Wonderful introduction to Azamara: Azamara Quest Cruise Review by dln929

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Wonderful introduction to Azamara

Sail Date: December 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
My husband and I took the 8 night Christmas voyage on the Quest. I've written a more detailed trip report with photos on the Azamara forum of Cruise Critic but here's the more compressed version.

Dining: excellent. We did not dine at the two specialty restaurants this time but will do so the next as they looked very inviting. We ate mostly at the outdoor Sunset Bar, having gotten our food at the Windows Cafe buffet. Each night had a different theme--Asian, French, Turkish, etc. The staff was always willing to tell you about the food if you didn't know what all the items were. The dinners we had at Discoveries were delicious and service was efficient and unobtrusive. High marks there.

Public Rooms: very traditional decor that was considerably enhanced by contemporary artwork, carpets, and accent items. It all worked beautifully together.

Cabins: we had a V3 deck 6 balcony cabin that was lovely. We were wondering how we'd like it since the cabin is a bit More smaller than you'd find on newer ships but it was all good, no small part due to the adequate storage we found. Even in the tiny bathroom!

Entertainment: Russ, the Cruise Director, is very engaging and did a great job hosting all the evening shows, which were cruise standard singing, dancing, and the like. We thought the cast did a fine job and the guest singer was fabulous. We attended two lectures, one of which had us hanging on every word (given by Mario, the Art Director) and the other of which was a yawn.

Spa: didn't go to the spa except on a ship's tour the first day. Everyone seemed excited about the big showers that were available for anyone to use. When we saw the itty-bitty shower in our cabin we understand why. LOL

Family and Children: given that it was a Christmas cruise, there were plenty of families on board. I didn't notice many--if any--children though.

Shore Excursions: we did several and were extremely pleased with all of them. Azamara hires plenty of transportation for their tour groups and we were never crowded. The tour guides we had were engaging. Even without the discount (sadly no longer offered) I would have no qualms about booking excursions through Azamara.

Embarkation: easy and well-organized; same with getting off the ship on the last day.

Service: stellar. This is what Azamara is known for and rightfully so. This ship has a crew who is professional, genuinely welcoming, and attentive to your needs. Azamara's best selling point in our books.

Value for Money: what appears to be expensive at first glance readily reveals its value as the cruise days pass. We had plenty to drink. Wine, beer, standard mixed and water are included. Not all brands but we didn't feel the need to upgrade. The full list of included and not included is on Azamara's website so we knew beforehand what to expect. We had free laundry because of our loyalty status but there's a laundry room as well so you can do your own washing and ironing if you so desire. Gratuities were included in the fare. We really liked not having to consider additional expenses once we boarded and this added to the relaxation factor.

Summary: we loved our first voyage with Azamara. The crew made us feel like special guests. We walked off the ship more relaxed and happy than we have on any other cruise we've taken. Less

Published 01/16/14
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Cabin review: 046085 Club Oceanview Stateroom

Our cabin was at the aft end of the ship. No vibrations or engine noises. The cabin is on the small side but comfortably appointed and we liked it very much. We slept well in the bed. Adequate storage. The bathroom is very small but it too has enough storage. The shower must be the smallest around but it did the job of getting us clean and in the end, was really a non-issue.

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