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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Chose this cruise for itinerary and Azamara name having cruised Azamara seven times before. The Pursuit celebrated its first Azamara anniversary and I’m not sure there will be a second because this ship does not measure up to the ... Read More
Chose this cruise for itinerary and Azamara name having cruised Azamara seven times before. The Pursuit celebrated its first Azamara anniversary and I’m not sure there will be a second because this ship does not measure up to the Journey or Quest in quality and service. Know for great dining selections, the Pursuits menue’s were lacking in quality — being over seasoned — and poorly prepared — over or under cooked. On this cruise, I chose the alternate menu over the daily menu several times because it lacked appeal. For the most part, the only vegetables presented were broccoli and cauliflower. Cabins in our area had a sewerage smell in the hallway. Tried to use a computer to print boarding passes in the “living” room but was unable to due to the room being used as a disco with low lighting. When asked to have lights turned on by the computers, a crew member said this request could not be done due to the way the lighting was connected in the room. Azamara’s multi-function rooms just don’t cut it. My suggestion: sacrifice a room or two and have specific card and computer rooms available 24x7. Housekeeping and other service associates were very helpful and efficient. Administrative staff was not as visable as on other Azamara cruises. Entertainment was typical cabaret style entertainment but would have enjoyed listening to the ships singers more than other entertainment. Overall, the Azamara Pursuit is a notch below its sister ships in quality and service. In June, we will be cruising on the Quest and if my review follows this review, we will be done with Azamara cruising and we are just two cruises away from our fiftieth cruise. Bottom line: when we pay for quality, we expect quality and up to now, Azamara met our requirements. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because we like the small ship experience with lots of sea days. We wanted to see Rio and Lisbon. Embarkation was a bit off-putting. We already had our bags tagged with our room number and did not need assistance ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we like the small ship experience with lots of sea days. We wanted to see Rio and Lisbon. Embarkation was a bit off-putting. We already had our bags tagged with our room number and did not need assistance getting our bags to the drop-off point. There was no place to drop our bags and we had to stand in line while others that used the porters were taken care of. Our bags were not delivered to our room--one was around the corner at another room and one was at the other end of the hall all by itself. Not a good start. The Pursuit is now only using the Azamara app to provide guest information unlike the TV that we have used on the other two ships. The daily Insights is still delivered everyday. The IT department assumes that all passengers are comfortable using apps and know how to use them. This is not true. There is limited info in the cabins about wi-fi and app usage. A user guide would have been appreciated. The only way to know how many wi-fi minutes have been used is to go to Guest Relations. The log-off app does not always work and minutes quickly are used. We generally liked the food but we ate mostly at The Patio. Half-way through the cruise oatmeal at breakfast in Windows was replaced with congee. Not a good choice. Frequently the food was cold as the warming plates being used did not keep the food hot. The service on The Patio is the best anywhere on the ship. We always got what we ordered and it was hot. We had lunch twice in Discovery and it was not good. The service is intolerably slow, the food selections are limited, and the food served was barely edible. Angelina's was wonderful but one pays for that. The veranda cabin is just like other Azamara ships. However, the fridge is now in a cabinet on the desk and that area gets very hot. There are also rough edges in the cabinet to skin knuckles on. Other cabinet doors are misaligned and easy to get caught on. As always, the room was well-taken care of by the room attendants. The guest lecturer for destinations was not helpful or informative. Silly asides for the first 10 minutes of the lecture are a waste of time. Some of the shore excursions were good and some disasters. One excursion had a major part eliminated because there was a typo in the description that no one had seen until half-way through the cruise. That typo had been there from the first posting of available shore excursions on the Azamara website and was booked because of the part that was dropped. It was great that there was an available excursion on the disembarkation day for those staying in Lisbon longer. The Guest Relations department continues to treat guests inappropriately. Telling me I am the only one on the ship that does not understand the problems with the app was not appreciated. Based on the line for the IT person and comments made by other passengers, I was not the only one. Many just didn't use the app. The officers were rarely seen unlike other Azamara ships. At the recognition breakfast for frequent Azamara guests, the captain and another officer stopped at our table for a minute. No more. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We've traveled throughout much of Europe and a little in South America, but two countries we had not been exposed to were Brazil and Portugal, so when this cruise was announced we jumped at the opportunity. It also helped that the ... Read More
We've traveled throughout much of Europe and a little in South America, but two countries we had not been exposed to were Brazil and Portugal, so when this cruise was announced we jumped at the opportunity. It also helped that the cruise line was offering a double cabin upgrade (veranda for the price of an inside cabin), and the extras offered (gratuities and basic drink package) were not common on ocean crossing cruises. Even with all our travel, we are relative neophytes in the cruising game, having only taken a total of four over the years. The most recent cruises were on Celebrity, which we now use as our standard against which to judge others, and we were anxious to compare this "upscale" cruise line to those. We arrived in the departure city, Rio, a day early and took in the sights, and then the next morning taxied to the port. As the ship is small and only holds about 700 guests, the lines were short in the registration area, and it was only a matter of 15 minutes before we were boarding the ship. The wait to get into our cabins was also short, and luggage arrived quickly. A bit of good news we received once we were on the ship was we were able to use our Celebrity points to get some perks on Azamara (including a free hour of wifi time). Our cabin was small (category V3 on deck 7), but it had plenty of closet space and places to store the luggage. We met our cabin stewards, Dyna and Gouri, right after finding the cabin, and they carefully wrote down our requests for stocking the minibar and other requirements. For the rest of the cruise they tended to our needs perfectly and unobtrusively, always with a smile on their faces. At the muster drill we learned an interesting fact: Apparently Norovirus, the scurge of cruising, manifests itself within 24 hours of embarkation. So the cruise line doesn't allow guests to touch any of the serving utensils in the buffet for the first day. Not sure if other lines have adopted that practice but we didn't hear of any outbreaks during our cruise. For the remainder of the cruise we learned the ins and outs of Azamara cruising. The ratio of guests to crew is less than two to one, and there are always management staff around to ensure every operation runs smoothly. In the buffet they are constantly providing coffee refills, taking away plates, filling up your wine glass or other drinks. In the main dining room it's all open seating, meaning you meet new people each day. After the first couple of meals we were especially pleased with one of the servers, Doma (from India), and so from that point we requested to be seated in her area each night. She and her assistant, Wayan (from Indonesia) took great care of us, remembering our drink preferences and other details, and becoming great friends by the end of the cruise. Other dining options were the small cafe on the pool deck, where you could get hamburgers, salads, chicken wings, etc., as well as frozen yoghurt for dessert, and two specialty restaurants (which we didn't take advantage of). Both my wife and I felt the food quality was excellent, with plenty of choices at all times, and there were always two types of red and white wine each day, which we enjoyed. There were also special occasions, such as buffets outside on the pool deck. One of those was their "White Night" where everyone is encouraged to wear white. Food was plentiful (including zillions of BBQ lobster tails), and live entertainment and dancing lasted late into the night. Since the weather was quite chilly and windy that night, they provided blankets to everyone. Another special offered was the Chocolate Fantasy, with every chocolate concoction you could ask for including two fountains. Entertainment ranged from magicians to singers to comedians, but our favorites were Four on the Floor, their resident singing group. A special event was the crew talent show, where various crew members showed off their singing and dancing skills. It was great fun seeing people we knew on the crew and finding out they had such great talent. For us other reasons Azamara stands out are (1) small ships and easy to get around, (2) free guest laundry with free detergent, (3) free shuttle buses to take guests from the ship to the city center in each port, (4) drink packages and prepaid gratuities even on ocean crossings, and (5) crew members that take pride in ensuring your happiness and satisfaction. Those and everything else about Azamara are the reasons we found we were in a great minority of only cruising once with the line. Nearly everyone we spoke with had cruised with Azamara 5, 10, 15 or 20 times. One couple had been on nearly 50 Azamara cruises! We definitely will cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We wanted to experience South America and visit the above two places. The ports of call did not disappoint. We bought the indulgence package which was well worth the extra money. - The app needs work. It’s not updated and does not ... Read More
We wanted to experience South America and visit the above two places. The ports of call did not disappoint. We bought the indulgence package which was well worth the extra money. - The app needs work. It’s not updated and does not match the daily program. There is a lot of paper that could be saved...... The food never disappoints and the staff go out of there way to please you. We never meet so many like minded people up to the last day! The entertainment was solid and there are plenty of activities. The specialty restaurants are also top notch in food and service as well. The bar staff in the Den were brilliant. The crossing was great and the captain diverted the ship for us to see Fernando de Noronha island, 200 miles off the coast of Brazil. On our last leg from Casablanca to Lisbon, the captain did a brilliant job of steering the vessel so that we would feel the least amount of effects of storm heading towards us. He succeed brilliantly. A master class of navigation and meteorology! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2015
This was our third trip on the Journey. We have not been on any other cruise ships , so cannot compare. Overall it was a good trip. We very much like the small ship experience, no kids ambiance, and the staff are all excellent , and ... Read More
This was our third trip on the Journey. We have not been on any other cruise ships , so cannot compare. Overall it was a good trip. We very much like the small ship experience, no kids ambiance, and the staff are all excellent , and seem to "know you personally". Other guests were predominantly "senior", but well traveled and easy to get into conversation with. The one point many other repeat guests agreed on was the apparently more lax dress code in the evenings. OK they still state "resort casual" ..and I don't want/expect suits/ jackets/ties, but now there are more Hawaiian shirts , polo shirts , and even some T shirts. This lowers the tone..."dressing for dinner" was less of a pleasure. It is a smallish pool area, which can get a little crowded, but the sundeck is always quiet and spacious. As others say , the excursions are way overpriced. At BVI I think they were charging $20 for a 5 minute beach transfer , and the local taxis wanted $5. Also , like everyone else, I want to moan about the drinks policy: I resent the hard sell on embarkation... you really do not need to purchase the package. The free daily wines are fine , and you can always request "yesterdays wine" , or "the Chardonnay" in you want to. The frustrating thing is : no "sparkling" wine available (only champagne at $18/glass!), and the crazy (only -some- are- free) cocktail rules : so you cannot have say a negroni, and the "free " list is hidden at the back of the winelist and consists of weird drinks with no ingredients listed.. The entertainment is a bit mixed: we had an awful unfunny "comedian" (Bruce Smirnoff) , and a harpist , who tried to tell lame stories...The ships little dance troupe however were excellent . It is an older ship : the bathrooms are tiny, and all the port side loos were blocked for almost a whole day..meaning the public loos were not a pretty sight... The food in my opinion is fine. We are vegetarians, and there were always one or two options on the menu. The Head chef tried to be helpful , and offered to make whatever we wanted , but the "off-menu" items were not that successful , so we relied on repeat ordering from known successes. There is a slight tendency to rely on pasta and curry as veg options though. A major plus for us is "free seating" policy : eat when you like , at table for 2 or with friends. There is a slight feel of cost trimming : odd items in the buffet "ran out", and the buffets were not as varied or "sumptuous" as I remember from our first trip a few years ago. Would we go again? probably yes , but ideally we would like to try a more “dressy” experience (but budget could be an issue!) Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
This was our third trip on the Journey. We have not been on any other cruise ships , so cannot compare. Overall it was a good trip. We very much like the small ship experience, no kids ambiance, and the staff are all excellent , and ... Read More
This was our third trip on the Journey. We have not been on any other cruise ships , so cannot compare. Overall it was a good trip. We very much like the small ship experience, no kids ambiance, and the staff are all excellent , and seem to "know you personally". Other guests were predominantly "senior", but well travelled and easy to get into conversation with. The one point many other repeat guests agreed on was the apparently more lax dress code in the evenings. OK they still state "resort casual" ..and I don't want/expect suits/ jackets/ties, but now there are more Hawaiian shirts , polo shirts , and even some T shirts. This lowers the tone..."dressing for dinner" was less of a pleasure. It is a smallish pool area, which can get a little crowded, but the sundeck is always quiet and spacious. As others say , the excursions are way overpriced. At BVI I think they were charging $20 for a 5 minute beach transfer , and the local taxis wanted $5. Also , like everyone else, I want to moan about the drinks policy: I resent the hard sell on embarkation... you really do not need to purchase the package. The free daily wines are fine , and you can always request "yesterdays wine" , or "the Chardonnay" in you want to. The frustrating thing is : no "sparkling" wine available (only champagne at $18/glass!), and the crazy (only -some- are- free) cocktail rules : so you cannot have say a negroni, and the "free " list is hidden at the back of the winelist and consists of weird drinks with no ingredients listed.. The entertainment is a bit mixed: we had an awful unfunny "comedian" (Bruce Smirnoff) , and a harpist , who tried to tell lame stories...The ships little dance troupe however were excellent . It is an older ship : the bathrooms are tiny, and all the port side loos were blocked for almost a whole day..meaning the public loos were not a pretty sight... The food in my opinion is fine. We are vegetarians, and there were always one or two options on the menu. The Head chef tried to be helpful , and offered to make whatever we wanted , but the "off-menu" items were not that successful , so we relied on repeat ordering from known successes. There is a slight tendency to rely on pasta and curry as veg options though. A major plus for us is "free seating" policy : eat when you like , at table for 2 or with friends. There is a slight feel of cost trimming : odd items in the buffet "ran out", and the buffets were not as varied or "sumptuous" as I remember from our first trip a few years ago. Would we go again? probably yes , but ideally we would like to try a more “dressy” experience (but budget could be an issue!) Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
My husband and I just returned from the 12 Night Rio Carnival & Buenos Aires Voyage on the Azamara Journey and we can't stop raving about the trip. We are well-seasoned travelers who have taken more than a handful of cruises, but ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from the 12 Night Rio Carnival & Buenos Aires Voyage on the Azamara Journey and we can't stop raving about the trip. We are well-seasoned travelers who have taken more than a handful of cruises, but this experience was really "la creme de la creme." We love cruising for the ease with which it allows you to see multiple destinations: you unpack your bags once, you see many amazing cities, and the time spent traveling between them is an opportunity to unwind in a hot tub, to lounge by a pool with a fruity cocktail, to play trivia, to sing karaoke, to eat abundantly, to visit the casino, or to do whatever the heck it is you like to do. However, on other cruises, the typical downsides are that your time spent in each port is usually limited to a fast-paced day trip, the food is usually B+ at best, and it is hard to feel truly relaxed when you are rushing around so much. Azamara has unlocked the code to facilitating a superb vacation. This trip had four full days at sea, so there was plenty of time to unwind and relax. We visited the astral spa twice for facials and massages, which we really enjoyed. We also paid extra to use the Thalassotherapy pool and private deck (it's free for those who book a suite), which we felt was a worthwhile expense for the VIP privacy benefits it provided. We had a blast in the casino and the entertainment on board was better than most. The fact that we spent two days and one night in both Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro meant that we were able to truly experience both cities and their nightlife without feeling rushed. We especially enjoyed the AzAmazing evening in Buenos Aires where we toured a fantastic historic home and were treated to a spectacular tango show. Afterwards, we ventured out into town on our own and had one of the best meals of our lives at an authentic Parilla in town (Don Julio). Obviously, it goes without saying that Carnaval in Rio is a bucket-list activity, and Azamara did a great job of organizing everything (at an extra cost), while making sure everyone felt safe. I especially appreciated the little tea sandwiches which were waiting for us in our stateroom when we returned from the Sambadrome at 5 am. It made me feel like Azamara was my mom and always looking out! Overall, we enjoyed the Land Discoveries we booked. They were convenient and helpful to get a good lay of the land. The day we disembarked, we booked a tour of Rio, which allowed us to fill the day (before our 11 pm flight home) seeing all the major sights (Sugarloaf, all the beaches, Christ the Redeemer), while our luggage was safely stored on the bus, and included a complimentary trip to the airport. The food and service on board the Azamara Journey is superb (and we are really picky). On other cruise lines, the specialty restaurants are your best bet for a decent meal. This isn't necessarily true on the Journey. The food is great everywhere, so don't feel compelled to book them, however the service is extra great if you do. Likewise, we appreciated the all-inclusive aspect to the booze. The wines, cocktails and beers that came included were perfectly fine and made it easy to drink without worrying about the bar tab. Lastly, the fact that the ship is smaller afforded a sense of camaraderie among the passengers and we made dozens of new friends. Our only word of caution is that families traveling with children may be dismayed to find that the cruise did not expressly cater to young children. Honestly, we highly recommend this trip and plan to cruise with Azamara again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
This was our first Azamara cruise and will not be our last. From the very first day until the last, the service was superb. The food was excellent in both the Discoveries Restaurant and the Window's Cafe. We particularly enjoyed ... Read More
This was our first Azamara cruise and will not be our last. From the very first day until the last, the service was superb. The food was excellent in both the Discoveries Restaurant and the Window's Cafe. We particularly enjoyed dinners in the Window's Cafe sitting at the stern of the ship, enjoying the sunset and breeze. The waiters and staff were super responsive and friendly. Noteworthy staff - Jennifer, Erwin, Joey, Lyric, Carlos, and of course the entire management team, and many more. The Captain was everywhere and Eric DeGray is, without a doubt, one of the most talented Cruise Director's I have ever encountered. He is to be commended for the excellent entertainment throughout the ship but particularly the evening productions. Azamara promises an Azamara Evening. I fully expected a visit to a touristy attraction where we would get some champagne and see Tango dancers but the Azamara went over and above! We were so impressed and entertained and really overwhelmed by the Azamara evening. We were taken to a famous archeological site, the El Zanjon de Granados, where we toured the historic tunnels only to arrive at an impressive dining area with a Tango production artistically describing the history of Tango through narrative and dance. The Journey was elegantly furnished, clean and lovely. Our cabin was not exceptional but a bit higher standard than other RC lines and the bedding and pillows are what made it seem a step above, as well as draperies and furniture. We had a nice balcony. Any complaints that I was aware of (we had very few) were addressed quickly and earnestly by staff. So impressive. There is a laundry room which is helpful on long cruises. Of course, best time to use it is very early and not "at sea" days. The Land Discoveries were excellent, well organized, and efficient. I felt safe and well prepared for all excursions. One great treat are the Cultural Presentations which are offered in advance of and for all ports visited. The speakers were informative and added humor and their own prior experience, and were available for the entire cruise which was really very nice. Lastly, we encountered some of the most delightful fellow passengers who were interesting and friendly. I can't wait to travel on Azamara again. It was truly one of our best vacations. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2014
I was on the Rio to Buenos Aires 9 day cruise that disembarked Dec 22. I'm a pretty experienced cruiser having been on over 70 cruises including now 2 on Azamara, 2 on Oceania, Seabourn, Crystal, as well as a range of other lower ... Read More
I was on the Rio to Buenos Aires 9 day cruise that disembarked Dec 22. I'm a pretty experienced cruiser having been on over 70 cruises including now 2 on Azamara, 2 on Oceania, Seabourn, Crystal, as well as a range of other lower price point lines over the past 25 years. I have been at sea for 100 days this year. In my opinion, service by all staff, crew and officers (with one exception by Guest Services) was excellent. In particular, all dining room/buffet staff were extraordinarily efficient, polished and friendly without being intrusive. Heike, the Hotel Mgr, was more hands on than any other 4 striper I have ever observed at sea. She does a great job with staff. Our cabin was a forward veranda, deck 6 - a standard sized veranda with flat screen and a minibar stocked with free beer, soft drinks and water. Bedding was comfortably sumptuous. Veranda chair and table quite comfortable as well. Pretty much what one would expect from a premium line. We opted out of room service afternoon tea or any other room service for that matter. The daily fruit plate and soft drinks were sufficient for our in cabin needs. The entertainment was just okay. The violinist virtuoso show and the and comedienne/magician show were entertaining, however I have typically seen considerably better production shows from the onboard dance and singing team on even mass market lines. The costumer especially needs practice or a bigger budget. The cruise director, Eric, participated more actively in the evening cabaret entertainment than the CD of any other cruise I've been on. He's okay as a singer and dancer, but could stand to cut back at his attempts at joke telling. I thought the various daily activities could have been presented earlier in the day. It seemed that many lectures, games, etc., were scheduled for late afternoon which created timing conflicts. I would also have also preferred more dancing before dinner. The orchestra was great, but rarely played for dancing pre-dinner (once I think). While the service was uniformly great throughout the ship, I can not say the same for the food. I have occasionally written about food/restaurants for a couple of small So Am publications. In anticipation of the platitudinous "tastes in food are so subjective" rejoinder, it's my observation that there are sufficiently well-defined limits to the subjectivity of food taste and quality that most people can generally agree that something is good, bad, or in-between, e.g. most would prefer a well prepared lobster to poorly prepared frozen fish sticks. We tried the French chef's table ($75 pp add-on) and I was disappointed. As is customary with haute cuisine, there were no condiments on the table (insulting the chef and all that). Unfortunately, my appetizers/soup would have benefitted from some spicing up. Please pass the non-existent pepper and olive oil for that tuna tartar. Lackadaisically, I chose not to bother asking our waiter to retrieve some. My bad. The main course of beef loin was, not surprisingly, as flavorless as it was tender. Change the cut or sauce it more elaborately. The sommelier droned on with esoteric comments on the wines to such length that one was tempted to start a food fight or do anything else that would get him to stop talking and start refilling glasses. I find it hard to believe any of the 12 diners were interested in how long before the must is separated from the pomace of each wine. I experienced the same disappointment in Aqualina ($25 pp add-on). The ravioli pasta encasing a lobster flavored filling (vaguely so flavored owing to the apparent paucity of lobster) was gooey/mushy almost to the point of inedibility. Were they reheating these things in a microwave? In order to constitute a decent portion, the two large shrimp scampi of my main course had to be plated along with 3 medium shelled shrimp, the kind served throughout the ship. What about just adding one or two more large prawns cooked as scampi? The pasta side (a requested substitute for rice) was dry and ordinary. I fared better in Prime C, but just barely. The lobster bisque was nothing like the rich creamy concoction I have had in other specialty restaurants on other lines. The one spaghetti noodle floating in the dish was as much a surprise to my waiter as me. He later informed me it was designed as the raft supporting the lone miniscule piece of lobster served atop the bisque. The veal tenderloin main was okay, but I would have preferred the option of a more flavorful veal chop. The accompanying baked potato was obviously reheated/nuked, but it still arrived insufficiently warm. Service was okay, but no better than the MDR. Speaking of the MDR, I ordered the Chef's Selection on the first night - pork scallopini with a crab sauce. It was not good. Nor was I impressed (favorably) with any of the subsequent meals in the MDR. Ditto for the buffet in Windows Café. I have to believe Azamara has cut back on food costs. Either that or it needs to reexamine its home office menus/preparation. The paradigm example of ineptitude were the corned beef finger sandwiches served after returning from the Azamazing evening - 2 inches of bread (not rye) surrounding a thin sliver of beef. They got the bread and the beef confused! The hamburgers served at the pool grill can stand to be upgraded and why was sweet pickle relish only available upon request? Unlike the hamburgers, the veggie burgers were prepared freshly each time and were very good. Lastly, what is with the all inclusive drink list? The house wines were fine, but I thought that the selection of mixed drinks that were not included made little sense. After all, other mixed drinks using identical or almost identical ingredients (no cost differential) were included. I could have a bloody mary, grasshopper, marguarita, or screwdriver free , but not a Negroni or cosmo? It struck me that there was little thought given to the composition of the all inclusive drink list. A minor distraction, but perhaps an indication of the frugality of the executive menu makers. p.s. When operating in So Am waters some thought should be given to keeping the dining venues open later in the evenings. People who live in Bs. As. seldom sit down to dinner before 9 pm - when the MDR and specialty restaurants were closing down. p.p.s Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed the cruise. Food was disappointing only because I had higher expectations.     Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
This was our first cruise with Azamara. Most of our cruises have been with Crystal and Celebrity. We are a couple in our late 30s and really enjoy a more subdued, upscale environment. I was a little worried having booked this cruise, as ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Azamara. Most of our cruises have been with Crystal and Celebrity. We are a couple in our late 30s and really enjoy a more subdued, upscale environment. I was a little worried having booked this cruise, as the photos of the ship online make the decor look very dated and old-fashioned. I was also concerned about being on a much smaller ship than we are used to. However, I needn't have worried on either count as the ship was fabulous. As soon as we embarked, I saw how the "classic" decor of this ship really works and created a cozy, high-end environment. The ship, while older, has obviously been well-maintained and we saw very few areas that need updating (most notably, the hallways and soft-goods in the rooms should be updated). We found the ship very easy to navigate, quick to get from one area to the next and very comfortable. The Azamara service doesn't disappoint (except by the rude girls at Guest Relations), as staff members are readily available to assist with whatever your needs might be. We really appreciated never having to wait for a drink, as servers are constantly checking on guests. This is a BIG change from Celebrity, where it is next-to-impossible to get a drink server's attention. Crew were generally very friendly and available. The officers are very visible as well. Azamara holds one Azamazing Evening per cruise. Ours was in Rio de Janeiro. We were bussed to a location where we were offered cocktails and given a Samba show. It wasn't "amazing", but it was a fun night and we appreciated doing something that we wouldn't have seen on our own. The transport to the event was seamless. The return transport was a little less so, but wasn't bad. Food was uniformly good all around the ship; although the buffet could use a little more imagination and variety. We found most of our meals in the main dining room to be good to excellent. We also dined in Prime C and Aqualina, both of which offered fabulous service and excellent food. The main weak point were the gross sandwiches offered in the buffet for those of us returning from the Azamazing Evening. We stayed in a Club Continent Suite, which was a fantastic room - very large and had everything we could want. We were very happy to have so much storage space and not to have to climb over each other. The only drawback was the location being under the buffet (noisy), but that could have been prevented had we checked the deck plans. We will continue to cruise primarily with Celebrity, because we do enjoy the activities on the larger ships, but we really enjoyed Azamara and wouldn't hesitate to sail with them again (in fact, we have one booked for 2017!) Read Less
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