Azamara Quest Cruise Review by Host Grandma Cruising
- Sail Date: July 2018
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Club Oceanview Stateroom
As we had been to Rome before we stayed in Civitavecchia for 3 nights before the cruise, giving us two full days there.
We spent a day wandering around the town, looking at the market and the harbour especially. We also spent a day in Tarquinia, getting there by the local bus. What a beautiful walled town.
We stayed in the San Giorgio Hotel which is well located across from the promenade along with a number of others joining the cruise. The hotel provides a free bus transfer to the ship. Embarkation was quick and easy, as usual, and we were onboard by 12noon.
As always what stood out for us on this cruise was the friendliness of the officers and crew and their willingness to go the extra mile to make the cruise enjoyable.
We ate most evening meals in Discoveries (MDR) and every meal was excellent. The two dinners we took on the speciality restaurants (Prime C & Aqualina) were very good indeed.
At lunchtime we mostly ate in the Patio (on-deck grill), where my DH loved the Greek burger (freshly cooked lamb burger topped with a Feta cheese).
The World Cup was on during the cruise. We were able to watch one of England’s games on the big screen in the Cabaret Lounge. For the other evening game, we watched the firsthalf in the Cabaret Lounge, and the second half ( once it was dark) on a giant screen on the pool deck. They had also set up a buffet on deck with a variety of snacks (mini- slides, croquettes, empanadas, desserts etc).
Other entertainment extras included a soprano who provided a concert on the pool deck with the back-drop of the Amalfi Coast and the tenor who sang as part of White Night.
The Azamazing Evening ( an evening excursion provided free on most Azamara cruises) was a Jazz concert in the Dante Alighieri Theatre in Ravenna. The setting was wonderful and the musicians were very accomplished, but the music was not really to our taste.
White Night (an on-deck party) was in Venice to coincide with the Redentore festival there.
The buffet included grilled lobster (served by Captain Jose) steak, lamb, sushi, wonderful salads and great desserts including crepes Suzette served by the ahotel Director.
The tenor who sang was wonderful. Unfortunately just after Captain Jose had introduced the crew, the heavens opened (the only rain we saw during the 9 day cruise). Everyone decamped to the various indoor areas until 11:30 when we all came out on deck to watch the fantastic 45 minute firework display provided by Venice for the festival.
We loved all the ports we visited. I had done a lot of research beforehand, so we had planned what we wanted to do.
In Amalfi we took the open topped bus up to Ravello to see the wonderful gardens at Villa Ruffolo, then took the local ferry from Amalfi to Positano and back. We had been to Dubrovnik before so when we got off the tender in the old town harbour we took the ferry along the coast to Cavtat, which is a beautiful little seaside town. Sibenik is a lovely town. We went to see the St Lawrence Monastery gardens, the walked up to St Michaels Castle where the views over the Bay were marvellous. Azamara provided a free shuttle bus into Ravenna where we bought a ticket to see the wonderful Byzantine mosaics in churches around the town. The mosaics were done in the 5th century BC. They are designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. In Venice we bought a 2 day Vaporretto ticket. The first day we went to the Rialto market, then on to the Peggy Guggenheim modern art gallery, for which we had pre-booked tickets. On the second day we walked across the temporary bridge to the Redentore Church. This bridge is built across the Guidecca Canal for the festival, which is to celebrate the ending of the plague in Venice in the 16th century.
There were not enough coat hangers, but the steward found me a stack of wire coat hangers to supplement those provided.
2 dressing gowns and slippers provided. Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion and soap provided.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
DubrovnikShip anchored off and tenders took us straight into the old town harbour.View All 1,109 Dubrovnik Cruise Port Reviews
Took a ferry to Cavtat, which we loved
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Positano (Amalfi)Loved Ravello, found Positano very crowded (it was a Sunday),View All 74 Positano (Amalfi) Cruise Port Reviews
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RavennaSeeing the mosaics is a must. Lovely old town with beautiful shops.View All 28 Ravenna Cruise Port Reviews
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SibenikLovely town, very hilly. Fantastic views from St Micael’s Castle. Ship had to get through very narrow St Anthony’s channel to get there, which was very interestingView All 10 Sibenik Cruise Port Reviews
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VeniceShip docked at St Basilio which was very close to main town. Had problems getting a vaporretto ticket. There is a newsagent under the bridge at St zbasilio zvaporretto station that sells tickets, but it doesn’t open until after 10am. If it’s closed best bet is to walk down to next station, Zatere, where there is a kiosk that’s open more often.View All 1,359 Venice Cruise Port Reviews
Also to get back to St Basilio from StMarks it’s best to get a Vaporretto to Academia, then a 5 minute walk straight through to Zatere, then get a Vaporretto to San Basilio.
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