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9 Azamara Quest Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Transatlantic

Highly recommend Azamara Club Cruises. I can only give a recommendation for the Azamara Quest ship as I have not traveled on the Journey or new Pursuit yet. First time on Azamara and as long as the Quest does not get rid of their live ... Read More
Highly recommend Azamara Club Cruises. I can only give a recommendation for the Azamara Quest ship as I have not traveled on the Journey or new Pursuit yet. First time on Azamara and as long as the Quest does not get rid of their live dealer table games in their casino, it will not be my last. I loved this cruise and line and the service and meals and everything about it. It was nice being on a cruiseline that really takes care of its guests. It was easily 5 star service. There are so many people who I knew and was on a first name basis with throughout the cruise and I'm not talking about the passengers, but the staff who were great and went above and beyond any prior cruise expectation I had had. I booked my cruise through a cruise travel expert, who, in turn booked every aspect through Azamara. From the first meeting in the baggage claim at the Miami airport, to the representative making sure we were all on the bus and on the way to the Lisbon airport, they had every single detail covered. It was like clockwork! The hotel check-ins were smooth and easy and they were well prepared for us. To the buses from the hotel to the pier before the cruise and to the hotel from the pier after the cruise. The ship check-in was the smoothest ever. There was literally no line, we walked right up, handed in our cruise ticket and credit card. Pictures were taken and we were given our ship pass/room key and away we went. Everything was easy! Upon arrival on the ship, champagne was provided, they didn't ask for our room card to charge the drink, it was free. In fact, the back of the bar menu showed all of the free alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. All eating venues (with the exception of the two speciality restaurants) were included and the speciality restaurants weren't terribly expensive for the quality we received. Being docked in town was truly amazing. It was nice being on a small ship that was able to be right in the center of things. Literally off the ship and in the middle of town. Never had that experience on the larger ships that I have cruised on in the past. All communication from the captain was top notch, as well as from the cruise director, Tony. The activities planned from trivia to bingo to blackjack tournaments, guest lecturers, dance lessons, improv classes and the numerous musical events and shows were all unique and interesting to do throughout the cruise. The ship's officers were very visible throughout the cruise. The captain was available to speak to regularly, and many of the passengers were invited to dine with the officers during the cruise. It was truly a wonderful experience sitting with an officer and talking about his experiences and responsibilities. Captain Magnus truly commands a fine ship and wonderful crew. Almost every crew member I encountered really took care of me and other guests. Truly received wonderful service from the following team members: Ernest, Diana, Tony, Julia, Milda, Marina, Nikhil, Leon, Rebecca, Raymon, Ashley, Ernesto, Nikolai, Daniel, Yeldana, Shayla, Alicea, Mariana. I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting as I met so many wonderful crew members who graciously gave of themselves and made the voyage more enjoyable. Much different than the larger ships where you hardly get to know the crew at all, and certainly don't receive the same personal attention as you do on the Azamara Quest. Highly recommend you checking out Azamara Club Cruises, especially if you prefer port intensive trips and if you enjoy many days at sea on a transatlantic cruise. I've come home from my vacation truly relaxed and I have Azamara to thank. Keep up the good work and I can't wait until my next cruise with Azamara. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The Quest is a beautiful small ship. This was the second of our b2b. The food everywhere is excellent. The standard drink package is perfectly good for us. The wines were very nice, so we neither needed to order anything special nor a ... Read More
The Quest is a beautiful small ship. This was the second of our b2b. The food everywhere is excellent. The standard drink package is perfectly good for us. The wines were very nice, so we neither needed to order anything special nor a bottle of wine. We had an Ocean Suite all the way forward 6002. Loved the veranda even though it seemed awkwardly laid out. I still have no idea why there is a Butler. Ours, Eyup, was really a very nice man and always asked if we needed anything. He brought tea and set it up for us unless we asked him not to. The suit was nice but was a little worn. The breakfast in discoveries was always wonderful. There were brunches on Sundays, I didn’t really have any feelings about it. The food was excellent no matter which venu. The bartenders were great as well. The Casino was woefully under used. The 2 shops on board didn’t have much variety, and whomever is the vendor should look into that. There were activities going on all the time Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Our second Azamara cruise and it did not disappoint. Incredible service, wonderful crew, excellent food. It is an absolutely wonderful cruising environment. It is so nice to be in a small "community" and be able to recognize ... Read More
Our second Azamara cruise and it did not disappoint. Incredible service, wonderful crew, excellent food. It is an absolutely wonderful cruising environment. It is so nice to be in a small "community" and be able to recognize and meet so many of the crew and passengers. Let me state, unequivocally, that this will not be our last Azamara cruise. So....the "but:" The ship is one of the Renaissance R1 ships and it is definitely showing its age. The cabins were renovated in 2016, but are already showing substantial wear and shoddy workmanship. The new wall covering was peeling in several places and the shower stall had walls that were delaminating. In speaking to fellow passengers, our situation was definitely not uncommon. Additionally, some of the public areas are badly in need of some TLC. The tile around the pool was cracked in several places and the grout was missing as well. Given the premium price one pays for Azamara, this is inexcusable. While we are in our mid-60's, we were definitely among the youngest passengers on this sailing, and it is clear that most of the entertainment was aimed at an older demographic. While we didn't sail on Azamara for the entertainment, it was a bit of a disappointment that we did not enjoy most of the cabaret shows. So....all in all, an absolutely wonderful sailing, but not flawless. We can't wait to return to Azamara! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We love days at sea and we love the smaller ship experience. It had been almost 10 years since we were last on Azamara Quest and we leapt at the opportunity to do another transatlantic on the ship. Azamara didn't disappoint. The ... Read More
We love days at sea and we love the smaller ship experience. It had been almost 10 years since we were last on Azamara Quest and we leapt at the opportunity to do another transatlantic on the ship. Azamara didn't disappoint. The Quest is still beautiful and in good condition - clean and well-maintained. The staff to a person were all outstanding - cheerful, competent and eager to assist. The itinerary was a delight for us: a week at sea, a couple of ports (Ponta Delgado, Azores, Huelva, Spain, Gibraltar, UK, Tangier, Morocco), another day at sea and then an overnight in Barcelona. We were so fortunate with the weather the whole time: most days were partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-60s during the day dropping the low 50s at night. The seas were mostly calm with only small swells. We did have a couple of days when the outside deck on the 5th level was closed due to wind and/or spray. The only really rainy day was in Ponta Delgado, Azores. Other than that the weather couldn't have been better. Embarkation in Miami was well-managed and smooth - in just a few minutes we were onboard, greeted with a glass of champagne and soon thereafter, enjoying a delightful buffet lunch. Our cabins were ready around 1:30pm. Breakfast on our veranda is one of our major pleasures and Azamara does not charge for 24 hour room service! A phone call announced the imminent arrival of our tray - replete with a table cloth for the veranda table! Fresh squeezed orange juice and eggs benedict! It is one of the luxuries of cruising that is vital to us. From our verandah we spied flying fish, dolphins and whales on this cruise. Azamara does not charge for basic wines (and certain mixed drinks and liqueurs) at meals or bars, or coffees at their Mosaic Café. We enjoyed the wine selections and soon found our favorites. No, these aren't the higher end wines, but were well-chosen to please most palates. Mid-afternoon cappuccinos and cookies at the Mosaic were a real treat. Entertainment on a smaller ship is somewhat limited, but this cruise provided interesting options. A guitarist and a pianist were the entertainers in the lounges. A small complaint here: we found the times they were playing frequently conflicted with dinner or the theater. We would have preferred it if they had played more frequently and at different hours - like mid-afternoon. In the theater, the ship's singers and dancers were excellent, providing several good shows. The evening entertainment also featured a magician (we're still trying to figure out how he did several illusions), a comedian, and a Celtic singer/musician; once we stopped at our first port we added an hypnotist. We enjoyed them all immensely! The enrichment lecturers could be heard in person or in replay on the TV. Although we are not TV watchers onboard ship, there were many movies available, as well as news channels. Other activities were plentiful: art lessons, bridge, mahjong, movies in the theater, bingo, trivia. We cruised over Easter and there was even an Easter egg hunt! There was a Chaplain onboard who provided Palm Sunday and Easter interdenominational services for both the passengers and (later in the evening) the crew. Most days we made use of the Fitness Center which was fairly well equipped with exercise machines, weights, mats, etc. We did not participate in the various fitness related "classes" available, but did see the trainer at work with another passenger. We did not use the spa. Food on the Quest was wonderful! We found the menus to be varied and interesting; the food was well prepared and beautifully presented. We had no desire to frequent the specialty restaurants - the main dining room was more than satisfactory. We found a team of waiter and his assistant whom we enjoyed and they soon learned our likes and took great care of us. Our previous Azamara cruise had not yet instituted "white night" - a poolside barbecue and buffet, so this was new to us. This cruise's "white night" was while we were docked in Gibraltar and it was really special. The weather was perfect - sunny, light breeze, mid-70s. With the Rock of Gibraltar as backdrop, the band played, the singers sang and the chefs barbecued lobster tails and lamb chops. There were buffet stations stir-frying shrimp or chicken and vegetables or preparing tempura. One of the officers was making his "famous" crepes Suzette for dessert. The staff paraded in, each group holding their home country's flag to the applause of the passengers. And as the passengers danced to the ship's band, the ship silently cast off and sailed into the night. Magical! The one area this cruise disappointed us on was the information it provided us prior to docking at each port. We actually had to use a "port explorer" from our 2008 Azamara cruise for our first port - Ponta Delgado, Azores, as nothing adequate was provided before we docked. We enjoyed all the ports, exploring most of them on our own. We did, however, book a ship's excursion in Tangier, Morocco, a port we had never before been to and were just a bit nervous about wandering around on our own. The guide was excellent, the itinerary was good, and the price was acceptable for what we got. From the person painting the railings all the way up to the captain, every staff person with whom we interacted was cheerful, helpful, competent and personable. The Captain and his officers were often around the ship, chatting with passengers. And yes, disembarkation, though sad, was smooth. A nice breakfast buffet was provided and, at our designated time, we walked off the ship to find our luggage. At the gangway, the Captain and his officers were there to bid us farewell - a really nice touch. We hope to be back aboard Azamara soon! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Fourth cruise with Azamara (and fourth cruise ever!). Wonderful to do the Trans Atlantic and it was all that I have come to expect on Azamara. Once again the whole crew from Captain Carl down were so friendly, professional and engaged. The ... Read More
Fourth cruise with Azamara (and fourth cruise ever!). Wonderful to do the Trans Atlantic and it was all that I have come to expect on Azamara. Once again the whole crew from Captain Carl down were so friendly, professional and engaged. The stateroom was always beautifully presented and the bed was very comfortable. Food was great and the whole ambience of the ship was so relaxing and perfect for a luxury break. Really interesting ports - loved the Azores and Gibralter and Tangier and Huelva were great. So good to have an overnight in Barcelona - and the ships tours and shuttle service were outstanding.The other passengers were a great mix of friendly, interesting and well travelled people.Loved every moment and special thanks to Juan (my room person), Ketut, Ruby, Bagus, Aldin and Daria (brilliant bar staff), Russell on room service and Alfred in Windows! Researching my next Azamara cruise - that says it all! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We have cruised well over 30 times and this was one of the best experiences ever! It started with Captain Carl Smith. He was so wonderful and full of personality. The crew was exceptional and what's best of all, no samm annoying ... Read More
We have cruised well over 30 times and this was one of the best experiences ever! It started with Captain Carl Smith. He was so wonderful and full of personality. The crew was exceptional and what's best of all, no samm annoying fee's for every liquid beverage. That's right! Drinks and gratuities were not billed separately. The shows, crew and size of the ship was perfect for us! The selection of ports of calls was a perfect pick. Embarkation was the quickest we have ever seen. No long lines getting on and off of the vessel. The food was of great quality and offered a variety of local dishes which is a great way to live local. Rather you are a first time traveler ( we sailed with a couple who enjoyed their first) or a seasoned professional ( as we like to think we are) Azamara is a great choice. Bill and Gladys Mercurio Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We booked this in August 2013 when Azamara had an offer of inclusive flights and an upgrade from inside to Veranda and it just seemed like too good a deal to miss. As we'd never been on a fly/cruise before we liked the idea of a ... Read More
We booked this in August 2013 when Azamara had an offer of inclusive flights and an upgrade from inside to Veranda and it just seemed like too good a deal to miss. As we'd never been on a fly/cruise before we liked the idea of a fairly relaxed dress code and thus not need to worry about the weight of all that formal attire. Also as we'd never been to Miami before we asked about being able to amend our flights to add a stay in Miami and that was no problem to arrange, though we sorted out our own accommodation for this. After four hectic nights in Miami it was time to make our way to Azamara Quest. We'd researched the ship fairly thoroughly via the Cruise Critic forum so had an idea what to expect and we weren't disappointed. From the simple and welcoming registration to the big smile and welcoming galss of champagne as we embarked things looked good and then they got better. There's often much talk about is Azamara a luxury line or not but we got what we paid for and a lot more besides. The cabin was on Deck 6, midships and was comfortable. Yes the shower space is a little small but if the shower curtain tries to wrap round you (ours did) then pull it taut and put one foot on the bottom and that soon stops. The cabin was nicely decorated and kept spotlessly clean by our cabin steward. The ship itself was clean and we found it to be pleasant. No sign of deterioration in the furnishings or decorations and always room to find a chair, table, sunbed wherever we were. The food was pretty good in all the venues and sometimes the difficulty was in selecting from the various options available. We enjoyed our meals, whether in the MDR or in the Windows Cafe and on the few occasions we needed Room Service that was fine too. The inclusive drinks were fine though we're not big drinkers (well not nowadays) and tried a good number of the daily wines though it wasn't at all difficult to request a different wine if you found one you really liked. The crew were every bit as friendly and welcoming as we'd read they'd be and often went out of their way to be helpful and this was true regardless of their position be it Hotel Director or waiter. Captain Carl's noon talks were most welcome and highly amusing. We find the mix of entertainment to be very good and the "crew" singers to be excellent and the Entertainment Team certainly kept us entertained. The April Fools Day Daily Rant just had to be seen as Alex got CD Russ with a switch of program that had Russ in near hysterics, great fun. Our fellow passengers were an international mix and a pleasure to be with and I suspect we've made some friends for life, albeit a distant relationship. Unfortunately we were a little unwell for the last few days of the cruise with some virus that caused us to cough and splutter quite badly and despite antibiotics and other medicines once home we're still not quite fully recovered and it's been nearly 2 weeks since we arrived home. However that doesn't prevent us from rating this cruise very highly indeed and we'll certainly be looking for another opportunity to enjoy Azamara's hospitality. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Our last Transatlantic cruise was in 2008 when we sailed from Miami to Barcelona, but this cruise on the Quest was far superior in quality. The embarkation in Miami was trouble free, if a little lengthy, simply because so many guests ... Read More
Our last Transatlantic cruise was in 2008 when we sailed from Miami to Barcelona, but this cruise on the Quest was far superior in quality. The embarkation in Miami was trouble free, if a little lengthy, simply because so many guests arrived at the same time. Once on board we were welcomed with champagne and we sat in the lovely Mosaic cafe until our stateroom was available. We were in a Sunset Balcony stateroom which was the usual balcony cabin size but with a much bigger balcony overlooking the aft of the ship. Whilst the cabin size is quite compact and the bathroom small, the cabin was well appointed and immaculately attended to throughout our cruise. Felitiadad, our attendant, and her assistant, could not have been more obliging and friendly. They called us by name immediately and It was a pleasure to see them every day. We ate in Discoveries restaurant each evening and thoroughly enjoyed the food. On one occasion, my steak was only warm and rather tough. After mentioning this to the waiter, it was whipped away and I was served a hot, extremely tender replacement. The waiters in the dining room were exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble. They too, called us by name, quickly knew our tastes, and seemed genuinely interested in us. The Windows restaurant served a varied selection of dishes and , once again, staff were attentive and helpful. Wine with lunch and dinner was of good quality and plentiful. The Mosaic cafe served lattes, cappuccinos, iced coffees and a variety of teas. It was also a delightful spot to sit and 'watch the world go by'. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather and spent many hours on sea days sunning ourselves by the pool. The sun beds were the most comfortable I have ever used and towels were very large and plentiful. Waiters were constantly walking around offering iced drinks and sorbets. Entertainment during the day, was plentiful, and in the evening of extremely good quality for a small ship. The dancers and singers were delightful, and Tony, the Cruise Director, tireless in his involvement. My only criticisms of this cruise were that the itinerary, whilst limited, was somewhat thoughtless, as the two ports on route to Seville, (Bermuda and Tenerife) , both fell on Sundays, when most shops and facilities were closed. The journey down the Guadalquivir River was exciting, as it was quite a navigational feat for the Quest. However, it berthed almost in the centre of Seville. Unfortunately, if you had not booked an extra night in a hotel, you did not get to see the city at all, as disembarkation was early the next morning! There is no question that, God willing, we shall sail again on Azamara. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
This is a review of the transatlantic segment of our trip. Late in 2011, we took our first cruise on Azamara, two back to backs in Asia. It was a wonderful 4 weeks. Since then, we have been on the Quest to Sicily and in March of this ... Read More
This is a review of the transatlantic segment of our trip. Late in 2011, we took our first cruise on Azamara, two back to backs in Asia. It was a wonderful 4 weeks. Since then, we have been on the Quest to Sicily and in March of this year we spent another 28 days on Quest, sailing from Miami and ending in Monte Carlo. The transatlantic was our third time crossing. Azamara continued to WOW us with wonderful food, delightful staff in a gracious setting. Staff are happy in their jobs and it shows. The leadership of hotel director, Phillip Herbert, who is charming and everywhere on the ship...his very high profile contributes to the warm hospitality extended by everyone on the ship. The food in the main dining room was perfectly presented with creative menu's. Service was equal to the service in the specialty restaurants. Windows Cafe had lots of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Indian food buffet was just wonderful! Our favorite specialty restaurant was Prime C but many raved about the other restaurant, Aqualina. Afternoon tea served everyday either in the Windows Cafe or the Looking Glass. Delicious scones and other afternoon delights along with music provided by the onboard harpist. So genteel. Wine choices were very nice and if a cruiser didn't like a wine, previous days wines were available. Our cabin was kept spotless. We have sailed in a suite and in balcony cabins. There is little difference in the quality of the service between the suites and other cabins. Obviously suites are bigger but cabins are quite livable. Linens were very nice, fresh flowers, and the ice bucket always filled. Entertainment was as much or as little as one might desire. If serenity is what you seek, retire to the beautiful library. Shows, games, exercise classes, scrapbooking and really good lecturers are just a few to mention. Few ports on a transatlantic cruise is standard. It is inevitable that some ports will fall on a Sunday. If that is an issue, look before you book. We met some interesting, fun folks which enriched the experience. The vast majority we met were seasoned travelers. Often we requested a large table at dinner and became acquainted with some very nice people with a diversity of backgrounds. We had another grand time on the Quest and we recommend it without reservation. We are seasoned discerning travelers. We have been to 98 countries and still going. We are already looking at our next cruise on the Quest. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Azamara Quest Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.2
Dining 4.5 4.4
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.5 4.1
Family N/A 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.8
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 3.5 4.2
Rates N/A 4.3

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