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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
This was our 5th cruise with Azamara and our first time on Pursuit since she was taken over by Azamara, we had sailed with her previously as P&O Adonia so it was interesting to see the refurbishment. Emarkation was not good; when we ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with Azamara and our first time on Pursuit since she was taken over by Azamara, we had sailed with her previously as P&O Adonia so it was interesting to see the refurbishment. Emarkation was not good; when we arrived at the port at the Trade Centre in Barcelona we were told we could board immediately however it was clear when we had gone through security we were going to have a wait as we were given numbers and asked to take seat. There were no facilities in the area for tea/coffee etc., and no announcements or information from Azamara staff to let us know why we were delayed boarding so not a good start. After sitting for about an hour our number was called and we were taken to mini buses, it was fairly heavy rain and I think Azamara were waiting on the buses to come and transport us to the ship which was about 100 yards away, however we still weren't given a reason for the delay in boarding. Once onboard we were quickly checked in and our photo taken again, I had uploaded a photo online but this wasn't used, seems a waste of time doing it before hand so wouldn't do it again.There was a table for upgrading to the Ultimate Drinks Package and we had planned to do this anyway as it gave us more options, the selection of wines in the package were good and suited us. The Complimentary Drinks remain the same 2 whites, 2 reds which change daily, rose and a sparkling wine which are the same everyday. The ship has an identical layout to Journey and Quest with the exception of the Casino, which is now accommodating the Future Cruise Desk and The Den, it's actually a better use of the space. The ship was in good order and well looked after, staff were constantly cleaning which is understandable. Food in Discoveries Restaurant was a bit of a hit or miss, sometimes it was good other times bland, the service was also good in the restaurant but if you were on a large table there was a longer wait. The food in Aqualina and Prime C were excellent we had the 3 restaurant package and it was worth the additional payment, it was a nice atmosphere and a lot quieter. Service was also first class in these restaurants. Windows food was good but never stayed hot for very long, this was something I did raise at the time and it was acknowledged, but there was always a good selection. The Patio had a good choice of food, the baked potatoes and Chilli were excellent, again service from Vishal 1 and Vishal 2 was excellent, very attentive and helpful. Entertainment, Paul Martell an impressionist and Jane Scali singer were in the show lounge and were very good, Signature singers again in the show lounge were good. Vasi Katina a pianist who played in Den was good. White Sand Trio who played in The Living Room were not good, the young lady who was singing was good enough however there were 2 elderly gentlemen, 1 played drums and the other key boards and sang but they were not good, they didn't gel as a trio. We like The Living Room however we only went there once and never went back as this trio were on every night. The White Night was well attended and everyone enjoyed the Signature Singers and Tony Markey the cruise director singing. We didn't attend the Azamazing Evening which was advertised as an opera but I believe it was 3 Sopranos who sang a mixture of song types. We enjoyed pre-dinner drinks in the Prime C cocktail bar, Ruby was in charge and she was very efficient and knowledgeable about the drinks and made a mean French Martini. The included drinks remain the same 2 whites, 2 reds which change daily, rose and a sparkling wine which stay the same. One of the reasons we enjoy Azamara is the smaller ships usually get the good berths which means being close to the town, also the early arrival and late or overnight stays. We enjoyed all the ports, Port Vendres was cancelled due to rough seas and this was substituted by a stop in Sete which was very nice, Marseilles, Monte Carlo and Livorno were the other ports. We didn't book any excursions. The Captain and crew were noticeable around the ship and all the staff we had dealings with were very helpful, friendly and efficient. Overall this was a very good cruise and we met some lovely people, the passengers were mainly from USA, Australia and Canada and some from GB. The reason for the 4 star review was due to poor embarkation and the entertainment, however this would not put us off booking again as we very much enjoyed our time onboard Pursuit. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise which we choose on the basis of small ship and ports of call. This turned out to be the correct decision on both counts. We boarded the ship in Civitavecchia (17/7/19) and we were in our cabin within 15 ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise which we choose on the basis of small ship and ports of call. This turned out to be the correct decision on both counts. We boarded the ship in Civitavecchia (17/7/19) and we were in our cabin within 15 minutes and the cases arrived soon after. Our cabin (7007) was adequate for our needs with sufficient storage. As others have highlighted the 'bathroom' is small and if our cat was with us I couldn't have swung him round in it!! Food Generally speaking we enjoyed the food which was of a good standard. We took breakfast in the Windows Café and dinner on occasion. Any buffet offering is going to suffer from how the food is presented and how hot they can keep it. In this area they did pretty well. Included in the fare is wine (or other alcohol) of your choosing. We found the wine to be of good quality and they keep your glass topped up if you so request it. We saw no need to choose any other beverage plan. Windows restaurant does suffer from being Cafeteria offering with at times it felt like a bit of a bun fight with some fellow guests having very sharp elbows. The dress code for Windows is very laid back with shorts and T shirts being perfectly acceptable. We also ate in the Discoveries restaurant which is a whole different experience. Its A La Carte with a reasonable choice with some repeats and a couple different specials each night . People 'dress up' with men in say smart trousers and open neck shirt and the ladies (as they do) going that extra mile with smart dresses etc. All this lends itself to a nice atmosphere where the waiter brings the food (3 courses) and tops up your wine. We also used the Mosaic Café for coffee and tea which was included. We did not eat in the Prime 'C' or Aqualina as we did not wish to pay the extra cost. People we spoke said it was OK without being blown away. Ports of Call Our ports of call were very good with most if not all were within walking distance of where the ship was moored or where the Tender dropped us off. We did not buy any ship excursions as they are ridiculously expensive. Besides you can plan and do your own thing or at the very least jump on the Hop On Hop Off bus which was parked up ready for punters at the point where you left the Ship/Tender. Enrichment Activities We had the AzAmazing evening in Mahon which was Flamenco and very entertaining. There was also the White Night evening where we all dressed in white and danced the evening away to live music and a very good buffet. Tip if you are intending to attend this event do get there early as tables fill up quickly. Facilities The ship was nicely furnished in a traditional manner leaving you to think you were in a 4/5 star hotel. There were a few public areas where you could relax if you didn't want to be outside. Outside in the pool area and on Deck 11 are loads of quality sun loungers for those who wish to take in the sun. Overall We found the staff to be friendly and professional. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and we would consider sailing again with Azamara if they address the price of excursions as an example $89 to go on a ships tour is an unbelievable price and also in this day and age WiFi should included. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was our first cruise with Azamara. A short, three day cruise followed with a post cruise package on the Orient Express. (I have not been able to positively verify, but believe this is the first season for a collaboration between the ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Azamara. A short, three day cruise followed with a post cruise package on the Orient Express. (I have not been able to positively verify, but believe this is the first season for a collaboration between the two. It was also the very first of these limited offerings) We arrived in Venice the day before and spent the night at the Hotel Antichi Figure. This is a lovely little gem situated on the Grand Canal directly across from St Lucia train station. We cannot say enough good things about this small hotel, from communications prior to our arrival to the lovely alfresco breakfast looking out at the activity on the canal. Embarkation was among the fastest and most efficient we have experienced. Heading up to the pool deck while we waited for the "all clear" for staterooms, we opted to lunch at the Patio where we found a wide assortment of cooked to order items are available daily. In addition to some of the best burgers we have had at sea, they also offer beef, lamb and chicken brochettes, in addition to a salad bar and other options. Other dining venues include the specialty restaurants (which we chose not to try this cruise) and the Windows Cafe, the buffet, which we only visited once. While understandably smaller than the buffets on other larger ships, do not let the size discourage you! The variety changes daily and they generally have a theme for dinner. The main dining room is quite nice, and the staff very attentive. Two specials of the day are offered at dinner, however we were not as impressed with with these. Overall we felt the menu was comparable with other lines we have traveled, and nothing to get excited over. Perhaps the specialty restaurants are where Azamara shines?The included wines (one red and one white) were nothing special but quite drinkable. Likewise, the included bar menu selections were quite restrictive. Surprisingly, even with the short itinerary, we were fortunate enough to experience a White Night Party on our second night. The buffet was amazing and the entertainment just the right mix to please everyone. Our Cruise Director, Tony Markey, was amazing and talented. First time to have a cruise director who was also an entertainer! Before we knew it we had returned to Venice. Disembarkation was smooth and efficient as well as our transfer to the Grand Monaco Hotel for two nights before our trip on the Orient Express. Having the extra day and a half was perfect to get in sights we had missed out on before. Transfer to the Orient Express was also efficiently handled and we were aboard the famous train in less than an hour. I will just say that the train itself lives up to its reputation for style and service. The amenities provided are first class. There was an abundance of food, but I will say that the quality was not quite what we were expecting (a large portion is obviously pre prepared and finished aboard the train). The scenery and ambiance were sensational. Bottom line while this was a short cruise, Azamara did not "wow" us as we had hoped. We were grateful for the opportunity to experience the Orient Express, but would not consider it something you would do more than once. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We booked this cruise as we really only wanted a short haul flight and enjoy Spain very much. As usual we have a couple of nights beforehand in Lisbon and arranged our own flghts. The flights we booked were GBP150 a person cheaper than ... Read More
We booked this cruise as we really only wanted a short haul flight and enjoy Spain very much. As usual we have a couple of nights beforehand in Lisbon and arranged our own flghts. The flights we booked were GBP150 a person cheaper than using Azamara. We are based in London UK. We have been on the two other Azamara ships and this is identical apart from no casino and lack of interactive TV. I have to say I did miss my slots so might end up back on Celebrity. I downloaded the app before travel but to be honest it was very buggy and like a lot of Azamara IT/back office prettly poor. We had a nice balcony cabin on deck 7 which was clean and tasteful. The shower was tiny and not sure if it was smaller than other ships but really seemed that way. Our cabin steward looked after us very well. The flat screen had a good picture but I really miss not being able to view my account online, order room sevice or book tours. I really feel the app doesn't take the place of this. We had free internet minutes but there was no way to see how many you had left unless you went to the front desk which was very strange. The service was all round very good and we enjoyed our meals. I found the wine to be a very mixed bag with some very mediocre inclusive wines. It's almost like they want to make everyone buy up to to higher drinks package. I also found the all inclusive spirits very strange. I like an odd Amaretto but that isn't free but you can drink a bottle of whisky. It makes no sense to me.I also found the drinks to be full of ice and sometimes just didn't seem to have any oomph. The entertainment was very subdued but that's what Azamara is like. I go to relax so it's not a problem for me. The clientele was mostly elderly Americans as it's not holiday time and there are no kids clubs etc. Mostly very pleasant but i saw some peope talk to the staff like servants which was very uncalled for. I am 49 so did feel very young! We enjoyed out ports of call even if the weather at the begining was poor. Going up the river to Seville was very interesting and a real treat. We also enjoyed Almeria very much. In Valencia we had our Azamazing evening which was not bad. Unfortunately we were right at the back so could not see the full stage which does spoil it somewhat. The venue however was amazing. All in all we had a pleasant time. I think after six cruises with Azamara we will try Regent or Oceania. They seem to offer better value. I feel that Azamara is overpriced unless you book within 3 months and then there are always offers. I also feel their all inclusive drinks package patchy. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We just came back from Azamara Pursuit from BA to Rio. We previously sailed on Celebrity, Princess, Holland, Cunard, Oceania, Costa, RCI and Carnival. This was our 12th cruise. Our benchmark is Oceania (we sailed on the Riviera last ... Read More
We just came back from Azamara Pursuit from BA to Rio. We previously sailed on Celebrity, Princess, Holland, Cunard, Oceania, Costa, RCI and Carnival. This was our 12th cruise. Our benchmark is Oceania (we sailed on the Riviera last September). Overall Pursuit is a great ship and we had an amazing time. However we liked the Riviera better. Here is why. The service is excellent, comparable to Oceania. But sometimes things seem a bit less organized. For example, some of the excustions were delayed 15-20 minutes. Never happened on Oceania. Also there are some lines when leaving the ship and coming back. Nothing major, not even close to what you see on big ships, but still slightly longer waiting times than Oceania. The dinner in the MDR is great, but not as good as Oceania. The open seating works very well for us, never had to wait for a table. The buffet is disappointing. Good quality, but selection is pretty limited. It is not bad overall, but few levels below Oceania. The buffet area itself is also very small and feels a bit crowded at times. Internet is probably the worst we experienced so far on cruise ships. 300kbps is not what you would expect from a luxury line in 2019. It is also pretty expensive at $20/day. We paid last year $10/day on Princess (and the speed was 20 times faster). And we sailed on older ships with much higher internet speeds. Major disappointment. Spa does not have couple massage. This is the first time on any ship that we were not able to do a couple massage. The massage itself was very good. Cabin on Oceania was small, here it's even smaller. Not a big deal, we don't spend much time in the cabin. Entertainment is mediocre at best. They don't have a real theater like on larger ships, just a big lounge with chairs. No angle, so if you don't sit on few first rows, the view is pretty limited. They cannot really provide a good evening entertainment when there is no real theater. Also not too many daily activities, and the ship feels a bit sleepy at times. The pool area is small and feels a bit crowded. Usually no problem to get a chair, except for sea days. Hot tubs are smaller than usual and not hot enough. Service is fantastic as you can expect from a luxury line. Staff is very friendly. Very limited food options. If you want to have a snack after 9pm, the only option is room service. Dress code is relaxing, no formal nights, which is perfect for us. The azamazing event was very nice and well organized. Great atmosphere. The show itself felt a bit amateur. The pre even buffet was very crowded and poorly organized. White night was nice, but we came late from our tour in Sao Paulo, and no seats available on deck 9. They simply cannot accommodate everyone on the white night because the pool area is not big enough. Why to do white night on port day like Sao Paulo when the ship is at port till 9pm, and not sea day or port with shorter port time? Excursions were another disappointment. While we appreciate smaller groups, some of them were poorly organized, and some guides were not professional. I believe Azamara made a business decision to focus on certain things and ignore other things. Their customers obviously don't care about internet, or certain daily activities like dance classes, zumba, music at the pool etc. Overall great ship, great service, good food, but we prefer Oceania Riviera. Both lines are still better than mainstream ships from Celebrity or Princess which feel much more crowded, with longer lines. But in my opinion, Riviera offers the best of both worlds: still a small ship, which still feels much less crowded, but at the same time, much better food, more activities, and better entertainment. And it actually has a better crew/passengers ratio than Azamara, so service is at least as good if not better. We did appreciate the excellent service, less crowded buffet, smaller groups on shore excursions, no lines etc. compared to the big ships. I guess we just expected better from Azamara. We might sail with Azamara again if the itinerary and the price are right, but all other things equal, we would definitely prefer Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We wanted to experience South America. With one exception (Paraty) the ports of call did not disappoint. The Azamazing evening was a Carneval show in Montevideo. It was well organized and great entertainment. We bought the indulgence ... Read More
We wanted to experience South America. With one exception (Paraty) the ports of call did not disappoint. The Azamazing evening was a Carneval show in Montevideo. It was well organized and great entertainment. We bought the indulgence package which was well worth the extra money. We also got upgraded to a suite without asking ! That alone should make it five stars but there were some downsides as well. - One of the ‘guest relations’ staff turned out to be anything but. The others were great. - Because we had a lot of OBC, we booked some tours. The ‘gaucho’ tour in Uruguay was disappointing as we went to a dairy and crop farm. Talk about false advertising. - We had butler although he did not really enhance the experience. - The indulgence package included the specialty restaurants. However, it’s not open seating and booking something was very though. The attitude of the person doing the booking did not help. - The app needs work. It’s not updated and does not match the daily program. There is a lot of paper that could be saved...... The food never disappoints and the staff go out of there way to please you. The entertainment was solid and there are plenty of activities. The specialty restaurants are also top notch in food and service as was the Chef’s table. The staff was great in helping us transfer to another room for next cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We have not done an Ocean cruise for 15 years. We have been taking land tours and River cruises instead. Before we stopped we had been on 8 Ocean cruises. I was very excited to discover this Antarctica Cruise and on a ship we had sailed ... Read More
We have not done an Ocean cruise for 15 years. We have been taking land tours and River cruises instead. Before we stopped we had been on 8 Ocean cruises. I was very excited to discover this Antarctica Cruise and on a ship we had sailed twice before (as the Royal Princess!) and had loved! The ship is a perfect size for those of us who like a smaller number of passengers. I thought the redo of the interior was fine. The "living room" is a very popular spot to hang out during the sea days with the loungers always in demand. Passengers "save" seats so I was not able to try them. The following are my impressions of the cruise: .Cabin 7100---awkward furniture, was always moving the coffee table to get to veranda or loveseat, plastic shower curtain made shower dark and liked to wrap around the body.. Ship shore excursions---too expensive. arranged tours online with private vendors for all ports. .Service--room steward great, staff friendly, buffet staff attentive, Discoveries staff needs more training (multiple use of seating charts, we were "forgotten" about during our meal several times and sat for 20+ minutes waiting to be checked on .Dinning/food---BUFFET food greatly improved, theme of buffet advertised daily in program, DISCOVERIES menu posted outside restaurant only so had to make trip to check its menu before deciding where to eat daily, menu lacking in variety and food was not outstanding, no soufflé/bananas foster/prime cuts of meat/lobster. Main dinning room has suffered from having specialty restaurants as only place to enjoy those foods. AQUALINA specialty (ate X2) no change in menu from one week to the next, soufflé outstanding but majority of food did not stand out. Two brunch meals in Discoveries were outstanding events! Chocolate buffet was crowded due to small venue area. .Activities--daily activities have not changed in 15 years. I spoke to Tony the cruise director two times about this and he was very receptive to my criticism. Enjoyed: ABBA dance night, photo contest/lectures from professional staff photographer, enrichment lectures (including NASA lecturer who hosted eclipse viewing) , movie nights, Polar club. HIGHLIGHTS Azamazing event & White night party! All in all this was an exciting itinerary! Was happy with the change of dress to "country club casual". The ship captain was very interactive with guests and went out of his way to maneuver ship for exceptional scenery viewing. Would recommend this itinerary/ship with the knowledge that dinning in Discoveries is not a highlight. I hope this review helps other cruise lovers pick their next adventure! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We love the small ship feel and especially Azamara as everyone fells equal. The new ship looks great with a modern feel to the cabins but a few problems with moisture were seen as they had to run dehumidifiers in certain areas. We were ... Read More
We love the small ship feel and especially Azamara as everyone fells equal. The new ship looks great with a modern feel to the cabins but a few problems with moisture were seen as they had to run dehumidifiers in certain areas. We were in a Club Continental suite which was very comfortable, lots of storage, nice bath/shower and cleaned constantly. As I am asthmatic they had already removed feathers and any sense enhancers. The only problem is the makeup mirror in the bathroom must have been installed by a man as it is placed for a 6 foot person. Again great staff come to the rescue for a 5foot lady. A female officer lent me her personal makeup mirror for the entire cruise. The new chairs in Aquilinia were very comfortable even though others had said other wise. The new lounge chairs on the Sanctum are very uncomfortable as they do not recline, but again the great AZ staff upon request brought the regular reclining lounge cots out for my husband. We missed the double lounge cabana that was outside in this area as it blocked sun as well as being cosy for a couple. Food was very good to excellent, Aqualinia still shines with their Dover sole and in Prime C the fillet minion is outstanding and I am not a big meat eater. Lots of excellent appetizers, deserts were better than the previous cruises. Windows cafe and The Patio were also very good with excellent variety. Entertainment is where there is a let down. The musical trio in the living room were so so, sometimes better than others. The shows were generally poor but their in house singers/dancers did do some good shows. The comedian was not bad but the rest were not worth watching. We did not attend the lectures or other activities. Service is where AZ shines, we boarded in Buenos Aries and did have to wait for a short time but it was done in an organized fashion and once on the rooms were already to drop your carry on. To our surprise as we walked towards our room we recognized our butler from our last year cruise as he had been moved to this new ship. Again in AZ fashion he greeted us with our names and remembered us with a greeting of my Canadians. Elro was always able to fulfill our requests with a smile. We left from Buenos Aries stoping in Montevideo where AZ put on the most fabulous Azamazing evening in the Solis theatre, it was unique entertaining and interactive. Well done AZ. Santos Brazil was interesting with some great views and the coffee museum. Buzios Brazil was a lovely beach town friendly people great boutiques, fabulous gelato and nice cafes. Nice day on a great beach with fresh fish lunch. Paraty was a quiet beach town with little infrastructure and a dock in poor shape. We did a private boat day which was nice. Rio stop was ok as this is such a dangerous city we used a guide. It was hot and line ups were long even early in the morning. The rain forest in the city is beautiful and the beaches crowded but lovely looking. As it was New Year’s Eve soon roads were blocked off near Copacabana Beach by noon. Our Captain (Carl) changed the next port because of bad weather and stopped in a beach town which was a good decision as weather throughout the cruise was excellent. We then stopped for one day instead of two in Punta del Este a very high class city taking an AZ tour to the seal island and then walking to the sculpture of the hand in the sand. Lovely cafes, restaurants, and shops. The New Years was outstanding, AZ did their white night on deck and amped it up for New Years. Food was great entertainment fun, hats blowers and beads were given out as well as sparkling wine for midnight toast. The fireworks viewed off the Copacabana Beach were spectacular. It made for a memorable night. We took a special day tour the last day in BA arranged by AZ to Iguazu Falls. It was costly but done well from start to finish. A long day but worth it, they even arranged a dinner at a hotel so we would not need to eat so late upon return. Internet was ok but a pain to keep putting a code in each time to use on my IPad. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise based upon the itinerary. The price was right and being that we had never cruised on a smaller ship we thought we'd give it a go. No disappointments overall. The ship was indeed reflective of a recent overhaul. ... Read More
We chose this cruise based upon the itinerary. The price was right and being that we had never cruised on a smaller ship we thought we'd give it a go. No disappointments overall. The ship was indeed reflective of a recent overhaul. Interior appointments appeared as-new. However, the staffing appeared new as well. Several volunteered that this cruise was their first on this ship - and as such they couldn't always answer our questions. Alarmingly, this was also the case at the Guest Relations Desk! When embarking, the process went very smoothly and quickly - however, they neglected to put a sticker on our card which indicated we had the upgraded drink package. So naturally, the first issue encountered on our cruise was only a few minutes after boarding when we sat down and ordered our very first drink - and found out that we didn't have the drink package (due to no sticker). The sever let us have upgraded drink after we showed him our invoice. He said we needed to go to Guest Relations to get our sticker ASAP - then he commented that "this happens all the time" - not a good way to make a first impression. We also noticed that in the Windows Café none of the staff behind the counter are wearing gloves, despite their touching the food from time to time - not good. We also noticed that at breakfast time there is a back-up of guests waiting to get toast - it seems like this should be addressed. My wife also got a great looking cup of very fresh berries one morning, however she found a one inch long coarse black hair in it. Lastly, regarding the Windows Café, on a number of occasions we had to go get our own coffee and juice in the morning after waiting for 5 minutes (or slightly more) with no table service; even though there seemed to be enough wait staff in the area. Overall the food quality was good with a reasonable amount of variety in the Windows Café. The main dining room however was flawless - great furnishings - well arranged - and more importantly the food was excellent, as was the wait staff. Absolutely nothing but praise for the main dining room staff - they are definitely "dialed in". We found the pool area to be very comfortable, with excellent deck chairs (firm padding with an attached pillow and plenty of nice towels and blankets). The deck service was excellent. The cabin staff was flawless; A+. They were always friendly, and addressed us by our names. The room was kept spotless, with plenty of clean towels. The cabin itself was nothing extraordinary - other than it did present as new. The mattress was very comfortable - cabin lighting was good. The bathroom was tight but clean and efficiently laid out. Toilets worked perfectly. We never ran out of hot water. The TV was good, with a fairly good selection of channels. The internet speed was adequate at 430kbs - seems slow but email and apps worked fine. The Mosaic Coffee staff was always smiling - friendly and welcoming. The Fitness room was surprisingly equipped given the small size of the ship - and the on-staff trainer was very knowledgeable an professional. Maybe more classes (especially on sea days) would be a nice bonus. Shore Excursions were expensive (no surprise) but they would benefit by eliminating any shopping opportunities - since they were seen as an annoyance to everyone on the tours we were on. No one wants their limited/expensive shore time eaten away at by a forced shopping trip to an emerald store or T-Shirt bazars. On sea days we were treated to two talks by a woman from the World Wildlife Fund and also by talks by a UC professor regarding our various ports of call. They were all very well received. The Livingroom is exceptionally relaxing (they have some nice chaise lounge chairs along the front of the living room) - very cozy and comfortable furniture lending itself to striking up memorable conversations with fellow travelers, reading a good book in a sun-soaked area of the room, or tasting some free hors d'oeuvres with a nice coctail or wine. Live music is available later in the day as well. There is a game area dedicated to scrabble, cards, etc. which was constantly used by guests. In closing my comments, this last example sums up our review. Upon crossing the equator Azamara had a very fun filled ceremony involving the crew dressing up and fullfilling a ceremony involving kissing of a large fish, bowing before King Neptune and then getting smeared with multi-colored goo (while in uniform) and pushed into the swimming pool. Loads of fun. They then followed up with nicely printed individualized certificates which we found in our cabins that evening certifying exactly where we were when we crossed the equator. I noticed upon returing home that the coordinates on this official certificate were incorrect (they had us crossing near Singapore instead of off the coast of Ecuador). So my point is that Azamara has high asprirations - which they generally meet - but they need just a little more attention relative to their execution. As always, the devil is in the details. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Found a deal on the transatlantic cruise and boarded in Barcelona. Boarding was easy and quick. Our suitcases were at the door before we were! Due to approaching we weather we skipped Gibraltar and Madeira and went to Santa Cruz de ... Read More
Found a deal on the transatlantic cruise and boarded in Barcelona. Boarding was easy and quick. Our suitcases were at the door before we were! Due to approaching we weather we skipped Gibraltar and Madeira and went to Santa Cruz de Tenerife instead - a worthwhile visit. We got credit for the skipped port charges. Kudos to Captain Antonio for outrunning the storm, we had a a couple of days of rolling seas but overall it was as smooth crossing. The food was fabulous (as usual) and the speciality restaurants did not disappoint. The wines offered were all very good except for the whites which were to heavy on Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. But when asked, there was always an alternative. Despite this being a transatlantic cruise the entertainment was the best we had ever had on Azamara. The shore excursion in Tenerife was wonderful as was the behind the scenes tour on the ship. The White Night was also fabulous. The service overall was slightly below par, probably due to new staff not quite embracing the Azamara spirit. There were a few familiar faces to welcome us back. Trivia is a big thing and one of the hosts was not up to par as he could not pronounce words properly. That led to some angry outbursts. The senior staff is all great, visible and accessible. Looking forward to going back next March. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
The ship underwent a refurb in 2018 and the results were nice. Very bad weather hit Rome & we spent first 2 days in port near Rome. Ship's captain & crew did great job of insuring our safety and making the best of a bad ... Read More
The ship underwent a refurb in 2018 and the results were nice. Very bad weather hit Rome & we spent first 2 days in port near Rome. Ship's captain & crew did great job of insuring our safety and making the best of a bad situation. Winds of 77 kts in port broke the mooring line & Pursuit broke free from dock. Crew performed like pros to keep us safe. Rough seas throughout much of our cruise. Eating in main dining room (Discovery) was very good. We tried "Prime" which was not worth the 30 euro/person surcharge. Paying to eat same food basically as main dining room. We were invited to the captain's dinner which was excellent.Lot of menu options in the dining areas, great buffet also. Entertainment was about average. Many of the cultural & historical talks were very interesting. The inevitable jewelry store & art gallery were low key, not as much pressure as the giant ships.A bunch of activities to choose from--games, movies, darts, etc. No casino which was a nice change. We did not book any tours but arranged our own. Azamara tours are expensive and we had a great experiences using own arrangements. Weather killed scheduled stops in Corsica & Sardinia. We got stops in Nice, Valencia, Monaco, & Barcelona (morning departure port). Transfers from hotel in Rome to ship &n dock to airport in Barcelona went smoothly. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, the destinations were mostly good apart from a change to Nauplion instead of Spetses. Mykonos was supposed to be docked instead we were taken ashore on tenders. Igoumenitsa was a waste of ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, the destinations were mostly good apart from a change to Nauplion instead of Spetses. Mykonos was supposed to be docked instead we were taken ashore on tenders. Igoumenitsa was a waste of time nothing of note here .We had more tenders than was on itinerary which was disappointing. Training some of the staff to steer the tenders when passengers were on board was a bit worrying. The food on board was excellent in the Discoveries restaurant and lunch times in Windows. The entertainment on board was a bit disappointing and not up to the Quests. The decor in all the public rooms was tasteful and relaxing. The ship has been refurbished new carpets etc. The waiters in the restaurants were attentive and friendly. The living room was a comfortable relaxing place to be with attentive waiters and various snacks during the day. We had a balcony bedroom which had a table and chairs on the balcony. The bathroom was small and the only complaint from most travellers was the shower curtain clinging to their bodies when showering. We did not take any of the shore excursions as we felt they were very expensive and we could make our own arrangements. We had a group of Greek dancers onboard during an evening buffet who were excellent. The Azamazing evening was in Dubrovnik and Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment a rock Cellist Ana Rucnar, we had the central square cordoned off and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Taken back to the ship by local boats which was interesting. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Been on the Quest twice 2016 so was looking forward to sail on this " New" ship. Don't know where the other reviewer's comments about aloof crew came about but I found them all extremely friendly and approachable and ... Read More
Been on the Quest twice 2016 so was looking forward to sail on this " New" ship. Don't know where the other reviewer's comments about aloof crew came about but I found them all extremely friendly and approachable and all the wait staff eager to please. It must be difficult to staff up a new ship and mould them into the Azamara way, I believe there was only 20% previous Azamarans on board. I wont go in to endless drivel about minor misnomers with the ship, yes there are things which I didn't care for and some what I preferred for over the quest, the Den being one, its a much better lounge now they have removed the casino, but the pianist plays far too loud as if to say I'm here listen to me. I thought the lack of tables and chairs on pool deck near the bar poor nowhere to sit and sip a cocktail, also the sun loungers were hard with no pads as previous ships. The shows were ok but only one headliner (comedian) and his second show almost a mirror image I found the experience good though and with a few more cruises under its belt it will be excellent Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because of itinerary, price and previous experience on Azamara Journey. We flew to Athens where we had an overnight stay in the Sofitel hotel at Athens airport. After breakfast next day we returned to the airport to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of itinerary, price and previous experience on Azamara Journey. We flew to Athens where we had an overnight stay in the Sofitel hotel at Athens airport. After breakfast next day we returned to the airport to get our private transfer to the port of Piraeus. The taxi dropped us off at the cruise terminal where we were swiftly checked in but because we were early, we had to wait approximately 30 minutes before we could embark (Azamara provided coffee and soft drinks in the meantime). Cabin We had an obstructed view cabin on deck 6 which we were quite happy with. We had plenty storage and although the shower is tiny, we knew this from past experience. Our cabin stewards kept the room clean and tidy. Dining We always had breakfast and lunch in Windows cafe and we thought the standard of food was quite good with plenty of choice for everyone. We do think that there is room for improvement with the service as sometimes it wasn't up to standard. We didn't use any of the speciality restaurants and had our dinner in Discoveries. We were satisfied with the standard and choice of food there and also the service. Drinks We encountered difficulty on a few occasions when we tried to order cocktails using the complimentary spirits. On one occasion I was told I would have to pay for an American Mule cocktail because Ginger beer was not included in the complimentary drinks. Ginger beer is a soft drink the same as Coke or Sprite etc!! I asked for it in a different bar on a different day and got it with no problem with the included spirits. I think some of the staff need more training with regard to the complimentary drinks package. The cocktail menu should be much clearer and list the ingredients of all cocktails and not just the ones that cost extra. Entertainment We enjoyed most of the shows in the theatre but felt that the Three Aces band in the Living Room lacked variety. We really enjoyed the Greek dancers that came on to the ship and entertained us when we were in Rhodes. The Azamazing evening in Dubrovnik was spectacular (apart from tendering back to the ship afterwards). Ports and excursions We enjoyed all of the ports apart from Igoumenitsa which was very disappointing. It is clearly just a ferry hub and not a cruise destination. I can't understand why Azamara chose this port when we were so close to Corfu which would have been a much better option. At the start of the cruise our first port destination (Spetses) was changed because of bad weather but this was understandable and no fault of Azamara. We didn't do any of Azamara's excursions as we think they are grossly overpriced and prefer to do our own thing. We would probably cruise with Azamara again, even although there were some issues, as we do like their smaller, friendlier ships and itineraries. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I choose this cruise since it was a small ship (only 700 passengers), late in summer season departure of sept 12 and ports of call - italy & athens . I was surpised at how crowded italy was despite being late in tourist season and how ... Read More
I choose this cruise since it was a small ship (only 700 passengers), late in summer season departure of sept 12 and ports of call - italy & athens . I was surpised at how crowded italy was despite being late in tourist season and how warm it was. ports at florence and rome were so far away. it made for a very long day to get there, tour and return to ship. food on ship was good , shows were ok and I was happy casino was removed since this would be one less chance to spend money on board. staff was helpful, but not overbearing this was an expensive cruise so I had high expectations and there were mostly meet I booked several shore excursions that I thought were ok , but a little pricey the best one was the tour of the fresh food market in sicily with tour of mt etna , wine tasting and finally a dinner especially prepared for us with food bought at the food market this tour was $300 per person , so for us two was $600 Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise as our wine shop was sponsoring the trip for customers. We had 46 people in our group. We were in Cabin 8052 which was right next to the elevators and stair well midship. We had our doubts as to the possible noise ... Read More
We chose this cruise as our wine shop was sponsoring the trip for customers. We had 46 people in our group. We were in Cabin 8052 which was right next to the elevators and stair well midship. We had our doubts as to the possible noise level for the location, but it was never a problem, we had no noise at all from the elevator and stairwell traffic. The room itself was very good with lots of storage and plenty of room to move about without any problems. The only issue is if you are not agile the tub presents a problem as it is a high step into the tub. Once in tub area to shower your head is practically touching the ceiling, I am 5'8" and clearance was about 1 inch, so if you are over 6' you will have to scrunch down. Otherwise the bathroom size is good. The Club Continent Suite comes with a stash of free liquor, Bombay Gin, Sotli Vodka, Rum, and Johnny Walker Red. The balcony was a bit tight but not an issue. I suggest that when you board, if you have a Club Continent Suite or higher the specialty dining is free, you book the specialty restaurants for every day you are on board, then cancel the day(s) you do not use on those schedule days, otherwise you are on a wait list the whole trip. The food is not spectacular on board, but very good. The surprise restaurant is the The Patio, poolside. Order a bone in sirloin steak that was as good as the steak house specialty restaurant Prime C. The menu at The Patio is very good. The best food of the entire cruise occurred on White Night when the food is superb everything from lobster, pork, steak, frog legs, calamari, etc. is available. Tons of desserts, too. Entertainment on board is good, nothing to write home about. The singers, magicians, and band are fine, good way to spend an hour relaxing on board. For dancing and drinking the Living Room is the place to be where they have a DJ and combo for entertainment. My favorite location was the Spirits bar in the Den which seems to be the gathering place on the ship most nights, cocktail lounge atmosphere with piano player. The bartenders were exceptional at the Spirits bar, but I learned they are not permanently assigned but rotated through the ship. The bartenders we had were Alex and Vlad, Alex was assigned to work the Mosaic Coffee bar and Vlad the pool bar on the next cruise, too bad as they are truly good at the bar. We booked three tours on board. We were very disappointed with 2 tours and loved the 3rd tour. This is hard to judge for future cruises as they rarely return to the same ports, but keep moving across the Mediterranean Sea and beyond. So it just could have been the locations we chose to see. Look into Viatour or local tour companies in port. Staff was friendly and helpful throughout the cruise. One nice feature is fewer passengers so embarkation and disembarkation at ports is never crowded, easy on and easy off was nice instead of waiting in long lines. The ship is small so navigating decks and going to bow to stern takes no time at all in getting around the ship. Would I do Azamara again, yes, now that I "know my way around and the tricks" The ship does not attract the younger crowd, families with children, or serious partiers so the atmosphere is laid back for people in the 50's and over age croup Read Less
Azamara Pursuit Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family N/A 3.8

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