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16 Night South America Cruise from Buenos Aires

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  • Day 1
    Buenos Aires
  • Day 2
    Montevideo
  • Day 3
    Punta del Este
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Stanley
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)
  • Day 9
    Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Punta Arenas
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Puerto Madryn
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Buenos Aires
  • Day 17
    Buenos Aires

Azamara Quest

Azamara Quest - Azamara

Pros

Destination-focused itineraries; friendly and fun onboard vibe

Cons

Standard cabins are small with tiny bathrooms, despite a high price tag

Bottom Line

Destination-immersive, upscale cruising, with not a lot of nickel and diming


Cruise Reviews

Did the immersive African Cape cruise Fe 2020. Booked it for 2 significant life anniversaries Boutique six star so didnt. Mind paying more, WHAT A LET DOWN Tired old ship with worn out carpets and furniture in public areas. ... Read More
Did the immersive African Cape cruise Fe 2020. Booked it for 2 significant life anniversaries Boutique six star so didnt. Mind paying more, WHAT A LET DOWN Tired old ship with worn out carpets and furniture in public areas. Cabins compact not boutique. They said bathrooms were small - too right they were about the same size as an aircraft toilet. You couldn’t bend down in the shower unless you stuck your rear end out of the shower curtain. { no glass cubicle too small ) We’ve been on pads of cruises and had better for less Food was good and on the upside it’s small and not rammed with passengers but on sea days you were struggling for sun bed space which despite a polic6 saying they couldn’t be retained or reserved this was not enforced so lots of books and towels had a good days sunbathing whilst their owners were elsewhere Entertainment not good in fact on sea days we spent most of the time in our cabin due to the aforementioned sun bed issue watching very outdated films or CNN back to back - yippeee ! Wi fi was about 150 dollars for the cruise so we sacked that. Land tours wer3 equally extortionate mostly consisting of long days on safari so we sacked them as well Tge itinary ( cape of Africa Cape Town Richards bay Durban port Elizabeth ) was spoiled by constant warnings about safety and the possibility of getting robbed. Complimentary buses took you to shopping centre. - really immersive. - don’t think so! Goodness knows why folks like Azamara in our view ( and we are both well travelled and well cruised ) its an overpriced mediocre overblown overrated little boat. We’ve been on much better for less not value boutique or six star. Put us off cruising again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I just want to make a couple of points in comparison of these two lines as many on board have sailed on both lines. As a matter of fact just over one month prior I did a 31 day "Around Australia Circumnavigation with New Guinea, ... Read More
I just want to make a couple of points in comparison of these two lines as many on board have sailed on both lines. As a matter of fact just over one month prior I did a 31 day "Around Australia Circumnavigation with New Guinea, Bali, Komodo Island on the Oceania R-Class 1. I am not loyal cruise ship passenger. My priorities are first the itinerary, then the quality of the ship/ line closely behind. Oceania has had my earlier preferred rating. I have sailed on RCL, Holland, Celebrity, Oceania, Norwegian in the past. I will say my bias is to value, not overall price. I cruise on average on 14-31 day sailings. 2. I am a sophisticated traveller, not a vacationer, I work in/ own/ manage a Real Estate Development company and the other half to a lawyer who travels with me. 3. If you cannot tell the difference between Sea Island Cotton and Egyptian Broadcloth I feel this review is not for you. Important Differences Between Oceania vs Azamara Quest. R- Class ships. 1. Internet - Oceania is Free - Azamara is punitive and expensive by any standards - Not to Oceania. 2. In - Cabin Entertainment: Oceania has over 100+ Free On Demand movies - Azamara again is outrageous Hotel priced PPV movies - Nod to Oceania 3. Specialty Dining: Oceania has two FREE specialty dining per sailing and are exceptional - Azamara charges a Fee - Nod to Oceania 4. Outside Grill: Oceania has a Surf and Turf Lobster with Filet of Beef on a Ciabata Bun everyday, Azamara with Nachos and burgers - Nod to Oceania. 5. Grand Dining Room: Azamara is slightly better here with more choices, quality of the beef product superior to Oceania and the staff on this sailing was exceptional - Nod to Azamara Quest 6. Upstairs Buffet Dining: Well I will say this, I rarely eat in the buffet as I cannot stand the Herd Mentality and getting run over by a 90 year old grandmother behaving worse than a Brazillian at Disney World. However that being said, I did eat there twice on a 26 day cruises. - Oceania has Lobster everyday - Nod to Oceania 7. Ships are Identical and from the prior Renaissance Cruise Line - Push 8. Entertainment was Better on Oceania, not much however and that too is objective 9. Guest Lecturers: Oceania is far superior 10. Alcohol: Well this is where they Separate. Azamara regular brands for me were just fine, however there were a few Amarula's and Drambuie that padded the bill on Azamara. Oceania is an expensive proposition with various packages. - Nod to Azamara Wines: The house paid wine on Oceania is garbage, truly, high in acidity, poor quality and way overpriced for the pour and frankly the experience. Stay away from Oceania House Wines - Wines on Azamara were far superior. South African, Californian, Italian, Chilean, all of very good quality. Nod to Azamara 11. Friendliness of Staff: Overall and not on a individual basis, Azamara was much better than Oceania. 12. Shore Excursions: Slight Nod to Oceania, just more of them. Azamara Excursion staff however was exceptional. 13. Country Club or I call it The Blazer Effect: I can count a level of civility on a cruise by the number of blazers worn by men in the dining room. Likewise for stylish dresses on women. Standards have dropped substantially as more school teachers with puffed up 401K's or I call them the FANG group of senior vacationer. They started cruising at 65 and have 20 cruises under their belt in 5 years. Enough said on that, however I have really begun over the years to discount their reviews as they eat all their meals out at Denny's. Oh the days when cruising was Glamorous. Long Gone. Today's seniors in plaid shirts and women in Legging abound. My final Score and I am sure I know I am missing a few and if able to edit I will do so. A Toss Up - With a slight tilt for to Oceania, because I am not large drinker. However, based on price, destinations I have no problem recommending both lines. You literally need an excel spreadsheet to factor in all the Free stuff on Oceania, vs all the included items such as alcohol on Azamara. Offset that by the outrageous internet pricing on Azamara, I mean really, their pricing is like from the year 2000, and the lack of movies on demand or if they could even place more movies on their own in-house TV channels is simply lazy. Cheers to All Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Overall a very enjoyable cruise. What we like about Azamara ....the friendly crew/ officers, the small ship atmosphere, the food, the Living Room and The Den with good live music....it was all there on this South Africa Intensive ... Read More
Overall a very enjoyable cruise. What we like about Azamara ....the friendly crew/ officers, the small ship atmosphere, the food, the Living Room and The Den with good live music....it was all there on this South Africa Intensive itinerary. The azamazing evening was at the Cape Town City Hall. There were plenty of drinks and dessert canapés to try and a very good performance by the Philharmonic orchestra plus a lot of fun provided by the Cape Minstrels! We also found it quite amusing that once again being in a Deck 6 verandah cabin put us on the last/almost last bus.....? We did notice a significant number of entitled, complaining and not very pleasant people onboard this cruise, a completely different type of passenger than our Azamara cruise in the Med a few months earlier. This also had an impact on the White night with people hogging tables from 5pm, so we watched the crew wave and then ate in Discoveries. The included beverages still disappoint...the choice is very limited...but the complimentary wines on this cruise were a big step up as they had brought onboard a good number of South African wines which were all very drinkable. The mosaic cafe was always busy, although the coffee could be very variable depending on who was making it! The meals in Discoveries were almost all good and the food was of a high standard. Service was good but they did, however, let themselves down spectacularly on the last night. We went down for dinner at 8 pm as usual to find total chaos...they had not anticipated (why?) that after a full day sightseeing in Cape Town followed by the need to pack for the following mornings disembarkation that no one would be ready to dine early. Apparently the dining room was deserted until 7.30 and then was absolutely inundated. Not only did we have to wait until 9.15 for a table, we then were served by the rudest waiter we have ever encountered on over 30 cruises. The food was practically thrown onto the table. Totally unacceptable. One night we celebrated a birthday at Prime C and had a really delicious meal, and we were given a great table too. Cabin 6062. The room was comfortable but the decor is starting to look a little tatty in places and the balcony is in poor condition, especially the flooring. When we first got to our room the balcony had obviously not been cleaned for some considerable time so we had to ask for that to be done. Given the large premium that Azamara are charging for a balcony cabin over the cost of an ocean view, the cleaning of this area should be routine and should not have to be requested. If you are contemplating booking this South Africa itinerary it is essential that you research and book shore excursions..either privately or through the ship. Apart from Cape Town, it is not safe to just walk off the ship at any of the ports and there is honestly nothing to see if you did. There were a lot of disappointed people on board who had not realised this. At Port Elizabeth we prebooked a full day tour to Addo Elephant National Park through Alan’s tours....what an incredible day! At Richards Bay we prebooked a tour to St Lucia wetlands through ecsafaris....it was slightly disorganised but we did see hippos, which was the main reason for taking the trip. At Durban we joined a cruise critic roll call city tour, which was quite poor mainly because of the guide, but we still enjoyed ourselves. At East London we couldn’t find a tour we liked so we just took advantage of the shuttle bus provided to a shopping mall to get us off the ship for a couple of hours. It was extremely hot, the busses were very old with no air con. We should really have stayed on the ship....Not sure why Azamara even stop here! Cape Town is, of course, the highlight of this cruise. We had 3 days in the city prior to embarkation staying at the Portswood Hotel, in addition to the 2 days overnighting at the end of the cruise. We had a spectacular day for going up Table Mountain, visited the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens, took a very well organised and great value day tour through Citysightseeing to Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope and the penguins at Boulders Bay. We also took another good day tour through Citysightseeing to Stellenbosch wineries and Franschhoek as well as spending time around the V&A waterfront area. A really great city! We combined this cruise with an extended stay in Cape Town beforehand and a 3 day safari in Madikwe Game Reserve afterwards. It was a bucket list trip and we had an amazing time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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