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Sail Date: June 2014
This was our first cruise with Azamara and was a little unsure because the ship is quite small. However we got such a good deal, we couldn't turn it down. it was our first time in an inside stateroom and was really hoping for an ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Azamara and was a little unsure because the ship is quite small. However we got such a good deal, we couldn't turn it down. it was our first time in an inside stateroom and was really hoping for an upgrade, which we didn't get, despite some people getting double upgrades. Anyway, we made the best of it. The stateroom was roomy, clean and all together, no complaints there. All crew, in any capacity, were polite, friendly and seemed genuinely interest in you and giving you a good time. 10/10 for staff. This is probably because the captain was great. He's approachable, joins in and is very present and sets a good example for his crew. On our first evening we taken by Azamara to an underground cistern which is now converted to a sort of theatre and we were entertained by a string quartet. We were looked after by the Azamara crew, waited on and spoilt in every way. They call these Az-Amazing evenings, and all completely free of charge. Well done DJ Matt for accommodating a load of noisy Brits and we danced the night away. I thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and wouldn't hesitate to book another Azamara cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Given the slams at RSSC and Navigator, I was concerned about my Black Sea (Istanbul-Athens) cruise. I have cruised extensively on Silversea, Seabourn, and RSSC; however, I have not been at sea for several years. This was my third ... Read More
Given the slams at RSSC and Navigator, I was concerned about my Black Sea (Istanbul-Athens) cruise. I have cruised extensively on Silversea, Seabourn, and RSSC; however, I have not been at sea for several years. This was my third cruise on Navigator. I do not understand previous complaints. Navigator is a wonderful ship, and I will return in a heartbeat. Yes, the ship is a tad thread-worn: Chairs in some lounges are a bit threadbare. Areas of carpet have been replaced. The bed was a bit lumpy. But I know that the ship will be going into dry dock in a couple of months, and I understand that these minor deficiencies will be corrected. The service was fine (not overwhelming or suffocating, but as needed above and beyond the call.) I had a minor accident (fall) on a tour: The attendant was ready with disinfectant, bandage, etc. A couple of days later he inquired as to how I was doing. The food was generally quite good -- occasionally exceptionally good. Service was prompt in Compass Rose. Wi-Fi worked well, and the RSSC Seven Seas Society benefits (e.g. free internet at Silver) are very nice. I did notice one area of cut-back from my previous experience. It's a detail. But it grated. Previously, menus for the following day were distributed the previous night along with Passages. I understand why this practice was abandoned: It was costly in paper and toner, and it was definitely not "green." My understanding was that menus were available on interactive TV. That seemed a fair work-around. However, menus were not on the TV. If one wanted to see the menu one had to go to a bar or the restaurant itself. This is really not very satisfactory if one is back from a tour, has showered, is in a bathrobe, and wants dinner served in the suite, and doesn't know what's on offer. Is Room Service to read the entire menu on the phone? This was my major disappointment with my Navigator cruise. If that's the greatest disappointment, the conclusion must be that it was a fine cruise. It was. Read Less

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