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Just completed our third Azamara Cruise. It was from Singapore to Hong Kong via Thailand and Vietnam. It was a very port intensive cruise with only 3 sea days. We had a great time. We ate in Discoveries (MDR) every night and enjoyed all our meals. We did, however feel that there were no 'wow' meals like filet steak or lobster. Most nights we shared a table and enjoyed meeting lots of people. We ate breakfast in Windows ( the buffet) most days, except when we had early starts when we had breakfast in our stateroom. As always a great choice of breakfast offerings - I especially love the ginger based small smoothie made freshly. At lunch- times we always ate at the Pool Grill - on several days there were cooking stations set up there for stir frys or pasta dishes, where you chose your own ingredients and had them cooked to order for you. We also enjoyed the Jazz Brunch in Discoveries, and the Dim Sum Brunch was a very welcome new offering. The White Night was, as always, excellent. Great buffet food, especially the wonderful fruits station and, of course, the crepes suzette. The Azamazing evening was the best ever, although it was quite a long drive away. It was in Bangkok at the Ancient City, which is a huge park with recreated old Bangkok buildings. When we got off the buses, we were taken in open trams. When we got off the trams there were drinks and snacks. We then saw a great show of Thai traditional dancing and a choreographed exhibition of kick-boxing, followed by an amazing fireworks display. Then we were each given a candle with flowers in a leaf to light and float down the steam - a truly magical event. The first destination was Koh Samui, only for half a day. This was a tender port and we just had a wander around the little town and watched the fishing boats and fish market on the pier. The next port was Bangkok, where we were for two and a half days. It was very interesting sitting on our verandah watching the Quest go up the Chao Praya River nearly to the middle of Bangkok. There were free shuttles every half hour to take us right into the middle of Bangkok to the Central World mall. As we have been to Bangkok before we did our own thing. We got the Skytrain and then water taxi up the river to the Royal Barges museum on one day, and on the other day went shopping for an IPad (cheaper than at home) and for presents for our grand-children. The next destination was Ho Ch Minh City, where we stayed for a day and a half. Again the approach up the Snake River into the middle of the city was very interesting. As we had not been to Vietnam before we had got together with a group through the Cruise Critic Roll Call, one of whom had organised 4 Vietnam tours with a Vietnam travel company, at a much lower price than for the ship's excursions. On the first half day we had a city tour of Ho Chi Minh, going to the are-unification Palace, Notre Dam Cathedral, the Post Office and a huge market. On the second day we had a tour to the Mekong Delta, which was great. The next destination was Da Nang (1 day) and our tour was to Hoi An, which we really loved. It included a visit to a silk workshop, and we were able to buy some silk items very cheaply. The last destination in Vietnam was Halong Bay, where we were for a day and a half. On the first half- day we tendered ashore and got a taxi across the bridge into the main town. It took us to the fishing harbour and a local market. Fascinating! On the full day the group had a full day junk tour of Halong Bay, which we all enjoyed. We met some lovely people on the cruise and were wonderfully looked after by all the crew and staff! A fabulous holiday.

Azamazing as Ever

Azamara Quest Cruise Review by grandma cruising

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2015
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Club Veranda Stateroom
Just completed our third Azamara Cruise. It was from Singapore to Hong Kong via Thailand and Vietnam. It was a very port intensive cruise with only 3 sea days. We had a great time.

We ate in Discoveries (MDR) every night and enjoyed all our meals. We did, however feel that there were no 'wow' meals like filet steak or lobster. Most nights we shared a table and enjoyed meeting lots of people. We ate breakfast in Windows ( the buffet) most days, except when we had early starts when we had breakfast in our stateroom. As always a great choice of breakfast offerings - I especially love the ginger based small smoothie made freshly.

At lunch- times we always ate at the Pool Grill - on several days there were cooking stations set up there for stir frys or pasta dishes, where you chose your own ingredients and had them cooked to order for you.

We also enjoyed the Jazz Brunch in Discoveries, and the Dim Sum Brunch was a very welcome new offering.

The White Night was, as always, excellent. Great buffet food, especially the wonderful fruits station and, of course, the crepes suzette. The Azamazing evening was the best ever, although it was quite a long drive away. It was in Bangkok at the Ancient City, which is a huge park with recreated old Bangkok buildings. When we got off the buses, we were taken in open trams. When we got off the trams there were drinks and snacks. We then saw a great show of Thai traditional dancing and a choreographed exhibition of kick-boxing, followed by an amazing fireworks display. Then we were each given a candle with flowers in a leaf to light and float down the steam - a truly magical event.

The first destination was Koh Samui, only for half a day. This was a tender port and we just had a wander around the little town and watched the fishing boats and fish market on the pier. The next port was Bangkok, where we were for two and a half days. It was very interesting sitting on our verandah watching the Quest go up the Chao Praya River nearly to the middle of Bangkok. There were free shuttles every half hour to take us right into the middle of Bangkok to the Central World mall. As we have been to Bangkok before we did our own thing. We got the Skytrain and then water taxi up the river to the Royal Barges museum on one day, and on the other day went shopping for an IPad (cheaper than at home) and for presents for our grand-children.

The next destination was Ho Ch Minh City, where we stayed for a day and a half. Again the approach up the Snake River into the middle of the city was very interesting. As we had not been to Vietnam before we had got together with a group through the Cruise Critic Roll Call, one of whom had organised 4 Vietnam tours with a Vietnam travel company, at a much lower price than for the ship's excursions. On the first half day we had a city tour of Ho Chi Minh, going to the are-unification Palace, Notre Dam Cathedral, the Post Office and a huge market.

On the second day we had a tour to the Mekong Delta, which was great.

The next destination was Da Nang (1 day) and our tour was to Hoi An, which we really loved. It included a visit to a silk workshop, and we were able to buy some silk items very cheaply.

The last destination in Vietnam was Halong Bay, where we were for a day and a half. On the first half- day we tendered ashore and got a taxi across the bridge into the main town. It took us to the fishing harbour and a local market. Fascinating! On the full day the group had a full day junk tour of Halong Bay, which we all enjoyed.

We met some lovely people on the cruise and were wonderfully looked after by all the crew and staff! A fabulous holiday.
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Club Veranda Stateroom
Cabin V3 6087
Enough room, wonderful bed and bedding, plenty of storage space, two chairs and table on the verandah, bathroom on the small side and shower has curtain. Plenty of hot water.
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