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3 Azamara Cairns Cruise Reviews

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
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
Sail Date March 2019
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 January 2016
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