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We boarded the Quest in Istanbul, after a problem with the berthing location, which had been changed from Sarayburnu to Karakoy before we arrived, and Azamara had not informed us. We found the berth after a wild taxi ride, reimbursed by Azamara. Our boarding was flawless and hospitable, but we were surprised at the security measures taken ; more than at an airport! Our cabin, port side, Level 6, was fine, with verandah, and was for disabled; however, the automatic door opener did not work and we were told later that a new part would be delivered within 22 days. We were very impressed with the dining in the Discovery Restaurant; the food, the variety, the service, the organization were at least as good as any restaurant in our area in Marin, CA. The Windows Cafe , which is buffet style , we used for breakfast and lunch was also very impressive. A wide variety of foods with nothing missing and attentive service, even to the point of assisting with carrying your choices to your table. Nanunga, one of the few women waiters, was in both Discovery and Windows and impressed us with her good natured assistance. Entertainment was OK, but not outstanding. WiFi was a rip-off. Visham at Client Relations was very helpful and patient, and Yasemine at Concierge, too, was very helpful. The Land Discoveries were a mixed bag. Part of the problem was that the descriptions of the arduousness of the various Land excursions were not always accurate. For example, the description for Santorini vastly under-reported the number of steps required on the tour, particularly if one was to take the cable elevator back, which most people do; that part alone had over 100 steps! Ephesus, on the other hand, had an over-stated difficulty, as my traveling companions reported, so I missed out on what was a nice tour. Disembarking went very smoothly . In summary, we really enjoyed our first cruise and liked the personal, caring touch of the Azamara Quest. We'll do it again!  

First cruise, impressed.

Azamara Quest Cruise Review by mhancock

Trip Details
We boarded the Quest in Istanbul, after a problem with the berthing location, which had been changed from Sarayburnu to Karakoy before we arrived, and Azamara had not informed us. We found the berth after a wild taxi ride, reimbursed by Azamara.
Our boarding was flawless and hospitable, but we were surprised at the security measures taken ; more than at an airport!
Our cabin, port side, Level 6, was fine, with verandah, and was for disabled; however, the automatic door opener did not work and we were told later that a new part would be delivered within 22 days.
We were very impressed with the dining in the Discovery Restaurant; the food, the variety, the service, the organization were at least as good as any restaurant in our area in Marin, CA.
The Windows Cafe , which is buffet style , we used for breakfast and lunch was also very impressive. A wide variety of foods with nothing missing and attentive service, even to the point of assisting with carrying your choices to your table. Nanunga, one of the few women waiters, was in both Discovery and Windows and impressed us with her good natured assistance.
Entertainment was OK, but not outstanding.
WiFi was a rip-off.
Visham at Client Relations was very helpful and patient, and Yasemine at Concierge, too, was very helpful.
The Land Discoveries were a mixed bag. Part of the problem was that the descriptions of the arduousness of the various Land excursions were not always accurate. For example, the description for Santorini vastly under-reported the number of steps required on the tour, particularly if one was to take the cable elevator back, which most people do; that part alone had over 100 steps! Ephesus, on the other hand, had an over-stated difficulty, as my traveling companions reported, so I missed out on what was a nice tour.
Disembarking went very smoothly .
In summary, we really enjoyed our first cruise and liked the personal, caring touch of the Azamara Quest. We'll do it again!
 
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Cabin 6056
We liked our cabin, and it was always kept clean. Fresh fruit every day. The veranda was nice, with two chairs and a table. The sliding door latch was unusual and took some getting used to. The TV was fine.
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