We love days at sea and we love the smaller ship experience. It had been almost 10 years since we were last on Azamara Quest and we leapt at the opportunity to do another transatlantic on the ship. Azamara didn't disappoint. The Quest is still beautiful and in good condition - clean and well-maintained. The staff to a person were all outstanding - cheerful, competent and eager to assist. The itinerary was a delight for us: a week at sea, a couple of ports (Ponta Delgado, Azores, Huelva, Spain, Gibraltar, UK, Tangier, Morocco), another day at sea and then an overnight in Barcelona. We were so fortunate with the weather the whole time: most days were partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-60s during the day dropping the low 50s at night. The seas were mostly calm with only small swells. We did have a couple of days when the outside deck on the 5th level was closed due to wind and/or spray. The only really rainy day was in Ponta Delgado, Azores. Other than that the weather couldn't have been better.
Embarkation in Miami was well-managed and smooth - in just a few minutes we were onboard, greeted with a glass of champagne and soon thereafter, enjoying a delightful buffet lunch. Our cabins were ready around 1:30pm.
Breakfast on our veranda is one of our major pleasures and Azamara does not charge for 24 hour room service! A phone call announced the imminent arrival of our tray - replete with a table cloth for the veranda table! Fresh squeezed orange juice and eggs benedict! It is one of the luxuries of cruising that is vital to us. From our verandah we spied flying fish, dolphins and whales on this cruise.
Response from BonnieM, CBO - Azamara Club Cruises
Our cabin was right by the forward stairs/elevators and couldn't have been in a more perfect position from our viewpoint: two flights up to the Fitness Center/spa or pool and two flights down to the Cabaret Theater, Mosaic Café and the main dining room. The cabin was well outfitted and decorated in a sleek silver/blue color scheme. Closet room and drawer space were adequate. We could have used a couple more permanent hanging hooks on the walls outside the closet for robes, jackets, etc. Our veranda was on the small side, but comfortable with a table and two chairs. The shower is tiny and the shower curtain is a bit of a challenge. The amenities (soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.) were top notch and plentiful. The linens were smooth and comfortable.