This was our fourth Azamara cruise. We chose it specifically because it started in New Orleans, a city we had always wanted to visit. We stayed in New Orleans, at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Iberville Street, for 5 nights and loved the city. Our hotel was extremely well located on the edge of the French Quarter and we were pleased with it.
Embarkation was, as usual, quick and easy and we were soon on board drinking our welcome glass of bubbly. Our stateroom on deck 6 was a verandah stateroom. There was plenty of storage space in the cabin, and the bed was very comfy. The large TV opposite the bed was great and there is a reasonable selection of channels to watch. The bathroom was small, with a small shower with a curtain, but it was fine and we liked the new shelves for storage as well as the cupboard under the sink. I always take a couple of sets of cloth pockets to hang on the hooks on the inside of the bathroom door so that I can find a home for everything.
We mainly used Discoveries (MDR) for our evening meal. We felt that the food had regained its Wow factor (missing on our last cruise). We loved the fact that although you can see the menu on the TV and outside the dining room each day, there are two main course dishes (Chefs Special and World Destination special) that are a surprise until your waiter tells you about them. The menu always had a great choice, with some dishes, such as Escargots in garlic butter, Prawns with Marie Rose sauce, New York strip steak, Salmon repeated every day alongside all the dishes of the day and the specials. Dining on Azamara is free time dining and most days we were able to be seated when we were ready (usually between 7:30 and 8:00pm). Sometimes we shared with others and sometimes had a table for two. We also bought a good value package for the two speciality restaurants - Prime C and Aqualina. The cover charge is normally $30 for each, but for $70 you can make 3 bookings. Meals there are exceptional, even better than the excellent quality in the MDR.
Very comfortable, nice bed, plenty of storage. Bathroom on the small side but OK. Has shower and shower-curtain, with washing line installed in shower. Large TV opposite bed, with reasonable range of channels. Settee and single chair plus coffee table.
Verandah with a table and 2 chairs.
No hooks on cabin walls I take magnetic ones which work well).
Wonderful city. If you like music make sure to visit Frenchman Street. The French Market is good too. If you are an art lover, visit City Park (take the Canal St Streetcar to the end of the line). You can visit the New Orleans Museum of Art (but not on a Monday when it's closed), the free ( and open every day) Westhof Sculpture Gardens and also, for a fee, see the Botanical gardens.
Nice shops, pretty town
Took the free shuttle to Casa de Campo - huge 'resort' with nothing to commend it. Just a great big marina and very expensive shops, restaurants and cafes. Only found out afterwards that we could have walked off the ship, gone up some steps and found taxis.
Very easy to walk around Wilhemstadt. Pretty town with lots of shops, restaurants and a good market.
Very expensive shops and restaurants. She'll Beach is very easy to walk to and very nice, but no sun beds or umbrellas. Need to take a towel that sit on.
Took a taxi to Mahoe Beach adjacent to the airport runway. Planes come in very low over the beach.
Didn't go ashore