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Where do I start? This is our second Quest sailing and we are in the age range 51-52 ;) We booked through a TA having first noticed the deal on the Azamara site. Off I went to our favourite chilled out TA, thank you Karole Saint-Brice et al, brilliant as usual, you sorted it out for us. Big thanks also go to Azamara because what happened made us feel like we had won a fabulous prize, we are still buzzing. We flew from Gatwick using the Azamara provided package for the cruise, good flights on BA and an easy transfer at Nice airport. This was only the second time we had done this, as we usually book flights separately. Embarkation was a bit of a mess, the security was not ready and only one Azamara Lady was helping to get luggage tags on cases. More staff eventually arrived to help and as soon as Nice security got themselves in gear things went quickly and smoothly. Once on board it was just as if everything that bothered us drifted away and that is how it remained. Relaxed enjoyment, great company, lovely efficient crew. The food is as good as you want it to be, we are not big eaters, not into rigid formality, we eat when we are hungry and that is what Azamara is all about it lets you, be you. Everything is down to what you want to do, when and how you want to do it. Stay on board, wonder ashore and back, ashore again later on, it's up to you. The buzzy bit. The upgrade fairy visited us not once, but twice. Then we also got a present from Azamara Krystal of $100 OBC on top of the OBC we had already been given. We got our cabin decorated for DHs birthday and a card. For our 30th wedding anniversary we booked Prime C and had a cake and singing. To add to the Azamara buzzy bit, a very special buzzy person was Mike, one of our new cruise mates, who had arranged a card that he got all our new friends to sign and we had our own party on the evening of the White Night Party. It all worked wonderfully and all the staff helped when asked. Little nod to Josie the lovely entertainment manager who danced with my DH when I ran out of energy and did whatever she could to make things special. The Azamazing evening 'A night at the museum' was an experience NOT to miss and we had a wonderful time, once again it was relaxed. Getting there was easy and ordered, our deck was first off. The museum was not really ready, no nibbles or drinks, no matter, that was not why we were there. A private visit to a magnificent place, over looking the sea. Marvellous Monaco, viewed from the roof terrace as the sun set and the lights of Monte Carlo started twinkling. Playing with baby sharks, wondering how the stilt creatures stayed up without falling over or how the ballet dancers in the big bubbles stayed conscious! Listening to the mixture of classic and rock played on electric violins and on the natural history floor traditional harpists. It was all like being in a surealist painting or a live art installation were you became part of the vision. You could leave at anytime the shuttles (public transport buses) ran back and forward all evening. Ports - great, all of them! We only did one ship excursion to Florence and Pisa. Our guide was instantly approachable and made little jokes that she laughed at which made us all smile, not the jokes but her enjoyment of them. Florence, fantastic everyone must go. A sad thing happened there that still affects us in different ways, Azamara was not there to protect us. We were sat feeding some breakfast buns to the pidgeons when a very thin raggidy woman approached asking for money, this is a problem along with illegal street sellers in Florence. When we said sorry but no we had no change (we had no change less than a 50euro note), she took the bag of pastries from me, we thought she was going to feed the birds, she stuffed one in her mouth and ate the rest as she wondered off. We just sat there stunned and saddened, the sun still shone brightly but life went a little bit darker. The one problem with this excursion was, Pisa! Two couples decided to be late back to the meeting point in Florence which was the start of the problem, we were now running 30 minutes late, at least. Off we went to Pisa, the traffic was bad, an accident held us up too (nobody hurt). When we got there we were told the walk was about half a mile, half a mile my ..... as Jim Royal would say! It was at least a mile maybe more and being late it became a route march. When we got to the Field of Miracles we had precisely 35 minutes and reducing to see the three monuments. No going up the tower or visiting and marvelling inside the other monuments. You need tickets to get in (no time to get tickets) even if you did have a ticket,no time to run up and down the 296/294 steps of the leaning tower, so we only had time for a photo call, buy some Pisa tat and a toilet break. Those with walking problems or people who tire easily should be warned about the walk to and from the field of dreams at Pisa. Perhaps Azamara should also have arranged tickets for the monuments ahead of time, if possible. The warnings about being late returners to meeting points was clearly explained at the talk we all attended, before we boarded the buses for the excursion, "if you are late back to the meeting point, you make your own way to the ship", perhaps this should have been actioned! Especially when you consider we all had Galaxy tablets provided to make sure we did get back and could contact the Guide. Everyone else was there at least 10 minutes before time so as not to inconvenience others. Regardless of the blips, it was a great adventure and we shared it with lots of lovely fellow cruise mates. It also gave us some much needed exercise. Other reviews talk in detail about the ports of call and describe the detail much better than I would. They were all super, easy, relaxing, beautiful and worth the effort. Cabin. 8012. No problems and although it was connecting there was no noise. Our room stewards (amazing both of them) kindly brought us another comfy-ish chair as these cabins only have one. The supplied toiletries are good, I found out they work better with the water that the stuff I usually use. We are Explorer level so we happily had enough internet minutes to not run out, even with the very slow access. We also got and used, the free bag of laundry, excellent! You know I am going to have to say it, when we got home, we missed our new group of friends. We missed the ship, it's crew, it's passengers, Mosaic coffee, the coleslaw salad (sad but it was my favourite food), the looking glass lounge, the craic in the smoking zone. Fortunately all emails got collected and our ringleader (Mike) sent pictures out in several group emails, once he and his very nice, patient wife got home. In our group there were 14 different nationalities which further enhanced the Azamara experience. Oh dear! I need to book another Azamara cruise, probably on Quest, right now!  

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Azamara Quest Cruise Review by HudandPug

Trip Details
Where do I start? This is our second Quest sailing and we are in the age range 51-52 ;)
We booked through a TA having first noticed the deal on the Azamara site. Off I went to our favourite chilled out TA, thank you Karole Saint-Brice et al, brilliant as usual, you sorted it out for us.
Big thanks also go to Azamara because what happened made us feel like we had won a fabulous prize, we are still buzzing.
We flew from Gatwick using the Azamara provided package for the cruise, good flights on BA and an easy transfer at Nice airport. This was only the second time we had done this, as we usually book flights separately. Embarkation was a bit of a mess, the security was not ready and only one Azamara Lady was helping to get luggage tags on cases. More staff eventually arrived to help and as soon as Nice security got themselves in gear things went quickly and smoothly.
Once on board it was just as if everything that bothered us drifted away and that is how it remained. Relaxed enjoyment, great company, lovely efficient crew.
The food is as good as you want it to be, we are not big eaters, not into rigid formality, we eat when we are hungry and that is what Azamara is all about it lets you, be you. Everything is down to what you want to do, when and how you want to do it. Stay on board, wonder ashore and back, ashore again later on, it's up to you.
The buzzy bit. The upgrade fairy visited us not once, but twice. Then we also got a present from Azamara Krystal of $100 OBC on top of the OBC we had already been given. We got our cabin decorated for DHs birthday and a card. For our 30th wedding anniversary we booked Prime C and had a cake and singing. To add to the Azamara buzzy bit, a very special buzzy person was Mike, one of our new cruise mates, who had arranged a card that he got all our new friends to sign and we had our own party on the evening of the White Night Party. It all worked wonderfully and all the staff helped when asked. Little nod to Josie the lovely entertainment manager who danced with my DH when I ran out of energy and did whatever she could to make things special.
The Azamazing evening 'A night at the museum' was an experience NOT to miss and we had a wonderful time, once again it was relaxed. Getting there was easy and ordered, our deck was first off. The museum was not really ready, no nibbles or drinks, no matter, that was not why we were there. A private visit to a magnificent place, over looking the sea. Marvellous Monaco, viewed from the roof terrace as the sun set and the lights of Monte Carlo started twinkling. Playing with baby sharks, wondering how the stilt creatures stayed up without falling over or how the ballet dancers in the big bubbles stayed conscious! Listening to the mixture of classic and rock played on electric violins and on the natural history floor traditional harpists. It was all like being in a surealist painting or a live art installation were you became part of the vision. You could leave at anytime the shuttles (public transport buses) ran back and forward all evening.
Ports - great, all of them! We only did one ship excursion to Florence and Pisa. Our guide was instantly approachable and made little jokes that she laughed at which made us all smile, not the jokes but her enjoyment of them. Florence, fantastic everyone must go. A sad thing happened there that still affects us in different ways, Azamara was not there to protect us. We were sat feeding some breakfast buns to the pidgeons when a very thin raggidy woman approached asking for money, this is a problem along with illegal street sellers in Florence. When we said sorry but no we had no change (we had no change less than a 50euro note), she took the bag of pastries from me, we thought she was going to feed the birds, she stuffed one in her mouth and ate the rest as she wondered off. We just sat there stunned and saddened, the sun still shone brightly but life went a little bit darker.
The one problem with this excursion was, Pisa! Two couples decided to be late back to the meeting point in Florence which was the start of the problem, we were now running 30 minutes late, at least. Off we went to Pisa, the traffic was bad, an accident held us up too (nobody hurt). When we got there we were told the walk was about half a mile, half a mile my ..... as Jim Royal would say! It was at least a mile maybe more and being late it became a route march. When we got to the Field of Miracles we had precisely 35 minutes and reducing to see the three monuments. No going up the tower or visiting and marvelling inside the other monuments. You need tickets to get in (no time to get tickets) even if you did have a ticket,no time to run up and down the 296/294 steps of the leaning tower, so we only had time for a photo call, buy some Pisa tat and a toilet break. Those with walking problems or people who tire easily should be warned about the walk to and from the field of dreams at Pisa. Perhaps Azamara should also have arranged tickets for the monuments ahead of time, if possible. The warnings about being late returners to meeting points was clearly explained at the talk we all attended, before we boarded the buses for the excursion, "if you are late back to the meeting point, you make your own way to the ship", perhaps this should have been actioned! Especially when you consider we all had Galaxy tablets provided to make sure we did get back and could contact the Guide. Everyone else was there at least 10 minutes before time so as not to inconvenience others. Regardless of the blips, it was a great adventure and we shared it with lots of lovely fellow cruise mates. It also gave us some much needed exercise.
Other reviews talk in detail about the ports of call and describe the detail much better than I would. They were all super, easy, relaxing, beautiful and worth the effort.
Cabin. 8012. No problems and although it was connecting there was no noise. Our room stewards (amazing both of them) kindly brought us another comfy-ish chair as these cabins only have one. The supplied toiletries are good, I found out they work better with the water that the stuff I usually use.
We are Explorer level so we happily had enough internet minutes to not run out, even with the very slow access. We also got and used, the free bag of laundry, excellent!
You know I am going to have to say it, when we got home, we missed our new group of friends. We missed the ship, it's crew, it's passengers, Mosaic coffee, the coleslaw salad (sad but it was my favourite food), the looking glass lounge, the craic in the smoking zone. Fortunately all emails got collected and our ringleader (Mike) sent pictures out in several group emails, once he and his very nice, patient wife got home. In our group there were 14 different nationalities which further enhanced the Azamara experience.
Oh dear! I need to book another Azamara cruise, probably on Quest, right now!
 
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