Azamara Quest Cruise Review by nordski
- Sail Date: June 2018
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Club Veranda Stateroom
Embarkation was quick and simple in Barcelona, followed by a meal at the buffet and staterooms were available by 1:30 pm.
We were in a V3 verandah towards the stern, an excellent location for access to the rear elevators. The only complaint we had was that there was an occasional banging noise from a service door nearbye.
Quest is labelled an "R" ship from the now defunct Renaissance fleet. Although small by some of today's standards, these ships are extremely well designed to make effective use of the space, both public and private. Carrying only about 700 passengers, the Quest can also visit ports that larger ships avoid. To us, this is a primary attraction for Azamara cruises.
We sampled a number of the popular and not so popular ports along the French and Italian rivieras, as well as several in Spain. Many of the ports were small enough to visit on your own, and for larger ones, where the ship may be some distance from the sights, a free shuttle was provided. Azamara also tries to stay in some ports longer than would other ships; there were several overnights on this itinerary if you wished to explore more or dine on shore.
Highlights had to be Antibes (shore excursion), St. Margherite, Valencia and Seville, although all ports were worth a visit.
As for entertainment, we were primarily interested in the pianist in the Spirits bar, and the two, free Azamazing Evenings that are part of the package provided on almost all itineraries. The first in Livorno, involving 4 sopranos in a beautiful theatre was a real treat. The second in a hotel in Cannes, a show based upon a cabaret theatre was also entertaining but a little more uneven.
Dining, and the service related to it, we thought to be outstanding. We ate most of our evening meals in the MDR and two in Aqualina, one of the two specialty restaurants. We also enjoyed the Patio for dinner. All of the venues were excellent in our view. My wife has food allergies and they were addressed with no issues. We always enjoy the White Night experience on Deck 9, primarily a BBQ, and the two on these cruises were no exception.
For those who desire the latest in modern design, ample entertainment facilities, and large staterooms, Azamara may not be the best choice.
If you prefer a more intimate ship with friendly, experienced travellers, and visits to some smaller, less frequented ports, then any of the Azamara itineraries may be very attractive.
The service door in the corridor would occasionally startle with a loud bang.
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