After reading some of the reviews on this website, we were worried what we were in for! Check in and boarding in Buenos Aires was so smooth and as soon as we were on board an announcement was made that all cabins were ready to occupy. When we walked into our Aft Owners Suite we could not help but smile. Yes it is an arm and a leg but soooo worth it. We had a lounge, cloakroom, bedroom, a large bathroom with a walk in shower and plenty of storage. A fabulous balcony wraps itself around outside with two sun loungers and a table with four chairs. We were looked after superbly by our Butler, Padam and our attentive room attendants, Rajesh and Russel who kept our suite spotless and well stocked.
This was our first Azamara cruise and it will not be our last. Being in a suite offers up perks such as quality dining in either Prime C or Aqualina each night where the food is excellent. You also get afternoon tea delivered to your suite if you wish. We had a tour of the bridge with the legendary runner that is Captain Carl Smith which was great fun and also a private dinner with about 20 other guests and four senior crew members in a fabulous room with Michelin quality food, what a great night. I sat next to the Cruise Director, Tony, who was excellent company, not to mention an excellent singer, as is his wife.
There are plenty of quiet spaces on the ship and you are never too far away from a coffee, a beer or an ice cream, whatever takes your fancy! We found the breakfast in the Windows restaurant to be of excellent quality and there was plenty of it, Having tables outside is a nice option if the weather allows and the service was always with a smile. I have seen people comment that breakfast is the same every day, well of course it is, it is the one meal of the day where there is very little that can be changed, only your personal choice changes daily. You can virtually have anything you want!
Suite is fantastic, spacious, nicely decorated and comfortable. Balcony is great in good weather. Loads of storage and wardrobe space. Bed was super comfortable.
We stayed at the Park Tower Hotel. About 45 minutes from the Airport and a 5 minute drive to the check in terminal at the harbour. They have an outdoor pool which is nice to use if your room is not ready. We did not take any tours as we have visited BA before and just wanted to relax after the flight.
A lovely seaside town. We walked along the boardwalk to the hand sculpture on the beach and then walked back along the Main Street. Beach was lovely, nice and clean.
Just across the road from where the ship berths is the hop on hop off bus. This is a great way to see Montevideo and at a good price.
Not a very attractive port and a long way from São Paulo. We had a little walk around but not too much to see.
A scorching hot day here, nice little shops in the port area. Just had a long walk along the coast.
Upmarket little beach town with some ok shops and restaurants. Walk along the front to the Bridgette Bardot sculpture where everyone has their picture taken. Fabulous bar/restaurant a bit further on overlooking the sea. Have a beer or lunch and watch the jumping fish.
After a night onboard we disembarked to have a few days in Rio. Disembarkation was as smooth as joining the ship. We stayed at the Portobay Hotel on the Copacabana. The hotel was disappointing after the ship and had a beach hut smell about it, obviously due to the proximity to the sea. We had a balcony room overlooking the beach but it is noisy! Rio was great, despite bad weather, nice walk into Ipanema and obviously a lot of sights to see. We went up Sugar Loaf at night, fantastic view of Rio at night time!