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Azamara Quest Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Not So Amazing, Bali to Osaka

Review for Azamara Quest to Asia
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Baynanno1
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Mar 2016
Cabin: Club Veranda Stateroom
Early morning Bali harbour.
Arriving at Komodo Island.
Male Komodo Dragon on Komodo Island.
Orangutan at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
Male Proboscis Monkey at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.
Female Proboscis Monkey at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.
An opportunistic Macaque at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.
Silvery Lutung at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.
Male Oriental Pied Hornbill at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.
A stilt village in Sandakan, Malaysian Borneo, photographed from the ship.
White Night Party, Captain and crew with their home country flags after parading around decks 10 and 9.
Reflection in the highly polished central aisle of Manila Cathedral.
A side door of the UNESCO protected San Augustin Church in Manila.
Beautiful Taroko Gorge, Taiwan.
Taroko Gorge Waterfall.
The Central Cross-Island Highway's Eternal Spring Shrine, which was constructed in memory of the 226 workers who lost their lives during construction of the road.
Walking across a swing bridge, Taroko Gorge, Taiwan.
Hoenzaka Warehouse, constructed during the 5th century.
Osaka Castle, reflected in the pond of the beautiful Japanese Garden.
A closer view of Osaka Castle.
As I am unable to add to the text of my review, I will add here, my "shore excursions" were either alone or in small groups, although we met many fellow cruisers who were on ship arranged tours at the same venues.

With a couple of dozen cruises under our belts, seven of those on Azamara Journey, we had a fair knowledge of "good" and "not so good" staterooms and booked 4030 (low deck, midships in anticipation of the South China Sea) well in advance with a NO UPGRADE instruction to our TA.

STATEROOM(S)

4030 booked but "upgraded" to 6067 and subsequently to 7098

Cabin Review

Club Veranda Stateroom

Cabin V2

4030 booked but "upgraded" to 6067 and subsequently to 7098

The first night we had virtually no sleep due to a poorly adjusted air conditioner that regularly started up with a noise level similar to a large plane taking off!!! This was adjusted well by the wizard engineer, but we were still disturbed by some other mechanical noise.

So after a couple of days we were offered another move ... higher up ... to 7098 ... where the A/C again required adjusting. And the vibrations had to be experienced to be believed. Every night my bed vibrated and shuddered and I was lucky to get more than a few hours sleep each night for most of the cruise (overnights in port were a blessing).

When we reached cooler climates the stateroom temperature dropped dramatically due to lack of seal around the door to the balcony ... wind whistled in enough to push the closed heavy curtains away from the door and windows!!!

Several sea days were spent sitting in the Casino lounge area, as our stateroom was most uncomfortable due to vibrations making it impossible to rest.

Apart from temperature, noise & vibration, the stateroom was as expected from previous cruises on the Journey (which does not have the same vibration problem ... was it due to the propeller damage sustained in New Zealand?).

Port Reviews

Osaka

Very clean, as expected. Subway relatively easy to use, although "out of service" when I wanted to return to the ship from my trip to Osaka Castle, so had to use a taxi.

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