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5 Azamara Cruise to Nowhere Cruise Reviews

Food choices were not of my liking but sure for others it was great. I think too much seafood for sure being served in with pasta, also usually was served just luke warm. Entertainment not as good as usual. D-Day tour was not great ... Read More
Food choices were not of my liking but sure for others it was great. I think too much seafood for sure being served in with pasta, also usually was served just luke warm. Entertainment not as good as usual. D-Day tour was not great at all, terrible guide. Would have been nice if they would have arranged a D-Day tour for the 100 plus Canadians on Board. I think more thought has to be given towards things to do during the day on ship. Not just trivia. Maybe a little nice music around the pool. A better selection of drinks to be included also maybe do like Oceania and offer free specialty restaurants. Amazing evening was too short, too hot and not that great. Have seen much better in the past. Captain Jose always a pleasure to see as well as Russ and Phillip. Cabins have been renovated nicely. Still can't believe they didn't put glass doors on the showers with the refurbishment and why they were waiting to install the clothes lines in the showers I am not sure. Missed About Rose products the new products are just okay not 5* again cut backs I guess. Staff is the big plus on this ship. Very friendly and always willing to do what ever asked and with a smile. Our Cabins stewards were awesome and very attentive. Now about smoking: They did move to the opposite side of ship so not to have smoke going into the spa or gym. However, now the two luxury cabins have to smell the smoke when doors are left open. There really were not alot of smokers on this cruise and also in past cruises. So, why such a large area? Please consider not allowing cigars to be smoked. On this cruise there were 3 men who when they went for their smoke together one could not sit near the pool bar on the tables as the smoke and smell was aweful. I sure feel sorry for staff that has to put up with this day in and day out. Maybe move the smoking section up to 10th deck in covered area would be a good solution. Then everyone can enjoy the pool area. Just a thought. Fourth cruise with Azamara. Enjoy this small ship but would like to see some changes and improvements. Just my views. Still love Azamara. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Azamara Quest Inaugural Review We were two of the lucky people chosen by Azamara to go on their inaugural cruise to no-where on 10/22-10/24. We have no idea what criteria were used to select passengers, we were just happy to be included. ... Read More
Azamara Quest Inaugural Review We were two of the lucky people chosen by Azamara to go on their inaugural cruise to no-where on 10/22-10/24. We have no idea what criteria were used to select passengers, we were just happy to be included. We met several employees and executives of Azamara and Celebrity as they were also on the ship. There was nothing special asked of us during the trip. All passengers were given a single piece of paper with a list of public rooms and half a dozen cabin room numbers. During the trip we were asked to view each area and give a one word description of our impression of the room. We also filled out a standard cruise evaluation that everybody fills out on every cruise. Upon our return from the trip we received an e-mail from one of the Azamara/Celebrity executives that we met. The e-mail was from the Director of Customer Insights & Relationship Marketing. He thanked us for sailing on the Quest and asked us to "post an open and honest review of your Quest experience on the Cruise Critic website." We made many comments both pro and con on our cruise evaluation and we were planning on writing a review, so we are happy to honor this request. So, here goes - the good, the bad and the ugly. We can't comment on certain things as it was not a totally traditional cruise experience. We carried our own luggage on board so we can't tell you how quickly our luggage would have been delivered. We were assigned a stateroom with a veranda. The room was functional. To be perfectly honest, we usually stay in suites, so to us the room was small, but it did have everything you need. It had a loveseat with a small table in front of it. It also had a small desk. Storage seemed adequate and the bathroom was efficient. We liked the room; our only thought was about a large mirror mounted on the wall at the foot of the bed. It was very large and we were not sure that the first thing you want to see in the morning is your own face staring back at you as you sit up in bed. We also found that no matter how low we turned the air on in the room, it never got cool enough. So even on the lowest setting the room seemed too warm. The other rooms we saw were similar. The suites were very nice, but were, for the most part at the very front of the ship and with the ship being a smaller one we could not help but wonder if there would be a lot of motion from the waves. The suites were bright and decorated traditionally. There was lots of space but the rooms are smaller than the corresponding type of room on a millennium class ship. Overall, people will be very happy in any of the suites. The verandas were generous in size and had some phenomenal views. The ship itself was beautiful. We can't say enough about the pool area. The lounge chairs were very heavy and made of wood. The cushions were thick and so comfortable. There was lots of room between each chair. There were approximately 175-200 chairs around the pool. We did comment that we thought that there was no way people would be moving these chairs all over the pool deck. The pool grill area was very nice too, the tables and chairs were incredibly comfortable. The entire pool area was great. The pool itself was a salt water one and was a good size. Our only complaint about the pool is actually a safety one. There is an ankle or so deep area as you first enter the pool before you go down the ladder into the pool. This area has no handrail and several people were commenting that it was very slippery to get from the pool deck to the ladder to enter the pool. There were two whirlpools as well. There were good size, but they did not seem to be very powerful, and again there are no handrails to assist getting in and out of the whirlpool. The overall look of the entire area was great and one of the nicest we have ever seen on a ship. Many of the public rooms can best be described as having old-world charm. From the iron handrails to the dark wood in the dining room and in Prime C (one of the specialty restaurants), the ship was very attractive and traditional. Aqualina, the other specialty restaurant, had a more bright and airy look and feel. It too was very beautiful. The fitness center and spa seemed well appointed and quite spacious. In general, the ship is smaller; therefore each of the public rooms is smaller too. The showroom is called Cabaret and is about the size of the Crystal Room on a millennium class ship. The casino is smaller too and has about half a dozen tables and we counted 54 slot machines. This was the very first sailing so there were bound to be some glitches with a whole new crew working together for the first time. Amazingly, things were pretty smooth. We had lunch at the buffet upon our arrival on the ship. The food was ready and waiting. They were serving chicken, potatoes, lasagna, various salads, lots of desserts and ice cream as well. We liked the lasagna but found some of the food was not very hot and there was some confusion as to whether the food was being served or if you were suppose to help yourself. Most of these things will probably work themselves out over time. In general we preferred the pool grill for lunch. It had the usual hamburgers and hotdogs, fries and onion rings. The food was great but there was a bit of a wait as they were trying to cook only as people wanted food. But, as usual the grill food was great. There were also serving tacos and nachos there as well. There was even a portable buffet that had lettuce and some salads as well. In the same area there was a soft ice cream machine that had lots of toppings available as well. Please be aware though that the pepper shakers on the ship have large e holes and the pepper flows really fast. You have been warned so be prepared. For breakfast we also ate at the buffet. The breakfast was good. There was an omelet station that always had a long line, but the omelet was worth the wait. They were excellent. We also enjoyed the blintzes and the pancakes. The first night we had dinner in the dining room. We have never really used anytime dining so we went to dinner and sat with just the two of us. We did try to get reservations at one of the specialty restaurants that night but there was only a waiting list you could get on. There were no reservations available. Dinner was excellent. There was a very good variety and the waiter was very nice and friendly, yet professional. The dining room is on one level and is quite attractive. We did not notice it being very loud; in fact the dining room was not all that full. Service was good, although we did have quite a delay between the salad and the entrEe. The second night we had the good fortune to be invited to the Prime C specialty restaurant. We were selected along with several other Captains Club members to dine together in the restaurant that is a steakhouse. We ate with two other couples. The meal was wonderful with lots of cuts of meat available. There are other dishes available as well. The meal was great; it is served at a very leisurely pace. Dessert had several interesting options including chocolate fondue, molten lava cake, and warm donuts served with chocolate sauce. They were very generous in size and definitely delicious. We are glad that the people we were seated with were very nice and conversation flowed freely, otherwise it would have been a long, awkward dinner. The restaurant itself is not that large. The ship is laid out with Prime C on one side and Aqualina on the other and a shared kitchen in the middle. There is a larger area as you first go in, but then tables are all set against the outer walls. There are not more than 20 tables in each of the specialty restaurants. Based on the three and a half hours we spent there, each table can really only be used once during a dinner service. Because of this, restaurant reservations will be very hard to get, so book early and don't be disappointed if you can't get in. One thing we do want to make mention of and that is the speed of the response from the crew when a safety issue needed to be addressed. On the upper pool deck there is a set of stairs to being you to the actual pool deck. These stairs are outside and at the top there was a little step-up before you actually began descending the stairs. This little step-up was marked but people all seemed to be tripping on it. On the first (and only) day at sea, it was pointed out to Azamara staff and by the end of the day crew had fashioned a custom made little ramp to cover the step- up. Now that is addressing issues quickly. Also, kudos to the Captain or to the person who decided that since we were going no-where specific we should go up the coast of Florida and watch the space shuttle Discovery blast off. It was the most incredible sight to see from the ocean as the shuttle passed right over the ship. It was breathtaking and a once in a lifetime experience to be sure. A very nice touch was a picture of the blast off waiting on our bed when we arrived back in our stateroom that evening. A gift from Azamara. There were a few things that we found unusual or did not think made much sense. Azamara advertises butlers for all rooms. Because we usually travel in suites, we do know what services a butler traditionally provides or at least offers to provide. We did not find their butlers to be butlers. In this case, we found that they were merely stateroom attendants who had been given a glorified title. A title does not a butler make. Perhaps with more time and an opportunity to acclimate to the ship and their responsibilities the butlers will be able to provide services that Azamara guests have come to expect as they had on Celebrity ships. Lastly, we were surprised that Azamara did not take advantage of the "captive" guests that they had in Captains Club members. We did have the Captains Club party while on board. There were about 25 people at the party and several executives made the rounds and introduced themselves to each of us. It was very nice to meet them, but we thought that they would take the opportunity to say something to the whole room. There was no welcome, no introduction to the line, not even a mini-commercial. It was a nice little party, but in this room you have people who cruise quite a bit, people who are in the demographic you are trying to market to, people who you have invited for a free two-day cruise and you don't take the opportunity to pick their brains. We would have welcomed the opportunity to have a small focus group offer opinions on Azamara, Celebrity and the Captains Club as a whole. We got a free cruise, and we certainly would not have resented giving an hour or so of our time to become part of the process that might improve the Captains Club for us all. We all have ideas and things that we would like to see and while ideas and suggestions might or might not be taken, we would have been happy to give those opinions and were frankly surprised that they were not solicited. Overall, it was a wonderful, although quick trip. Azamara is a fine cruiseline with a lot of potential. The intimate setting is going to be refreshing for many cruisers and the ports that the smaller ships can go to will be a great draw. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and can honestly and openly say, nice job, and we will be watching the itineraries for an opportunity to travel with Azamara again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
I was invited to attend the Azamara Quest inaugural cruise and I have to say that it changed my perceptions of cruising. My previous experiences have been mostly positive, but there were always some things I didn't enjoy that took ... Read More
I was invited to attend the Azamara Quest inaugural cruise and I have to say that it changed my perceptions of cruising. My previous experiences have been mostly positive, but there were always some things I didn't enjoy that took away from the experience - long lines, excessive amounts of average food, and no sense of community among the passengers. Sailing on the smaller and more intimate Quest provided me with everything I love about cruising but delivered in a more upscale, intimate and personal way. Even though this was only a two-night cruise to nowhere, I fell in love with the ship and its crew and am already looking into booking a South American cruise over the holidays on the other Azamara ship Journey. The highlight of my experience was the food. It was AMAZING. I'm a big foodie and it was great to see freshness and quality (placed over quantity), outstanding menu options, and wonderful presentation at all meals. Of particular note was my dinner last night in the specialty restaurant and steakhouse Prime C. Everything was outstanding from the appetizers to the entrees and the sides. I ordered the lobster bisque it was probably the best I've ever had, and I order it a lot. I'd say my Prime C dinner was better than anything I've had in Miami recently...including a recent dinner at Prime 112 in South Beach. There were also some unexpected food surprises including fresh smoothies for breakfast and a fantastic coffee bar with wonderful (and strong) espresso called Mosaic. Lunch was served buffet-style but included wonderful choices like grilled trout and a selection of cheeses. The wine selections pared with the meals were also thoughtful and exceptional. In terms of dEcor Quest looks great. The pool deck and aft dining area have beautiful comfortable teak flooring and lounge chairs, and the interior rooms were well appointed but not too stuffy. I felt like I was in a state of pure luxury and indulgence. I didn't have the opportunity to use the spa or gym, but visited and found both to be spacious, warm and inviting for a small ship. I thought the treatment prices were a little high, but some of my fellow passengers indulged and had wonderful things to say. Our stateroom was appointed with fresh flowers and other small touches that were welcoming and while the space was not large, I never felt confined. The bed was very comfortable and I slept really well (although that might have been more from the excellent food). The balcony was the perfect place to watch a brilliant sunset as we left Miami. The bathroom seemed fairly standard, but included some nice touches like a fresh rose and some wonderful Elemis shampoos, crèmes and conditioner. The service was warm and friendly, and we had our own butler assigned to our stateroom, although it was fairly clearly that he was new and familiarizing himself with the ship. He made up for this with friendliness but I felt he may have been trying a little too hard. The last thing I want to point out that's great about Quest is her size. Having only several hundred guests and crew onboard made for much easier socializing and I immediately got to know several guests who soon became fast friends. The atmosphere was friendly and approachable, and everyone I met was nice. In the end, I definitely plan to recommend Azamara it to all my friends and business contacts. Even my fellow cruisers (and now best friends) couldn't stop raving about it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
We were invited guests on the Quest. The experience was wonderful. As you enter the ship the feeling that one gets is as if you were at a wonderful European hotel. What a pleasure not being on a mega ship. We also have never cruised on a ... Read More
We were invited guests on the Quest. The experience was wonderful. As you enter the ship the feeling that one gets is as if you were at a wonderful European hotel. What a pleasure not being on a mega ship. We also have never cruised on a smaller ship and can not wait to do it again. The cabin size was adequate, but the bathroom was minute. Wonderful bathrobes, slippers and the best bath towels were provided. Fresh flowers were in the bathroom and bedroom. A lovely touch. We saw our butler only twice. We did not see any menus for room service. They are still getting the kinks out. The staff and crew were the best. Everyone looked you in the eyes and acknowledged your presence. How refreshing. I asked fro cappuccino during lunch and they went out of there way to go to the fourth floor to accommodate me (which was not necessary, but greatly appreciated). The food was the best that we have had. The dining room is beautiful. The service impeccable. Our waitress could describe every dish. I had the best sea bass ever. What a delight not to have formal nights and be able to eat when you want to. The second night we ate at the Prime. We were seated with other guests and had lots of fun. The food was delicious. The service was a 10. We enjoy the casino, which is small but adequate. The staff is quite friendly and inviting. The pool area is quite comfortable. I do suggest that signs are posted for the depth of the water and that the area is quite slippery. The restrooms are always clean. I was amazed for the size of the ship that the fitness center was quite large with most of the equipment needed for a good workout. There to, they are still getting everything in order. The exercise balls and yoga mats were not in yet. This ship has everything and more and can not wait to sail again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
My wife and I were very pleased when we came home one evening and found a voice mail from Celebrity's Captain Club inviting us on the two night inaugural cruise of Azamara Quest. We are frequent cruisers on Celebrity and Royal ... Read More
My wife and I were very pleased when we came home one evening and found a voice mail from Celebrity's Captain Club inviting us on the two night inaugural cruise of Azamara Quest. We are frequent cruisers on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, and looked forward to trying out a smaller ship, with a more upscale reputation. We were not in the least bit disappointed. The Quest is indeed a beautiful ship, decorated tastefully and impressively. All the public rooms and facilities are more intimate than those you will find on larger ships, and have a deluxe feel to them that is both comfortable and appealing. The service throughout was excellent, with a staff very eager to please, very much consistent with what we have found cruising on Celebrity. We were able to board the ship early. By 11 am, we were sitting by the plush pool area, each lounge chair with a thick pad that more resembles a bed mattress than a pool chair. The pool area was surprisingly spacious given that Quest is smaller than the typical cruise ship we have sailed on. The specialty restaurants are very impressive; we dined one night in Prime C, and both the food and service were memorable. Plush with wood paneling, and deluxe decorations, the restaurant is a must. The food in the main dining room, which is open seating, was excellent as well. The captain gave the passengers probably the best treat we have ever experienced on a cruise ship. Quest sailed from Miami, up the Florida coast. The shuttle Discovery was scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral at 11:38 am. We sailed to that area, stopping offshore as close as the coast guard would allow. We had the thrill of watching from the deck of Quest the shuttle Discovery blast off into space, streaking what looked like just over the ship. Truly an amazing experience that we will never forget. The ship has in intimate feel that made us feel as if we were on a private yacht rather than a ship with several hundred passengers. At no time did you feel as if you were in a crowd. Rather, we felt that we had the ship to ourselves at times. The cabin was well set up, giving a more spacious feel than one would expect given the size. While we had plenty of storage space for a 2 night cruise, it seemed as one would need more space for clothes on a much longer cruise. The entertainment on board was excellent as well, performed in a cabaret style theater. Breakfast and lunch were served either in the main dining room or in the buffet area. The food preparation for the buffet was more what you would expect from a good quality restaurant rather than a kitchen cooking for hundreds of people. All in all a wonderful experience on Azamara Quest, and we look forward to sailing again on one of the lovely Azamara ships. Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
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