We boarded our BA flight at 9.30 and took off just after 10.00 am. We arrived in Nice at 2.30-ish and boarded the coach for the transfer to the ship. Once we arrived at the port we found that the usually well-organised embarkation was certainly lacking. First we were told to wait in a queue where passengers were collecting their luggage tags for the ship, which we didn't need to do as ours were already attached to our cases. Eventually we were directed to the gangway and queued again whilst staff and pax disembarked, probably some 10 minutes, still in the hot sun. At this point, someone was trying to take my hand luggage out of my hand whilst speaking to another person, thereby not listening to me saying that I would be taking my hand luggage on board myself. Eventually she looked at me when I wouldn't release my trolley and finally connected long enough to hear what I was saying.
Eventually we boarded and were due to be given our cabins. We already had our cabin number as we had selected it when we booked, almost 12 months prior. To our horror, we were met with the information that someone was already booked into our cabin. At this point, I had a sense of humour failure moment, but the steward did some running around and eventually found that someone had put the photos of some other passengers into our cabin in error. Despite this horror start to the cruise I have not reduced our five star rating, because it did not reflect necessarily what others' experience had been or is likely to be on other occasions and it was eventually sorted out completely.
Eventually we were ushered into the checking in area and given our cruise cards and we made our way to the cabin and offloaded our hand luggage. Although our cases had not arrived we decided to make our way to the Pool Bar where we had a delicious lunch.
Response from BonnieM, CBO - Azamara Club Cruises
Comfortable Queen-sized bed, double settee with adjustable coffee table, dressing table, with drawers and shelves, bedside cupboards with drawers, double full length wardrobe, single wardrobe with half hanging space and four drawers, cupboard with safe and cupboard enclosing fridge - giving plenty of storage space even if the cabin s not large. Small bathroom, small shower unit but adequate, more storage shelves in bathroom too. Balcony was plenty large enough for the larger than average table ( great for breakfast) and two chairs.
Didn't go ashore, busy transfer from airport with lots of roadworks en route, but seemed a really nice port
Lots of shops, cafes, old buildings. We didn't venture far from the port but did notice a lack of ATM facilities so will remember plenty of cash next time we visit.
Didn't go ashore because I was unwell but it was somewhere I would have like to visit. It looked very nice from what we could see from the ship and from what I had previously read about it.
Didn't go ashore, hubby has been before but there were three ships in that day, about 8000 passengers, so didn't fancy competing for a cable car when returning to the ship. Fully enjoyed being on board when the ship was quiet.
See excursion to Tuscania and Lake Bolsena for this review