We have sailed Azamara a number of times and really enjoy the on-board experience. This itinerary attracted us because of the variation in cultures and climate.
The embarkation was very smooth and we were quickly processed. .
Because of an upgrade, we were staying in a Club Continent Suite as opposed to our usual Veranda 2. We really enjoyed the extra space, but did not utilize all the perks associated with the Suite.
One of the perks was complimentary dining in the Specialty Restaurants, a choice we made for four of the 14 nights. For other dinners, of course, we ate in Discoveries (the main dining room), and on the Patio. Most breakfasts we frequented Windows, the buffet area.
We were very pleased with the food in all the venues, especially the attention paid to certain food intolerances that limit some of our choices.
One of the attractions for us on Azamara is the friendly and attentive service on board..From the room stewards to the waiting staff in the dining areas, this cruise was no exception. The friendliness is true of most officers as well.
Although not noted for entertainment, in this case Azamara provided some of the best we have enjoyed. From The Azamazing Evening to more casual events, we found a lot to enjoy.
Hard to pick out a port that was more enjoyable than the others. Because of our travelling through four countries, each port provided some interesting contrasts. As we sailed further North the weather cooled and rain became a sometime occurrence. That added to the variety of experiences on this itinerary.
We participated in only two shore excursions. The trip to see Bayeux and its famous tapestry was well worth the cost. The walking tour of Cadiz was good but not amazing. In both cases we were travelling in relatively small groups. Most of the ports were quite accessible for those who wanted to explore on their own, and Azamara provided free shuttles where needed and appropriate. As part of that service, usually there was a guide at the drop-off points with maps and helpful suggestions.
After sailing up the Thames the previous day, disembarkation at Greenwich was a little more complicated than at most ports. But the staff on the ships had it well under control, and there was a surplus of attendants on shore to assure that you made your connection with taxis for the airport, for travel home, or for extended stays in London.
For the reasons above, out of 18 cruises this was one of our favourites. Although the itinerary is not one of the common ones offered, we think others should give it serious consideration.
We loved the layout and size of this suite. There was lots of drawer and closet room for our clothes.
The only small drawback is that the shower is incorporated with a bathtub.
The usual walking tour with a tendency to provide too much information.
Lots of fascinating neighborhoods
Interesting walls to walk and a compact downtown.
Azamara provided a shuttle to the impressive downtown area. The Cathedral, shopping area, and the tributes to Joan of Arc all make it worthwhile. There was also a gathering of "Tall Ships" on the Seine.
Another very picturesque port town on this itinerary. Smaller and rather more touristy than the others.
A ship's tour to Bayeux was excellent. Interesting countryside, beautiful Cathedral, and the highlight is the Bayeux Tapestry.
A picturesque location on the Douro River.