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Sail Date: February 2018
We love Azamara. Travel is what you make it. We enjoyed bridge lessons tremendously and the individual entertainers were phenomenal. Personnel on board are VERY accommodating and trained well to take care of every possible need we could ... Read More
We love Azamara. Travel is what you make it. We enjoyed bridge lessons tremendously and the individual entertainers were phenomenal. Personnel on board are VERY accommodating and trained well to take care of every possible need we could imagine. Wasn't crazy about some of the ports, but that always happens. Was surprised to see negative ratings about this voyage as everyone we talked to and met were very happy with this cruise. Came down with a bad cold on board and the doctor couldn't have been better. Some accompanying symptoms necessitated us being confined to quarters for a day, but we received free TV movies and any food we wanted from the room service menu or Discoveries Restaurant, only served on paper plates, not real dishes. We understood the necessity of this. Imagine our surprise several days later when we received a letter from the staff saying we would be comped one day on our next cruise to make up for the missed day we spent in quarantine. WOW! That's service! Best of all were the people we met on board and that's really one of the main reasons why we travel, to meet people from around the world and share conversations with them. Places are wonderful but people are even better! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Just recently sailed on the Azamara Quest from San Diego to Miami through the Panama Canal. We have previously cruised on Oceania and Princess several times, Viking once and we are elite level on Celebrity. The pros for Azamara Quest were ... Read More
Just recently sailed on the Azamara Quest from San Diego to Miami through the Panama Canal. We have previously cruised on Oceania and Princess several times, Viking once and we are elite level on Celebrity. The pros for Azamara Quest were the White Night and Azamazing Evening in Cabo San Lucas. The wait staff in the restaurants and bars were excellent. The crew was very friendly and approachable. The food in the specialty restaurants was very good. The buffet had various ethic food nights. I thought that for a ship this size that the entertainment was very good. The cons, we had a verandah cabin on deck 8 and in the middle of the ship, lots of vibration especially at night. My wife got seasick one day and this was the first time this happened after 18 cruises. The bathroom. Is very small and the shower is too small for most humans. Disembarkation was at least 2 hours late getting off the ship due to congestion in the Miami harbor according to the captain. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Wanted to visit the Panama Canal and Cartagena. Cabo was also on our bucket list. Didn’t know much about the other ports but were pleasantly surprised especially by Huatulco and Antigua. San Diego was a fun place to visit before ... Read More
Wanted to visit the Panama Canal and Cartagena. Cabo was also on our bucket list. Didn’t know much about the other ports but were pleasantly surprised especially by Huatulco and Antigua. San Diego was a fun place to visit before embarking. Enjoyed visiting the USS Midway and the zoo. As usual the cruise was very nice. The crew was amazingly helpful and courteous. Always cheerful (I don’t know how). Our cabin was comfortable and spotless. Plenty of room for the two of us. The entertainment was ok but we don’t go on Azamara for that. If we want better shows we cruise Celebrity Solstice class ships. Specialty restaurants were very good. We mostly ate at the Windows buffet which was fine for us because we’re usually tired after exploring ports and want to eat casually and at our own pace. Ate one night in main dining room and wasn’t that impressed and had to eat at the wait staff’s pace. The excursions we took through the ship were adequate and not badly priced. Since it was our first visit to these ports they were a good introduction. Overall it was one of our better cruises mainly because of the crew and the fun people we met. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We’re experienced cruisers, an older couple, one of us has a mobility problem. This was the second of two cruises we took this winter, the first was a Princess cruise to Hawaii that was very successful. By contrast the Azamara cruise was ... Read More
We’re experienced cruisers, an older couple, one of us has a mobility problem. This was the second of two cruises we took this winter, the first was a Princess cruise to Hawaii that was very successful. By contrast the Azamara cruise was less exciting though still very good. We had done two cruises on the Quest last year covering much of the same territory, tho with the addition of the Sea of Cortez. We repeated because we wanted to stay close to North America – and Azamara offers a gourmet experience, important to us. Unfortunately we came down with vicious colds and coughs. No fault of the cruise. Since the temperature was so hot we avoided visiting nearly all the possible ports, barring the Azamara evening in Cabo San Lucas and a short trip in Huatulco. Which meant we stayed on the ship, in itself a pleasant fate. We had an accessible oceanview cabin. It was large, comfortable, and very quiet, indeed a congenial place to spend much of the day. The cabin, on the fourth floor, was especially convenient, with easy access to the elevators and from there to the front and rear of the ship. The Quest is a small ship, so you rarely have a sense of being crowded, unlike on the Star Princess where battling for elevator space was a daily occurrence. Exceptions: when a special event like the white night party or a folkloric show which pulled in so many people, and the pool side bar-b-ques where there were long lines of hungry passengers. We’d expected the food on the Quest to be very good: it had been on five previous trips. And, yes, much of it was tasty. But somehow not as pleasing as before, certainly not at the level of the Crystal (a line we have always enjoyed). The dining room offered a variety of dishes, including the standard salmon and steak, every night. Yet nothing was memorable this time. The nightly wines, included in the fare, were ok but not as good as on the Star Princess (where of course you had to pay). On sea days it also offered lunches, including once a tasty Spanish burger that pleased and, even more, a dim sum feast. (We didn’t try the brunch.) The Patio had excellent burgers and in the evening good steak, though its ribs ho-hum. Prime C, the specialty restaurant, as before, had very good steak (and some really fine desserts) but we found it noisy: try to get a table in the back away from the front where there is a large table that attracts people enjoying themselves with gusto, and thus much noise of course. The various pool side bar-b-ques were abundant and tasty – but, again, the ribs this time were not spectacular. The signature crepes, however, were as good as ever. The Windows Café, the buffet, in the evening served a themed dinner, seafood, Greek, American, etc. The paella prepared individually by a chef for the Spanish evening, was simply superb, one of the best I’ve had anywhere. But the pad thai similarly prepared was mediocre. And the Turkish night offered nothing of interest to us – or most others, it seemed, given the paucity of passengers. Room service breakfast was excellent, the many restricted but still varied, with much to choose from and delivered on time and as requested. We did go to the Windows Café for many lunches: what appealed were the various salads and salad makings as well as the sandwiches and sandwich makings, as well as the soups. The cheeses on the cruise were limited but decent – one difference with the Crystal where the cheeses superb. The Quest looks good, despite its twenty years. It has a classic look yes, especially notable in the Discoveries dining room, the baroque staircase on the 4th-5th floor, and the drawing room. It has an excellent viewing space at the front, the Living Room where in addition you can enjoy drinks and at meal times various tapas. Recently the ship has added replicas of Dalí sculptures, a marvellous touch, and these enhance the overall look of the public areas. Likewise dropping Park West Gallery and replacing them with an individual artist was a wise move: he did an excellent rendition to the night of the dead, the theme of the Azamazing evening, producing it on site. The upgraded stateroom was great, despite the curious bump around the bathroom, presumably to ensure that the water ran off into the drain, not the room. One of the outstanding features of the Azamara Quest is the staff. Captain José, Hotel Director Philip, the entertainment master Russ, the security chief Silvano, all these officers are fine people, friendly, congenial, helpful. And that applies to the rest of the staff. All of the people were ready to help, to offer assistance, to ensure that our needs were met, our concerns satisfied. The Quest is a very friendly ship where the staff goes out of its way to look after passengers. We didn’t do much of the enrichment (tho the lectures we attended were decent) and almost none of the entertainment (excepting Russ’ singular performance, really an enjoyable show). We did go to the Azamazing evening in Cabo (the third time!) and it is certainly singular, full of colour, music, and charm – plus excellent margaritas. I should add that the logistics of this evening, moving all the passengers back and forward without mishap, the professional skill demonstrated, is itself amazing. The folkloric show when in Cartagena was also superb, again full of harmony and dance, a mix of Caribbean and Spanish and Hispanic styles. In the end, then, a fine cruise. Pity our health didn’t allow us to enjoy more. But, in the end, the fact the cruise offered us such great service, some fine spaces, and so much peace made it all worthwhile. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We cruised on Azamara Journey almost 9 years ago and so when we were looking for a Panama Canal cruise to celebrate my husbands 50th birthday, we looked at Azamara and Oceania (who we have sailed with more recently). The Quest cruise ... Read More
We cruised on Azamara Journey almost 9 years ago and so when we were looking for a Panama Canal cruise to celebrate my husbands 50th birthday, we looked at Azamara and Oceania (who we have sailed with more recently). The Quest cruise matched our dates and what we wanted to do and see best. The crew are the absolute best. Captain Jose was the most friendly and down to earth Captain that we have ever experienced on a cruise and with leadership like that you are only ever going to find happy and proffesional crew. The food in the Windows buffet was generally very good. The breakfasts were far better than in the main dining room and the choices were vast. The only negative we have is the live cooking station, was not usually live. Food was still being pre cooked and placed into the covered servers. If it says live people don't mind waiting..... why not cook it to order. Discoveries, the main dining room, for us was generally underwhelming. Service was either very fast or a bit slow, the tables were quite close together and sometimes the food was not very hot . Where they did shine was the two buffet brunches that were put on a couple of mornings. Everything that you could think of, it was fabulous. We ate twice in Prime C and once in Aqualina and although all of the meals were very nice they certainly were not outstanding, which was what we remembered when we sailed on Journey. Out of the two, we would say that Aqualina slightly had the edge on service and food. I had the most fabulous Dover Sole that was taken off the bone at the table. The most disappointing thing was that on a 17 night cruise, the menus in both never changed once. In Prime C we shared a Chateaubriand, which was very nice, but it came wheeled to the table on the most enormous white plastic kitchen board....not very classy. How about a nice wooden block or serving platter, garnished with a handful of watercress?? There were some mini doughnuts on the dessert menu that were not too special, but the soufflés were excellent. In all of the restaurants many of the dishes had too much salt. All of the breads were varied, plentiful and high quality. There was a nice afternoon tea served one day in Aqualina, a repeat would have been good. Oh and where has the cheese trolley gone?? The place where we ate most in the evening was the Patio. There was always a fish special and steaks, they were without doubt the best cooked on the ship. There were two poolside buffets, White Night and Latino Night, plus an officers BBQ one lunch time, these were all first class. There was a huge amount of work setting up for these nights but they were fantastic, everything that you could think of and more. We didn't buy any drinks package but I think that generally the alcohol on the complimentary list was ok, the wines were a bit disappointing, a lot of the same most nights. The cabin, a balcony on deck 7 was a bit smaller than we had expected but everything was well thought out and there was plenty of storage. It was kept very clean and tidy by the excellent attendants. The bathroom was exceptionally small, with a shower curtain. Maybe for a week, but not 17 nights again......and we are both small. Entertainment is not something that is high on our wish list, but I think that generally it was very good for a small ship. The best by far was Jakub Trusak, an amazing violinist (with a twist!) The ports were pretty good. The only one for us which was not great was Puerto Chiapas. The stops in Puerto Quetzal (Guatamala) and Puntarenas (Costa Rica) could have been given more time and miss Chiapas out. We also would have liked longer in Cartegena and a stop in Cuba to break the last two sea days up. Panama Canal was the highlight day, and it ran like clockwork. The gentleman in the bridge that provided the commentary for the transit was excellent, informative and very knowledgeable. We took some ship excursions which were all very well organised and enjoyable. Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas, Snorkelling in Huatulco, Pacaya Volcano hike in Guatemala.....plus the Azamazing Evening from Cabo San Lucas, a fantastic night. Extremely well organised and high quality, don't miss it! Unfortunately on the disembarkation day, the ship was late to dock (not their fault) and we had to wait an extra 3hrs. Once off it turned into a bit of a free for all, as transfers really didn't work with the timings skew whiff. An Azamara representative really should have been off ship sorting this out. We cut our losses and jumped in a taxi, but we had prepaid all our transfers. In summary we had a great holiday, met some great people, did a couple of memorable shore excursions arranged through roll call, as always! We would sail with Azamara again if the itinerary was right and I think with that bathroom it would be 7 nights max. I don't know whether there would be a difference between ships or just that its been such a long time since our last one, but 9 years ago the food blew us away.....sadly not anymore. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Great experiences with Azamara. Azamazing evening in Cabo was truly fantastic. The whole idea of no extra charges multiplies the value. An all inclusive at sea. When the captain knows your name by the 5th day, you KNOW you’re on a small ... Read More
Great experiences with Azamara. Azamazing evening in Cabo was truly fantastic. The whole idea of no extra charges multiplies the value. An all inclusive at sea. When the captain knows your name by the 5th day, you KNOW you’re on a small ship journey. Our 5th voyage in a row out of 20+ total. Before we found Azamara, HAL had been line of choice. Now, we have done a transAtlantic, SE Asia, South America, and some random Caribbean Cruises with Azamara and are satisfied. There are leaks and tweaks on any cruise line and this is no different—just minimized because of the small ship and great service. The entertainment is not as strong as a big ship, but you don’t have to fight the crowds or sit in the third balcony. The time in port puts these cruises in a world of their own. Last year we did a week long cruise with another line and spent 18 hours total in ports. Our Azamara cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore spent 2 to 3 days in different ports allowing side trips to Angor Watt, Mekong Delta, Hanoi, etc. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We'd done many Uniworld riverboat cruises and wanted to do the Panama Canal, so Azamara seemed to be a good choice. The staff on the boat was excellent, very friendly and accommodating. The food was quite good too, however the ... Read More
We'd done many Uniworld riverboat cruises and wanted to do the Panama Canal, so Azamara seemed to be a good choice. The staff on the boat was excellent, very friendly and accommodating. The food was quite good too, however the buffet dinner in Windows was marginal and the service was worse. Breakfast and lunch there were fine. The specialty dining venues were very good but I question the value of the "upcharge" and then their asking for a tip on top of that.... The ship itself was in good condition, but you could tell that they were in need of some major TLC in certain areas; our stateroom was clean and comfortable albeit a typical cramped room. The shore excursions thru Central America were interesting however there was too too much time spent on the bus, and too little time on the ground. Given the geography of CA, this is understandable and unfortunate. Azamara's website is pathetic and its interface to the shipboard system was lacking, according the Azamara folks we talked with. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
This 17 day trip was a great experience that was made special with our first time going through the Panama Canal. We took our first cruise with Azamara in June 2016 on the Journey out of Athens and enjoyed every moment of it and booked ... Read More
This 17 day trip was a great experience that was made special with our first time going through the Panama Canal. We took our first cruise with Azamara in June 2016 on the Journey out of Athens and enjoyed every moment of it and booked this one while onboard. We have done 9 cruises and are not as experienced as others but we have a daughter who worked on a cruise for a year when she finished college and we gained a lot of information on how hard these people work when we joined her on a back to cruise in 2009 and got to go behind the scenes. We are 56 ( me) and 54 years old and consider ourselves young at heart and very athletic but the relaxed atmosphere is what we love about Azamara along with the sea days followed by longer port stays. We enjoy the mature clientele and look forward to quiet days on the pool deck ( some light music being sung.....actually really good) along with the some wine and cheese on our balcony around 5:00 then on to drinks at the Discovery's Bar and then to supper followed by dancing or a show. The staff from Captain Jose down to those that fold the towels would always have a smile and were more than accommodating when necessary. Cruise Director Russ is a machine and I always thought that I had a lot of energy but I was amazed at how he made every event top notch. Hotel Director Philip Herbert along with all the Management were always visible and any concern that arose was handled promptly and professionally. The folks who looked after our room along with the service we received at Prime C to Windows Café was 5 star. Getting on and off the boat at every port was smooth and well organized along with the tours that were well run. The first drink on this cruise was served by the same gentleman who served us our FIRST drink on our first cruise......and he remembered that.....thank you for remembering us. If you are looking for an intimate setting / great service / 5 star food / top notch entertainment and plenty of things to do / hands on Captain and Officers and friendly staff then give Azamara a shot, you won't be disappointed. We have always had the attitude that we never let minor things get in the way of a good vacation and that is why we are never concerned about a bit of rust on the side of the boat or if there is too much mayonnaise in the salad. We are looking forward to our next trip on the Pursuit in March 2019 out of Rio. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise for the Panama Canal experience and the size of the ship. Embarkation was quicker than anticipated as we hit a lull in the arrival of passengers. The disembarkation did not go as well due to an unavoidable delay in ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the Panama Canal experience and the size of the ship. Embarkation was quicker than anticipated as we hit a lull in the arrival of passengers. The disembarkation did not go as well due to an unavoidable delay in tying up. Also, there seemed to be no urgency in getting the luggage off the ship by the longshoremen; there was a lack of signage directing us to the airport transport and once we were loaded onto the coaches, there seemed to be no concern in getting us to the airport quickly although we were running +/- 1 1/2 hour late, with the result that we almost missed our departure. We have completed 10 cruises to date. This is the first cruise that I felt we should book another trip on this ship due to the friendliness and personalities of the crew we encountered. We felt that the night-time entertainment was only a 5/10. Pianist Sasha and Russ were the exceptions. Give them top marks. We have never encountered a ship's master like Captain Jose. Very personable and likeable. We'd gladly cruise with him again. We felt that the ports of call were too close together. It would have been nicer to have a sea day between a few of them. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We traveled with two other couples going to Cuba, through the Panama Canal and 3 stops in Costa Rica. Overall it was a great trip and we would cruise Azamara again. The cruise through the Panama Canal was fascinating with live commentary ... Read More
We traveled with two other couples going to Cuba, through the Panama Canal and 3 stops in Costa Rica. Overall it was a great trip and we would cruise Azamara again. The cruise through the Panama Canal was fascinating with live commentary The service on board was excellent and food the best we have ever had on any cruises with several other lines. Even the security staff was friendly! The wines included in the price did not disappoint and most other drinks not included can be had at a reasonable charge. Room service was prompt, the food hot. We also appreciated that the meals serve on pre-warmed plates in the specialty restaurants and the Windows Cafe. The food in both specialty restaurants was outstanding and the Chef's table world class! We loved the itinerary even though we had no desire to get off the ship in Cuba (The initial itinerary had us go to Cartagena, Colombia first). The fitness center was surprisingly large and well equipped. They common areas are plentiful and the ship even has a small casino and two shops. We had not expectations of entertainment so we were not too disappointed in what we saw. What do you expect on a small cruise ship? There is sufficient onboard activity as well incl. Trivia and hosted card games. Shore excursion are very expensive and not much is offered. Some were clearly not well researched (Golfito, C.R. for example). Also the Azamazing Evening in Panama was poorly organized where you spent more time on the bus then at the event which by itself had only a limited choice beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) available. We left after we got there and did not watch the show. We had an issue with our cabin and the Guest Relations desk was most helpful in getting us into another room – kudos to them. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was our first time on a premium cruise line and we did not know what to expect. Were we going to wallow in the lap of luxury with peons feeding us grapes as we reclined on our loungers? Caviar and champagne for breakfast, ... Read More
This was our first time on a premium cruise line and we did not know what to expect. Were we going to wallow in the lap of luxury with peons feeding us grapes as we reclined on our loungers? Caviar and champagne for breakfast, truffle sandwiches for lunch? Sedan chairs to carry us to the pool? Turns out, not so much. All together it was a very nice experience but not terribly different from the mass-market cruises we've been on. The major difference was with the size of the ship. 30,000 tons with 700 passengers makes for a very intimate ship. Moving around the ship is easy. Nothing is more than 600 feet away. The captain was accessible and I had a couple of chats with him. That's something that would not happen on the Anthem or Breakaway. The decoration is very elegant. Public spaces have lots of wood, white paint and crown molding. Classy rather than glitzy. Nice lounges with comfortable chairs and good views. There were all sorts of perks, unlimited bottled water and soft drinks in the cabin. Towels at the gangway when going ashore. Umbrellas and binoculars for your use on the cruise. Beverages and tips were included. The food was exceptional. We had exactly one disappointing dinner in the MDR. The rest were good to excellent. Prime C is their a la carte steak house and I thought it was terrific. We ate there twice and had some of the best beef I have ever tasted. Aqualina is the specialty Italian restaurant and it was not particularly to our taste. I found the decor to be very cold and institutional and the food to be inferior to the MDR. I'll skip it next time. The entertainment was perfectly adequate for a cruise ship and very good considering the size of the audience. The ship's band was great. The drummer and horn section were particularly talented. Most of the ports of call were tendered. On such a small ship, this was not an issue. No tender tickets, no waiting in line. The actual Panama canal transit was very interesting. A guest lecturer provided a running commentary during the entire day and waiters were serving water to us on deck so that no one would be dehydrated. Azamara offers two bonus features on their cruises. The AzAmazing evening and the white night party. On this cruise the AzAmazing evening was a show that was set up on shore near Cabo San Lucas. Most of the passengers participated. Azamara tendered us to shore and bused us into the desert where they had set up an outdoor theatre along with food and drink. The actual production was a modified folkloric show and included some gymnastic displays. Sort of a down-market Cirque du Soleil. The seating was uncomfortable. It was hard to see the stage and they had some serious sound issues. It was not worth the cost and effort that Azamara must have expended to set this up. The on-shore venue is a great idea. The show would have been adequately entertaining on board but combining the two did not work very well. Although the fireworks at the end were great fun. We tried to attend the white night party which is a deck party where all the passengers wear white. We gave up when the line-up to the buffet grew so long that it ran most of the way down the pool deck. We went to the MDR for dinner and found it to be very quiet for some reason. The service was really good that night. By the time we got back we had missed everything but a couple of songs from the ship's band. I can't say that I found their service much better than other cruise lines. We had trouble finding loungers around the pool, just like NCL. They forgot to make up our cabin one day, just like RCCL. We had to wait repeatedly for an available dinner table, just like HA. It was hard to find a table in the buffet at peak times just like everybody. Our steward serviced multiple decks and was rarely seen after the first day. Some things were not even done as well as the other lines. In 17 nights, no one remembered what I drink at dinner. Breakaway, with 3,500 passengers, somehow managed to offer me my drink as I sat down. The maitre d' in the dining room asked for our cabin number every night, HA's Volendam welcomed me by name after about the third day. One particular irritation was a special request I made to the cruise director. He said that it would be passed to the hotel manager. After a couple of days with no contact, I went to guest relations who tried to take care of the issue themselves. Unfortunately they gave me the wrong information. It took a fellow passenger to resolve the issue. In conclusion - Yes, I'm coming to the end of this novella length revue - This is not to say that we did not like the cruise. We enjoyed ourselves very much and we'd be happy to travel with Azamara again as long as the price was commensurate to the product they are offering. I agree that it’s a premium product and that I'm willing to pay more to travel with them as compared to a "regular" cruise line but perhaps not as much as they think they are worth. I'll be looking for deals. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was our first Azamara cruise. The food was delicious, the service fantastic, and the tours were excellent. We tried all of the restaurants and found them all to be great. Azamara was exceptional in their attention to detail. ... Read More
This was our first Azamara cruise. The food was delicious, the service fantastic, and the tours were excellent. We tried all of the restaurants and found them all to be great. Azamara was exceptional in their attention to detail. Upon returning from any tour, the staff could be found at the pier to greet you with a smile, cold drink, and towel. You never wanted for something to drink no matter where you were located on the ship. The talks by Dr. Jim were very interesting and informative. He would always make himself available to answer questions whenever he was out and about. Very accessible and knowledgeable. Only two negatives. First, the rooms were very small. We had a club veranda stateroom. It was small than cabins on other ships we have taken. Secondly, if you do not play bridge, do not attempt to use the card room. The bridge players were hostile to anyone not playing bridge. I would recommend Azamara and will be cruising with them again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
As a senior, solo traveler I choose Azamara firstly because of the itinerary. and then because it is such a friendly environment. The lectures are varied and really interesting, My last cruises have had a bridge director on board which ... Read More
As a senior, solo traveler I choose Azamara firstly because of the itinerary. and then because it is such a friendly environment. The lectures are varied and really interesting, My last cruises have had a bridge director on board which makes for well organized sea day bridge sessions. I also enjoy the trivia sessions and of course being smaller ships, they are often able to access ports the larger ships cannot. The shore excursions from the ship are ideal for anyone traveling alone in countries with which they are not familiar and yet another opportunity to meet fellow passengers.. .The refurbishment last year has created a really refreshed environment with better use of the public spaces. I think too the efficient and always helpful staff across the ship make it a most relaxing holiday experience. I like the fact that solo travelers are welcome in the dinning room at night and are assigned to one of the larger tables-usually with couples or other solo travelers. Overall a wonderful way to spent a month each year. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
As this was our 10th Azamara, we were looking at returning to the Quest with great enthusiasm. Our on board experiences again did not disappoint. Other reviews talk about the white nights, Azamazing evening and the like so I don’t see ... Read More
As this was our 10th Azamara, we were looking at returning to the Quest with great enthusiasm. Our on board experiences again did not disappoint. Other reviews talk about the white nights, Azamazing evening and the like so I don’t see the need to revisit them in this review other than say that the signature events are exciting, anticipated and very much enjoyed. The advantages of the size and ambience of the R Class ships, Quest (and Journey) to us outweigh any negatives. To step aboard and see familiar faces amongst guests, staff and crew and to be remembered by name makes a comfortable, pleasant and enjoyable experience. The refit wasn’t a new experience for us as we’d been fortunate to have had 32 days on board straight out of dry dock last year. The Quest is a ship not only well loved but also well maintained and extremely clean. Firstly, what a great itinerary, even with the unplanned change from Cartagena to the touristy Cozumel. Due to storm activity in the Caribbean we concur that safety of the vessel, staff, crew and guests is of top priority and the change of itinerary and subsequent fine under the Jones act was Azamara’s decision. The Panama Canal was on our bucket list and the day’s transit experience didn’t disappoint. The history of the Canal is like nothing else. We loved the variety of the ports on this itinerary and without hesitation would re visit if the price were right. If it’s not on your bucket list it needs to be. The addition of the biking program is welcome by us wanting something different, hopefully (positive feedback here) the lengthy insurance form that needs completion prior to the activity is stored on board and can be reused again for future bike activities on future cruises. The ones we did were extremely well organised, fun and very enjoyable. Bike were easily to manage. Well done to those staff involved. The benefits on the self-service laundry continues to be an undervalued addition to your cruise price. The machine are smart, efficient and leave no one guessing to how long the washing needs to be ‘in’. Due to this upgrade in technology I believe that the laundry ‘protocol’ or behavior has improved to an acceptable standard and I met some lovely interesting people there, who then became ‘friends’ around the ship. Regulars will know what I mean. We met old friends and made new ones of all ages, nationalities and demographics. Over the years, we have seen some stubble and not so stubble changes on board, but on the whole we continue to be pleased with the product, service and quality of the food provided. This cruise also bought some variation and welcome additions to foods previously offered both in the buffet and Discoveries. I don’t agree with other negative review about the food as I believe it to be of high standard, tasty and surely inviting. We did mention in our mid cruise feedback form, and it was addressed immediately, that whilst acknowledging service was generally very good we did notice some delays in service in Discoveries. It wasn’t a deal breaker and we would happily return there each night if we weren’t dining in a delightfully exotic buffet or one of the specialty restaurants. The Discoveries staff do an amazing job and the attitude, flexibility and enthusiasm that they display needs to be commended. Shows where of usual standards with some enjoyable guest entertainers, sea days provided general 'something to suit everyone' experiences. Guest lecturer was popular and informative. Those activities, along with progressive trivial was the usual fun 'tongue in cheek' laugh at those more serious about it than our team. You could clearly do as little as wished or be quite active. As always under the competent helm of the Captain, senior officers, experienced staff and crew the service was impeccable and the attention to detail outstanding. We do not have a problem with the size of the staterooms or bathrooms as we know that they just ‘come with’ the design of the R Class ship which we love. We however appreciate that it would be a considerable challenge for some. As Azamara moves towards the future with the release of the 2019 itineraries, I’m pleased to say we have committed to another four for the next 12 months and must soon start thinking about 2019. The downside is that they all involve long haul flights but we are excited to be introducing other ‘newbies’ to our favourite brand and are prepared to ‘share the love’ when they step aboard with us next cruise. Until then we wish all Azamara staff, especially those on the Quest (and Journey) smooth sea and fair winds. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2017
Going through the Panama Canal has been on my "bucket list." I couldn't think of a better way to cross than onboard Azamara Quest. I boarded Quest in San Diego. The ports we visited were great, including an overnight in ... Read More
Going through the Panama Canal has been on my "bucket list." I couldn't think of a better way to cross than onboard Azamara Quest. I boarded Quest in San Diego. The ports we visited were great, including an overnight in Cabo San Lucas, where the AzAmazing Evening was a performance of the "Dance of the Dead" in the Mexican desert. We then went to Zhijuatanejo (Mexico), San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua), Puntarenas (Costa Rico), and then Fuerte Amador in Panama. The passage through the canal took about 8 hours, during which a retired history professor hired by Azamara gave a running commentary about the canal. Our next port of call was scheduled for Cartagenas, Colombia, however, Mother Nature had other plans and we had to divert to Cozumel. This was my third cruise onboard Quest. As always, the food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and the daily activities at sea were topnotch. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was our third Azamara cruise, and the best one yet. These ships are beautifully maintained. The crew is top notch, and the food is premium quality. The inclusive fares eliminate most of the nickle and diming that is so irritating on ... Read More
This was our third Azamara cruise, and the best one yet. These ships are beautifully maintained. The crew is top notch, and the food is premium quality. The inclusive fares eliminate most of the nickle and diming that is so irritating on most ships. The Azamazing evening was an outstanding piano concert by a Colombian artist, in an historic theater. Onboard entertainment is limited by the small show room,but, again, the the performers were very talented. The white might deck party is always a treat under the stars. Cruise director Russ, is excellent, and a talented performer in his own right. Senior officers are very visible and approachable. The Panama Canal transit was the primary reason we chose this cruise. After 100 years, it remains an engineering wonder. The canal lecturer seemed to know every detail of canal history and operation. The stops in remote Costa Rican towns were of little interest to us. The small size and intimate nature of this ship is such a refreshing change from the large ships we usually travel on. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
I don't usually write reviews, there are so many good descriptions of cruises and ports I normally don't feel I have a lot to add, but this last cruise was such a disappointment and it was relatively expensive I thought I had to. ... Read More
I don't usually write reviews, there are so many good descriptions of cruises and ports I normally don't feel I have a lot to add, but this last cruise was such a disappointment and it was relatively expensive I thought I had to. Six of us booked an Azamara cruise through the Panama Canal based on an earlier cruise I had taken and therefore recommended we ‘upgrade’ to Azamara. Unfortunately this was the worst cruise ship experience we have had so far with any RCCL ship including a Royal Caribbean branded cruise. The good: The staff was mostly stellar and the smaller ship size does make it easier to get around and the ship is less crowded. The entertainment was quite good on this cruise, Tony the director nearly made up for the other issues.. Unfortunately none of this could really compensate for the negatives. The bad: Starting with embarkation things didn’t look good. We were herded into waiting chairs at arrival and made to move a row up now and again to make it easier for the staff to check us in, unfortunately the wait was very long, when we finally moved to the standing line it got worse, the line seemed to last forever. The computers were not working properly and they left us standing with backaches and tired feet with no explanation or apology. On the ship, things didn’t get much better. Three cruises out of dry dock and the ship still isn’t right. It was very disappointing to see a ‘luxury’ cruise line present a ship in this condition. The Televison and announcement systems did not work. No emergency announcements could be heard in our staterooms, fortunately there was no emergency but even the muster call was not broadcast and we had to leave the doors open to hear the hallway speakers. This seems unsafe as well as inconvenient. The TV function such as room service, repair service, entertainment etc. also did not work - we were not told but you could seem to order room service, it just would never show up. If your plumbing backed up in the middle of the night (as it did) the phone system disconnected when trying to call, the TV repair call system did not work and there were no attendants to alert - we just had to wait hours until the attendants were in the hallways to have it fixed. The room condition was poor, rusty shower, broken headboard, broken reading light, dirty balcony, unpainted door jams etc. The general ship condition was ‘unready’, staff were still painting and completing repairs from a dry dock which ended a month earlier. The laundry was out of service the entire 16 nights, two small bags of laundry were offered as compensation, but this was not enough if you pack lightly expecting to wash during the cruise. It was known in advance, but Azamara did not alert us. As for dining, the food quality is far below our previous cruise, below Celebrity, maybe on par with RC. Aqualina was a disappointment but Prime C was fairly good. The Chef’s table was not at all worth the fuss. The main dining was disappointing too, the staff was working hard, but could not compensate for the ‘hit and miss’ nature of the food quality and mediocre wines. As a group of 6, we always wanted to eat together and the front staff at the dining room nearly always seemed to be at a complete loss as to how to get us a table for six, they were bordering on rude several times. This cannot be a rare request and they should be prepared to accommodate groups (or state clearly that groups are not welcomed there), it really put a damper on dinner each night. One amazing failure was during the Panama crossing, the volume of the running commentary was turned up so high (amazingly loud, we had to yell over it to be heard) that I had muffled hearing for a day even after they begrudgingly turned it off in the dining room. The special ‘white night’ was very poorly organized, there was no room at the BBQ dinner, yet staff was diverted there so the dining room was understaffed and unready. The food was tired and cold and I couldn’t even eat it. The AzAmazing evening event was a disappointment and complete waste of time - the show had little to no connection to Mexican Culture as described, was completely amateurish, physically uncomfortable in kitchen chairs sinking into the sand, and very far away from town in a sandy wash somewhere out in the middle of the desert at night. I have no idea how Azamara went from being just right to being all wrong but something happened and we don’t think we'll be taking another Azamara cruise. It’s too bad as I was really looking forward to this cruise. I speak to a lot of high end clients in my business and had dozens asking me how it went when I returned, I couldn’t recommend Azamara at all after this and I’m sorry for the downturn. For well over double what standard cruises are priced none of us felt it was worth it. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This was our third trip through the Panama Canal and we enjoyed it as much as our first two. We had been to many of the ports on this itinerary before, so we picked this cruise for the ship - we love the R Class ships. We sailed many ... Read More
This was our third trip through the Panama Canal and we enjoyed it as much as our first two. We had been to many of the ports on this itinerary before, so we picked this cruise for the ship - we love the R Class ships. We sailed many times on Renaissance - it was our favorite line. We have followed the dispersal of the 8 R Class ships after the line filed for bankruptcy (Oceania has 4, Azamara has 2, Princess has 1 and Fathom has 1, going to Cuba) We are both in our 60s and love sea days. We don't pick cruises for the entertainment or even the ports at this point. We never do the ship's land excursions. This was our first Azamara cruise but it won't be our last. We loved everything about this trip (except for the long lines at embarkation in LA). We tend to keep to ourselves and liked the number of tables for two available in most venues (in Main Dining Room they were extremely close to one another). The ship was extensively updated about 30 days prior to our cruise and the smell of new carpet and paint had faded. The public rooms and staterooms have new carpet and furniture. Overall the the ship is in great shape and the crew was fantastic - friendly and helpful. We originally booked a standard veranda cabin on deck 7 but changed to 7116 - an aft facing veranda with a larger balcony. We loved the view of the ships wake and had breakfast several times on our balcony. The food always arrived hot and to order. Room service even calls a few minutes before delivery - a nice touch. The cabin is small but adequate. The bed was firm and comfortable. The bathroom is tiny, with room for only one person at a time but we have experienced that before with no problems. This cabin's balcony does occasionally have particles of soot land on the table or deck depending on the wind. We also had one night of rough seas with some motion, but overall, no noticeable vibration when underway. TV reception was spotty - thank goodness! But announcements over the ship's PA do not play over the TV, so you have to open your door to hear them. The good thing is there are VERY few announcements and in only one language. Gratuities are included in the fare. Cabin attendants were very efficient and considerate but never introduced themselves. The service in the bars and around the pool was fine - not pushy- but a bit laid back in the Living Room on deck 10. We usually had to chase down a server to get a drink. We splurged a few time and upgraded our liquor choice but we were generally pleased with the included beverages. We did not spend time lying in the sun by the pool, so we cannot comment on the chair saving issues. We did enjoy walking the track on 10 and gym was very well equipped. The Library (now known as the Drawing Room) is a quiet and peaceful place to read and has quite a few books. We ate most of our meals at the buffet (Windows) even dinner where they feature a different country's cuisine each night. The grill on the pool deck has nice lunches. At night it is transformed in a sit down dining venue called the The Patio. We only ate there once but it was a very lovely setting. We ate dinner in the Main Dining Room a few times and found the food and service fine. We really enjoyed the Jazz Brunch on our last sea day headed for Miami. We did a package on the specialty restaurants - 3 nights for $20 per person each venue. We made the reservations as soon as we got on board and there was a short wait but not bad at all. The highlights were the chateaubriand in the Prime C and the lemon soufflé in the Aqualina. My wife enjoyed the bridge on the sea days and I enjoyed the lectures, especially the film critic from Canada, Rich Staehling. Azamara has a strict no smoking policy. Smoking is only permitted on the forward starboard section of the pool deck. We are non smokers and we were never bothered by the smell. Well done, Azamara! Our fellow passengers were about half Americans and the other half the rest of the world. The Azamazing Experience was held in Cabo San Lucas. We did not attend and from what we heard, the experience was not great. They tendered 600 people to buses and drove them into the desert for the show and then had to bring them all back. The last did not arrive back until after midnight. In contrast the White Night was held in Cartagena and it was huge success. The food was wonderful with lots of freshly grilled meats. They even did a wonderful Bananas Foster for dessert. We enjoyed the Columbian dancers and lots of passengers danced under the stars to the band. A really fun evening!! So to sum it up - a great trip on a great ship! We loved the all-inclusive more than we thought we would. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
We have cruised with Azamara before and were very pleased. This time we noticed a significant denigration with the quality of the food offered. There were always items at each meal that were acceptable. If we were cruising on a mass ... Read More
We have cruised with Azamara before and were very pleased. This time we noticed a significant denigration with the quality of the food offered. There were always items at each meal that were acceptable. If we were cruising on a mass volume RCCL ship the food would have been considered good. However, we were on Royal Caribbean's luxury line, Azamara which competes with Oceania. A few examples included watered down orange juice from concentrate, waffles and pancakes pre-made in the Windows Cafe, New York Strip that was thin and tasteless. The "always" available chicken breast was rubbery, like the ones at the supermarket that have up to 10% solution. The frozen yogurt near the pool was excellent. The fish, other than the farm raised Salmon, had fancy names(Red Snapper, Chilean Sea Bass, Florida Grouper), but did not taste or resemble those varieties. We reserved a guaranteed "Oceanview" stateroom. When we opened the door to the cabin for the first time the room was dark like an "inside" cabin. We soon discovered that on the other side of the big picture window was a large lifeboat that completely blocked the ocean view. When I spoke with the customer service desk they offered an upgrade for $1000 more, explaining that some of their oceanview rooms had an obscured view. No part of the pre-booking description from Azamara for an Oceanview cabin warned that we might receive a room with an obscured view. Eric the cruise director was excellent. The bar staff was excellent. The ship should have spent a lot more time in dry dock. Even weeks after the refurbishment there was missing trim in the cabins and glued fascia panels falling off the desks in the cabin. The new mattresses were excellent. Next time I want a luxury cruise it will be on Oceania or Viking Ocean. Azamara's per diems are eqivalent to those lines but well below the other's quality. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This our first Azamara cruise. We have been on similar Oceania R class ships 5 times before. Although in the future we will continue book future cruises based on destination, we would much rather sail with Oceania. There is a much more ... Read More
This our first Azamara cruise. We have been on similar Oceania R class ships 5 times before. Although in the future we will continue book future cruises based on destination, we would much rather sail with Oceania. There is a much more corporate culture on board of providing service. The main dining room's food we felt compared very well to Oceania's. Service and ambiance however left much to be desired. Most tables around the outside are two or four tops, but they all crammed together, so effectively we always sitting with a party of 6 at a rectangular table. You have to make a real effort to ask for a table so you and your spouse, or even another couple can have a private conversation. Waiters are overworked and rarely check back after delivering your meal. Woe is you, if you find the pretty (awful) salt and pepper shakers are missing, empty or clogged. You can mention it after the course is over. Since one free white wine varietal and one red wine varietal is available free everyday, there are no wine stewards around to ask about the wine list. Only 2 sommeliers work the entire ship including the specialty restaurants. While I am on the subject, who in their right mind would pick a Pinotage as a red of the day. A cruel joke. The two specialty restaurants were polar opposites, both with a $25 pp surcharge. Prime C was outstanding. Aqualina was not good. We were warned at the pool that Aqualina by not very good and it lived up (down?) to its reputation. How can an Italian restaurant not know how to make Risotto? Two types of Risotto on 3 dishes were past just being dry. Duck was crisp alright, right to the bone. (the maitre d' even suggested that after sending it back that the dish should be removed from the menu, why would they serve something that is apparently regularly so poor?) A watermelon tomato salad, on 4 different plates had a majority of unripened tomatoes. It was interesting to note that I submitted a mid cruise review on the poor food in Aqualina, and the chef left me a voice mail indicating that he had never heard any complaints before. If the passengers are gossiping negatively about a restaurant, food is being sent back or cleared with food substantially still on the plate, how could a chef not about know it. In our cabin, the TV worked poorly, sound was always breaking up. And as the previous review noted, ship announcements did not work through the TV. The TV is another big difference between Oceania and Azamara. On Oceania all rooms have DVD players and an extensive DVD library. Azamara has pay preview at $12 per movie (Yes adult titles too) and no DVD. Oceania, also has a movie channel with a different movie daily. Azamara plays the same 4 old movies over and over and over on a 12 day cruise, Sleepless in Seattle, Man from Uncle, Crazy Stupid Love and Casablanca. Our cabin steward always had to be asked to provide shampoo or soap when we were running out. Otherwise the cabins are the same as Oceania. Entertainment was overall very good. Probably much better than Oceania, since they rotate acts in and out, and I am guessing intermingling with RC cruises too. Some other irritating events that occurred on this cruise were screwing up dining reservations, and not informing us that they misplaced our credit card information until we were walking off the ship. They took our credit card 3 times; on line at home, at the beginning of the cruise, and the first night when they said they could not find a record of our credit card. Over the next 12 days they never told us that it never made it into their system. At the end of the cruise Disembarkation turned into a disaster. The person at guest services, couldn't figure out how to handle a credit card, didn't tell us that there were two separate bills one for my wife's and I one for me; so we cleared one and then all of sudden we couldn't disembark again because I had a bill. We were already stressed due to issues at home and this put us over the edge. On top of it all, because I said I didn't want to get exciting future cruise offers directly from Azamara, I did not get a cruise review. They will have to read my review here. Unless liquor is your main stress reliever, I would suggest Oceania as a better option. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
After flying in to San Jose, CR we stayed overnight at Apartotel La Sabana (very nice/good value) and toured across CR with a tour that we had arranged with 3 other couples through Odyssey Tours (very nice). Got a great view of Poas ... Read More
After flying in to San Jose, CR we stayed overnight at Apartotel La Sabana (very nice/good value) and toured across CR with a tour that we had arranged with 3 other couples through Odyssey Tours (very nice). Got a great view of Poas volcano, lunch at Freddo Fresas (great place) and stopped at La Paz Gardens (OK). We boarded the Journey in Puerto Caldera. The boarding experience was routine. We very much enjoyed the small ship experience. Some of the ports visited were not the usual popular ones, but were a pleasant change. We took a great private tour from the Porto Quetzel Guatemala stop to Antigua, where we took the Elizabeth Bell Tour. Well worth the ride to get there. The AzAmazing Evening was OK, but really needed some narration or written interpretation of their dance. There was plenty or food/drink, but we were way in the back so could not see very well. The regular evening entertainment on the ship was quite good. We especially enjoyed Erik, the Cruise Director, who also either performed or had a good joke about his "grandfather". The newly refurbished ship still needed some tweaking, but all in all it was fine. The new common spaces were delightful. There was always plenty of comfortable seating available including around the pool. Food choices were good and we never waited for a table our group of 6 or 8. Service was always very pleasant, but could have been a little more efficient at times. Discharge at LA was very quick and efficient. All in all, we would recommend the small ship experience if the premium over, say Celebrity, is not too great. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This was our second Azamara cruise, last year we were on the Quest. This year we were looking for and booked a relaxing cruise which we picked up in Costa Rica and disembarked in San Pedro. As we live in Southern California, we had a low ... Read More
This was our second Azamara cruise, last year we were on the Quest. This year we were looking for and booked a relaxing cruise which we picked up in Costa Rica and disembarked in San Pedro. As we live in Southern California, we had a low hassle commute to and from the ship. I wasn't expecting much in port calls and wasn't disappointed. Embarkation in Caldera was not well organized, but doable. Our veranda stateroom was familiar as we have traveled on Oceania's comparable "R" ships. Dining in the main dining room and our three ventures in the specialty restaurants were good. My wife used the fitness center daily and she found it very satisfactory. I enjoyed the on board hosted bridge and trivial pursue activities. Entertainment was good, but I don't expect much in the way of formal entertainment on ships that are of this small. We were not aboard for the initial leg of the cruise from Miami and therefore didn't experience the "ship wasn't ready to go" comments mentioned by other reviewers. As with our previous Azamara trip, service was excellent and the staff was very friendly. "White Night" and "AzAmazing Evening" were real pluses. We are not wine connoisseurs and therefore enjoyed Azamara's standard spirits being included amenities. I expect that we'll continue to enjoy Azamara offerings. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
The second cruise after the dry dock, and they were still working on the ship! No washers or dryers, painting the baseboards, areas on deck partitioned off with plastic, food not that well presented or tasty. The crew was not familiar with ... Read More
The second cruise after the dry dock, and they were still working on the ship! No washers or dryers, painting the baseboards, areas on deck partitioned off with plastic, food not that well presented or tasty. The crew was not familiar with the ship, and we were all awakened by the PA system in the middle of the night with a 'medical emergency'. That doesn't instill confidence for the passengers, if they can't even figure out the PA system. Mostly, we could not hear any announcements in our cabin. The people hosting trivia didn't seem to want to even be there. I would have loved to teach them English as a Second Language. The rules for trivia changed from one person to the next. And after spending hours playing Trivia, the 'prizes' were awful. No t-shirts in size large! None to buy in the onboard boutique, either. The land tours were poorly described and of course, overpriced. The attitude of the Discoveries Land Tour personnel was poor, as was that of the guest relations desk. The refit of the ship was hodge-podge, with the rooms a mishmash of old and new. The uncomfortable chairs in the Cabaret Lounge were left unchanged, while the chairs in the main dining room were impossible to move without assistance. Cabin service was inconsistent. It was as if this crew had never sailed before. The carpeting is awful, and very smelly. The updated decor of the ship ruined the soul of this once great vessel. It took a long time to get our luggage at embarkation. There were no maps of the ports visited, and Quipos and Golfito were a true waste of time. More time should have been spent in Panama City, allowing us to see more. It was only possible to go on one tour. And while it was wonderful to see Eric again, he only did one show on the evenings he performed, at 9:30 pm. The guest speakers were wonderful, but it was uncomfortable sitting in those old chairs. It was a most disappointing cruise, and we would think twice about sailing with Azamara again. They didn't think through the remodel well enough, and forgot who their target market was. You can't use magnets on the newly wallpapered walls, and there are no hooks on which to hang items on. Lots of little things that added up to a very disappointing experience. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
My wife and I have cruised the Panama Canal before but it has always been on a Pan Max ship. Cruise the canal on a small ship like the Azamara Journey and it is a whole different experience. First you are not fighting 3000 other ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised the Panama Canal before but it has always been on a Pan Max ship. Cruise the canal on a small ship like the Azamara Journey and it is a whole different experience. First you are not fighting 3000 other passengers to get a view or take a photo. Second to go from one end of the ship to the other is a matter of seconds not minutes so if something is happening on the port or starboard side or the prow or aft end you wont miss a thing. However, that is a perk of all small ships. The Journey is one of the finest of the small ships. The crew from the Captain down is one big happy family and when you are a guest of that family you are treated as family. The ship had just come out of dry-dock where almost the entire ship was refitted in one-way or another. The cabins and the public areas received new carpet and furniture. The cabin bathrooms were remodeled. What was the Looking Glass Lounge remodeled into the Living Room with a Tapas and Wine tasting bar. The Windows Veranda now with a new look and name the Sunset Veranda. The Pool Grill is now The Patio with a larger lunch menu and the evening menu is new. It took two or three days to adjust to the new names but we managed. Azamara Club Cruises is a guest locality company and as such rewards their returning gust with a special Brunch and cocktail party. But, those are minor compared to the greetings you receive from the crew and staff when you come aboard, some remember you by name but all remember that you have sailed with them before and that is what I call family. Azamazing Evening what can I say to describe one of the most delightful evenings I have had aboard an Azamara ship it was just simple Azamazing! There are just not enough adjectives to describe the cruise so I will repeat myself and say it was just AZAMAZING! Rusty Read Less
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