receiving our room key at the registration area....it was a piece of cake..no waiting what so ever! We left our suitcases and went on board the Quest....we were greeted with a flute of champagne and left our carry on baggage...our cabin was not ready...so we explored the ship. What a beautiful ship! We wandered up to the Windows Cafe for their lovely buffet...and we had unlimited wine with our lunch (we did purchase several bottles of wine for our room at the duty free store before heading on More the ship)...a very nice touch. Then we received an announcement that our cabins were ready...we arrived to a lovely cabin, fresh fruit plate and fresh flowers...we had a veranda...so pleasant. We decided to take a quick two hour nap, much needed!!! Our cabin attendant woke us..thank goodness...he brought us our luggage. The ship set sail and off we went on our wonderful adventure.

We had an invitation waiting for us for the Cruise Critic cocktail hour which was held that evening. It was a wonderful experience to meet some of the crew and meet some of the folks who participate on Cruise Critic....we had lovely appetizers and more champagne:) The attendants EVERY where were wonderful...always happy and smiling! Our cruise director,Russ, was a BLAST! And he always called us by name...how nice! Made us feel extra special! And he made ALL the guests feel welcome! We weren't very hungry but decided to still go up to the Windows Cafe for a "snack"...well, we couldn't resist all the yummy food; thank goodness we only had soup and salad and small ice cream! (couldn't resist the ice cream each day...there went my waistline!) We went to the Captain's Welcome Toast...more champagne!

If you are looking for big time entertainment, this is NOT the cruise ship for you. We went for a short time to the cabaret to see the Quest Singers...they were VERY good...but we were tired after a VERY long day of traveling. We had a nice surprise in our room, the bed was turned down and a little "snack" before bed...fresh towels were out in the bath. We slept like babies.

We order room service EVERY day for breakfast...it arrived promptly and was always excellent. This assisted us..we didn't have to rush before we left for our land excursions. If the "kitchen" was running late, we always received a phone call saying when we could expect our meal. We never used room service for any other meal though. Each day we received Pursuits...the daily newsletter..it was excellent and always had information about the island we would be visiting, plus what was happening on the ship.

We purchased the land excursions through the ship...they were VERY well orchestrated. We met in Cabaret Lounge each day, got our "tickets" and then off we went...met our tour guides (who were all excellent, but one), hopped on the bus and a way we went. We took 6 excursions...one too many...we took the Traditional Villages of Kos...WAY too long and we went to a beach...which wasn't mentioned on the description...we were NOT interested in a beach....we live by the ocean in South Carolina...the tour guide was so-so..not very personable. BUT all the other excursions were excellent...when we returned from our excursions, getting back on board was a piece of cake...again, everyone was ALWAYS happy to see us...there was always a "tent" at the gangway with cold water, fresh towels and a fruit drink. Nice touch!

We did eat in the main dining room -Discoveries Restaurant- twice. We had marvelous service and wonderful dinners. We did not take advantage of the two Specialty restaurants. But we spoke with several folks who did go and they said they were outstanding! One of the Windows Cafe buffets was the Mediterranean BBQ (actually it was pool side)...fresh fish from the local village...awesome!!!was one of many pleasant surprises for dinner...for the Greek dinner buffet, fresh feta and veggies were purchased in Rhodes that day! A TRUE Greek salad was prepared by the staff!!! I visited the Mosaic Cafe three times...and what a treat....wonderful "noshs" and great specialty coffees!!!

We went to the Casino a couple of times....didn't win a thing:( I went to the two little boutiques....very nice things, but a bit too pricey. Would have liked to see some Azamara "gifts"...coffee mugs, hand towels, t-shirts...but there were none. Is there a website to purchase any ship souvenirs?

Back to the entertainment....we had some FUN nights....Russ put together a "white" night...it was an awesome party...prior to the party we had a traditional Turkish folkloric show AND belly dancer....they were great and they got the audience involved! Then there was the Greek Folkloric show....it too was excellent!

There was ALWAYS something to do on board...movies, fitness activities, cards, trivia, the list goes on....I did not take advantage of the fitness center (it WAS lovely) nor the spa....too involved with land excursions and exploring the port cities!!! I did use the self-service laundry...it was VERY convenient and simple to use...just LOTS of folks used this service! Maybe another set of washer and dryer on another deck would be nice.

The last day of our cruise, we were given instructions on debarking....when we had to put out our suitcases, how to meet our land excursion of Athens, plenty of time to eat breakfast and say "good bye" to Azamara Quest! All in all, it was a spectacular voyage and we loved our ship, crew and amenities!!!! Less


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Cabin review: Azamara Quest 7022

We had a lovely cabin. The location was perfect. We were two floors below Window Cafe, the restaurant and two floors above Discoveries and the Cabaret Lounge. We had breakfast (room service) EVERY morning on our veranda. Every day, we had fresh flowers and fresh fruit waiting for us. And at night, we had a little bit of chocolate! Nice touches! We had fluffy robes and slippers that came in very handy. And binoculars which we did not use. There was even an umbrella in our stateroom. Thank goodness we didn't need it:) We had plenty of storage space although it was difficult to get our luggage under the bed to store. The towels and linens were awesome! And the bath amenities were very nice. The self service laundry was right down the hall, but it was always too busy. Should have taken advantage of the laundry service. All in all, we loved our cabin and all the great attention to detail!

Port and Shore Excursions


After we disembarked, we took the Athens sightseeing & Acropolis with City Center Transfer tour. The only problem, we had to transport our luggage from the harbor to the bus...and our bus was one of the last ones. Very difficult with two suitcases each:( Once we got settled on the bus, we had a marvelous experience! Our tour guide was excellent and knew her city very well! She explained the sights with ease and humor! Our favorite stop was the Acropolis. Again, she explained everything...almost too much, because we were rushed to visit the Acropolis on our own! We did not stay at one of the cruise ship hotels, but our tour guide explained how to get to the Plaka and our hotel.

Once off the ship, we met our tour guide and started a wonderful adventure in Turkey! This was one of our favorite stops...we loved visiting the home of the Virgin Mary and then ancient Ephesus...to think that St. Paul walked the same paths we did! The ruins were fantastic and our tour guide was marvelous with all the history of the area! The trip back to Kusadasi was breath taking...lovely vistas along the way. We then stopped at a carpet presentation which was very interesting...and we shared beverages (ouzo) and mezes again. Hmmm, may have helped the business owner sell a few more carpets!!!!
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We were tendered into our port and found our tour guide with ease. He was a blast and made the excursion fun! He was very knowledgeable of the island and gave us very good information of what to do after our tour. We visited the Monastery at Ano Merea...very interesting. We then walked to a little taverna and had mezes and ouzo! Oh my! That was a nice treat to sample the local cuisine and beverage! After our tour was over, we went back into town to experience the sunset at Little Venice! WOW!
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We were tendered into the harbor where we found our tour guide waiting for us. She wasn't as "friendly" as the others, but did share the history of the island. We did a tour of part of the island and stopped at Oia. What a fantastic village! We could have spent more time there. But didn't feel rushed. We also visited a winery that served us mezes. Yum! What an excellent stop! The vistas were FANTASTIC!!! We then went to Fira where the tour ended. What an awesome village...so many shops, restaurants, taverna. We hated to leave, but we were afraid we might miss the cable car...timing was everything since we were tendered to the ship! It would have been nice if we could have stayed in port till the sunset..but we were already at sea as the sun was setting. STILL was wonderful to experience the sunset from our veranda!

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