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7 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Rome

7 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
  • Day 2
    Sorrento
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Kotor
  • Day 5
    Split
  • Day 6
    Koper
  • Day 7
    Venice
  • Day 8
    Venice

Azamara Pursuit

Azamara Pursuit - Azamara

Pros

** Comfortable home base for exploring unique itineraries, with warm and accommodating service

Cons

** Most cabins, especially the bathrooms, are small and feel tight

Bottom Line

** Pursuit is perfectly sized to sail into more remote ports; onboard atmosphere is quiet and congenial


Cruise Reviews

We went on our first cruise with Azamara by chance simply because the cruise dates fitted with when we were able to go away and so didn't really know what to expect. We saw that the ship was 19 years old but had had quite a major ... Read More
We went on our first cruise with Azamara by chance simply because the cruise dates fitted with when we were able to go away and so didn't really know what to expect. We saw that the ship was 19 years old but had had quite a major refit in 2018 so decided to give it a go and we were not disappointed in any way. The embarkation process was very quick and easy, took about 5 minutes from arriving at the pier in Barcelona to boarding the ship, we have never boarded a cruise ship so quick and easily, as we stepped on board we were welcomed by the staff with a glass of champagne. We loved the size and layout of the ship, it was very easy to find your way about and although there were only 4 lifts they were very quick and efficient and we , never had to wait long for one. We had a Continent Suite (8047) on deck 8 and we were very pleased with it, there was plenty of storage and it was very well lit, the bed was extremely comfortable with good quiality bedding, the only slight annoyance was that the airconditioning was fairly noisy. The bathroom was good with a large shower, again very well lit with good storage space, the large shelf in the shower was very useful. the suite was well looked after and and the staff couldn't have done more for us to enable us to enjoy the cruise. The balcony, although wide wasn't very deep but it was just about adequate and here we were reminded of the age of the ship. The food was of a high standard with a a good choice for all meals, we mostly ate in either Prime C or Aqualina in the evenings where the service was superb and the food very good, the steaks were full of flavour and the souffles delicious. We enjoyed the entertainment very much as we find on the larger ships it is far too loud and so we walk out after a few minutes, on the Pursuit it is much better and doesn't damage your hearing in the same way, the concert given by Amanda Poulson on the last evening was exceptional as was the Azamazing evening which was an operatic concert at the Goldoni Theatre, not only were the four sopranos wonderful the evening was very well organised by the ships crew. From the Captain (great sense of humour) down the crew were always smililing and nothing was too much trouble for them all of which made the atmosphere on the ship the best we have been on and we look forward to returning again in the not too distant future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Our holiday began with a ten minute taxi ride to London City Airport, the approach to which was lined with dozens of police guarding the airport against Extinction Rebellion climate change protestors, one of whom had climbed on to the top ... Read More
Our holiday began with a ten minute taxi ride to London City Airport, the approach to which was lined with dozens of police guarding the airport against Extinction Rebellion climate change protestors, one of whom had climbed on to the top of a plane the previous day. Once inside the airport all was calm and we enjoyed our flight to Nice. We caught a local train to Monte Carlo and stayed overnight at the Novotel Monte Carlo. This was a reasonably priced, modern and comfortable central hotel, situated within a three minute walk from the train station. In the evening we enjoyed dinner at Polpetta, a nearby Italian restaurant where the food was delicious, the limoncello was freely flowing and the atmosphere became increasingly lively. A great start to our holiday. Next morning we took a taxi to the port and almost immediately boarded Azamara Pursuit. As we approached the ship we could clearly see the old P & O Adonia signage beneath the paintwork but inside the ship is almost identical to Quest and Journey. We were welcomed onboard with coffee/tea and pastries or a glass of sparkling wine. Lunch was being served in the Windows cafe and the spread offered was splendid. By 1.30pm our staterooms were ready. We were situated on Deck 4 in a midship oceanview room, similar to others where we had previously stayed on Quest and Journey. Our thoughts on this stateroom differed from those though, notably the dark grey walls which gave the room a permanently gloomy feel and required us to switch the lights on all the time. The aircon was particularly fierce and couldn't be turned off which resulted in us both suffering from sore, dry throats for the whole of the cruise. The fruit bowl which we had enjoyed in the past and which is still advertised in the 2020 brochure was missing, although when we asked our room steward for oranges these were provided. There are no longer any binoculars to borrow. Otherwise, the room, bedding, towels, toiletries and cleanliness were fine and the room was very quiet. We immediately booked our speciality restaurant dinners – three for $70 – well worth it as the meals were spectacular, especially in Aqualina. Sunday - First port of call was Porto Vecchio, Corsica. A free shuttle bus was provided and we walked around the old citadel, enjoyed the views and experienced local youngsters being confirmed at the church. It was a joyous occasion with the church bells ringing, the cross and the Madonna statue, covered with white carnations, being carried outside the church and all the ceremony surrounding the family celebrations. Monday - Next day we arrived in Olbia, Sardinia. Another free shuttle bus to the tree lined promenade of this pretty town. Sadly, the archaeological museum, which we intended to visit, was closed. However, we enjoyed meandering around the town, visiting the basilica, another church with a brightly tiled roof and stopped for a drink in one of the many tree lined squares. Back on board, we loved the variety of the lunches served at the Patio Grill before relaxing on deck by the pool and in the hot tub. We enjoyed the inclusive beers, wines, cocktails and felt no need to upgrade to a different drinks package. Dinner this evening was in the main restaurant, Discoveries, and couldn't be faulted. As we ate around 8.30pm we missed the main shows in the cabaret lounge but enjoyed listening to Maryfer on the piano in the Den and Riviera Sounds in the Living Room. Tuesday - On we sailed to Mahon, Menorca and really liked the atmosphere of the city. Lots of historical buildings, including an excellent museum, a magnificent cathedral with four organ keyboards and over 3,000 pipes. We were welcomed back on board with a glass of Spanish sangria – lovely touch! This evening an Indian buffet was provided in Windows Cafe and so, for a change, we ate there. Whilst the food was good, the place closed down at 9pm on the dot. Too rushed for us as we had to grab a dessert or miss out! Wednesday - Palma, Majorca was our next port of call and as we had visited here previously decided to join friends from Cruise Critic for a whole day tour. This was one of the highlights of the holiday as there were ten of us in a minibus and we were first taken up the mountainous west coast to Valdemossa. This is the place where Chopin and Georges Sand stayed. The group split and did our own thing. My husband and I visited the Monastery and Palace, heard a Chopin piano recital and still had time to walk around Valdemossa before rejoining our friends. Back on the minibus we headed to the famous Caves of Drach, where we descended far below ground among the stalegmites and stalegtites to take our seats for a short classical concert performed on illuminated boats being rowed on an underground lake – quite surreal. We finished our day tour back in Palma. Fantastic value at around 70 euro each, including the 15 euro fee for the caves, almost half the cost that Azamara Shore Excursions were asking for a trip to the caves only. The White Night party was great fun that evening and the singers were just fantastic with the ship practically bouncing with most people up on the floor dancing and singing. That evening Azamara had thoughtfully provided a specialist Majorcan pastry in our staterooms. It's these touches that make the Azamara difference. Thursday - On to Valencia and what a fabulous place! It's so astoundingly beautiful in all respects. The old and new in perfect harmony. So much to see – parks, markets, old and new shops, museums – magical. My favourite place of the cruise. In the evening all guests who wanted to attend were taken to Hemisferic in the City of Arts and Sciences, incredible feats of modern architecture, beautifully lit, where a breathtaking performance was given by acrobats, flamenco singers and dancers, sand artists and a virtuoso electric violin player/magician. The organisation was flawless – hats off to Azamara. As we were returned to the ship we were welcomed back on board with champagne and the cruise entertainment director, Amanda Poulson, singing hits from Phantom of the Opera from a balcony of the ship. Spine tingling! The only downside was that the time was now 9.50pm and the buffet closed at 10pm sharp. So, for us again it was grab something quickly. I suppose if we ate, like some guests, at 6pm we wouldn't have this problem. Friday - Tarragona was to be our next stop but as there were violent protests occurring in Catalonia we were sensibly advised by the captain that it was not wise to call there. Whilst I was disappointed as I wanted to follow the Roman trail, I'd much rather be safe and we really enjoyed our day at sea when extra activities were organised throughout the ship. In fact, I would have loved a sea day at the beginning of the cruise to settle down and relax before hectic days exploring ports and will look out for a cruise that offers this option in future. Again Azamara came up trumps and credited all guests with on board credit as a gesture due to the missed port, which really wasn't their fault. We sailed to Barcelona and were advised by the captain that again, due to the civil unrest, we shouldn't leave the ship that evening as the protestors were marching towards the port and to debark as early as possible next morning to reach our onward destination before 9am. Saturday – We left the ship at 7am, earlier than originally intended, and took a thankfully uneventful taxi ride to the airport for our short flight back to the UK. Another wonderful cruise with Azamara who always seem to find little ways of surpassing one's expectations. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our third Azamara cruise--one each on Journey, Quest and now Pursuit. This was the best out of the three. Our major dissatisfaction with the cruise came at the beginning with embarkation. We'd done online check-in and ... Read More
This was our third Azamara cruise--one each on Journey, Quest and now Pursuit. This was the best out of the three. Our major dissatisfaction with the cruise came at the beginning with embarkation. We'd done online check-in and had our boarding passes on our phones, but the person at the terminal wouldn't accept them--she said we had to have a paper copy. Luckily I did have them on paper, although it took me a few minutes to find them. Once on the ship, check-in was in the Cabaret Lounge. During our online check-in, I'd provided credit card information for onboard charges. The crew member had no record of that, and I had to complete the forms again. We had one purchase beyond our OBC, and I noticed when I got home, it was charged to the credit card I'd provided during online check-in, not the one I'd given the crew member during the ship check-in. I'm not sure why we were told there was no CC on file, when clearly there was. Our veranda cabin on Deck 7 was very nice with lots of storage, although I had to ask for extra hangers. I never met our cabin steward, but he kept the room in top shape all week. I have the same complaint about the small showers as most people, but it's manageable. For the first time I had trouble with the shower curtain clinging to me, which is an annoyance. I also wish the showers had a foot rest for shaving. I liked the recent addition of the nightlight in the bathroom. The food on Pursuit was the best we've had on Azamara. I've never been a fan of Azamara's pasta dishes, as I've found them bland. I had a ravioli appetizer that had a wonderful sauce with a nice spicy finish. The filet served for surf and turf was wonderful. I was pleasantly surprised by dinner at The Patio, because in the past the meats were not good quality, and overcooked. I had a beef paillard (a thin steak) that was delicious. One thing I wish the Patio on all Azamara ships would improve is their hamburgers. On all three ships, I've found the quality and taste lacking. My husband said the wings were very good, although if you like them spicy, you have to request double or triple sauce. The ports on this itinerary (Mediterranean Islands) were great. In particular we enjoyed Sardinia and Mallorca. I'd do this itinerary again simply because there is so much to see. We had one missed port (Tarragona) due to civil protests, but Azamara went above and beyond by providing each cabin with OBC as compensation. Nice touch! We had enough in onboard purchases to qualify for a VAT refund, and while Azamara provides the paperwork, there weren't any instructions on what to do with the form, so I didn't know it needed to be stamped at the airport. An instruction sheet would have been useful for us. We didn't attend any of the shows, but we enjoyed the pianist/singer that was in the Spirits Lounge. We also liked the extra seating in that area in place of the casino--the space was well-used every time we were there. I took one Azamara excursion (a bicycling excursion) and wasn't very satisfied. The group was too large and the guide was difficult to hear. Plus of course as a ship's excursion, it was expensive. We started cruising with Azamara due to their partnership with PerryGolf, and continue to book the PerryGolf cruises. Even without the golf, though, as long as we can find Azamara cruises with interesting itineraries at a price that fits our budget, we'll continue to sail with Azamara. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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