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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Chose this cruise due to an interest in Komoda Island and it was our first adventure with Azamara. Booking and document process was smooth and efficient and also the boarding at Cairns. All the staff were very friendly, helpful and ... Read More
Chose this cruise due to an interest in Komoda Island and it was our first adventure with Azamara. Booking and document process was smooth and efficient and also the boarding at Cairns. All the staff were very friendly, helpful and supportive. A minor issue raised by us during the cruise re pillows and laundry was quickly addressed in a very caring manner. All in all it was a positive experience. Very relaxing holiday starting in Cairns and finishing in Singapore. Some ports of call were more interesting than others and in hindsight would have booked more shore excursions from the ship too see more of the surrounding areas instead of the city centres/shopping malls etc in the final 2 Indonesian stops. Positives ------------ Food and dining facilities (very positive) Rooms and cleanliness (small bathroom but manageable) Night time entertainment. All staff were great and drink service was quick and efficient. Small passenger numbers and absence of children aided noise levels and sleep comfort. Darwin,Thursday Island and Komodo ports. Minor Negatives --------------------- Collective 5 days at sea and absence of any worthwhile day time activities.(Not a Bingo fan) Lack of seating at busy times in some pre dinner drinks venues. Last 3 Indonesian ports not all that interesting. Self service laundry is a bonus but too small to accommodate passenger needs. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We travelled last year with Azamara and greatly enjoyed the smaller ship feel, comfort and convenience. This cruise, from Cairns to Singapore offered us the chance to see some things on our ‘to do’ list, especially Komodo and ... Read More
We travelled last year with Azamara and greatly enjoyed the smaller ship feel, comfort and convenience. This cruise, from Cairns to Singapore offered us the chance to see some things on our ‘to do’ list, especially Komodo and Borobudur. Embarkation in Cairns was efficient and since Quest and Journey are almost identical, it was very easy to settle in. We enjoyed a quick look at Thursday Island which is otherwise quite difficult to visit. Our only real disappointment in the whole trip was the docking location in Darwin. Instead of being at the cruise ship dock, we were more than 30 minutes away, each way, by the provided shuttle bus, at the spectacularly unscenic and inconvenient bulk container terminal. We had 3 things planned for Darwin but saw only one of them because of the docking location. Do visit the RFDS where you get not only the RFDS story but also an amazing virtual reality experience of the bombing of Darwin. The Azamazing Darryl Braithwaite concert was great but also meant 12 buses doing a one hour trip and the inevitable waiting. Food was excellent again in terms of variety and freshness. We mostly used the Windows buffet for breakfast and lunch because we could choose salads and fruit. Dinner was mostly in Discoveries but we did have 2 meals in Prime C and one in Aqualina. We had remarkably flat seas and hot weather for the whole 2 weeks and everything was well-organised. The staff continue to be gems and a very important part of the Azamara experience. The docking location in Singapore, at Harbourfront, is far better than the main cruise terminal. It’s very close to an MRT station, a very large shopping centre ( Vivocity) and Sentosa Island. Shore excursions On Thursday Island and Komodo we did the ship excursions because they were tender ports and it was easier. On Thursday Island it was hot and the fort is at the top of a hill so it’s quite a long way to walk. The cemetery is even further and I don’t think you would have seen both in the time if walking. On Komodo you were not allowed to leave the ship if you did not have a shore excursion ticket or proof of another tour. A safety issue. In Bali we booked a car and driver through Tours by Locals. Ketut Arwan was great and very happy to meet our needs. Highly recommended Same thing, same company for Borobudur with excellent guide, Gregorius Gagat and a very skillfull driver too. It was a long trip on crowded hilly roads and we were so pleased not to be on one of the ship’s 6 buses. In both cases the car and driver option was as cheap or cheaper than the ship bus shore excursions. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our 3rd Azamara cruise. We are very happy with the cruise line, service is amazing from the maintenance workers to the captain. Everyone is friendly and go out of their way to help with whatever.The ship was going in for an ... Read More
This was our 3rd Azamara cruise. We are very happy with the cruise line, service is amazing from the maintenance workers to the captain. Everyone is friendly and go out of their way to help with whatever.The ship was going in for an overhaul as soon as we all got off. Having said that, the ship was in excellent condition, wish we could have seen the change. The evening shows were excellent...they brought on a few different acts that were good. The singers and dancers on staff were great. The cruise director and her assistant have incredible voices and also entertained. After shows the piano bar was another place to go and watch talent at work. Food was wonderful and again service the best. I have nothing but praise for everyone involved and thank them for another wonderful cruise. Tours in Indonesia were a bit disappointing, but I would imagine even trying to put together things to do there would be a daunting task. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and an opportunity to try Azamara. We were very satisfied with everything aboard ship. As suite passengers we had free access to the premium dining venues. Prime C was excellent and would have been ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and an opportunity to try Azamara. We were very satisfied with everything aboard ship. As suite passengers we had free access to the premium dining venues. Prime C was excellent and would have been worth the upcharge non-suite passengers paid. The other venue was hit or miss. Cabin and dining service were everything one could ask for. Entertainment we felt was a strong point. We've experienced the 'shows' on larger ships and been underwhelmed. Azamara's individual performers (esp. singers) were excellent. We enjoyed the White Night. It's a nice extra. The Azamazing (sp?) evening concert was much appreciated by the Ozzies on board but most of us North Americans didn't know the band. I took the 'behind the scenes' tour of the ship and heartily recommend it to anyone interested in what the crew does to make our trip pleasurable. We used private tours arranged by RCCL for Bali and Semarang as one of us uses a wheelchair. We cannot say enough about their efforts and those of the on-board staff to accommodate our needs. Tours: Bali and Komodo Island were fascinating and highlights of the itinerary. Semarang and Surabaya, not so much. Thursday island really isn't worth a stop but Darwin has much to offer. Cairns and Singapore were great start and end points. We've already booked our next cruise on Azamara. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We were so looking forward to this cruise as we had travelled on the Azamara Journey previously and had thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This recent cruise was a different kettle of fish and not high on our list of good experiences. ... Read More
We were so looking forward to this cruise as we had travelled on the Azamara Journey previously and had thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This recent cruise was a different kettle of fish and not high on our list of good experiences. The embarkation was a debacle. It was very hot & humid in Cairns and standing waiting in line for 2 hours was not a good start to the cruise. When we finally boarded we were directed to our cabin. We had booked cabin 8008 but this was changed to a junior suite 8050 - good start! The cabin we were allocated was excellent & Ravin our butler was very helpful in explaining everything. The ship is easy to move around & is setout exactly the same as the Journey. After eating a fairly ordinary meal in the Windows Café we retired for the night. The next morning we both woke with very bad colds & felt very seedy. Unfortunately we never really felt well for the rest of the cruise and spent most of the time in our cabin. We did attend a couple of the lectures - Lectures about Russia & Putin were excellent. Lady who talked about the barrier reef not so good - her aim seemed to be to frighten everyone. Only went to one show - Australian/Vietnamese pianist Kym - excellent! Did not use Dining Room. What little we did eat we ate in our cabin or in Windows Café. Food was OK but definitely not 5 star. Only went ashore briefly at Hamilton Island & Mooloolaba so we could make phone calls to family to check on family member in hospital. Can't comment on any shore excursions as we were not able to participate. Missed Azamazing evening in Newcastle - again because of illness. Debarked in Sydney with no trouble. If only the embarkation had been as quick. We have cruised with various ships over the last few years - twice with Azamara. The first one from Hong Kong to Singapore would have to be the best cruise we have done. This last one from Cairns to Sydney the worst, & not just because we were unwell. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
This was our 14th cruise, it being the second on an Azamara ship in the last 3 years. We were expecting another 5 star cruise, however it fell short of our expectations. We agree with recent reviews that the dining and cabin staff were ... Read More
This was our 14th cruise, it being the second on an Azamara ship in the last 3 years. We were expecting another 5 star cruise, however it fell short of our expectations. We agree with recent reviews that the dining and cabin staff were excellent. What disappointed us most was the variations in food quality in the Discovery Dining room as well as minimal information of what we could do if we wished to do our own tours when visiting ports. If you went looking, you could get a photocopied black and white, hard to read map of the various cities we visited with no indication where the ship was berthed, or where the shuttle bus dropped us off in the city. Most of the maps were outdated. We had to rely on volunteers to help us with suggestions as to what we could do when doing our own thing. The shuttle buses, however were both frequent and clean with cheerful staff. You would have thought that being in Australian waters, especially in Queensland, we would have seen fresh tropical fruit a lot sooner than 7 days into the cruise. Again it was 7 days before we saw an Australian and New Zealand wine with our food as part of the 'free wine' supplied on the cruise. The free bottled water was either made in China or the USA. The entertainment at night was generally very good, especially the ship dancers and singers. The disappointment was they only put on 3 full shows during the 10 night cruise. The 'Amazing' evening was also vey good. James Morrison put on a brilliant show, however not all the 650 people at the event would like Jazz. I believe the 'Amazing' event should have been cheaper access to viewing the "Great Barrier Reef' as apposed to paying $260/person for a 7 hour small boat cruise to the reef then onto Hamilton Island! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
My husband and I love cruising, and have just enjoyed our 20 th cruise. However we were so disappointed with our cruise earlier this month on Azamara Quest. We had joined the Journey in Singapore two years previously for an Asia ... Read More
My husband and I love cruising, and have just enjoyed our 20 th cruise. However we were so disappointed with our cruise earlier this month on Azamara Quest. We had joined the Journey in Singapore two years previously for an Asia cruise and seriously ,you would not find greater ambassadors for the brand than us! We told all our friends how wonderful it was ,and encouraged so many people to check it out. This time however ,the experience was so different. Our main disappointment was the stateroom.We generally book a balcony cabin. Last year we enjoyed a suite upgrade as past cruisers on Holland America. As we booked at the last minute ,only Ocean View category was available. Well,looking straight into a lifeboat with absolutely no Ocean in view at all is a total rip off. The cabin was very small and no couch / chair to sit on. Upon boarding in Darwin ,my husband had to carry both our large suitcases onto the ship......no baggage handlers ???? Poor service indeed. As past cruisers I saw a notice for a cocktail party for past guests. I asked if this applied to us? They said to go along, but an invitation as others had received would have been welcome ( even a late one ) We didn't bother. The staff were fabulous ! Full marks to them. We ate most nights in the specialty restaurants as the main dining room had very limited offerings. Will we go back to Azamara? No , their loss is Holland Americas gain. My husband's first choice anyway ,as he finds the entertainment so wonderful on Hal. Read Less
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