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We have traveled with Silversea on many cruises and while happy with them, we wanted to try something different to see if there are things we are missing from SS that might actually like and not know yet! We had been wanting to go to Cuba for quite some time so we researched the cruise lines going and since we prefer luxury, we chose Azamara. We only wanted to go to Havana as we have heard the other small ports around the country arent really set up for tourism and there’s literally nothing to do and little to see. So this trip was perfect for us. We live in Sarasota, so it was a quick 4 hour drive to Miami. Parking was easy across the street from the terminal and cost about $22/day I think. Boarding was easy. We checked in about 130p...we were in a Club Continent Suite so we had a dedicated line for suite class customers but in reality the other line wasn’t long and seemed to move just as quick. After several docs to fil out because of Cuba restrictions, we got our key cards and walked on board . Cabins were ready so we went straight to our cabin and were extremely happy with it! Loved that it was more square than long and narrow like the usual veranda suites we get on SS. The shipand our room’s decor is beautiful in our opinion. Very modern, muted , soft relaxing colors. Our room was just terrific. Lots of great storage, not only in closet but big , deep drawers as well. Bathroom was smaller than SS, but perfectly comfortable. Loved the the 3 large storage areas built in the wall...tons of room for our stuff. The bathtub/shower thing was interesting. You step into the bathtub and the ceiling is already low...so if you;re over 5’10” or so, it might be difficult to shower. I’m short, so it wasn’t a big deal, but over 6’0”, you would be hunched over. Butler: great guy, Turkish guy. Best butler we have ever had... Internet: we got 235 mins free each as a suite perk which was nice. It was slow which is the same with SS internet that we pay for. Ship: after getting settled, we walked around the ship to familiarize ourselves. It s so pretty. We loved the furnishings and color. Lots of social areas. Loved the Living Room, big and beautiful with comfy chairs. Dining: We ate one night Prime C, one night Aqualina, one night in Main Dining Room and one night room service. I thought the food was good to very good, but would give SS marks for better food overall. We arent fussy eaters and not wine snobs...we are cocktail drinkers. But we always had wine with dinner and the Pinot Grigio they had was very tasty. What i didnt like about Azamara was that you cant make specialty restaurant reservations until you get on board where with SS you can do online months in advance. Which means unless you are one of the first people on the ship , you get crap times. We booked ours at 230p at day of embarkation and were only able to get a 845p and 9p reservations ..ugh...we are early eaters. Fortunately Continent Suites get generous amount of canapés late afternoon which tied us over to dinner. Azamara also offers tea service right to your room served from a 3 tiered cart complete with sandwiches and sweets. I thought breakfast in Windows was just mediocre..didnt really care for much on buffet. I went back to my usual cereal and yogurt that I have at home. Entertainment: We only caught a few mins of a couple shows. We find on smaller ships they are usually a bit cheesy...never seen a small ship with a fantastic show...so we tend to skip it and go to a lounge for a drink. Service: we thought service was great. We found the staff just as friendly as SS and made an effor to learn our name even though it was a short cruise. Cuba;;;was great...a lot to explain, so wont go into detail, but certainly a port people should try. The US makes all the restrictions sound difficult., but it is very easy. You can do your own thing after tours, feel free to wander. ITs very safe, people very friendly and happy to see Americans. Not a place for shopping but just to take in culture, the architecture ...really great visit! Social aspect: much more friendly and social group of passengers than I find on SS. SS is older, and tends to be more reserved and low energy at night. Maybe because our cruise was mostly Americans who are very social as opposed to SS which has high number of Brit’s who tend to be more reserved and not as outgoing?? We definitely preferred a ship that actually had people in the lounge after dinner whereas often times on SS , its’ dead. Overall: While there are aspects about both lines we liked better over the other, we would be perfectly happy on either cruise line. Guess itinerary would be the deciding factor for us. Disembarkation was super fast and easy!

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Azamara Quest Cruise Review by Tarwood3

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2017
  • Destination: Cuba
  • Cabin Type: Club Continent Suite
We have traveled with Silversea on many cruises and while happy with them, we wanted to try something different to see if there are things we are missing from SS that might actually like and not know yet!

We had been wanting to go to Cuba for quite some time so we researched the cruise lines going and since we prefer luxury, we chose Azamara. We only wanted to go to Havana as we have heard the other small ports around the country arent really set up for tourism and there’s literally nothing to do and little to see. So this trip was perfect for us. We live in Sarasota, so it was a quick 4 hour drive to Miami. Parking was easy across the street from the terminal and cost about $22/day I think. Boarding was easy. We checked in about 130p...we were in a Club Continent Suite so we had a dedicated line for suite class customers but in reality the other line wasn’t long and seemed to move just as quick. After several docs to fil out because of Cuba restrictions, we got our key cards and walked on board . Cabins were ready so we went straight to our cabin and were extremely happy with it! Loved that it was more square than long and narrow like the usual veranda suites we get on SS. The shipand our room’s decor is beautiful in our opinion. Very modern, muted , soft relaxing colors. Our room was just terrific. Lots of great storage, not only in closet but big , deep drawers as well. Bathroom was smaller than SS, but perfectly comfortable. Loved the the 3 large storage areas built in the wall...tons of room for our stuff. The bathtub/shower thing was interesting. You step into the bathtub and the ceiling is already low...so if you;re over 5’10” or so, it might be difficult to shower. I’m short, so it wasn’t a big deal, but over 6’0”, you would be hunched over.

Butler: great guy, Turkish guy. Best butler we have ever had...

Internet: we got 235 mins free each as a suite perk which was nice. It was slow which is the same with SS internet that we pay for.

Ship: after getting settled, we walked around the ship to familiarize ourselves. It s so pretty. We loved the furnishings and color. Lots of social areas. Loved the Living Room, big and beautiful with comfy chairs.

Dining: We ate one night Prime C, one night Aqualina, one night in Main Dining Room and one night room service. I thought the food was good to very good, but would give SS marks for better food overall. We arent fussy eaters and not wine snobs...we are cocktail drinkers. But we always had wine with dinner and the Pinot Grigio they had was very tasty. What i didnt like about Azamara was that you cant make specialty restaurant reservations until you get on board where with SS you can do online months in advance. Which means unless you are one of the first people on the ship , you get crap times. We booked ours at 230p at day of embarkation and were only able to get a 845p and 9p reservations ..ugh...we are early eaters. Fortunately Continent Suites get generous amount of canapés late afternoon which tied us over to dinner. Azamara also offers tea service right to your room served from a 3 tiered cart complete with sandwiches and sweets. I thought breakfast in Windows was just mediocre..didnt really care for much on buffet. I went back to my usual cereal and yogurt that I have at home.

Entertainment: We only caught a few mins of a couple shows. We find on smaller ships they are usually a bit cheesy...never seen a small ship with a fantastic show...so we tend to skip it and go to a lounge for a drink.

Service: we thought service was great. We found the staff just as friendly as SS and made an effor to learn our name even though it was a short cruise.

Cuba;;;was great...a lot to explain, so wont go into detail, but certainly a port people should try. The US makes all the restrictions sound difficult., but it is very easy. You can do your own thing after tours, feel free to wander. ITs very safe, people very friendly and happy to see Americans. Not a place for shopping but just to take in culture, the architecture ...really great visit!

Social aspect: much more friendly and social group of passengers than I find on SS. SS is older, and tends to be more reserved and low energy at night. Maybe because our cruise was mostly Americans who are very social as opposed to SS which has high number of Brit’s who tend to be more reserved and not as outgoing?? We definitely preferred a ship that actually had people in the lounge after dinner whereas often times on SS , its’ dead.

Overall: While there are aspects about both lines we liked better over the other, we would be perfectly happy on either cruise line. Guess itinerary would be the deciding factor for us.

Disembarkation was super fast and easy!
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Cabin Review

Club Continent Suite
Cabin N1 8036
Loved our cabin so much ! Big square room as opposed to long and narrow. Colors and furnishings were great. Lots of storage...both closet and 3 large deep drawers. Bathroom smaller but easy to manage. Really good large storage shelves built in wall...awesome space. If you are tall, taking a shower might be a problem. You would be hunched over. You have to step up into bathtub to shower and ceiling is low. I am 5’7” so it was fine, but over 6’ would be a problem. Our butler was fantastic, best we have ever had. Canapés and selection of liquor in room was good as well. Nice balcony with a single chair and then a table with 2 chairs. Only downside is that its below pool deck...too much noise especially when they were setting up for white party...several hours of chairs dragging above us...maddening.
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