After sailing on the mega new ships, we found the difference on a smaller boutique ship profound. Azamara is owned by Royal Caribbean. We chose the line because of the complimentary beverages (wine and standard cocktail brands), prepaid gratuities and longer stays in the ports of call. The daily wine selections were fantastic and as a foodie, the culinary cuisine left us craving for more. Whether we dined in the upgraded restaurants, poolside, at the Cafe or room service, the presentations were works of art and the food was 5 star. Kudos to the chefs. Amazing.
The service by every single staff member was extraordinary. We loved the intimacy of the ship and did not feel like cattle being corralled to anything. No long lines and no waiting for anything. We loved the longer days in port. It takes all the pressure off of being rushed back to the ship.
The excursions were well organized including the Azamara Evening, a complimentary event when all the passengers are escorted to a venue on shore for a private entertainment experience. Ours was in Crete. In the middle of the town's square, we were dazzled by a famous Greek pianist while being served wine and sweets. As the grand finale, the ship shot off fireworks that took our breath away.
Gorgeous! Bed, pillows and linen super comfortable. Bright and cheery. White and cream colors. Loved the spacious balcony and inside sitting area. Much larger than the bigger new ships. I think the room may have been a handicap room because of the bathroom/shower accessories. A definite plus. Choose if you can. The room was right by the stairways and we never heard a thing. Amazing engineering.