Azamara Quest Cruise Review by wee s1
- Sail Date: December 2012
- Destination: South America
We tried to book the full package through Azamara ie flights and cruise, the cruise departed on 27 Dec from Buenos Aires. Azamara wanted us to fly to London on Dec 24 from Scotland. Stay at the Airport on Xmas eve then spend Christmas day in the Airport as the flight was not until app 21.30. Arrive in Argentina on 26 and Azamara would give us a free night in a hotel. When we tried to change the flight to the 22nd as we did not want to spend Xmas eve and day at terminal 5 we were told this would not be possible. We got our own flights.
We were really looking forward to the cruise as the ports were really good and the ship has a 5 star+ reputation. The ports were fantastic but the ship is not a 5 star. It may have been when it was new back in the late 90s. If you like visiting grannies and her furniture you may disagree with me. As we sailed on Nuiew Amsterdam when it was app 3 months old and MSC Divina was a week old maybe we have been spoilt on other ships.
In relation to the usual subjects here is my opinion
Embarkation was spot on, straight through no waiting. We also arrived at midday and got straight into our room.
Staff were excellent although the DJ starts at 11pm and if there are less than 14 people he goes to bed. One night there was 14 but he still went to bed. Please note if you like a little music and enjoy a drink and a little fun this cruise ship is not for you. If you are aged 55+ dont like the big ships due to the walking, size and music and boutique type of hotels you will love this ship.
We paid Â£2750 each for a Balcony room for 9 nights and felt there was not the same value for money with the cruise lines mentioned above. We paid app Â£1000 for MSC and this included all drinks and speciality coffees (1 week). You do get wine at dinner and lunch with Azamara and all wines were good quality. Also the tips for the staff on Azamara are included but we still tipped our cabin team and a couple of waiters.
We paid for the drinks package which was 265 dollars each but my wife fell Ill on the first day and was confined to the room for 4 days. Azamara did allow us to cancel the package as drinking on your own on holiday is no fun. Azamara also gave my wife free internet in the room. Saying that 4 days is a long time.
We never done any excursions with the ship as we had done most of them on other ships but as stated above the ports were excellent where you did not need a bus or taxi to get to.
Uusally we would go to the entertainment every night but as my wife was ill for 4 days, 1 night was New Year and we ate late on a couple of occasions and missed the show. Out of the 2 nights we did go it was OK. Remember that most of the clientelle is 50+.
The stateroom is the same size roughly of the other ships we have been on just a little older and more tired.
I felt the food in the main resturant was good but my wife disagreed. We both felt in comparison to other ships buffet there was not as good a selection but this will be down to the ships size, buffet was never busy like the big ships.
We would not cruise with Azamara again as we feel there are better ships with better value for money. Unlike the previous cruises the ship did not have the WOW factor that we thought we were paying the extra for.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Buenos AiresWe stayed in Puerto Madro with the Hilton for 3 nights. We enjoyed that area very much. We were next to the Canal and there are 100s of superb restaurants. We only used 2 taxis in all the time we were there. Airport to hotel and hotel to Ship which is only 3km away from Hilton.View All 197 Buenos Aires Cruise Port Reviews
Other ports were
Punta Del Esta, we did not get off as the wife was ill.
Buzios- excellent place and prob the best port of the Cruise. 5 star +
Parati- Another nice place on the Brazilian coast
Ihlabela- All the ports on this cruise were really good.
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Rio de JaneiroThe ship stayed in Port overnight last night of the Cruise but we did not get off as we were staying at the Porto Bay hotel in Copa for 3 nights at the end. The ship also had a day in Rio on the 31st where we did get off. A great vibrant city both day and night. We are actaully doing the tours tomorrow.View All 113 Rio de Janeiro Cruise Port Reviews
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