Azamara Quest Cruise Review by stephenjp
- Sail Date: December 2017
- Destination: Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Club Deluxe Veranda Stateroom
Embarkation in Miami was a breeze, and we were very quickly on board. Although the ship is identical to Journey, and immediately felt familiar, it didn't have the same festive atmosphere. That's not to say that it wasn't festive - it was - but somehow compared to Journey it wasn't quite comparable.
The ship is elegant and sophisticated, with tasteful decor throughout. The public areas are well maintained, and the crew are truly exceptional.
Compared to the more familiar cabins we would usually have on Celebrity, Azamara's cabins do feel a little more compact, particularly the bathrooms, but are beautifully appointed. The lighting in the wardrobe is a particularly lovely touch, as is the mainly complimentary minibar in the cabin. Our stateroom attendant and his assistant were wonderful - nothing was too much trouble for them. They were friendly and attentive throughout the cruise.
Dining onboard Quest is terrific. We booked a three dinner package in the speciality restaurants, (2 Aqualina and 1 Prime C), and for the remainder of our time onboard, we ate in the main dining room. The MDR is truly special, and I have to be honest, I wouldn't bother with the speciality restaurants as I don't think there is any real difference in the experience, other than Prime C and Aqualina being a little quieter. The food offering is excellent everywhere on the ship, including The Patio and Windows.
The entertainment onboard was the only disappointing element of the trip. That's not to say that we didn't see some great shows, Branden and James were a particular highlight, but form start to finish, the entertainment element of the cruise felt a little chaotic and disorganised. The white night event was originally scheduled for the deck party on NYE, but was changed, although not everyone knew, and there was a lot of confusion amongst the passengers.
Service onboard was excellent, each member of the crew going out of their way to make the cruise a great experience.
All in all, a wonderful trip, but it could have been so much more Christmassy!