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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose the cruise because of the itinerary to Southern India and Sri Lanka. The departure point was Dubai and we had never been there either. New ports were hard to ignore. Dubai and the UAE were special. The architecture, the ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the itinerary to Southern India and Sri Lanka. The departure point was Dubai and we had never been there either. New ports were hard to ignore. Dubai and the UAE were special. The architecture, the buildings, the people and the culture were fascinating. Surprised that the city was so clean. Booked three tours on Viator: Top 5 places to see, Falconry in the desert, and a day trip to Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque. Our stateroom was a Spa Suite which was beautiful. We had a huge washroom with separate sinks. There are many drawers for clothing storage and many closets. Definitely spacious. The drawback to these suites on the 9th deck is the smoking section nearby. “Spa suite” should be in a healthy area of the boat. We had to walk through thick smoke to enter our room. Not good placement for a suite. The entertainment was nice, the speakers were excellent. Bingo was disappointing in that few people showed up for the game. Cycling in Goa was a disappointment in that it was cancelled due to poor turnout. Dined in Prime steakhouse and the Italian Restaurant. Food selection was excellent. We did not care for the dining room atmosphere. Overall, great cruise. Read Less
BBMacLaird, CBO - Azamara Club Cruises has responded
Thank you SMason17 for submitting a cruise review for us! We are so glad you found the cruise great. We hope to welcome you back aboard soon!
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise because we thought it would be way more relaxing to go on a cruise for Thanksgiving than go to relatives; and we were delighted to find Azamara had a Thanksgiving cruise from Miami that week as we'd been on Azamara ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we thought it would be way more relaxing to go on a cruise for Thanksgiving than go to relatives; and we were delighted to find Azamara had a Thanksgiving cruise from Miami that week as we'd been on Azamara before and loved it. Unfortunately this cruise didn't come close to the last one--embarkation was the worst of any cruise we've ever been on. It took 90 minutes to get to front of line and the staff member who helped us was truly incompetent and couldn't answer the most basic questions (won't go into long story but we did have to have our IDs redone as she mixed up our photos). We loved the ship--we love the size and how easy it is to get around. We also love how casual the atmosphere is, you can dress up if you wish but don't have to. We had a balcony cabin, and the size was fine except for the tiny bathroom (esp. shower) which many reviews mention. The one thing that really annoyed us was the light switch to the bathroom is in the actual cabin, not in the bathroom, so you have to turn on light before you enter the bathroom--waking anyone in the room if it's night time. No night lights were available so we bought one in Key West (2 @ $6, so not sure why ship can't provide any), but we needed converter and were charged a $25 deposit for it which we thought was quite tacky considering how cheap they are and how expensive Azamara is. Our cabin staff (Malik and Pranit) were excellent though, always friendly and always around. We also enjoyed our balcony and used it quite a bit. We enjoyed the dining room and mostly the service was excellent (they ran out of some items halfway through cruise though which seemed like poor planning). The buffet was nice but not as generous/luxurious as on our last cruise; in particular, we noticed they didn't have any live cooking stations at lunch, even though they had one each day on our last cruise. They also ran out of some items halfway through the cruise, and the lettuce started to look rather brown towards day 5 (we'd enjoyed the Ceasar salads until then). I realize you cannot purchase the same items in the Caribbean as you can in the Med, but surely Azamara should expect that and plan accordingly? The only excursion we did--in Havana, because we had to in order to comply with new regulations--was a big disappointment. For example, Revolution Square, which is included in every tour, is really just a parking lot surrounded by some apartment buildings. Also, we were not allowed into the fort on the itinerary but were instead shepherded to a store. Since we had no interest in buying rum or cigars, we spent that stop waiting in the parking lot. Thankfully we only booked one excursion as other passengers didn't care for theirs either. We much preferred just walking around on our own, which we were allowed to do AFTER a paid excursion (note that you do not have to book excursion with Azamara, you can book with private company, but rules changed just before trip so we didn't have much time to research other options). The highlight of the week for us was the Azamazing evening in Cozumel, which truly exceeded our expectations. The performers were excellent and it was the one time all week we felt "indulged." Disembarkation in Miami was fine except we made the mistake of getting the airport transfers as traffic had been so bad on our way to port. We all stood in the heat so long waiting for bus that some passengers gave up (perhaps they had a plane to catch?) and took the shuttle and/or a taxi even though they had already paid Azamara for transfers. We left the pier almost an hour late, which was fine for our flight but not a good last memory of cruise. No one from cruise line was around for us to ask for help, and ground crew mentioned multiple times that the problem was Azamara only ordered one bus for two airport runs, which doesn't work if there's traffic. Again, not sure why Azamara would not expect traffic if we did just based on our arrival in Miami. All in all, it was good to get away and likely less stressful than going to relatives for Thanksgiving. We'd probably go on Azamara again, but only if the itinerary was just amazing and in places where they can stock up on items they run out of (definitely not in Caribbean). Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Chose this to see Cuba - before it gets too crowded. It would have been better to cruise around Cuba and see more ports rather than the old tired ports of Key West and Cozumel. The changes to Azamara that are planned will be the death ... Read More
Chose this to see Cuba - before it gets too crowded. It would have been better to cruise around Cuba and see more ports rather than the old tired ports of Key West and Cozumel. The changes to Azamara that are planned will be the death of this formerly 4-star line. Many repeat guest will never come back, including me. Why? Production shows by some great entertainers are being cancelled, in favor of fly-in fly-out single acts. The casino is closing in favor of no-staff machines The live piano and guitar entertainment is being replaced by videos! Many of the long-time staff are leaving or have been replaced by cheaper new people. Many the old staff are moving to the new pursuit, so old familiar faces will be no more, nd the new staff will come from other RC lines, so won't know the guests or the Azamara experience. Azamara is not keeping up with other "luxury lines" It's getting old and tired. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
This is our second cruise on the Azamara Quest. Our first cruise was 1 1/2 years ago when she had recently come out of overhaul and the service, food and condition of the ship were exceptional. This cruise the service and food were again ... Read More
This is our second cruise on the Azamara Quest. Our first cruise was 1 1/2 years ago when she had recently come out of overhaul and the service, food and condition of the ship were exceptional. This cruise the service and food were again exception but you could see some minor wear issues in the shower and with the carpeting. These are minor issues and the crew works hard to keep the ship looking good. Although the food and service in the main dining room was always good, we ate most night in the buffet since the meals there were "themed" based and always very good. The "White Night" was fun and elegant until the rain came, but everyone appeared to find places to get out of the rain and continued to enjoy the evening. Cuba was interesting, outgoing people, always felt safe but the infrastructure is in very sad condition. The "classic" cars are everywhere, some in pristine condition and others held together by duck tape and bailing wire. Most look in good condition from the outside, but look closely at the interior before getting in. The Azamazing evening was in Cozumel and it was a Mariachi Night that was different from what I expected and very enjoyable. Once again Azamara continues to impress us and we will continue to sail with them. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We had always wanted to try Azamara as they are the upscale product of RCCL and Celebrity, and our loyalty status transfers over equally from Celebrity. The ship is small - 30,277 tons and accomodates up to 694 passengers. Azamara ... Read More
We had always wanted to try Azamara as they are the upscale product of RCCL and Celebrity, and our loyalty status transfers over equally from Celebrity. The ship is small - 30,277 tons and accomodates up to 694 passengers. Azamara caters to an upscale, sophisticated cruising crowd. There were no children on this crossing and a large percentage of the guests were retired. The ship's public areas are nicely furnished and kept clean and tidy. There are two small retail shops with high end merchandise and a small casino which got limited use on this sailing. The Discoveries Dining Room is "open seating" for all meals. Service was inconsistent and slow until we found a great waiter and assistant. Food was generally good, but not what we were expecting. The Windows Cafe and the Patio both served quality food and had a nice variety to suit most guests. We enjoyed the entertainment and the Cruise Director, Tony Markey, was one of the best that we have encountered. There were two guest speakers on board discussing history and forensic science. I can't say enough about the fantastic crew! From the Captain to the dishwasher, everyone tried to please the guests. Azamara's "White Night Party" held in Hamilton, Bermuda, was amazing. Wonderful food and entertainment. The ship's officers even served food in the buffet line. Small ships have positives and negatives. We had about 24 hours of rough seas, which you really feel, but we were able to dock in downtown Hamilton, Bermuda. Small ships also make it easy to meet other interesting passengers and mingle with the entainers and crew. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Great cruise on the Azamara Quest from Barcelona to Miami. Due to the hurricanes in the Caribbean, the itinerary was changed to eliminate St. Maarten and San Juan and spend two nights in Hamilton Bermuda instead. It turned out to be ... Read More
Great cruise on the Azamara Quest from Barcelona to Miami. Due to the hurricanes in the Caribbean, the itinerary was changed to eliminate St. Maarten and San Juan and spend two nights in Hamilton Bermuda instead. It turned out to be great with warm weather in Bermuda and having the ship docked right in Hamilton. The white night was in Hamilton and the weather was perfect for dinner and dancing on the deck. This was our first transatlantic and we were a little concerned about all the sea days, but it was very good with plenty of activities and also time by the pool to relax. The ship stopped in Gibraltar and and Funchal prior to the Atlantic crossing. Both stops were very interesting and we enjoyed the excursions. The staff on the Quest was fantastic and the food was great at the main dining restaurant and the specialty restaurants also. We did the Chef's table that had wine pairings with all five courses. The entertainment was good with a mix of music, comedy, and dancing. The other great thing about a 16 day cruise on a small ship is that you get to meet great people and make friendships that will last well beyond the cruise. Read Less
BBMacLaird, CBO - Azamara Club Cruises has responded
Thank you for the cruise review azirish5! I too enjoy a crossing. I like all the sea days with nothing to do!
Sail Date: November 2017
The Quest is a beautiful small ship. This was the second of our b2b. The food everywhere is excellent. The standard drink package is perfectly good for us. The wines were very nice, so we neither needed to order anything special nor a ... Read More
The Quest is a beautiful small ship. This was the second of our b2b. The food everywhere is excellent. The standard drink package is perfectly good for us. The wines were very nice, so we neither needed to order anything special nor a bottle of wine. We had an Ocean Suite all the way forward 6002. Loved the veranda even though it seemed awkwardly laid out. I still have no idea why there is a Butler. Ours, Eyup, was really a very nice man and always asked if we needed anything. He brought tea and set it up for us unless we asked him not to. The suit was nice but was a little worn. The breakfast in discoveries was always wonderful. There were brunches on Sundays, I didn’t really have any feelings about it. The food was excellent no matter which venu. The bartenders were great as well. The Casino was woefully under used. The 2 shops on board didn’t have much variety, and whomever is the vendor should look into that. There were activities going on all the time Read Less
BBMacLaird, CBO - Azamara Club Cruises has responded
Hello ProfessorEFFE, what a nice review, and I especially love the title "Best 16 days I have ever spent"! We look forward to welcoming you back aboard again in the future. And I look forward to your posts on our Azamara forum on Cruise Critic. Thank you! Bonnie
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise because of itinerary. Unfortunately due to hurricanes in the Caribbean 2 scheduled stops were changed but can't blame Azamara for the weather. We sailed from Barcelona having had 5 days in Barcelona prior to cruise. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of itinerary. Unfortunately due to hurricanes in the Caribbean 2 scheduled stops were changed but can't blame Azamara for the weather. We sailed from Barcelona having had 5 days in Barcelona prior to cruise. We stayed at Avenida Palace hotel which was very good and a short walk to all the sites. Embarkation was not as smooth as previous boardings with Azamara. Took a while to line up through customs ( not Azamara fault), but then a lengthy walk to ship and another line up in the Caberet lounge to be issued ship passes etc. this was our first trip on The Quest our other 3 cruises have been on The Journey. We noticed pretty well immediately, as did a lot of other passengers, that the crew did not seem as happy as they should be. For the first 5 or 6 days service from bar areas was slow, tables on the 9 deck area were not cleaned very often. Service in the windows cafe was very slow or non-existant - there was 2 mornings where we were not offered water,tea or coffee! After the first 5 or 6 days though things improved in these areas and staff were very attentive and "on the ball" for the rest of the trip. The food, staff and service in the Main Discoveries dining room and the 2 specialty restaurants were outstanding. Special mention of Afley in Discoveries- he was excellent. Our cabin attendants were wonderful, very friendly and helpful without being intrusive. The trivia games and other activities were fun and well run but sometimes overlapped so you had to miss something. Especially on sea days perhaps more thought could be given to scheduling. We did not do any of the offered shore excursions preferring to go out and about at our own pace. I have given an average score for entertainment- this is only because we have seen all but 1 of the guest acts and crew performances before - that said we did see most of the shows and even though it was 2nd or 3rd time around, we enjoyed the shows and they are certainly professional. Debarkation in Miami was slightly delayed but again no fault of the ship, everyone is at the mercy of USA customs and immigration. When we could debark it was quick. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. We love Azamara and look forward to our next trip next year Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
I have cruised Azamara many times, but first time on my own. I met so many nice people who asked me to join their company that I never felt alone. There was one issue that most passengers were concerned about. that was the issue of ... Read More
I have cruised Azamara many times, but first time on my own. I met so many nice people who asked me to join their company that I never felt alone. There was one issue that most passengers were concerned about. that was the issue of "service dogs" Even avid dog lovers could not get over the fact that if you need a dog to dine with. You should also need a dog when you dance on deck during the white night. Personally I do not like to dine at the next table to a dog and do not like to sleep in a bed that may have had a dog in it. One of them also barked during the night and could be heard in adjacent cabins. having said this I still enjoyed cruise and would certainly return on The Quest or Journey and look forward to trying the Pursuit. My cabin was perfect for one. deck seven and no noise from engines or other passengers. As usual the food in main restaurant was tooo good. excellent choices and served by friendly and efficient waiters. Favourite place was the Mosaic cafe. lovely coffee and hot chocolate before bed. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Our second Azamara cruise and it did not disappoint. Incredible service, wonderful crew, excellent food. It is an absolutely wonderful cruising environment. It is so nice to be in a small "community" and be able to recognize ... Read More
Our second Azamara cruise and it did not disappoint. Incredible service, wonderful crew, excellent food. It is an absolutely wonderful cruising environment. It is so nice to be in a small "community" and be able to recognize and meet so many of the crew and passengers. Let me state, unequivocally, that this will not be our last Azamara cruise. So....the "but:" The ship is one of the Renaissance R1 ships and it is definitely showing its age. The cabins were renovated in 2016, but are already showing substantial wear and shoddy workmanship. The new wall covering was peeling in several places and the shower stall had walls that were delaminating. In speaking to fellow passengers, our situation was definitely not uncommon. Additionally, some of the public areas are badly in need of some TLC. The tile around the pool was cracked in several places and the grout was missing as well. Given the premium price one pays for Azamara, this is inexcusable. While we are in our mid-60's, we were definitely among the youngest passengers on this sailing, and it is clear that most of the entertainment was aimed at an older demographic. While we didn't sail on Azamara for the entertainment, it was a bit of a disappointment that we did not enjoy most of the cabaret shows. So....all in all, an absolutely wonderful sailing, but not flawless. We can't wait to return to Azamara! Read Less
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