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We chose this cruise because because with live in Antibes and it departed and returned to Nice (no flights). This was our second Azamara Quest cruise so we either like being abused or it was pretty good (the latter) All 'inclusive' which means you get standard wine and some cocktails "free" (without extra charge) No sparkling wine unless you pay extra. Not bad but not the best (Seabourn Sojourn is a step up). The food is generally good with buffet style for lunch and breakfast although you can have breakfast in the main dining room. Waiters are mainly male and Asian and are generally efficient and friendly. Some suffer from "goldfish syndrome". They take your order... go away... come back and ask you again. The two speciality restaurants Aqualina and Prime C are excellent. Actually better than those offered by Seabourn or Silversea. Both restaurants need to be booked and cost $25 per person. (club suites "free"). Prime C mainly steaks and beef. Aqualina mainly Italian (Dover sole is excellent). Service impeccable. Balcony cabins are small but adequate. The bed is comfortable. The shower room seems have been designed by a cheap caravan designer. Tiny shower with a plastic curtain. I should imagine larger passengers are continually getting stuck in the shower and ringing for help. The proverbial "no room to swing a cat" comes to mind (we actually like cats). Wardrobes are adequate for a 11 day cruise. (just) Club suites (deck 8) are larger but can suffer from noise from the pool deck above when they bring out the equipment for the poolside events. Worse when they take it down late at night. One of the reasons we booked an ordinary balcony suite on deck 7 after suffering a Club suite on deck 8. We of course had "Mr. Jolly Japes" entertainments director (or whatever you call him). doing the Hi de Hi! holiday camp routine which could be aggravating. \Ne never took any of the tours as they are too expensive and not good value (goes for all cruise lines). We always take the "Little Train" at each destination or do our own thing. Deck 5 cafe rather reminded us of an old persons home with a row of high backed chairs filled with the "walking wounded". Quite a number of our fellow passengers were over weight and/or physically handicapped. We are not show goers so really cannot comment on this aspect. As far as the onboard other entertainment goes there were two musicians and a disco. The Spirits Bar piano player was good but the Living Room artist Papa T was excruciating (some liked him though). Every time he started we had to leave LOL. The disco guy seemed to be in a world of his own and never seemed to take notice of who or how many people were dancing. In fact the cruise line could save money here and just have the disco music on a digital recording. Overall the Azamara experience is not bad for an "all inclusive" cruise and we would go again (if the price was right). One strange thing is their internet policy. In a balcony suite you have to pay BUT you either pay for the complete cruise (expensive) or you can buy a 24 hour period. How stupid is that? You would have thought you could buy 24 hours to be used over the 11 day cruise but you can't. You only have that one 24 hour period for just that one day.

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Azamara Quest Cruise Review by georgebaron

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We chose this cruise because because with live in Antibes and it departed and returned to Nice (no flights). This was our second Azamara Quest cruise so we either like being abused or it was pretty good (the latter)

All 'inclusive' which means you get standard wine and some cocktails "free" (without extra charge) No sparkling wine unless you pay extra.

Not bad but not the best (Seabourn Sojourn is a step up).

The food is generally good with buffet style for lunch and breakfast although you can have breakfast in the main dining room.

Waiters are mainly male and Asian and are generally efficient and friendly. Some suffer from "goldfish syndrome". They take your order... go away... come back and ask you again.

The two speciality restaurants Aqualina and Prime C are excellent. Actually better than those offered by Seabourn or Silversea. Both restaurants need to be booked and cost $25 per person. (club suites "free"). Prime C mainly steaks and beef. Aqualina mainly Italian (Dover sole is excellent). Service impeccable.

Balcony cabins are small but adequate. The bed is comfortable. The shower room seems have been designed by a cheap caravan designer. Tiny shower with a plastic curtain. I should imagine larger passengers are continually getting stuck in the shower and ringing for help. The proverbial "no room to swing a cat" comes to mind (we actually like cats). Wardrobes are adequate for a 11 day cruise. (just)

Club suites (deck 8) are larger but can suffer from noise from the pool deck above when they bring out the equipment for the poolside events. Worse when they take it down late at night. One of the reasons we booked an ordinary balcony suite on deck 7 after suffering a Club suite on deck 8.

We of course had "Mr. Jolly Japes" entertainments director (or whatever you call him). doing the Hi de Hi! holiday camp routine which could be aggravating.

\Ne never took any of the tours as they are too expensive and not good value (goes for all cruise lines). We always take the "Little Train" at each destination or do our own thing.

Deck 5 cafe rather reminded us of an old persons home with a row of high backed chairs filled with the "walking wounded". Quite a number of our fellow passengers were over weight and/or physically handicapped.

We are not show goers so really cannot comment on this aspect. As far as the onboard other entertainment goes there were two musicians and a disco. The Spirits Bar piano player was good but the Living Room artist Papa T was excruciating (some liked him though). Every time he started we had to leave LOL. The disco guy seemed to be in a world of his own and never seemed to take notice of who or how many people were dancing. In fact the cruise line could save money here and just have the disco music on a digital recording.

Overall the Azamara experience is not bad for an "all inclusive" cruise and we would go again (if the price was right).

One strange thing is their internet policy. In a balcony suite you have to pay BUT you either pay for the complete cruise (expensive) or you can buy a 24 hour period. How stupid is that? You would have thought you could buy 24 hours to be used over the 11 day cruise but you can't. You only have that one 24 hour period for just that one day.
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Thank you georgebaron. We look forward to welcoming you aboard again soon!
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Cabin Review

Club Veranda Stateroom
Cabin V1 7049
Small but comfortable. Mid ship. Shower and toilet room built for someone with anorexia.
Tiny shower with plastic curtain copied from a cheap caravan.
Adequate wardrobe space for 11 days (just). The cabin attendant was very good and the room was made-up quickly.
Deck 7 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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