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We selected to try Azamara due to the itinerary offered: 2 sea days from/to Miami; St.John USVI; Terre de Haut - Guadeloupe; Roseau - Dominica (2 months prior sail date replaced by Philipsburg - St Maarten); Charlestown - Nevis; Gustavia - St Barts; Virgin Gorda - BVI (replaced during cruise due to bad weather & swells by St Croix USVI). We have sailed with Cunard's QM2; Royal Caribbean's Monarch; Holland America Line (Nieuw Amsterdam & Volendam), Oceania's Riviera , some ships repeat stays as we love them. We have booked verandas or even suites before depending on offered routes. We love to interact with other passengers and arrange also own excursions or join happily other initiatives. Embarkation went very quickly in about 45 minutes we were onboard. The Quest ship is in an excellent state, clean, sparkling and well maintained everywhere from tender dock upwards to the top. Staff is cleaning day&night and it shows. Our cabin 8003 is well appointed with fresh fruit & flowers and the cabin again is kept very clean, even the windows with some sea spray during some windy days in January in the Caribbean (!) are cleant the next day. Erwin & colleague cabin attendant work very hard, who even 'own' half of the ship (with keeping clean the Spa suites on floor up) really know your day rithme and work around it perfectly. Many times already mentioned about the small shower & curtain, only I can say is that the lovely thick bath towels can not dry on the rail as you need to double fold them, so we hang them to dry on the clothes cupboard in the cabin, at least we could use them again the next day one more time. Dining is very good: the food is excellent, whether you take the buffet, the little grill for burgers or the main dining room. Standard is very high. We can only say that due to sailing on a smaller ship, some lines in front of the buffet are more difficult as there is less walking space left to manoeuvre holding a plate. Some passengers live in a bubbly and do not see that 3 other passengers are behind them trying to walk-on, but it is impossible to get around the first person. Entertainment & activities: there was a cluster of lectures on the life of former President Reagan which were held on seadays and one late afternoon. Actually very interesting but I guess I wass the youngest attendee being 50 years old :-). Other activities were there as quizzes or morning stretches which I did not participate. Entertainment was excellent: esspecially of the ship's band played 'live' and the singers & dancers and also Russ the Cruise Director sang along. I enjoyed it because they were doing a real 'live' performance and it was done via the heart and you could feel it. The Azamara's White Night supposed to be completely outside but due to some bad weather, the BBQ was outdoors and the concert with dancing was moved last-minute to the Caberet Lounge. The Captain & staff tried so hard to keep it all outside but unfortunately could not stop the rain. It still was a fun-filled event, well done! Allow me to stress that the Cruise Director Russ was sooo nice and professional! We have seen many CDs and many of them only claim the stage to employe there big own ego. Fortunately Russ is quite the opposite and shows amongst his talents that he has class with his entire team of singers/actors and dansers. Azamazing Evening was organized at the dock in Philipsburg and that is why the Roseau - Dominica port was moved, as the latter could not have coped. St Maarten provided a welcome schoolband with dansers and to follow was two piece drum band and than the Caribbean jazz/classical quartet. All very nice and before everyone rejoined the ship, on the dock was a small musical reception with the ship's band again and a glass of champagne. Staff is excellent anywhere and everywhere. The staff is besides serving you, always setting up or breaking down event set ups, such as chocolate midnight buffet; White Night; flambee stations at main dining room; lunch buffets; cooking stations, it is all hard work but they do with a smile. Azamara does make sure that the smaller ships keeps changing the settings and atmosphere so there should be no repeat possible to bore passengers. Also the hostess in charge of seating at the main dining room for dinner, altough under great pressure to try to seat everyone quickly, had always a smile and remained pleasant. Also the chefs behind the buffets, the servers on popular outdoor deck, the waiters in the main dining room, they work fast and also show a bit of their own character which makes them pleasant to be waited by. Nothing is worse in our experience to have only subservant service and staff is not able to be human or can have laugh on your own expense. Each destination will provide a beach and some have great access via nice shared taxi busses and even offer a snorkel trail like St John. Nevis' beaches are not the greatest but the botanical gardens are a treat. A fellow passenger shared a tip in St Maarten to go kayaking from the French part to Pinel island and St Barts you could have rented beach chairs only for US$100 per bed on Shell Beach! We never book the ship's excursions anywhere as we are not afraid to walk down the pier, finding local transport to bring us exactly where other ships tours will bring other passengers for the third of the price. Of course it is a choice you can make and with a little research (and luck) it goed a long way. Disembarkation was ok, I am just surprised that two on-duty immigration officers handle a 600 passenger ship. There were only two lines open and other officers stood stand-by and replaced the other serving officers. In many other non-USA ports we experience a smoother and more quickly transition, where you would think that Miami knows how to handle this better? Conclusion: we had a great cruise, made specially interesting as we met overall great fellow cruise passengers who all seem to enjoy having friendly talks with everyone and of which some have become now cruise friends for the future. We have heard on-board about comparing Quest with Journey and comparing captains or cruise directors from either ship. We only know Quest but we can say compared to other cruiselines we definately will book Quest again. We could not find any fault (nor that we were looking) and we truly had an excellent time. Due to bad weather the captain and his staff made sure that the ship was sent around the worst bit of weather avoiding wind & heavy (5m.) swells and the captain presented his different route a couple of times during the day. Ensuring all passengers were heard and he even posted weather updates next the Mosaic Cafe and happily personally pointed the new posters to passers-by. I have not experienced this before on any ship and I was glad he selected a route which provided all of us with more comfort. Thank you!

Fabulous West Indies Cruise (even weather changed our course a little)

Azamara Quest Cruise Review by MobyandDick

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2017
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Club Veranda Stateroom
We selected to try Azamara due to the itinerary offered: 2 sea days from/to Miami; St.John USVI; Terre de Haut - Guadeloupe; Roseau - Dominica (2 months prior sail date replaced by Philipsburg - St Maarten); Charlestown - Nevis; Gustavia - St Barts; Virgin Gorda - BVI (replaced during cruise due to bad weather & swells by St Croix USVI).

We have sailed with Cunard's QM2; Royal Caribbean's Monarch; Holland America Line (Nieuw Amsterdam & Volendam), Oceania's Riviera , some ships repeat stays as we love them. We have booked verandas or even suites before depending on offered routes. We love to interact with other passengers and arrange also own excursions or join happily other initiatives.

Embarkation went very quickly in about 45 minutes we were onboard.

The Quest ship is in an excellent state, clean, sparkling and well maintained everywhere from tender dock upwards to the top. Staff is cleaning day&night and it shows.

Our cabin 8003 is well appointed with fresh fruit & flowers and the cabin again is kept very clean, even the windows with some sea spray during some windy days in January in the Caribbean (!) are cleant the next day. Erwin & colleague cabin attendant work very hard, who even 'own' half of the ship (with keeping clean the Spa suites on floor up) really know your day rithme and work around it perfectly.

Many times already mentioned about the small shower & curtain, only I can say is that the lovely thick bath towels can not dry on the rail as you need to double fold them, so we hang them to dry on the clothes cupboard in the cabin, at least we could use them again the next day one more time.

Dining is very good: the food is excellent, whether you take the buffet, the little grill for burgers or the main dining room. Standard is very high. We can only say that due to sailing on a smaller ship, some lines in front of the buffet are more difficult as there is less walking space left to manoeuvre holding a plate. Some passengers live in a bubbly and do not see that 3 other passengers are behind them trying to walk-on, but it is impossible to get around the first person.

Entertainment & activities: there was a cluster of lectures on the life of former President Reagan which were held on seadays and one late afternoon. Actually very interesting but I guess I wass the youngest attendee being 50 years old :-). Other activities were there as quizzes or morning stretches which I did not participate. Entertainment was excellent: esspecially of the ship's band played 'live' and the singers & dancers and also Russ the Cruise Director sang along. I enjoyed it because they were doing a real 'live' performance and it was done via the heart and you could feel it. The Azamara's White Night supposed to be completely outside but due to some bad weather, the BBQ was outdoors and the concert with dancing was moved last-minute to the Caberet Lounge. The Captain & staff tried so hard to keep it all outside but unfortunately could not stop the rain. It still was a fun-filled event, well done! Allow me to stress that the Cruise Director Russ was sooo nice and professional! We have seen many CDs and many of them only claim the stage to employe there big own ego. Fortunately Russ is quite the opposite and shows amongst his talents that he has class with his entire team of singers/actors and dansers.

Azamazing Evening was organized at the dock in Philipsburg and that is why the Roseau - Dominica port was moved, as the latter could not have coped. St Maarten provided a welcome schoolband with dansers and to follow was two piece drum band and than the Caribbean jazz/classical quartet. All very nice and before everyone rejoined the ship, on the dock was a small musical reception with the ship's band again and a glass of champagne.

Staff is excellent anywhere and everywhere. The staff is besides serving you, always setting up or breaking down event set ups, such as chocolate midnight buffet; White Night; flambee stations at main dining room; lunch buffets; cooking stations, it is all hard work but they do with a smile. Azamara does make sure that the smaller ships keeps changing the settings and atmosphere so there should be no repeat possible to bore passengers. Also the hostess in charge of seating at the main dining room for dinner, altough under great pressure to try to seat everyone quickly, had always a smile and remained pleasant. Also the chefs behind the buffets, the servers on popular outdoor deck, the waiters in the main dining room, they work fast and also show a bit of their own character which makes them pleasant to be waited by. Nothing is worse in our experience to have only subservant service and staff is not able to be human or can have laugh on your own expense.

Each destination will provide a beach and some have great access via nice shared taxi busses and even offer a snorkel trail like St John. Nevis' beaches are not the greatest but the botanical gardens are a treat. A fellow passenger shared a tip in St Maarten to go kayaking from the French part to Pinel island and St Barts you could have rented beach chairs only for US$100 per bed on Shell Beach! We never book the ship's excursions anywhere as we are not afraid to walk down the pier, finding local transport to bring us exactly where other ships tours will bring other passengers for the third of the price. Of course it is a choice you can make and with a little research (and luck) it goed a long way.

Disembarkation was ok, I am just surprised that two on-duty immigration officers handle a 600 passenger ship. There were only two lines open and other officers stood stand-by and replaced the other serving officers. In many other non-USA ports we experience a smoother and more quickly transition, where you would think that Miami knows how to handle this better?

Conclusion: we had a great cruise, made specially interesting as we met overall great fellow cruise passengers who all seem to enjoy having friendly talks with everyone and of which some have become now cruise friends for the future. We have heard on-board about comparing Quest with Journey and comparing captains or cruise directors from either ship. We only know Quest but we can say compared to other cruiselines we definately will book Quest again. We could not find any fault (nor that we were looking) and we truly had an excellent time.

Due to bad weather the captain and his staff made sure that the ship was sent around the worst bit of weather avoiding wind & heavy (5m.) swells and the captain presented his different route a couple of times during the day. Ensuring all passengers were heard and he even posted weather updates next the Mosaic Cafe and happily personally pointed the new posters to passers-by. I have not experienced this before on any ship and I was glad he selected a route which provided all of us with more comfort. Thank you!
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