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Sail Date: January 2009
The Azamara Journey is a great ship. Beautiful, stately, small. All the things we like. Attentive service from a multi-national crew. Our bar service guys, Jose Jaimes and Alin were the best!!! Our butler, Angela (Alin's wife, I ... Read More
The Azamara Journey is a great ship. Beautiful, stately, small. All the things we like. Attentive service from a multi-national crew. Our bar service guys, Jose Jaimes and Alin were the best!!! Our butler, Angela (Alin's wife, I understand!) and her assistant Jose (whose wife just had twins!!) could not have done any better for us. As it is open seating in the dining rooms, we had many different servers. Roman and Daniel were superb. Hooray to the head Maitre 'de Marius. He kept me from any allergic reactions and his suggestions were spot on! Our hats off to Mags and her aunt Maria for their invaluable wine selection help. Victor and Bernard in the Looking Glass made the best drinks and took great care of us! Ron Hollywood, the DJ, was always open to our suggestions for dance music. Thank you for all the wonderful NEW music!!! Kudos to you all. The sea days intensive itinerary was just what we needed after a hectic holiday season. The pool was always a welcome diversion. We purchased the thalassotherapy pass for the trip ($175 per couple, $99 single), but had to have them refund us around day 10 due to the pool never being warm. It WAS warm once...at 6pm!!!!! Also there was no service there. It's not very relaxing to have to get up and go to the pool bar when you want something. Why there wasn't anyone coming by regularly is beyond me. The spa was nice tho. Steam room, two different showers, lockers, etc. All included and available to every passenger. Didn't use the gym, the stairs did me just fine. Ate all I wanted and didn't gain any weight!!! Might have lost a pound or two actually. Hmmmm. The shows were cheesy, but in a good way. Geared to an older crowd than we. Juggler, ventriloquist, magic show, group show (singers), etc. YES, this ship does tend towards an over 65 crowd. Not a problem for us tho. (I'm 46, my DH is 39) Sue Denning (cruise director)was a joy!!! Such a trouper, and always entertaining. Her "sidekick" Kelsie was a hoot. The orchestra was always great, and the ship's band entertained us many a day and night at the pool and Looking Glass. There was a pianist in Cova most nights that everyone loved, a wonderful harpist at the martini lounge in Discoveries that was just delightful, and a guitarist who was very entertaining. A great cruise on a lovely small ship. Perfect for those who like long voyages with an entertaining mix from the Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, France, and the USA. No children's facilities, and that's just fine by me! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
We had cruised Oceania twice and loved the experiences but was anxious to see if Azamara could raise the bar.  We definitely feel they did!  Although after reading several reviews on this site this past winter I was a little skeptical.  ... Read More
We had cruised Oceania twice and loved the experiences but was anxious to see if Azamara could raise the bar.  We definitely feel they did!  Although after reading several reviews on this site this past winter I was a little skeptical.  There were definitely some negative comments posted here that made me question booking the April 15 Sorrento Stopover but I am glad we did!  Azamara is definitely listening to their clientele and acting upon their comments.  We booked our cruise through Largray Travel (Mary Peptides) who I found online.  I did our own air through Orbitz as we are committed to Delta!  This was the only downer on the trip as Delta left Atlanta an hour late due to boarding a lot of standbys and finding their luggage.  We therefore missed our connection to Venice and because we are talking only a couple days past Easter the first 2 subsequent flights were sold out so we arrived in Venice 9 hours late.  Fortunately, Azamara picked up on our delay and had a private driver there to meet us.(even though their literature said transfers ended at 4 PM)  We left the airport at 5:35 pm and sped to the dock as we were informed the Port Authority closed at 6:00.  This was quite an experience as the Italians shouted at each other as to whether or not we could board as they were closedbut ultimately we did get on and everything went much smoother after that!Azamara hosted a meet and mingle for about 30 of us and did a good job of listening to everyone's comments.  It was the first time we have ever had a group large enough for one of these parties.  They had a least 5 senior officers there to listen to our comments.The itinerary of this cruise was awesome and our main reason for booking.  The dining experiences in all 4 venues were wonderful.  We even thought the Breeza experience much better than on Oceania.  I didn't have a bad meal the whole 10 days and even some very memorable ones.  One dessert (a Pavlovano, not chocolate) was outstandingtasty and very artistic!  I am only sorry I did not get a picture of it!The shore excursion staff did a nice job!  We only booked 3 excursions through them and chose to book others independently in Split and Kotor.  I felt the ones we did were a decent value for the money.Capri and Sorrento we did totally on our own.The crew was outstanding and very friendly.  Captain "Theo" was very approachable and seem to care very much about pleasing his quests. I loved the evening appetizers which were quite tasty and artistic and the night time pillow treats were awesome I always tried at least one before bedtime and stashed the rest in the minibar for later.  Who doesn't love a chocolate covered strawberry with their roomservice coffee in the morning!Azamara you did a fantastic job we will be back! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
Azamara was easy to book.  I booked direct because they promised to match any prices decreases. Booked our own air directly with USAirways.  We also booked our own hotels for our stays before and after the cruise.  We took taxis to/from ... Read More
Azamara was easy to book.  I booked direct because they promised to match any prices decreases. Booked our own air directly with USAirways.  We also booked our own hotels for our stays before and after the cruise.  We took taxis to/from the ship.  The cruise line charges for these services seemed too high for us.  For example, we stayed at Le Meridien in Barcelona for 179E including breakfast.  They even threw in museum passes and coupons for coffee. I got a great deal and I knew it.  I booked an guarantee cabin on the ship.  I got an assigned cabin about 2 months prior to sailing.  It did not include an upgrade.  I was a bit dissappointed that we did not get any upgrade.  Not even one cat.  Captains Club advanced standing got us nothing.  However, our balcony cabin was fine.  Certainly enough space for storage.  Our butler stored out larger luggage.  We put our carryons under the beds. The storage space was good.  The bathroom was a bit small, but okay.  We got used to taking showers sideways.  The shampoo/conditioner/soap were excellent quality.  Towels were big and heavy.Hairdryer was good. Bathrobes and slippers were provided.  Also, a cloth totebag, umbrella, binoculars, hairdryer were in the cabin. We brought a plastic waterbottle which we had our butler fill with ice and water.  It was great on excursions. Beds were okay. We really enjoyed the deck area  when we were able to use it.What we did in ports:  Gibraltar  ....took a shared taxi to town.  Took a taxi to top of the rock, went inside the caves, saw the  apes.    La Coruna...walked in the old town  St. Malo.....walked the ramparts, enjoyed the stores and quaint streets, ate lunch at a cafe  Rouen........took the express train to Paris (1 hr), ate lunch at Pompeii ( a nice cafe near Madeline which we had found a previous trip), took the metro to Muse D'Orsay, walked in the Tulleries gardens, metro to St. Lazarre train station where we went back to Rouen, ate dinner at a cafe in the old market square in Rouen  Antwerp..... took the ship excursion to Ghent for a canal ride and tour (very good tour)  London.......took the ship excursion London Panorama and Pub Lunch( very good tour)  Amsterdam.... tram to flower market, tram to Riijksmuseum, walked to the Van Loon House ( a find), walked through the antique district, tram to ship  Kiel Canal.....enjoyed watching the process of going through the locks.  The scenery along the canal was beautiful.  We wanted to sit on our balcony and enjoy.  However, on that day we were shocked to find 2 Azamara workers on our deck scraping, painting, etc.  We had not been told that this was to happen.  The smell was awful and we were not able to enjoy our balcony that day.  Be aware that the cabins balconies connect ..a key is needed to open them.  We were not happy.  Copenhagen...disembarkment was a breeze.  Taxis were easy to get.  Taxis took credit cards.  Stayed at Hilton.  It was an excellent hotel and a short walk to the airport.   I liked the open seating, the casual dress, no lines.  The food was good, but not gourmet.  The coffee was poor.  The choices could have been better. On a 14 night cruise, the desserts were repeated too often.  Most entrees were good, but portions were very large. Specialty restaurants were a nice option.  Liked Prime C better than Aquilina.  Service was excellent. I missed the therapy pools on Celebrity....the outdoor pool on the front deck of the spa wasn't very good. Would I cruise again on Azamara?  Most likely....if I like the intinery and the price was right.  The service was very good. Philip, the hotel director seems to really care.  John Howell makes the cruise fun.  Everyone smiles.  People are happy.  Sign up for the CruiseCritcs party.  We had 4 get togthers with our group.       Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
Several priorities led us to select this particular cruise: 1. TIMING was to coincide with our 40th anniversary. 2. DURATION since we prefer cruises of ten or more days. 3. COST, or perhaps I should say value. 4. ITINERARY, which proved to ... Read More
Several priorities led us to select this particular cruise: 1. TIMING was to coincide with our 40th anniversary. 2. DURATION since we prefer cruises of ten or more days. 3. COST, or perhaps I should say value. 4. ITINERARY, which proved to be the bonus element for this cruise.  5. CLIMATE, we would be escaping summer heat and wanted moderate to cool weather.This particular sailing of AZAMARA Journey fulfilled all of our requirements in a spectacular fashion.  The only thing I would change about this entire trip would be to allow another day in Barcelona. Flying in from California only one day ahead was not really sufficient. We had to choose to either see Barcelona or catch up on sleep. Sadly, sleep won. After nearly falling off the top level of the hop on hop off bus, we gave in and returned to Hotel Colon for a "nap" that lasted until the next morning. If you want a hotel that puts you in the middle of the Cathedral square, adjacent to shopping and at the hub of the city, Hotel Colon will fit your criteria. Their strength is the premier location and the very nice breakfast that is included with your room. If you need the comfort of a plush room with high end bedding, you might want to look elsewhere, but we would choose this hotel again based entirely on location. Embarkation was a complete breeze. We waltzed through the whole process without lines or delay. The ship is lovely. Public rooms are comfortable and the veranda suite seemed very similar to the same category suite on the Celebrity ships we've used in the past. ***AFTER THE ROOM SWITCH... More storage than we could possibly fill. We started the cruise in a standard veranda suite, and moved on the second day to the sky suite. I would estimate that the sky suite provides approximately triple the closet space, drawers and cupboards, and there is no comparison of the counter space, both in the suite and in the bathroom. The shower over the bathtub provides a generous amount of space compared to the tiny stall shower (with its clinging shower curtain) of our original suite. Simply cannot say enough about the luxury of having such a large suite, especially for a cruise as long as this one. The Sky Suite provided space and storage comparable to the Marriott Hotel we used in Copenhagen and it was larger than the Hotel Colon, which we used in Barcelona for the night before embarkation. In the dining room on the first evening, we ordered a couple of bottles of wine; a white and a red. I'd read from previous reviews that the bottles would be stored and returned to our table on the following night. Since we had demonstrated an interest in the wine list, we were immediately introduced to Boris, the very capable sommelier. He mentioned a wine tasting event being planned on board the ship and inquired about our interest. We were enthusiastic about adding that to our agenda and Boris promised to let us know about the details. I have to tell you, attending that first wine tasting was to be one of our best, all time decisions! Subsequent to that first event, we were privileged to enjoy two entire wine dinners, with specialty dishes and individually paired wines served in an intimate setting for eight to ten guests and attended by ship's officers, Ryszard Gusmann, and Philip Herbert. These proved to be a highlight of the cruise. During the second dinner, which was held in a beautifully adorned Michaels Club, each course was prepared and presented with table side comments from Chef Kyle. We were absolutely treated like royalty at these dinners, and the friendships forged, plus the wonderful company of Ryszard and Philip, all enriched our whole experience. Specialty dining experiences were, as intended, superior to the dining room, though the dining room was quite good. We generally had excellent service and, as promised, any left over wine was promptly delivered to our table each night, regardless where we dined. We did notice that the main dining room seemed to consistently cook a little "to the done" so for you who prefer your beef or lamb on the rare side, don't hesitate to ask for RARE.Another note about the wine and corkage issue, we did take a couple of special birthday and anniversary bottles on board. We knew we would be charged $25. corkage but what we didn't know was how it would be received... The wine staff could not have been more accomodating. They were gracious about accepting our private bottles and even complimentary of our choices. No hint of a negative attitude from anyone. If you have special bottles you really want to take with you, something you care enough about to drag it half way around the world in your luggage, don't worry about being given the cold shoulder from the wine staff. Ports of call and stateroom details are covered separately, but if you are "big people" like we are, and you can afford the extra money, pay for the upgrade to the sky suite. Overall, this was a wonderful itinerary. We were blessed with fabulous weather at each port. Paris and London were both enjoying extraordinarily fine, sunny days during our visit. The alternating sea days and exhausting port excursions proved a perfect balance. The cities like La Coruna, or St Malo, which were meaningless to us before this trip, are now cherished memories with fun stories to accompany our photos. You are reading this review to make a determination of whether you would like to travel on this ship or this itinerary. If you have children traveling with you, you should probably select a different ship. The AZAMARA line does not pretend to cater to children, though there was one family with teenage children on our ship and they seemed to have a great time. If you are a fan of the great big stage shows, you should probably select a different ship. If you need a golf simulator or a climbing wall, this is obviously not your ship. But if you enjoy exceptional service, fine dining, comfortable accomodations and not being faced with standing in line for everything you want to do, by all means, book AZAMARA as soon as you can.As for itinerary, this trip served as a great introduction to Western Europe. We saw places we'd always dreamed of visiting and we also discovered places we'd never heard of before. Sort of a "box of assorted chocolates" approach to visiting Europe.We can't say enough good things about the staff on this ship. As mentioned before, the wait staff, Boris and the entire wine staff, and the chefs were all first rate. We were impressed with a tour of the kitchens and recognize the "unsung heros" who do all the prep work to keep those meals coming endlessly throughout the days and nights. Butler, Soobash, kept our ice bucket filled and learned our preferences. He also decorated for my birthday (without being tipped off by anyone). The tone of hospitality is set by Philip Herbert, Ryszard Gusmann and Boris. They went to great lengths to do anything and everything possible to enhance our experience. We will look forward to sailing with this ship again, partially to renew friendships with these wonderful men. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Azamara Journey - Southeastern Mediterranean (October 11, 2009 - October 25, 2009) "The Pursuit of Excellence" Reflecting on the voyage, I would characterize the ethos of the ship's officers, staff, and crew as ... Read More
Azamara Journey - Southeastern Mediterranean (October 11, 2009 - October 25, 2009) "The Pursuit of Excellence" Reflecting on the voyage, I would characterize the ethos of the ship's officers, staff, and crew as having a focus on this motivation by demonstrated behavior and actions. For the record, we are in no way connected to the cruise company or any travel business - we are experienced cruisers - on the Azamara Journey and mostly on Celebrity ships but also with Royal Caribbean and Holland America. Now, on to some specific observations and reflections: Azamara - The Product is Cruise Experiences - the Strength is its People After completing our second voyage on the Azamara Journey, our conclusion is that we had two outstanding cruise experiences due to the wonderful people who serve on this ship. This time, the top leadership setting a tone of excellence were Captain Georgios Theodorou, Staff Captain Manos Aposkitis, Hotel Director Heike Cramer, and Food and Beverage Manager Ryszard Gusmann, It can be said that all the crew and staff 'have got it' - they consistently provide great customer service with a smile and go out of their way to please and 'do what needs to be done and do it well'. It was especially heartwarming to renew the friendships with many of the staff whom we had met on previous voyages. Embarkation and Sailing The embarkation process at the port of Piraeus was terribly delayed by the Port's Government officer responsible for passport control. He took 'his sweet time' to get into his station, simply to demonstrate that 'all were beholden to him' - how frustrating for the ship's management who were ready to receive passengers on board but couldn't proceed with the embarkation. The Onboard Experience Eating/Dining Having dined at Three-Star Michelin restaurants in Europe and at other fine dining establishments, leads one to have certain perspectives and expectations with respect to dining out. On the other hand, it is important to keep situations and circumstances in perspective, when it comes to eating and dining at sea. Based on our experience on the Azamara Journey, execution in everyday details is guided and exemplified by great leadership - service with excellence is provided under the direction of Heike Cramer (Hotel Director), assisted by Food and Beverage Manager, Ryszard and his team. The leadership is constantly practicing MBWA—Management By Walking Around, checking and correcting and perfecting. It is indeed a great pleasure to eat and dine great food selections beautifully presented, in a variety of settings: 'Open Seating' main dining in Discoveries Dining Room, various daily buffet selections in Windows Cafe, and the upscale Specialty Dining Restaurants (Aqualina and Prime C). Some special features to be highlighted are the Sushi Bar, the fresh juice and smoothie bar, very good selections of appetizers, main course dishes, and a fabulous baking and dessert presentation. Evening dinners in the Dining Room were always a wonderful experience - being welcomed with a friendly greeting by Maitre'd Moustafa - having great food with great presentation served by several outstanding waiters, Mario, Darren, Philbert. Everyone, at every level, is tuned to providing excellent service with attention to details - the prevailing attitude is 'listening and following up' on any suggestions that are provided. Serving staff and all ship service personnel always greet cruisers in friendly ways and offer assistance at every turn. Stateroom and Service On the R-8 Class of ships, a long voyage is much more comfortable in one of the Sky Suites - more space in every sense - a large amount of storage space, a larger bathroom with a bathtub/shower, excellent products (Elemis) - really a nice way to 'clean up' and perform the 'beautification routines'. The towels are nice and thick and very absorbent and the bedding is great. How were we looked after by our stateroom attendants (butler and assistant)? Let's say it straight - "the team of Arvind, Alvin, and Kevin were terrific". We don't look to a butler to unpack or pack but we expect service with excellence and that is what it has been. These guys aimed to please in every way: extra champagne glasses and a cheese tray and a plate of prawns to host some guests were delivered; soiled shoes after visiting Egyptian cities were cleaned in short order; any small requests were looked after expeditiously - all in all, the stateroom service team performed very well and showed great disposition. Entertainment and Programming The efforts of Cruise Director Tony Markey are recognized. Although the stage entertainment was not always to our liking (obviously, a subjective assessment), we appreciated the high quality of classical and vocal talent being featured. Some of the social gathering areas like the Cova Cafe and the entrance area to the Main Dining Room, became very popular whenever the pianist and harpist performed. Other Amenities Thalassotherapy Pool at the front of the ship, accessed from the Spa area, is overpriced. The T-Pool is fine but not nearly as wonderful as in other Celebrity ships (disregarding the size aspect) - the seating rails are not a comfortable configuration. The Steam rooms (male and female rooms) are really good - marble benches and good space for six people of so. The ship's Internet Communication Service needs to be significantly improved - it works with one of the worst Login and Time-tracking scripts I have experienced on ships. Guest Relations is blessed with some wonderful people with great disposition and patience - Yasemin deserves special mention. Ports and Tours This southeastern Mediterranean cruise was a very port-intensive voyage with extensive tour packages offered. Orientations to ports and tours were provided by the Shore Excursions Director and the outstanding and highly stimulating onboard Destination Lecturer, Jon Fleming. Overall - this was an outstanding cruise experience - reassuring us, that Azamara is continuing its 'pursuit of perfection'. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
I have waited to write this review, hoping that time would give some perspective. Maybe with the passing of time this cruise would not seem so perfect. Not so! This was our first cruise and it far exceeded our expectations. My husband said ... Read More
I have waited to write this review, hoping that time would give some perspective. Maybe with the passing of time this cruise would not seem so perfect. Not so! This was our first cruise and it far exceeded our expectations. My husband said it would be our last cruise, as he prefers independent travel. However we are booked on another cruise on Quest. That says it all. Background: We are retired teachers in our early 60s. We have travelled a fair bit, always independently in the past. With the recession I knew there could be some travel deals, so we decided 2009 was the time to try an organized tour. Various commitments dictated a late fall tour. It did not take much research for me to narrow down the possible places to the Eastern Mediterranean, and then to see that a cruise, because of price and ease of logistics, was the way to go. It was the itinerary for this Ancient Empires cruise and the excellent reviews for Azamara that sealed the deal. I knew we wanted a small ship with good food and no fancy dressing up. Quest: What a great little ship! Yes our room was small, but it functioned well. Next time I will have the crew remove many of the excess pillows. The bed was very comfortable, the towels were huge and thick. (Thank goodness they improved the bathroom door hooks during our cruise.) The fresh fruit, flowers and good night treat each day were welcome. The tote bag and bathrobe came in handy. There was more than enough cupboard and drawer space for our needs. One thing I wish they would improve is the bedside lighting. The lamps were too low. Wall lamps would be a huge improvement. We loved having the balcony. We did not eat there much as the weather was cool, but we sat out frequently and it was so great to be able to go out there when entering and leaving ports. The rest of the ship is tastefully appointed. There are lots of comfortable places to spend time. I enjoyed just walking around, and the ship is small enough that you can easily do that. Eating: The food was excellent. The variety was staggering. I don't see how you could not find something to your liking in all the locations. We did not eat at the grill by the pool, but some to the things looked great. We loved the buffet (under whatever name it goes!). We ate most breakfasts there because of the variety and the time saved. We were off the ship early most days. Lunch and supper there were also good. For lunch, there was always a roast or fresh fish of some kind. There were lots of salads and vegetable, breads, and desserts. I had to avoid the gelato freezer! We took in two special suppers, the fish night and the final picnic feast hosted by the captain and crew. They were wonderful with lots of variety. For breakfast there were omelettes, pancakes and waffles done to your order, hot and cold cereals, breads, yogurt, etc. etc. I nearly forgot the fresh squeezed orange juice and the smoothies . We loved the self serve coffee machine, the one that lets you choose decaf or regular and a variety of brews. Several times we got coffee there and went up to the jogging track above the pool to take in scenery. We had room service bring breakfast twice and it was great. Every morning we had room service bring hot coffee, hot milk and fresh squeezed orange juice. They phone just before arriving and always were on time, becoming a great back up alarm. What a great way to start each day! The Discoveries Dining Room is beautifully appointed and does not seem as large as it is. The food is excellent, and there is no end to the variety. However we did find a few problems here. There seemed to be organizational or logistical problems. Some of the crew seemed inexperienced. Orders got confused. Twice our first course arrived before the wine. The coffee was poor. Of course that is a matter of taste. To my husband and I it tasted over processed, either from being on a burner too long or perhaps from being perked instead of dripped. We quickly learned to order espresso which the servers fetched from their own dining room. This was excellent. Prime C and Aqualina, the specialty dining rooms were top notch. We love fine dining and ate there six times. The dEcor is great. I especially love the blue in Aqualina. The attention and service were perfect. And the food was ever better than Discoveries. Highlights I can remember: the shellfish appetiser on ice at Aqualina, the incredible and very different mushroom soup in Prime C and the Grand Marnier Mousse with the hot sauce. However, everything was great and the presentations were beautiful. One of our meals was a special wine tasting Connoisseur Dinner. I was lucky enough to read about these here on CC. I believe they were offered to suite guests, but we asked about them and easily made a booking. We wanted to go again, but our schedule did not allow. For this we paid $60 each and it was well worth it. We started in the library with an introduction to the sommelier, Amir and the executive chef, Anthony. We had a lovely champagne style wine. We then were led to the Captain's table in Prime C. Other courses included an appetizer with lobster and caviar, a wonderful foie gras mousse, ceviche, filet mignon, cheeses and special chocolate dessert. With each of these were wonderful wines. On board entertainment: We were too busy enjoying the great dining and getting up and out to the ports each day to take in any of the entertainment. Our friends who went with it enjoyed it very much. Other recreation: We had read that the pool is not heated and had not expected to be able to enjoy it in November. However the water was very warm and we enjoyed it on our at sea days. We did not play table tennis or use the gym. The walking jogging track is great. My main on board exercise was using the stairs and walking the halls to deliver notes to people taking private tours I had arranged. Between that and the hectic port schedule, I managed to lose weight while enjoying great food including dessert every day! I would love to have gone to a yoga session but could not fit it in. Maybe next time! Similarly we did not partake in any of the daytime activities, including lectures and trivia games, etc. Nor did we venture into the Casino except when on our way to somewhere else. The Crew: In a word - amazing. Here's a few more words: smiling, courteous, happy, helpful. We enjoyed talking with our butler, Edwin and his assistant Aaron. We had several chats with the cellar Master, Amir and several other workers. It was great to come back on the ship each day with the greeting: "Welcome Home," and that is what the Quest felt like in very little time. Embarking and Disembarking: These were very well organized. We were greeted at the port when we arrived and signs showed us where to leave our luggage. We were directed inside a terminal building and quickly filled out a health form. Then we went up to the counter (no line) and quickly were given our pass card. We were on the ship in less than ten minutes and happily sipping champagne. When we got to our stateroom one suitcase was already there and the other soon followed. For disembarking we asked for the earliest possible and got it (7am). Our suitcases were tagged with colour coded labels and when we were called to leave (7 am!) we walked down the gangplank, said a sad farewell to all the crew gathered there and easily found our suitcases. It could not have been easier or smoother! The ports: I spent seven months researching for this cruise. Because I had others coming with us, I arranged for all private or DIY tours. It was a lot of work, but it turned out to be well worth it. We got to go where we wanted and do it in more comfort and for less money. I will not go into too much detail here as I have posted information in answer to questions in the various Ports of Call threads on Cruise Critic. Rome: eight of us came in on the same flight from Nova Scotia and were picked up at the airport by Driver in Rome . We stayed three nights at a small B&B La Casa di Amy near the Termini Station. We had been to Rome before so had the opportunity to do some special things. We hired Driver in Rome to take us to Tivoli and the nearby Hadrian's Villa and Villa D'Este. This was an interesting day. The highlight was Villa D'Este with its amazing fountains. Four of us spent a wonderful day going to the Borghese Galleries in the morning (amazing sculptures!) and then going to the Pantheon, Piazza Navonna, Trevi Fountain area. Our last evening, I arranged for 18 of us going on the cruise (We met on the Roll Call) to meet in a restaurant, and then take a tour of Rome at night with Driver in Rome. Our driver/host was the owner, Remo and he was wonderful. Six of us were driven to the port with Driver in Rome, but my husband and I and another couple took the train. This was easy and the 4.5 Euro price cannot be beat. Sorrento: There are so many choices here and not enough time. I am glad Azamara will be doing overnights here in the future. We opted to go on a private tour with Marcello of See Sorrento. We first went to Herculaneum and had a quick tour to see its amazing mosaic tile floors and frescoes. Then we took a drive along the Amalfi Coast. We were lucky that it was a beautiful sunny day. The highlight of the day for me, and the reason I chose to go with Marcello, was the lunch in a wonderful (not to be posted online) small hilltop village with a view down to the sea. We ate on an outdoor terrace at a table laden with treats, from fresh whole wheat bread, grilled vegetables, pizza, pasta, cold cuts, salads and cheeses. Pitchers of red and white wine were never empty. With the four special cakes for dessert came three kinds of liqueur including limoncello. It was a meal to remember. Chios: What a great island and docking beside the main street in town was amazing. Two groups of us rented vans so see both the Nea Mona Monastery in the north and the Mastic villages in the south. We easily had time to see both areas and I would be hard pressed to choose between as the Azamara tours require you to do. We had time afterwards for the Intenet cafe, bars and souvenir shopping in the town. Istanbul: This overnight stop was the main reason we chose this itinerary. Istanbul was all we had heard and more. Sailing in was a memorable experience. We toured on our own thanks to CC and Rick Steves. In the two half days we had time to see the major sites. It is a clean, safe, friendly city and we plan to go back on our own for a much longer stay. The evening in port, 28 of us were taken by bus to the Sultanas Night Club for dinner and a show (mainly belly dancing). The dinner was mediocre, but the show was great. Later the bus took us for a quick trip back to the old city to see Istanbul at night. Magical! Kusadasi: A group of twelve of us took the deluxe tour to Ephesus and other places with Hello Ephesus. There is so much history there: We saw the Basilica of St. John, the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Artemis, and the amazing Roman city of Ephesus with its library, two amphitheatres and the Terrace Houses. Their mosaics and frescoes were better than those in Herculaneum. We had a wonderful day capped by a late lunch in a garden and a demonstration of silk spinning and rug making at the government run school. There was no pressure to buy and no one did. We did some shopping later on in Kusadasi which has plenty of that in case you didn't get enough in Istanbul! Bodrum: This is a scenic resort town with a crusader castle containing an excellent museum of underwater archaeology. In season, this would be a boater's paradise. We took the shuttle boat from where we were docked across the bay to the castle area. We had lunch on the waterfront. Later after visiting the ruins of the Mausoleum of Helicarnasus and peeking at the ancient amphitheatre, we walked back along the harbour to the ship. We did a bit of shopping here too. Fethiye: Another beautiful resort town! We hired two vans to take us up into the hills to see the abandoned Greek town of Karakoy. This was very evocative. We had seen an abandoned Turkish village on the now Greek island of Chios. How quickly things deteriorate over time! Why can't people just get along with each other? On the way back we saw the 4th century BC Lycian Tombs carved into the rocks. How they were able to do this is beyond me. The waterfront in Fethiye is great for walking and there is lots of shopping here too. The number of boats for hire is amazing. Antalya: There is so much to see here that I had a difficult choice. I decided to forego the museum of antiquities and the shopping to continue with our exploration of ancient Roman ruins. We hired a bus for 15 of us to go to the ancient Roman ruins at Perge and the amazing theatre at Aspendos. The proscenium of this theatre is the best preserved Roman one anywhere. Perge reminded us of Ephesus, but the restoration is not so developed. Our tour included a wonderful lunch near Aspendos at a riverside restaurant. We enjoyed a buffet and fresh caught fish. Then we drove back to the city of Antalya and had time to do a bit of shopping or explore the old town, including Hadrian's Arch. We spent our last Turkish coins for two cups of tea and a great chat with our tour guide. Cyprus: we had only half a day but managed to see a lot. We hired two vans with drivers to take us to Paphos. On the way we stopped at Aphrodite's rock. At Paphos we toured more wonderful Roman archaeological sites. The mosaics were even better than in the Terrace Houses. On the way back we went to Kourion to see another Roman amphitheatre and more amazing mosaics. We had a quick peek at the outside of Kolossi Castle and then it was back to the shop. Alexandria: We hired Ramses Tours to take us for a long, full day to the Pyramids and the Museum in Cairo. The pyramids are amazing. So were the crowds and this was off season. We also toured the Solar boat Museum and had lunch in an Egyptian restaurant. Our guide took great care of us and was very knowledgeable. The Museum was amazing, but far too crowded to get the most from it. Each guide had to wear a mike and we had to wear earphones to hear him. We returned to the ship in plenty of time. Athens: After our easy disembarking and sad farewell to Quest, we took a taxi into Athens. We stayed at the very inexpensive, but satisfactory Hotel Attalos, at Monasteriki Square, a very central location. We spent three nights there and walked all around the main part of Athens. We were very pleasantly surprised by how clean it is and pollution free. We also rented a car and spent two days (and one night in Naphlion) exploring more ancient wonders (Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus) in the Peloponnesian Peninsula. Are we the kind of cruisers Azamara is hoping to attract with their new direction? We are older and retired and not at all wealthy. However we love port intensive tours and will enjoy the new house wine served with each meal. We are certainly looking forward to our cruise on Quest in Asia in 2011. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
This was the 32nd cruise for these two Seniors, whose home port is Miami. We booked through an internet agency and quickly learned that this 12 day Southern Caribbean was to be the last cruise of the Azamara Journey, sister ship to Azamara ... Read More
This was the 32nd cruise for these two Seniors, whose home port is Miami. We booked through an internet agency and quickly learned that this 12 day Southern Caribbean was to be the last cruise of the Azamara Journey, sister ship to Azamara Quest, under the "old plan" which basically was: buy your own wine, sodas, pay for specific shuttle buses, and perhaps a few more oft encountered items. Prices are to be raised accordingly, a small percentsge, according to what staff announced at one of two CruiseCritic meetings. According to management, this is to bring fares in line with prevailing "luxury" companion lines and ships. We quickly learned what sets Azamara apart from other ships of a less Luxe Category which we have sailed on. Having checked our two large bags, and both having carryons after a flawless and rapid embarkation, up the stairway to the boarding area, we found a welcome desk where we inquired where we might get lunch. We mentioned we would like to go to our cabin first and rid ourselves of carryons and were told we could leave them at the desk and they would be taken to the cabin for us. This extra touch, followed by the usual complimentary glass of champagne, began to set the them of exemplary service. But, you ask, and properly so, "Doesn't everyone now offer a glass of champagne?" Well, yes, but this was PINK champagne. We found our (now lighter) way to the Windows buffet style dining area on Deck 9, and though both remarking that it was an area of small seating capacity, in nearly all instances were able to find a seat, the rare exception being times when scheduling or events combined with a closed sit down dining room (titled Discoveries) threw more people into Windows than usual capacity permitted. There is a large outdoor area of seating, which is proportionately larger than usual. While we're "in" Windows, why not comment on food quality? Usually much much better than we have encountered on other lines (We have never done the UltraLuxe brands, i.e., Silversea, Seabourne, Crystal or Regent) At times, it was exceptional, especially for buffet service. Usual breakfast fare is outstanding for a smaller ship, with the usual omelet and pancake/waffle stations, but more frequently than not, with sides or "originals" not seen before to us. Ex.: For bagel toppings, six selections of cream cheese, one original, five with additions such as chives, et al. Oatmeal, two kettles, one with plain Oatmeal, another with milk and sugar already added for your convenience. There is usually a special side, such as peaches or pears poached with spices, and a selection of fresh fruit better by far than we have ever experienced, anywhere, anytime, anyplace. Spot on ripe papaya, kiwi, pineapple and orange slices, the papaya and kiwi being the sweetest the BW (For the uninitiated or single, Beautiful Wife) Carol and I agreed to be the best we have ever tasted. Also of note: A coffee machine making fresh coffee of your selection, from conventional to DeCaf espresso and latte. The decaf espresso, a favorite of mine, is served with attractively trimmed, color wise, demi cups and saucers and, I quote: "This is the best espresso I have ever tasted...mild, nutty tasting and outstanding." I deeply regret this did not last, nor did the regular coffee offerings, seemingly deteriorating a bit each day until nearly undrinkable. Why? I have no idea. Could it be lack of daily cleaning? A shame. Perhaps most notable was a complimentary smoothie bar, open during breakfast only, staffed by two amazingly efficient and speedy young men, with an extensive array of various blendable fruits, juices and milks. (Regular, soy, yogurt and the like) You name it, it will quickly appear, literally. Accompanying the whimsical coffee machine an hilarious (though we have serious doubts the manufacturer meant it to be so) water and ice dispenser, which holds a secret of its own, fathomable to few on first, second or even subsequent attempts. Count me admittedly among the group termed "subsequent". You must hold the glass under the outlet and place the other hand in a certain specific position which entails a sensor plate, though this was unclear until near the end of our particular voyage, when an explanatory instruction plate appeared and solved the problem of the adjacent floor having continually been an unwitting ice receptacle, as a result of failed attempts by the desperate and thirsty among us. This area and machine quickly became the object of a great deal of colorful language and hands thrust into the air in full and complete surrender. Lunch was usually a fish selection, a chicken dish, both with vegetables, and sides, with the usual carvery station, and an extensive salad selection, as well as stir fry to order. One lunch was so outstanding that I wrote a personal note both to the Captain and to the Executive Chef, Lisa. Apparently no one had ever bothered in the past to do anything but enjoy, as the first time BW Carol and I dined in one of the two (absolutely outstanding) alternative restaurants (more later) we were greeted with three separate tableside visits to thank us for our kind remarks, the first by someone we took to be the Ass't head chef, the second by the Chef of the restaurant itself, and, to our amazement and near overwhelment (yes, we made that word up, so there) when I said to BW, "Well, what's next, the Head Chef herself"?, she, Lisa, did indeed appear expressing gracious thanks. Her assistant had even offered his personal extension" "If there's anything I can do for you, do please call me..." We did share the not so obvious question: "You have to wonder what the other diners must think of this impromptu parade of the chefs!" The main dining room, Discoveries, is single story, spacious and well thought out. Food was generally excellent and at times, truly outstanding. Chef Lisa and staff truly do themselves proud and are caring and extremely inventive and creative, and do an outstanding job. A dairy allergy was always well allowed for and taken care of by staff; we regret not having his name as he most assuredly deserves mention. Dining by reservation and not assignment, we nevertheless had the same waiter (Slobodan) and Ass't (Dogan) who were outstanding and quickly took care of our personal foibles. While we are on the subject, quick comment: The two alternative restaurants, termed "Aqualina" and "Prime C" are available to all passengers on a reservation basis, one each per voyage so that no one is denied the opportunity. To say more than that the food and service are exemplary and perhaps the best we have ever experienced may be an all too quick summary. BW applauded the hot mini Cinnamon donuts, served with three dipping sauces, and hot chocolate lava cake with ice cream. Another special touch...Baked Alaska desserts in Discoveries were individually made and served, and pronounced as, and I quote; "Out of this world..." by BW. Several poolside buffets displayed highly creative and appealing food, unfortunately not receiving the attendance it was absolutely worthy of. In Windows, meat loaf, served as individual portions in small dishes, rather than the "loaf" and tasting of only pure beef, not the usual adulteration of bread crumbs or the like. The requisite Lifeboat drill was quick and easy, as on our last voyage we were not required to don lifejackets, only to assemble in a comfortable public room, hear a safety address, and then for familiarization proceed to the designated lifeboat station. *The safety talk consisted of the usual: Please do not throw overboard cigars, cigarettes or disagreeable companions. If you are, during a drill or actual emergency, separated from your children they will be brought to you. If you receive the wrong children and like them better, you may keep them for the duration of the voyage, but no longer, as we have received complaints from both the authorities and disturbed grandparents. We ask that, in extreme cases, you refrain from the old trick of placing a paper with the name of another ship in your children's belongings or pockets as this seldom works out well in the end to mutual satisfaction and tends to upset responsible staff." In the same vein, our cabin (4035) had two different peepholes, one at eye level as well as a second at knee (crouching) level.*Inquiries having eliminated the possibility that the cabin had been previously occupied by the road cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, we learned from staff that it is placed so that wily parents may ascertain that the children are attempting to get back into the room and quickly extinguish the lights and lock themselves in the bathroom. A clever ploy indeed. * More on cabin, this was configured as a cabin for the disabled; we aren't but welcomed the extra bathroom spsce, even though it was an inside. Another luxe touch, each cabin has both a steward and butler (seldom used by us) available for a multitude of functions including a daily fruit tray of your choice, and fresh flowers as well. Butler will also serve afternoon treats if ordered and desired. Both Butler and Steward were exemplary and unobtrusive. Storage space was ample and well thought out and would be ample for the duration of any length voyage. Staff in general...outstanding and near impossible to get by without a smile and greeting. Even the Customer Relations desk, adjacent to our 4th floor cabin. NO one, and we mean No one, gets by without a cheery "Hello" being called out. Newspapers in several languages are posted here, as well as in the entrance to the Windows cafe. Another luxe touch, daily bulletins are printed in color, not the usual B&W. More staff comments? When a specific room situation was noted, during a CruiseCritic meeting, to Hotel Director Heike Berdos and manager Ngawhira Fleet, quickly stepped in and solved it to our more than complete satisfaction. A thank you note was written to both, and each responded personally. Surprise...another luxe touch, a daily sheet of all upcoming movies is delivered to your cabin. These may be shown either in your room, on a flat screen TV, or on a larger screen in an appropriate area of the 5th floor Cova Cafe. Cova also contains ongoing snacks of a high order, complimentary, though specialty coffee and teas are not. BW, a sweets devotee of the highest order, quickly pronounced the chocolate biscotti the best ever experienced, as well as another favorite, chocolate croissants. Cova was one of three venues, depending on scheduling and presentation requirements, for the veritable plethora of Trivia contests offered. Well and cheerfully presented by CD Assistants Katherine, Chris and Oleg, these were not heavily attended, even on sea days, but admittedly made for easier chances to win. Prizes are thankfully not given out each time, small trinkets as key chains, luggage tags and the like, but are distributed by total number of winnings as stamped on an appropriate individual "score" sheet. This is given after the last contest of the day prior to docking and makes for a more worthwhile and useful selection of keepsakes. Gym and Spa? The gym is well equipped for the ship's size, with most machines available and well thought out. Oddly, the gym seemed very lightly attended compared to what might be expected. BW had a facial, won at one of several promotional drawings, and pronounced it a pleasing and professional experience. She noted that she had to actually inquire how to tip her young lady, a ready example of the lack of pressure for "ancillary" costs. There were never photographers making the rounds at dinner or other times. In fact, when we wanted a photograph other than at the staged settings, we spoke to the Photo Department head and were assigned a very able young man to meet us in a mutually chosen location. We were far more than pleased with his work. (In fact, the manager was also, apparently, as he asked if they might use the spread for display, and we willingly signed a release to that effect...look for us, ha) Never at any time was there continual and annoying pressure for extra paid services; very welcome and first class. Well done, Azamara. Entertainment? Azamara has, we understand, not having space for full production shows, adopted as policy having high class solo artists. This being true ( on one occasion we were so pleased we attended a (billed as: "High Energy Pianist") second show and bought a CD). We were surprised at the usually sparse attendance. We generally sat in a particular bench style row, for a combination of comfort, sight line and lighting) and on two occasions there was only one other couple (another joined later) in the entire row. This often occurred when, due to port scheduling, there was only one show, where logic dictates the presence of double the audience number at two shows... Our ports were, in order, after two sea days from Miami, St.Johns, U.S.V.I.,Gustavia,St.Barts, Fort de France, Martinique, Bequia, the Grenadines, Roseau, Dominica,Basseterre, St.Kitts,Virgin Gorda, B.V.I. In Martinique we did not ashore as it was raining; in Dominica as it was hotter than we wanted to deal with. We took no tours, having been to most ports before, and usually just debarked to walk around the adjacent shopping or to visit the Post Office to mail cards, a the ship did not provided mailings from all ports. FYI, we had previously taken the St.Kitts Train Tour and found it enjoyable snd worthwhile. -- Debarkation was, as embarkation, smooth and unruffled, though we were in the last off group and there could have been ample opportunity for any line bsckup. Final luxe touch? BW Carol and I were both encumbered with now multiple handsful we had not boarded with and found the exit very difficult. There were three courteous staff members at the stairway who offered to help us and each took a share of our burden and helped us to the baggage claim area. Again, well done and extremely impressive. BW and I, Dean, agree that Azamara has done an outstanding job with this line, and this ship. We would not hesitate to sail again on it and to recommend it whole-heartedly to our friends. Despite the (and they are few) limitations of a smaller ship (31K+ tons)the pluses far outweigh the negatives; the pluses are easy to find and the minuses near non-existent. Once again, Azamara, staff, Captain, and management, a hearty well done. (Note: the * = "Just kidding, they didn't really say that...) Best wishes, Dean and BW Carol 30 Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Having sailed previously on Azamara in spring 2009, I was especially curious about the new changes on this cruise. All of the described changes as listed in the new brochure are in place. Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner in all ... Read More
Having sailed previously on Azamara in spring 2009, I was especially curious about the new changes on this cruise. All of the described changes as listed in the new brochure are in place. Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner in all venues,bottled spring water anywhere on the ship, cans of soft drinks available anywhere on the ship including extra cans in the stateroom refrigerator, Cova specialty coffee, included gratuities,and free self serve laundry. The wine was good...and it was poured freely. Soft drinks were very nice while sitting by the pool or in a lounge. Cova coffee was outstanding. I had never tried before on my many Celebrity/Azamara cruises because it was an additional charge. If they had given each guest a free taste of the coffee, I'm sure that I would have purchased more cups...it's that good. The ship is still beautiful. Our veranda cabin was small, but comfortable. Ample room to store our clothes. Bags went under the beds easily. Veranda had 2 chairs and a table. Our cabin stewardess, Maria kept everything clean and neat. The new attendant costumes may not be fancy like the previous butler costume, but the staff likes it better. They said it was more comfortable to work in. Regardless of the uniform, the butler/attendants do a good job. Bathrooms are very small. Taking a shower with the shower curtain closed is a challenge...okay when the ship is in port...when the ship is at sea, the curtain can swing into you. Since the shower head is a hand held unit, keeping the shower curtain open works well. If water gets on the floor, there is a drain in the floor. There are plenty of hooks (6) on the bathroom door, 3 glass shelves, and enclosed cabinet with 3 more shelves. Under the sink, there is another large shelf. The cabin could use some updating. New beds or mattresses would be an improvement, cabin furnishings are showing wear, and the carpets need to be replaced. It didn't hinder our cruise, but Azamara should pay attention to the furnishings. Excursions were very good. Guides were very informative. Hosts that went along on the excursions were excellent. Liszl was superb. Our thanks to the excursion staff for their splendid efforts to make our cruise great. Food was good to great. Prime C was as good as ever. Aquilina is a close 2nd. The MDR is always nice. They try hard to please. My favorite waiter Philip was a gem. The buffet had interesting choices. Pool grill also changed some of their offerings. Room service was good and quick. Heike, the hotel director, was excellent. She always had a gorgeous smile on her face. No problem was too much for her to solve. It was obvious that the staff enjoys working with her. One of the nicest experiences of our cruise was the opportunity to dine with Heike and other selected guests one evening. A splendid evening of good wine, great food, and excellent service. The group photo was also a nice touch. We had a great time. Cruise was relaxing. I just hope that with the new price increases, they don't price themselves too high to continue. The relaxed style is a plus. Also, not having many kids on board is very nice. I love leaving the formal clothes home. I enjoy meeting and dining with a wide variety of guests. A beautiful cruise. Thanks to Heike and her staff for an excellent vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
The cruise visited a total of 9 ports and there were 4 complete "at sea" days. We wanted a relaxing, luxurious cruise -- and that's what we received -- in spades ! Ports :- Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Rouen, Bordeaux, ... Read More
The cruise visited a total of 9 ports and there were 4 complete "at sea" days. We wanted a relaxing, luxurious cruise -- and that's what we received -- in spades ! Ports :- Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Rouen, Bordeaux, Gijon(N.Spain), La Caruna (N.Spain), Gibraltar, Mahon(Menorca), Barcelona. The outstanding features were :- *The high standard of food in the free dining areas -- Window's Cafe for self service buffet and Discovery restaurant for Waiter Service. We didn't try the 2 speciality restaurant ($15 cover charge), but we didn't feel we needed to. * Free house wine in dining areas. * Exceptional level of waiter service -- just ask for Eurich ! * Very friendly atmosphere, clearly a happy ship where, without exception, all of the crew were well trained and pleased to satisfy their guests. The captain gave his daily update from the bridge and he and his senior officers were easily approachable and often to be seen about. * A small ship with only about 370 guests on our voyage, so it was easy to make friends and get around. * Our regular ocean view stateroom was quite spacious and larger than I've experienced on other ships e.g. NCL Jewel. * High level of attendant service of Stateroom. Daily Fresh fruit, flowers and bottled water. Nothing too much trouble ! * Delightful lounges especially the "Looking Glass" which served "elegant" tea (i.e. High Tea if you're British) if you for some reason you still felt peckish. The Mosaic lounge offered snacks and drinks all the time and a harpist and a piano crooner some of the time. * No hassle or high pressure sales techniques in the bars and lounges. (Unlike our NCL experience). Because gratuities are included in the up-front price the staff don't need to be rooting for tips all the time *The cabaret lounge has a small stage but is all the more intimate for that. There were no big shows but there were at least three outstanding single entertainers who gave 50 minute shows each -- conjurer, classical pianist and "Nat King Cole" vocalist. For those that want it there is a casino and an art exhibition, but since I don't gamble and for the life of me I don't understand why you would go on a cruise to buy a painting, I didn't use these facilities. Overall, an excellent cruise and outstanding value for money. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
My wife and I could not have been more pleased with our Best of Italy cruise aboard the Azamara Quest. During this 14 day adventure the Quest visited Civitavecchia, Sorrento, Taromina, Ravenna, Trieste, Venice, Dubrovnik (Croatia), and ... Read More
My wife and I could not have been more pleased with our Best of Italy cruise aboard the Azamara Quest. During this 14 day adventure the Quest visited Civitavecchia, Sorrento, Taromina, Ravenna, Trieste, Venice, Dubrovnik (Croatia), and Florence(Livorno). The itinerary was what first attracted us to the trip. At several of the stops, Venice, for example, the ship stayed overnight so we were able to see more of the site. Let me start at the beginning, the embarkation process was very well organized and very welcoming and the champaign apon boarding was nice too! The staff throughout the trip was exceptional: friendly, helpful, just a delight! The entertainment was uniformly good. The 9:45pm show was always something to look forward to. Thanks Tony! The food was outstanding! The fish fry in Dubrovnik was something special. The fish we had for dinner had been swimming in the Adriatic a few hours before! Our comlpiments to the Chef!! The wine selections with lunch and dinner (included in the cost) were also very good. The shuttle buses at each port were really a bonus. The buses facilitated getting to the various cities from our dock. There were always enough buses and there was never any crowding. Just to give one example of how remarkable the cruise was: we sailed into Venice at 7:00am, the sun was just rising as we went by St. Marks Square and Tony, the Cruise Director, had Pavoroti playing over the loudspeakers in public spaces. Could not have been more perfect! Thanks also to Captain Carl for the volcano! The disembarkation and transer process was a very smooth operation. My wife and I will cruise again -- with Azamara. Read Less
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