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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We have enjoyed our previous Azamara cruises. The crew are the warmest people who genuinely aspire to provide great service. The entertainment is very good, the Azamazing evenings have been delightful, the food is quite varied and good. ... Read More
We have enjoyed our previous Azamara cruises. The crew are the warmest people who genuinely aspire to provide great service. The entertainment is very good, the Azamazing evenings have been delightful, the food is quite varied and good. There is a courtesy laundry onboard for guests. (I bring fabric softener sheets). The ships have been refurbished most attractively. A sad but reassuring situation arose this recent sailing. After we sailed out of the Dominican Republic a man onboard needed hospitalization. The couple were packed up, arrangements were made, and an appropriate crew member who speaks Spanish stayed on with them so they would not have a language barrier at such a stressful time. Azamara rises to the best with genuine efforts to care for their guests. Among the others onboard there was a wish Azamara would get around to providing free wifi. That would be a huge attraction to their guests. Also, they have an array of news networks, one rerun tv station, a movie channel, and we had ESPN. It was during the election. We all were tapped out on drama and stress and wished for more upbeat choices to view in our cabins. While onboard we, like many others, booked a future cruise. It gives us pleasure to look forward to returning to Azamara. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
The cruise left from New Orleans and we had two days cruising to the first port of call - Grand Cayman, the weather on the second day was not good wind and rain. The itinerary was very good and being a smaller ship the Quest can dock ... Read More
The cruise left from New Orleans and we had two days cruising to the first port of call - Grand Cayman, the weather on the second day was not good wind and rain. The itinerary was very good and being a smaller ship the Quest can dock closer in many occasions to the centre of the port, from Grand Cayman we proceeded to Jamaica (San Antonio), not much to do in this port, then it was onto Dominican Republic (La Ramona) there was a shuttle to a very expensive beach resort, only marred by a cloud burst mid morning, Willemstad Curacao was next - very pretty, Gustavia St Barts was next - very expensive port, Charlestown Nevis was next - tour of the island by taxi was an experience, Philipsburg St.Maarten was a good shopping port, the island is divided by the oldest world treaty and you require Euro's or Dollars, the final port was Virgin Gorda B.V.I. a trip to the Volcanic boulder beach is a must. In all ports we did our own thing and with others hired taxis to tour the locations - very much cheaper than the organised tours. Crew - cannot fault their friendliness and willingness to help and always smiling Food - the quality and variety was never below excellent in all dining locations over the 16 nights of the cruise. They had a number of special lunches or dinners with the White Night being superb. Cannot fault the quality of the wines, spirits, cocktails and beers included in the price and no restrictions on the quantity. Stateroom - we had a balcony cabin and this was very nice following the refurbishment last year, cleanliness could not be faulted and the 2 stewards could not be more attentive. Entertainment - having limited facilities did not dilute the focus and quality of the performances which varied from the standard ship troupe to comedian to pianist to violin duo, all top quality Azamazing Evening - one on every cruise - unfortunately the weather turned foul on the evening for the quayside show, this was changed to onboard the ship so the overall experience was slightly curtailed - the performers were excellent especially the light sabre juggler. Enrichment - there were a number of speakers over the 16 days, best being the music professor on the history of music, the port speaker was good and informative. Embarkation / Disembarkation procedures were very smooth and we had very little waiting on each occasion Overall you cannot fault the Azamara cruise experience for value, diversity and quality included in the price. I now detest having to sign for every drink, coffee etc which is the norm now on most other cruise lines. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our fourth Azamara cruise. We chose it specifically because it started in New Orleans, a city we had always wanted to visit. We stayed in New Orleans, at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Iberville Street, for 5 nights and loved ... Read More
This was our fourth Azamara cruise. We chose it specifically because it started in New Orleans, a city we had always wanted to visit. We stayed in New Orleans, at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Iberville Street, for 5 nights and loved the city. Our hotel was extremely well located on the edge of the French Quarter and we were pleased with it. Embarkation was, as usual, quick and easy and we were soon on board drinking our welcome glass of bubbly. Our stateroom on deck 6 was a verandah stateroom. There was plenty of storage space in the cabin, and the bed was very comfy. The large TV opposite the bed was great and there is a reasonable selection of channels to watch. The bathroom was small, with a small shower with a curtain, but it was fine and we liked the new shelves for storage as well as the cupboard under the sink. I always take a couple of sets of cloth pockets to hang on the hooks on the inside of the bathroom door so that I can find a home for everything. We mainly used Discoveries (MDR) for our evening meal. We felt that the food had regained its Wow factor (missing on our last cruise). We loved the fact that although you can see the menu on the TV and outside the dining room each day, there are two main course dishes (Chefs Special and World Destination special) that are a surprise until your waiter tells you about them. The menu always had a great choice, with some dishes, such as Escargots in garlic butter, Prawns with Marie Rose sauce, New York strip steak, Salmon repeated every day alongside all the dishes of the day and the specials. Dining on Azamara is free time dining and most days we were able to be seated when we were ready (usually between 7:30 and 8:00pm). Sometimes we shared with others and sometimes had a table for two. We also bought a good value package for the two speciality restaurants - Prime C and Aqualina. The cover charge is normally $30 for each, but for $70 you can make 3 bookings. Meals there are exceptional, even better than the excellent quality in the MDR. We had breakfast and lunch in Windows - there were always plenty of choices and the food was lovely. You could have Bucks Fizz ( Mimosa) or Bloody Mary for breakfast if you wanted! I particularly enjoyed the ginger based 'Energiser' smoothie every morning. Most of the entertainment was very good. There was a pianist and guitarist who played in various venues and there were shows in the cabaret lounge. All the shows were good except one comedian who failed to get a laugh! We also enjoyed joining a trivia quiz team and taking part in the daily quizzes. We went ashore in all but one of the Caribbean islands the ship visited. We did not use any of the ship's excursions on the islands but did our own thing. In Grand Cayman we just had a walk around the town. In Port Antonio, Jamaica we got a taxi to give us a tour of the area, including the Blue Lagoon - not cheap at $40 a head for a couple of hours. In Curaçao we just had a wander around Wilhemstadt - very pretty little town with plenty of shops and restaurants and an interesting market along the canal. In St Barts we just had a look around - very expensive place, window shopping was the order of the day, as well as walk to Shell Beach which was nice. At St Maarten we took a taxi to Mahoe Beach ($20 a head) right next to the airport runway. Good fun standing right under the flight path as jets come in close over your head. At Nevis we took a taxi ($20 a head) to the Botanic Gardens and the Montpelier Plantation (Princess Di's favourite Hotel). The gardens are beautiful - well worth visiting. As we had a few hours before our plane home from Miami, we took a ship's excursion on the Hop On Hop Off bus. This was excellent - the bus picked us up at the dockside, including our luggage. Our luggage was then stored for us at Bayside Marketplace whilst we took the bus on the Blue, Miami Beach, route which we loved. Then we had an hour or so wandering around Baysie Marketplace which had a good range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our first with Azamara, a repo from New Orleans to Miami. Part of our promotion was a overnite in NO with a dinner cruise on the Natchez Queen which was lovely. We stayed at the Doubletree Inn in the French Quarter -- good ... Read More
This was our first with Azamara, a repo from New Orleans to Miami. Part of our promotion was a overnite in NO with a dinner cruise on the Natchez Queen which was lovely. We stayed at the Doubletree Inn in the French Quarter -- good location, clean room. We had a handicapped accessible room due to DH use of a scooter which was on the 7th floor. First morning there -- a power failure (30 sec.) caused ALL elevators to stop working and we were stuck in our room for 5 hours. Why the designers of this hotel had all elevators on one system was extremely poor planning not to mention dangerous for safety reasons. After complimentary room service --- manager was finally able to get us on one of the service elevators so we could catch our Gray Line tour --- only for the elevator to quit between the second and first floor !! As the manager was with us --- staff on the other side of the door were finally able to get us out --- really funny when we talked about it later but not at that moment. The Big Easy is "OK" -- we really didn't get too see very much -- would have liked to see a plantation or two and more of the country. Bourbon Street is just a dark, dirty,narrow alley IMO. Didn't impress us at all. The Quest is a lovely ship -- the smallest we have cruised on to date. The service is OUTSTANDING. You couldn't ask for a more happy and accommodating crew !! Our Club Continental suite was wonderful -- so much more room than the original V 2 balcony I had booked. Actually was able to look into one and I have never seen such a small, cramped room and balcony. Of course, the CC came with a much higher price tag but we would have been very uncomfortable in the first one not to mention no space for DH's scooter ! Only drawback to Suite 8063 were the loud noises during the night from the deck above (Windows Cafe) from rolling carts and furniture. Islands: Were "ok" --- poor planning on Azamara's Itinerary Dept. to schedule Jamaica and St. Bart on Sundays when everything is closed -- not even a mini mart to grab a snack or two. Would choose the Quest again but i will look for better prices in the future. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
2016 CRUISE ON AZAMARA QUEST OCT. 26 I had wanted to go on this cruise out of NOLA for some time, but my wife said it was too long. When she finally agreed to go cabin 7005 was already taken. My wonderful TA booked 8053. She said ... Read More
2016 CRUISE ON AZAMARA QUEST OCT. 26 I had wanted to go on this cruise out of NOLA for some time, but my wife said it was too long. When she finally agreed to go cabin 7005 was already taken. My wonderful TA booked 8053. She said she would watch for an opening and sure enough 6002 and 6003 opened up and I was able to book 6003 for an increase of about $4000+. All was set until we went to check in and I was told I was upgraded to 7119, which I had not authorized. I was disappointed, but my wife told me to be quiet since the upgrade was an increase of about $4000 without charge. I had my heart set on that forward viewing cabin and if asked if I wanted the upgrade, I would have declined. In any event we had a good cruise. My TA agreed that she should have been notified and would have explained that I wanted the forward viewing cabin. The change was made by the Azamara financial people and they couldn’t understand why I was dissatisfied with an upgrade. Some people in business think things are all about money. The Azamara Quest is the old R7 built by Rennaissance Cruise line in the year 2000. Celebrity cruise line acquired it around 2007 and along with the Azamara Journey have been operating these two upscale ships. We sailed out of the PORT OF NEW ORLEANS on a pleasant cruise down the Mississippi River toward the Gulf of Mexico and I suppose went out the Southwest Pass. This happened in the middle of the night. There is nothing to see except marshes and at night pretty lights mark the way. We had a rough ride across the Gulf of Mexico with seas about 10 to 12 feet so the ship did a lot of pitching. The roll was very well controlled by the stabilizers which were apparently working perfectly. These Ren ships ride well. We arrived at GEORGETOWN GRAND CAYMAN Saturday October 29 on our 4th day at sea. Jan had wanted to take a submarine tour, but it didn’t run on Saturday. I kind of wanted to do another helicopter ride since previously I had done two on one visit and it was beautiful. Jan is not keen on helicopter rides and our friends were not aboard since Beryl got sick in Fort Lauderdale after their Princess cruise across the Atlantic and was admitted to ICU from their Miami hotel. They were scheduled to fly from Miami to NOLA to board with us October 26, 2016. I decided that I didn’t want to leave Jan by herself, so just talked to the Helicopter rep and found out that Jerome is still flying his helicopters. We just walked around since we had previously been to 7 mile beach and would wait for St.Martin for out beach day. Bought some Tortuga Rum cakes and had them shipped for gifts at home. Our next port on Sunday Oct. 30 was PORT ANTONIO, JAMAICA a once thriving Banana export city. We got with new friends and shared a cab to Boston Beach, Blue Lagoon, and Frenchmen’s cove. The lagoon and Frenchman’s cove are over rated. Boston Beach was better and grabbed some Jerk Chicken. We had a nice sea day October 31, 2016 and that night many danced in costumes in the dance area up top in the Living Room I think. The next port Nov. 1st was LA ROMANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. We had previously been there and already visited Altus de Chavon. This time we had planned a trip to the Dreams Hotel to spend the day and pay for a cab ride. The ship offered a free shuttle to Casa de Campo, which we took, but it let us out at a shopping area and things were closed. This Catholic country takes “All Saints Day” off. We thought we might be let out at the main hotel and pay a day fee, but that didn’t work. We walked around and looked at the nice yacht harbor, and ran into Mike and Karen who decided to take a cab from there to the Dreams Hotel with transportation back to the ship and we spent the day at the Dreams for $65/p with all the drinks one could want and nice food buffet. We shared this cab with Len and Angie Bettam from Vancouver Island BC, Canada and Richard and Sherrie and Mike and Karen who had got it together. Mike is a retired fireman and his muscular build showed it. This was nice and the cab driver found us at the appropriate time and we returned to the ship. The next day Nov. 2 was a sea day and the night of the “Best of the Best” dinner. This is a spectacular dinner put on for the top suite people and is well worth the attendance. It is hosted by the Captain and several officers. I had been before on previous cruises and wouldn’t miss this. I even put on a coat and tie. It was a magnificent display of culinary ideas. On Nov. 3, we had a previously booked a tour with Actief for WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO, but our English friend got sick and couldn’t make the cruise. We had previously been to Curacao but didn’t take any type of tour last time. We were able to find new friends Len and Angie that paid Vance’s portion and took their place and we had a wonderful tour with Chippy the driver guide. Chippy was his handle because his last name was Chippendale. We could have decreased the cost by increasing the number but 4 seemed good at $60/p. This gentleman driver/guide was very educated and knowledgeable about Curacao which can be difficult to understand the different areas of Willemstad. We visited the Curacao factory and bought the obligatory liquors. Chippy showed us the Wedding Cake house and took us out the fort which Len climbed, but I stayed with the girls. I used to hoot with the owl at night, and soar with the Eagle during the day, but the Owl can’t hoot much anymore and the Eagle has trouble getting going during the day. Willemstad is beautiful city to visit with its colorful buildings. Nov. 4 we had a wonderful day at sea. Saturday Nov. 5 we visited GUSTAVIA, ST. BARTS and the two of us grabbed a taxi to ride around the Island. That was $80 since we didn’t plan ahead to share. I will pay anything because my joints just don’t last walking. On Sunday Nov. 6 we visited CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS. We teamed up with Mike and Linda and met a taxi driver that put us with his wife who was an encyclopedia of knowledge. She knew Alexander Hamilton’s entire story, and many other stories about pirates and buccaneers, but I don’t think she mentioned that a Mr. Burr running for governor of New York challenged Mr Hamilton to a duel because of speeches he was giving against the New York Governor. Mr.Hamilton died as a result of his wounds. On Monday Nov. 7 we arrived at PHILLIPSBURG, ST.MARTIN where we have spent two separate week trips previously along with several cruise port stops. We went to ‘Orange Fever’ a relatively new area on Orient Beach (since May 2016) and it was very nice and very good fried breaded shrimp. We shared a cab with Len and Angie from Vancouver, Island. The Azamazing Evening planned had to be moved inside to the ship and the performance was magnificent. Too bad it couldn’t have been outside as originally planned. The cruise ship goes to a lot of expense to put these things on along with the fire works after. On Tuesday Nov. 8 we visited VRIGIN GORDA and did the same tour with friends that we had done on a Silversea cruise three years before. Mike and Linda from South Carolina were great travelling partners. November 9 and 10 were days at sea and we arrived in MIAMI as scheduled. On board the ship there was something to do for everyone everyday. Many trivia games, shopping etc to keep busy. The blackjack tournament was fun since I won one. I had one hot run playing BlackJack and got ahead $200 and quit. My wife Jan however borrowed $10 from me and put it in a slot machine and won $900. I got my $10 back and that is all. I should have made a deal to share the profits from my investment. When our Blackpool English friends are with us we play “Joker Poker” and have been known to play 37 hours on a cruise. If one types ”Pegs and Jokers” in Google the rules can be found. We have made our own boards and have a travelling game made by fixing a layout to an old folding Monopoly game. At home we have a board made by gluing the layout to an appropriately cut board. It is a great game and all games played are different. Friday Nov. 11, 2016 I had a transfer booked privately but could not connect because of communication problems so we took a cab. I had my credit card company credit the charge back since I did not cancel the transportation, they just didn’t show even after texts saying they would. They acknowledged my text that said I would be disembarking in 10 minutes and getting through customs with a porter was a breeze. What a great trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
Forgot the other lines. Azamara tries hard and delivers. Everything is great--especially the shows if you keep in mind there are only 600 passengers on the ship. Have sailed five times on Azamara and I just think it's the best ... Read More
Forgot the other lines. Azamara tries hard and delivers. Everything is great--especially the shows if you keep in mind there are only 600 passengers on the ship. Have sailed five times on Azamara and I just think it's the best line. I've sailed Oceania, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Star Clipper, Viking River and Viking Ocean. All are good but Azamara just has that extra something special. Just don't go if you are looking for problems. Whiners can always find something but this line always goes the extra mile. The staff are incomparable. They always have time for you, time to answer a question, time to fix something, get you something you need, whatever. And, always with a smile. Don't know how people can work so hard and still be eager to please. Love the fact that alcohol and gratuities are included. You don't feel that people have their hands out all the time. Read Less
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