Embarkation was speedy but there was no food available and we had missed lunch. The patio area was not open at about 3.30 pm when we boarded despite indicating it was in "Pursuits"
Crew were helpful and accommodating. Service with a smile.
Dinner in the dining room was very good in terms of quality and choice. Breakfast and Lunch in Windows cafe was a little repetitive and no sushi offering at lunch. We did not eat in Windows nor use the other 2 restaurants (Aqua and Prime)any evening..
Ports were interesting
Entertainment was poor. We don't go to shows preferring music while we have a pre or post dinner drink or coffee. Guitarist and piano player were both poor and repetitive.. Can't comment on the shows as we don't do shows.
Wifi is expensive and poor. Azamara need to address this as it could be a deal breaker for us
TV entertainment is extremely poor. We were on-board for 17 days and films from 1st week were repeated on the second week. Some cruisers spend time in their cabin and like to relax and watch a film, not so on this ship. Offering was really poor unless you wanted to pay for a film. Some passengers don't want fancy shows but prefer quieter entertainment.
Communication in "Pursuits" needs to be a bit more forward thinking e.g. "no bus into port a Salalah" needed to be communicated well ahead of the night before we docked. This resulted in a rush to book a tour for those that wanted to go ashore after 4 nights at sea.
Cabin was fine but a little crowded. The little table had to be moved to sit at the dressing table and we had to request that a cupboard door be fixed as it was hanging off when we arrived. There was sometimes noise from the Cabaret Lounge but we did not find this an issue. Balcony furniture was much improved.
Good port to explore and easy to organise your own tour to Pompeii, Capri etc.
We did not dock at Messina but anchored in Guardini Naxos, a short taxi journey up to Toarmina much better than docking a Messina which involves a much longer journey to Toarmina by organised tour. Toarmina itself offers history, views and shopping and is a excellent port to explore.
Docked in Aqaba overnight. Not a lot in Aqaba itself. The main attraction is Petra, a 2 hour drive away. At this port we pre- organised a private tour that included car, driver, guide and entrance and guide at Petra. We did this through Viator and Red Rock Tours. Petra is wonderful although can be crowded with lots of people, carriages, horses and donkeys. We chose to walk and allowed us to understand (with the help of guide) the history and their lifestyle of that time. Only downside our private arrangement was that the lunch was poor but it did not detract from the place and the people
Part of Sulalah and surrounding tour. This Souk is near the beach and sells, oman perfumes (including frankincense) and items of clothing. It felt safe and gave an idea of the people. The sellers were not intimidating and friendly.View All 3 Al Husn Souk Reviews
Sulalah is 15 miles from the port. There is no bus service and no taxis available on the dock. You need to pick up a taxi at the dock gate and they seemed expensive. We opted for a Salalah and surroundings tour, that gave us a flavour of the people and the culture of this beautiful country.
This tour gave us an overview of Muscat. A very different middle eastern city compared to Dubai.. We took the city tour but you could also walk along the front not far from the dock gates. An interesting port with lots of options depending on what you find interesting.View All 31 City Tour Reviews
Modern city with little history. We took a taxi (available on the dock) to the nearest Metro station and travelled to the Marina area. The Metro allows you see the city rather than a taxi. We bought a day ticket at the ticket office. The Metro sits higher up like a monorail allowing you to view the various points of interest and shopping malls. We then walked to the Marina area although you can take transfer to a tram to take you to the Marina and then walk on down to the Walk and the Beach which is a shopping, restaurant and beach area.
Civitavecchia is a working port and is 1 hour 30 minutes from Rome