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Azamara Quest Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Azamara Quest in the Med: very good overall but a few nits to pick.

Review for Azamara Quest to the Western Mediterranean
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Milt Baker
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: May 2016
Cabin: Club Continent Suite

Although my wife and I have taken many cruises, our May 2016 Mediterranean cruise was our first on Royal Caribbean’s upscale Azamara line and for us it was a most enjoyable one. We rate it a solid B+.

Getting things off to a good start, our boarding process in Pireaus, Greece, was quick, easy and painless. Azamara’s shoreside crew was well-organized and well-managed, and we breezed through boarding in about 15 minutes, no doubt helped by arriving a few minutes ahead of the advertised start time for boarding. We were welcomed aboard with a glass of chilled Champagne, a nice touch. Once aboard a most pleasant crewmember offered to tag our carry-on bag and have it delivered to our cabin, a thoughtful service we took advantage of before going off to the buffet lunch. Our bags arrived at our cabin door within a couple of hours, just after an optional 15-minute tour of the ship’s principal public spaces.

On the day we arrived Amamara Quest’s master, Captain Carl Smith, was just back from two months of shore leave, and his enthusiasm for being back onboard shined through in everything he did. Whenever there was anything of interest to his passengers, he was quick to pick up the microphone and tell us about it—book, chapter and verse. As a retired career U.S. Navy officer, I was impressed with his approach and his commentary. During our tour of the bridge (offered only if you ask at guest relations, BTW) and throughout the cruise he came across as a serious and focused seagoing officer who loves his job and takes pride in being very good at what he does. I’d go to sea with him any time, any place! The rest of his officers kept a lower profile, but those I met came across as professional and well-trained.

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Club Continent Suite

Cabin N1

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Port Reviews

Athens (Piraeus)

No excursion taken

Santorini

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Taormina (Messina)

No excursion taken

Monaco (Monte Carlo)

No excursion taken

Sorrento

No excursion taken

Rome (Civitavecchia)

No excursion taken

Florence (Livorno)

No excursion taken

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