Azamara Quest Cruise Review by vaquera63
- Sail Date: October 2017
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
For the itinerary we had been to Italy and loved it so much, but wanted to spend more time there. This cruise started in Venice and ended in Rome, with many ports in between that we had not visited. It did not disappoint!
The ship is beautiful, and holds approximately 700 passengers; a nice change from the larger ships we have sailed on with Royal. The crew were so warm and welcoming, and always going out of their way to help. It is so nice to be able to cruise right up to the city centers in many cases due to the smaller size of the ship!
The onboard port expert was interesting and knowledgeable and gave great background to the ports we visited.
While there are not a lot of activities available to occupy your free time when cruising, it was a refreshing change! Most of the sailing was done after dinner, so your time in port was much longer, and that was really nice. To see the ports in the evening was special.
We took advantage of room service for breakfast and really enjoyed the expanded breakfast menu! The food was always hot, and quality excellent. Dinners were so good in the Windows Café that we ate most of them there! It was a nice buffet, and there were different themes every night; just the right size without being overwhelming. Always freshly prepared. To have beer and wine included in the price was nice; I don't usually drink a glass of with dinner every night but found myself indulging since it was included.
The choices they had were pretty good. We did choose to purchase a 3 table tour of the specialty restaurants Prime C and Aqualina; enjoyed them both, with Prime C being our favorite.
As far as excursions go, we did book a few ship excursions, but the majority were booked with fellow cruisers that we met right here on Cruise Critic! When we ended the cruise in Rome we stayed for 2 days after to get in a bit more sight seeing; we used a tour company called "All around Italy" and highly recommend them! Fabrizio is the owner and his younger brother Valentino took us on private tours of Rome by night, and the following day to Tivoli and visiting the former summer residence of the pope. Simply beautiful and amazing. We adore Italy and can't wait to explore more.
We will return to Azamara again someday soon, and find another corner of the world to explore!
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