Deluxe??? And vegetarians beware!!!: Azamara Quest Cruise Review by spiritoftravel

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Deluxe??? And vegetarians beware!!!

Sail Date: January 2010
Destination: Asia
Embarkation: Singapore
Have just returned from asia with Quest. When we booked it was then advertised as 'Deluxe' cruising, how or why they think this is deluxe I do not know. I think from comments from others who had sailed with Azamara before the standard had 'slipped' and we were paying the price of their changes to 'club cruises'.

The itinerary was good, the embarkation and disembarkation was the best we have ever had, the coffee machines that made latte, espresso, etc were great.....and the rest, well not 4 or 5* cruising. As a vegetarian I have to say the food was boring, repetitive and the choice, non existent. Beware if you are vegetarian as even the veggie sounding soups have meat stock in them, during the whole cruise, apart from the chilled soups on the menu and 1other hot soup non of the them were suitable, including the tomato, green lentil, mushroom, vegetable, need I go on?!!! I was told if I ordered a meal 1 or two days in advance they could make a bowl of soup, or special meal, had More one or two nice curries this way, the lunchtime menu in the Discovery Dining room has no veggie choice at all, twice I was offered mash potato and steamed broccoli as a main course...come on Azamara Cunard have over 20 dishes to choose from. Even the meat eater menu especially at lunchtimes was not very exciting. Our waiters Edward and Chris were brilliant, but the night we were on a different table the service was awful and took 3 hours, I ended up with cheese and biscuits as a main meal.

The staff were OK but not that friendly, the entertainment apart from Mary Amanda the harpist and Jeff the comedian were average to awful. Only once after a trip were we greeted with cold towels and a drink, all the other times they were packing up. We left Singapore early, and Thailand, without notice, although some people knew, we were told our agents should have told us...interesting as we booked direct!! I could go on but needless to say would not go again with Azamara all our party agreed, Celebrity are far better, Cruise West miles better and Cunard way above what Azamara are offering. The ship seemed 'old and crowded' especially in the lounges and dining room. Less

Published 02/17/10

Cabin review: 4 Club Oceanview Stateroom

Our cabin was cosy, but clean, shower tiny and there is no shower gel. The outside paintwork was rusty and bubbled and needed a repaint.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Had organised our own tours with local firm, very very good. The port is a short ride from the temples, etc. We unfortunately were told that we were leaving early, once we were on board, so we had to spend hours trying to email relatives and the company to let them know, Azamara said it was not possible to give free internet access, so had to purchase a $50 package...not a good start!!! However Bangkok is fantastic, the temples amazing, a feast for the eyes, the food is great and really cheap, eat out locally if you get a chance.

Boat trip to Halong bay was awful. Arranged through boat, not worth the money. Docked miles from anywhere and then told transfer would be $10.

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Went on ships tour, was good and well organised.

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The weather let us down but the ship docked in good area easy for prom, they used to dock the other side of rive, so we were lucky, did our own thing. Easy to get around and use buses, etc, makes it more of an adventure.

Stayed at the Novotel before we cruised, independant booking, cruise only. Very handy for river, etc. Embarkation was very easy and everything was well signed. Went to Night Safari, ok. As we left early we did not get much of a chance to do other things.

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