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4 Azamara Bali Cruise Reviews

Long time Princess cruiser...first time on Azamara. The size of the ship (as with sister ships Princess has owned) is great...intimate and able to get into small (read interesting) ports. Food okay...liquor, soda, espresso drinks, and ... Read More
Long time Princess cruiser...first time on Azamara. The size of the ship (as with sister ships Princess has owned) is great...intimate and able to get into small (read interesting) ports. Food okay...liquor, soda, espresso drinks, and tips included...that's nice, but raises the fare for all. TV movies and shows VERY limited...repeated endlessly. The "Quest" needs some cosmetic work, but was due for dry dock after just one more cruise. Staff pleasant. Water was always provided (gratis) as we left for shore excursions, and when we returned. Because of size, boarding and debarking went quickly. While many Azamara itineraries are unique and appealing we are not sure that we want to pay the extra costs. Oh, the wi-fi was quite costly. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Sail Date: 22 December, 2015 Recently completed the 14 nights Christmas and New Year’s Eve cruise, on the Azamara Quest, from Bali to Cairns. Although my husband and I had a very enjoyable time, our experience of this second cruise ... Read More
Sail Date: 22 December, 2015 Recently completed the 14 nights Christmas and New Year’s Eve cruise, on the Azamara Quest, from Bali to Cairns. Although my husband and I had a very enjoyable time, our experience of this second cruise was not the excellent experience we had had on our first cruise (Hong Kong to Singapore, Azamara Journey, January 2014.) What was still excellent about the cruise: the crew! One cannot rate too highly the polite and friendly service and the attention to detail provided by the hospitality staff – the wait staff, cabin stewards, the cleaners etc. One also feels nothing but confidence in the Captain, ship’s Officers, and crew and, as the ship had to anchor rather than dock at many locations on our itinerary, the tender service was excellent. The Azamara Quest – both Azamara ships are due for significant renovations in coming months – looked tired in some areas, but the ship was very clean and constantly cleaned. Standards appear to have dropped in some areas, particularly with the dining. The Windows Café which provided a buffet style for all meals presented good variety and reasonable to very good quality in its dishes, particularly on the Themed dinner nights. The main and formal dining room, the Discovery Restaurant, was disappointing. On our previous cruise, we enjoyed many really delicious meals, but, on this cruise, there were only a few “stand out” dishes with most mains being of reasonable quality. We bought a specialty dining package that provided 3 dinners at Prime C and Aqualina, the ship’s specialty restaurants, and the quality of the food was so much better than what was offered at the Discovery Restaurant that the main dining venue suffered in the comparison. Azamara promotes their cruises with “enjoy a host of unmatched inclusive amenities” which includes complimentary wines. The quality of the wines, on offer, appear to be of a lower standard than what we experienced on our previous cruise. Sometimes, the wines were, to us, odd-tasting blends and some of these wines were repeated in the second week of the cruise. (It was disappointing that no Australian wines were on offer.) Although we didn’t go on any of the ship’s excursions – as Australians, we had visited many of these places previously - we considered the excursion prices asked by Azamara to be too high. The worst example of this was the Komodo Island excursion where, in advance of the cruise, Australian passengers paid out A$180.50 for a 2 hour excursion. The cost of this excursion was more and in US dollars if you booked on the ship. In a private excursion, organised through the Cruise Critic Roll Call prior to the cruise, we ended up paying US$60 per person, directly to the Komodo Island rangers. (Another “Thank You” to Kerry for organizing this excursion.) We find Azamara’s costing unsatisfactory and their costing of excursions overall, a disincentive. A comment on the “Azamazing Evening”, the complimentary excursion – an evening at Crocosaurus Cove, in Darwin, to see reptiles including crocodiles. Although the number of people at the excursion made it challenging to view various presentations, we consider that, as a first time excursion - Azamara was on its “maiden” cruise to Australia – Azamara and Crocosaurus Cove did very well to entertain guests. Our experience of the evening was quite positive even though we missed seeing a main event. We did enjoy very good live music, plenty of wine and other drinks, plenty of food, interactive opportunities with reptiles including baby crocodiles, educational videos etc. During the evening, I heard people complain that they should not have been told to have dinner prior to the excursion as there was so much food on offer…in this respect, Azamara just couldn’t “win”! The entertainment offered at the Cabaret Lounge was another disappointing feature of the cruise. Although a small ship, we consider that there should be a consistently high standard of entertainment on offer, but this was not the case. Unless the Azamara “singers and dancers” are talentless, they were very much under-utilised throughout the cruise whilst “the talents” of the Entertainment Director were over-utilised! We did enjoy the one singing performance of Amanda Poulson and the one occasion that we were able to watch the formal dancing couple. Fortunately, my husband and I tended to just enjoy the company of other passengers, after dinner, and therefore did not rely heavily on the Cabaret Lounge for entertainment. Azamara did put on a thoroughly entertaining New Year’s Eve party! About the gym – On both Azamara cruises, I have found the persons in charge of the gym (who conduct the complimentary exercise classes e.g. yoga, pilates), to not appear to understand how to facilitate exercise for passengers of various ages, fitness levels etc. On both cruises, I have started but then stopped attending these classes, because of concern re injury. In conclusion, the Azamara Quest cruise was a “mixed bag” of experiences. There are some real advantages in cruising on a smaller cruise ship, but, after our experience of this last cruise, we will not be rushing to book the next one! We are very disappointed that we can no longer wholeheartedly recommend the Azamara brand. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our 5th cruise on Azamara, and the 3rd on the Quest. First time over the Christmas holiday season. First impressions, the Quest looks a little tired, however, it is slated for refurbishment in early 2016. There seems to be ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise on Azamara, and the 3rd on the Quest. First time over the Christmas holiday season. First impressions, the Quest looks a little tired, however, it is slated for refurbishment in early 2016. There seems to be fewer wait staff than in the past, however the attitude of the staff and crew remains excellent. Food quality remains very high in all restaurants. We made a point of going to Triva each day to meet more people. Lots of fun and highly recommended. Great way to fill the Sea Days. There was a variety of stage shows each evening, everything from musical numbers to a Magician and a Mentalist. This particular cruise was very warm as it was summer season all through the trip, middle 30’s Celsius each day. The Christmas and New Year’s shows were very nice, lots of songs and fun, carol singing in the dining room and many decorations on the ship. The crew made gingerbread houses and displays throughout. Many younger guests added to the Christmas spirit. Land Discoveries prices seem higher than normal. The Azamara two-hour Komodo dragon tour off the ship was priced at $169 vs our identical private tour of $60. The Mataram Highlights Tour in Lombok was extremely disappointing. Several people left our tour half way through and taxied back to the ship. Having visited Bali, Lombok could have been skipped all together. We complained and the Land Discoveries reimbursed us 25%. That said, our next tour, from Thursday Island, Insider Access: Kazu and the Cultured Pearls of Friday Island, was one of the best tours we have been on with Azamara. There was not much to see at our stop in Cooktown Australia. We took a short tour, which brought us to the Botanical Gardens and Nature's Powerhouse before arriving at the James Cook Museum for fascinating insights into the local history, and the discovery of Australia by Captain Cook., then on up to Grassy Hill for its great views of the picturesque coastline. Port Douglas, Australia was a vibrant community noted for its Sunday Market. Fortunately we were here on a Sunday and were able to enjoy this highlight. Internet on the ship remains poor. Access from the cabins is sporadic at best. We had 60 minutes given to us, the majority of which were wasted trying to connect. I would rather pay more for our ticket and have free Internet than get upset when we waste our time trying to connect. One of the most common complaints we are hearing is that there is no WIFI on the ship. Even without connecting to the Internet our devices cannot connect with each other. With the upcoming retrofit we are hoping these problems will be resolved. Azamara has been and still remains our “Go To” cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This cruise was chosen for the itinerary. DH always had wanted to see Komodo Dragons and I loved the sound of Bali and besides it is hard for us to find a long cruise with all new ports for us. It was a delightful trip. Food was good ... Read More
This cruise was chosen for the itinerary. DH always had wanted to see Komodo Dragons and I loved the sound of Bali and besides it is hard for us to find a long cruise with all new ports for us. It was a delightful trip. Food was good (except for really bad orange juice) and drinks were freely offered except no diet Sprite in the whole of Asia it seems. We do not drink alcohol but it seemed that the wines were enjoyed and we certainly saw many people who experienced all the drinks on the provided list and none were complaining. Laundry room was helpful but got very crowded at times and that causes some tensions. Loved my room 4 doors from laundry on 7th deck -- I could duck in early or late and not have crowds. We had almost 40 at the meet and greet and that made it hard to put faces and names together because we did not do individual introductions. All senior staff attended the staff and Captain Carl made the party very fun and personal. It took very little time for all the staff to know you and your likes -- small ship cruising does this best. Entertainment was really good with only 6 singers and dancers but they were very entertaining. The entertainment of the local variety was also of high quality. White night was great fun and something different from other cruise lines. AzMazing Evening was a total success according to the others -- I was under the weather and in Dr. Jail for that evening in Manila. I did enjoy the fireworks which I could see from my balcony. This was a perfect cruise for those who like to travel with senior travelers who have been many places and love to talk travel adventures at dinner in the beautiful dining room. There were travelers from Europe, Asia, South, Central and North America and lots of folks from Australia and NZ, All seemed to mix well. A happy cruise as many cruise staff got some time off and got to see their families in Manila. These hard working folks work to make our vacation perfect and it was good to see them so excited. Sailing with Captain Carl is a fun activity in itself -- he does feel at home talking and obviously loves being the master of the ship. I HAD A VERY GOOD TIME. THANKS AZAMARA. Bali we had 3 days pre cruise with Drivers of Distinction (Dean and Freddy). These guys were fantastic drivers (Bali traffic is truly crazy) and gave plenty of suggestions and let us choose. We did rice terraces and temple on the ocean and so much more on the first day to the north of Ubud. 2nd day we went east and saw several temples and snorkeled off the beach at The Diver's Café GREAT.Komodo- Husband more in love with this stop than I was. Very big lizards indeed! My advice take the short route and you will still see what you came for. (ship tour and all others too as regulated by government)Borneo -- Went on ship tour to see the Orang Utans and the Probescius Monkeys. Both places very crowded but were able to see the animals very well. They are wild animals and show up only if they want to and some did show up to eat and then raced on the roof of the viewing stand and was as curious about us as we them. Puerto Princessa Philipines Cleanest city in Asia -- laws like Singapore for littering etc. Ship's tour to the Underground River. The vendor of this expensive tour was over whelmed by crowd. The whole city turned out to welcome us with bands and dancers and gifts. This is generally only an occasional tour for other Asians kind of tour. The problem was very crowded outrigger boats with little motors and where 8 Vietnamese bodies might fit --large American and Australians did not!!! Then you got into a smaller boat that was poled down the river. Great sight but not comfortable and very hot and long without enough bathrooms or food for lunch provided at for our group 4PM. Oh I forgot to mention just like they did that it is a wet landing and you must enter the boat from knee deep water.Manila: Amazing Evening and tour was enjoyed by others in my party but I was not feeling well. Next day went to the Mall of Asia -- pretty much like a Mall in America with an Asian accent but interesting. The traffic is AWFUL. Let me repeat -- You will not get anywhere fast in Manila!Taronko Gourge in Taiwan. Just a beautiful rocky gorge -- pictures are amazing. Loved this out of the way place. Saw baby goats running down the sheer rock areas and a temple lodged way up the gorge. One of the wonderful places you never heard of and well worth the visit. Okinawa: Got in late and only 4 hour stop. Lots of history here but all are replicas since WWII wiped out everything. We went to the Naha castle and then down to shopping area. OK but not the greatest port on this trip.Osaka: Captain Carl parked under the Ferris Wheel and moved when the satellites were blocked!cold and rainy. We had a private guide (Private Tour Kyoto) and Tarki showed us wonderful things but mostly Kyoto and Nara areas. There is a huge aquarium next to the dock and a small shopping area. Also a castle we chose not to go to. Kyoto with Golden Palace, Silver Palace, 1000 Torii gates, and temples and shrines and deer too numerous to count. This really did deserve the 3 days we gave it and probably more. We spent 3 days in Kyoto and 3 days in Tokyo before flying home from Narita airport. In Tokyo, we used the private guide Discover Japan Tours (Yosuke) and were extremely happy with all our guides.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
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