Spent three nights in Nice pre-cruise then experienced the smoothest embarkation ever. Out of the taxi, luggage whisked away, straight onto the ship where check in was in the Cabaret Lounge. Got our key cards, grabbed a glass of bubbly and went to sit in the Mosaic Café. Decided to have lunch in the Windows Café and it was lovely. Really liked that you were served in the buffet rather than helped yourself, to ensure there were no illnesses like noro transferred within the first 24 hours - nice touch.
Guest services were excellent helping me with wifi connectivity and upgrading to premium drinks package. Nothing was too much trouble - lovely staff!
Sat in the The Living Room for a quiet half an hour waiting for our staterooms to become available. Such a lovely relaxed space - wonderful!
Stateroom was lovely with everything needed. Nice touch that soft drinks and still water were available to drink free of charge out of the refrigerator. The bathroom is compact but served its purpose and, yes the shower is small but I am 6ft as is my husband and we both coped admirably. Out attendants Dina and Mark were lovely and were there if we needed them. Breakfast served in the room on time every morning and everything we requested was delivered.
Service in Discoveries during the first two nights was very slow - painfully slow on the first night, but did improve slightly. The waiters however were lovely and very pleasant. Food in the restaurant was excellent. Great wine selection. We did not try any of the speciality restaurants.
Some of the service from the bar staff was hit and miss and we got the impression that they weren't very happy, one in particular was quite surly when we asked for another drink. Maybe it was an off night.
We felt that the entertainment wasn't great. The pianist in the Den was actually quite rude to one of the guests when she asked for multiple requests which we found shocking and to be fair, we would have asked him to stop singing he was that bad, so he should have been flattered for any requests! The group in The Living Room was great and the lady singer especially had a fab voice, however the DJ that followed should come with a government health warning as the music he played was chronic and didn't seem to cater for a younger age group (and we're over 50!!).
Ports of call were great, it was just a shame that the weather wasn't in our favour.
Dis-embarkation was painless, quick and we were off the ship in 5 minutes flat. Superb planning!
This would be our second cruise with Azamara, the first on the Quest which was amazing and numerous cruises with Celebrity and other cruise lines, however we felt that the pricing was way off on this particular cruise. We booked 18 months in advance, however about 8 weeks prior to the cruise the same category stateroom was available for half the price. We were, however, upgraded which somewhat made up for this, but still leaves a sour taste in the mouth as this upgrade was requested rather than offered.
Excellent - can't say any more. Everything you need, very comfortable, compact shower room that does the job. Great attendants, nothing to criticise.
Our favourite port - we would like to spend more than a day in this delightful place. Just as you would expect the South of France to be like, excellent shops, cafes, restaurants and a fab Saturday market with very chic French women out in force buying bread and provisions. Superb!
Great port, easy to embark the ship. Nice is wonderful, especially the flower market and the old town. Took trips to Monaco and St Paul de Vence, both spectacular.
Really interesting port, lots to see and do, great shops, lovely marina, excellent museum. Would like to visit again.
Another great port, we have been here quite a few times so just decided to take a walk and grab a coffee in the beautiful village.