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
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
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
A comfortable cabin, very good food, with interesting ports of call - was our priority. We had all these and more. The food was exceptional in the main dining room, so we did not use the 'pay' restaurants. Staff were all helpful, ... Read More
A comfortable cabin, very good food, with interesting ports of call - was our priority. We had all these and more. The food was exceptional in the main dining room, so we did not use the 'pay' restaurants. Staff were all helpful, especially the cabin boys. The ship has had a fairly recent renovation make-over. The beds were soft and very comfortable. The smaller size of the ship reduced the distances to walk every where. The entertainment was first class and Azmara's Amazing Evening with the Three Tenors great. Tip - do not let your cabin card near anything magnetic, as this disabled it. The ships excursions were a little expensive, especially the transport to Florence/Pisa when all the time was on your own. The Tarragona trip - A trio of Medieval etc. was badly timed, so that the shops were closed for siesta, when a re-arrangement of places visited would have been great, if the shops were open. The end result being that no souvenirs could be purchased.This was a very disappointing result. It was a brainless way of arranging the excursion. Azmara you could do much better. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
The ship is lovely and the stateroom staff was great. (Thank you Malik!) Entertainment was good and the food great. No need to pay extra for specialty dining.Food in the "regular" dining room was great. Shore excursion staff ... Read More
The ship is lovely and the stateroom staff was great. (Thank you Malik!) Entertainment was good and the food great. No need to pay extra for specialty dining.Food in the "regular" dining room was great. Shore excursion staff was not helpful at all. I do have mobility problems but have been able to do shore excursions on other cruises. When we asked for more information regarding the ports and the excursions we got the runaround. If you have any type of mobility issues I recommend using an outside tour company. We used ItalyTours EU to go to Florence (thank you Mary). Many of the ports offer hop on hop off buses. Palamos didn't have much to offer. When we went into town we found out that the shops didn't open until 5:00pm. It would have been helpful if the ship's staff let us know that nothing was opened before we left the ship. I wish that Azamara would provide walking tour info at each port and have it available a day or two before, not the morning of. It's not like it is a surprise that we will be going there. Regarding the guest lecturer- Chuck was great but most of his lectures took place AFTER the port! I would have like to learn about Corsica before we went not after! Medical was very helpful when my husband got sick. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise for the excellent itinerary including 2 nights stay in Barcelona followed by a week on the Azamara Quest followed by 2 nights in Rome in late October. The Silken Diagonal in Barcelona, is a modern design by their ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the excellent itinerary including 2 nights stay in Barcelona followed by a week on the Azamara Quest followed by 2 nights in Rome in late October. The Silken Diagonal in Barcelona, is a modern design by their architect Juli Capella, located next to the impressive Torre Agbar.and within easy reach of the tube to downtown Barcelona. Lovely rooftop bar and pool. We joined a walking tour of Barcelona with Nick Lloyd, author of "Forgotten Places: Barcelona and the Spanish Civil War", walking in the footsteps of George Orwell when he was fighting with the Republicans. The Quest was a lovely ship, identical to other ex-Renaissance ships such as the Oceania's Insignia, small enough to get into the heart of the cities we visited such as Valencia, Palma de Mallorca and Mahon in the Balearics, Cagliari and Olbia, in Sardinia and Porto Vecchio in Corsica. The food and entertainment were fine, but service levels not quite unto the standards of Oceania or Seabourn. One of the highlights was the Azamazing evening of singing at Seu Cathedral in Majorca, followed by a chocolate fest back on board. Entertainment on the Quest was very good, with dance and musical routines from the company and excellent guest musicians. The house band was also very versatile and talented but we were surprised that they were not in the lounge during the evening, which would have prompted more guest to dance there. The hotel booked us in Rome, Baileys was also a lovely old world small hotel, where we had a double room overlooking the main street Via Flavia, well appointed and with excellent service. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We wanted a change from cruising on larger ships and visiting the same ports that can accommodate the larger vessels. Our back to back cruise on the Quest visited new ports and offered a more relaxed, high quality and less hurried ship ... Read More
We wanted a change from cruising on larger ships and visiting the same ports that can accommodate the larger vessels. Our back to back cruise on the Quest visited new ports and offered a more relaxed, high quality and less hurried ship board experience. The staff are without exception the most friendly and efficient we’ve come across. The captain and staff are very visible throughout the ship and invariably stop and ask you how things are going. The dining venues are less crowded than on larger ships and we found the food quality and service to be excellent. Entertainment in the main lounge was really good and a good seat could always be found in this smaller, more intimate cabaret style lounge. Our V1 cabin on deck 8 had plenty of storage. The bathrooms are small, but perfectly adequate. The balcony housed a table and 2 chairs, virtually filling the space. There is very little marketing of extras being pushed at you, quite a refreshing change from our last large ship cruise. Drinks are included, and the house wines at lunch and dinner were of good standard and with a good choice, varying daily. Specially coffees are also included in the fare, and the Mosaic cafe was a favourite stop off for us. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Smaller ship so thought more organised but that did not prove yo be the case Cabin was good but bathroom miniscule. I am only 5ft and small for me! Some staff offhanded and one even rude. Cabin attendant excellent kept room ... Read More
Smaller ship so thought more organised but that did not prove yo be the case Cabin was good but bathroom miniscule. I am only 5ft and small for me! Some staff offhanded and one even rude. Cabin attendant excellent kept room spotless Food on some occasions very poor Even specialty restaurant which we paid a 66.00 supplement for left a lot to be desired. We had an entre and main with coffee! A lot of the people we met were what made the trip for us Would probably not sail with them again unless it was super cheap and the destination was one we could not get elsewhere We did not get any on board credits or perks so not worth what we paid Ports of call ok, only did one excursion so not in a position to comment Overall it does not rate as a top class experience for us Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
After reading reviews, and hearing from friends about Azamara, we booked a Mediterranean cruise. Beautiful ship, the food was great, everyone, including the captain, was happy and friendly. Our room and bathroom was small, but adequate, ... Read More
After reading reviews, and hearing from friends about Azamara, we booked a Mediterranean cruise. Beautiful ship, the food was great, everyone, including the captain, was happy and friendly. Our room and bathroom was small, but adequate, clean, and beautiful. The staff were, without fail, obviously well-trained, friendly, nice, and helpful. We loved the thought that went into the design of the ship that there were all of these perfect public spaces to appeal to every taste and desire. Our previous cruises were on big ships. We really enjoyed this smaller ship. We never had that "cattle call" feeling we have had on the larger ships. I am also fond of good organization so I really appreciated how everything was obviously thought through and organized. We did not do any tours so I cannot rate them. We would give the boat 5-stars if internet were included, which we expected from a luxury cruise company, but it is not. If one has not sailed with them like 24-times, it is expensive, and yet, even as retired passengers, we absolutely needed it. It felt like a sly way to add to the price of our cruise. Read Less
Azamara Quest Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.4
Entertainment 3.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.2
Family 2.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 3.0 3.9
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 5.0 4.3
Rates 5.0 4.3

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