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The review is overdue, but I feel that I must recount the following details of a truly wonderful 32 days cruising we had on the Quest post dry dock – 15 April and 1 May sailings from Singapore to Dubai to Athens. We boarded promptly on our arrival at the Singapore Cruise Centre and soon were amongst very excited fellow travellers and our extended ‘family’. We were very impressed with the itinerary not having been to this part of the world before. A Suez Canal transit had long been on my bucket list. What ensured was two terrific itineraries back to back with great ports and positive post dry dock experiences that further confirmed our preference of and continued commitment to cruising Azamara. If you’ve never been to India, Oman, Jordan and Israel consider doing it with Azamara you won’t be disappointed. We enjoyed our Continental Cabin very much and loved everything about it. Some of the things we enjoyed that there were usb chargers incorporated into the reading light switches, the drawer system provided heaps of storage, the beds, linens and soft furnishings were all very beautiful and new. We felt we were really spoilt with the complimentary speciality dining access, afternoon savouries and just the extra space and always a view ‘to die for’! Absolutely loved the new Interactive TV system. Noticeable differences were mostly stubble, with the exception of the staterooms, laundry, widows seating and vast improvements to the Living Room [formerly The Looking Glass]. This once under unutilised area has had a major refurbishment and the décor and ambience is stunning. It is now well patronised with the addition of a small sandwich bar at noon which becomes a Tapas bar from 5pm, the installation of a coffee bar [which takes the pressure off the Coffee Shop on Deck 5], good background live entertainment from 6pm and overall a great place to enjoy the complimentary drinks and great company. It is also well used post late evening shows. As these were ‘hot’ cruises we enjoyed the fact that the Sunset Bar hadn’t become an Asian fusion restaurant and was retained in its original format for us to enjoy. A number of firm friendships were rekindled (from prior Azamara sailings) with new ones being made by these new sailings. We very much enjoyed seeing our regular our ‘Azamara family’ again an opportunity to meet ‘new family members’. This was our seventh and eighth Azamara cruises and our first opportunity to sail with Captain Jose who is delightful, entertaining and extremely professional. We had both Russ and Tony as Cruise Directors who each bring their own personal stamp to these positons. They were ably supported by professional and friendly team. Hotel Director, Phillip remains one of the most delightfull human beings we’ve ever met. Right from the top of the staff, (Senior Officers) to the remainder of the crew I’m in awe of how well the ship runs behind the scenes. I can’t speak highly enough of all to the teams we interacted with, which wasn’t limited to only the entertainers, musicians, security staff, waitstaff, guest relations and shore discoveries. The service, friendliness and professionalism is and continues to be outstanding and we’re really not interested in taking our business elsewhere to better the experiences we have had. In our belief this is what puts Azamara aside from its competitors. On a down side, it was noticed there are still the few passengers that forget manners and appear negative and sometimes rude to staff that work long hours and spend much of their lives away from their families. It’s fortunate that Azamara appreciates their staff and crew when sadly some passengers didn’t. Despite what I had read in previous reviews the quality of the food ship wide was outstanding and probably at the best we’d ever had. We had Chef Monica and Chef Fabio to thank for this. We did the French Chef’s table for our wedding anniversary and whilst not hosted by an officer as advertised we received an excellent explanation of the food preparations from Chef Fabio and wine pairings from Sommelier Jackson. Again Azamara have exceeded our high expectations of cruising and we’ve already booked our next adventure with them. We thank the teams on the Quest for making this trip memorable. We can’t wait to go back.

Azamara have stepped up to the high bar yet again!

Azamara Quest Cruise Review by aussie travel bird

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2016
  • Destination: Middle East
  • Cabin Type: Club Continent Suite
The review is overdue, but I feel that I must recount the following details of a truly wonderful 32 days cruising we had on the Quest post dry dock – 15 April and 1 May sailings from Singapore to Dubai to Athens.

We boarded promptly on our arrival at the Singapore Cruise Centre and soon were amongst very excited fellow travellers and our extended ‘family’. We were very impressed with the itinerary not having been to this part of the world before. A Suez Canal transit had long been on my bucket list. What ensured was two terrific itineraries back to back with great ports and positive post dry dock experiences that further confirmed our preference of and continued commitment to cruising Azamara. If you’ve never been to India, Oman, Jordan and Israel consider doing it with Azamara you won’t be disappointed.

We enjoyed our Continental Cabin very much and loved everything about it. Some of the things we enjoyed that there were usb chargers incorporated into the reading light switches, the drawer system provided heaps of storage, the beds, linens and soft furnishings were all very beautiful and new. We felt we were really spoilt with the complimentary speciality dining access, afternoon savouries and just the extra space and always a view ‘to die for’! Absolutely loved the new Interactive TV system.

Noticeable differences were mostly stubble, with the exception of the staterooms, laundry, widows seating and vast improvements to the Living Room [formerly The Looking Glass]. This once under unutilised area has had a major refurbishment and the décor and ambience is stunning. It is now well patronised with the addition of a small sandwich bar at noon which becomes a Tapas bar from 5pm, the installation of a coffee bar [which takes the pressure off the Coffee Shop on Deck 5], good background live entertainment from 6pm and overall a great place to enjoy the complimentary drinks and great company. It is also well used post late evening shows. As these were ‘hot’ cruises we enjoyed the fact that the Sunset Bar hadn’t become an Asian fusion restaurant and was retained in its original format for us to enjoy.

A number of firm friendships were rekindled (from prior Azamara sailings) with new ones being made by these new sailings. We very much enjoyed seeing our regular our ‘Azamara family’ again an opportunity to meet ‘new family members’. This was our seventh and eighth Azamara cruises and our first opportunity to sail with Captain Jose who is delightful, entertaining and extremely professional. We had both Russ and Tony as Cruise Directors who each bring their own personal stamp to these positons. They were ably supported by professional and friendly team. Hotel Director, Phillip remains one of the most delightfull human beings we’ve ever met. Right from the top of the staff, (Senior Officers) to the remainder of the crew I’m in awe of how well the ship runs behind the scenes. I can’t speak highly enough of all to the teams we interacted with, which wasn’t limited to only the entertainers, musicians, security staff, waitstaff, guest relations and shore discoveries. The service, friendliness and professionalism is and continues to be outstanding and we’re really not interested in taking our business elsewhere to better the experiences we have had. In our belief this is what puts Azamara aside from its competitors. On a down side, it was noticed there are still the few passengers that forget manners and appear negative and sometimes rude to staff that work long hours and spend much of their lives away from their families. It’s fortunate that Azamara appreciates their staff and crew when sadly some passengers didn’t.

Despite what I had read in previous reviews the quality of the food ship wide was outstanding and probably at the best we’d ever had. We had Chef Monica and Chef Fabio to thank for this. We did the French Chef’s table for our wedding anniversary and whilst not hosted by an officer as advertised we received an excellent explanation of the food preparations from Chef Fabio and wine pairings from Sommelier Jackson.

Again Azamara have exceeded our high expectations of cruising and we’ve already booked our next adventure with them. We thank the teams on the Quest for making this trip memorable. We can’t wait to go back.
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Cabin Review

Club Continent Suite
Cabin N1 8066
Absolutely stunning, there's 6 CC suites that have deeper bathroom shelving than other CC suites. This is helpful but not a given when booking.
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