This all-inclusive cruise offered chance to visit 3 ports in Cuba and the pricing in January seemed enticing. Why not? Ship is 18 years old and IS small by comparison to most mainline cruise ships out there. However, it is well maintained and all service staff, all areas, do an exceptional job! Cabins (outside and veranda) appear to be average in size, i.e. compact. Great bed linens, towels, (tiny shower), comfortable bed. Due to small size of ship, the public areas tend to be either small, limited, or few in number. Casino is small, rumor is it will become machines only in future. Only two shops, small gym with few machines limited lockers. No more stage productions rather a change over to mini-act show, or individual entertainers.
The ships captain was the most personable, friendly, and walking among the passengers - ever. He loves to chat, smile, greet, or pose for selfies. Exceptional! Same can be said for the cruise director. He was friendly, approachable and interesting, mixing with all the passengers and talented. Great Brit-wit! And, he's a great singer at the White-Night Party! The food in general was OK, but nothing to rave about. We found a few good items in main dining room and the Prime C was great! But, one must reserve - fast and early - to be assured a place in specialty dining. We were greatly disappointed in Chef's Table on the night we tried it, but the menu varies per night, and we heard other nights were great. The average age of passengers is high, and Azamara appears to have a loyal following.
The smaller ship size does allow smaller or more obscure ports - part of the allure. We'd sail with "her" again, but the itinerary would be the main attraction.
Cabins run 175 sq ft per Azamara. When you first walk in, with suitcases in tow, you wonder where everything will go. No shelves above the bed. But, between closet, and adjacent drawers, plus drawers next to desk and bed - all fit in and stowed easily. Plenty of space under bed for empty suitcases. Great bed, linens, towels. Didn't care for the minute shower or shampoo. And the commode is situated at an angle causing one to sit somewhat at an angle as well.