We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise which we choose on the basis of small ship and ports of call. This turned out to be the correct decision on both counts. We boarded the ship in Civitavecchia (17/7/19) and we were in our cabin within 15 minutes and the cases arrived soon after. Our cabin (7007) was adequate for our needs with sufficient storage. As others have highlighted the 'bathroom' is small and if our cat was with us I couldn't have swung him round in it!!
Generally speaking we enjoyed the food which was of a good standard. We took breakfast in the Windows Café and dinner on occasion. Any buffet offering is going to suffer from how the food is presented and how hot they can keep it. In this area they did pretty well. Included in the fare is wine (or other alcohol) of your choosing. We found the wine to be of good quality and they keep your glass topped up if you so request it. We saw no need to choose any other beverage plan. Windows restaurant does suffer from being Cafeteria offering with at times it felt like a bit of a bun fight with some fellow guests having very sharp elbows. The dress code for Windows is very laid back with shorts and T shirts being perfectly acceptable.
We also ate in the Discoveries restaurant which is a whole different experience. Its A La Carte with a reasonable choice with some repeats and a couple different specials each night . People 'dress up' with men in say smart trousers and open neck shirt and the ladies (as they do) going that extra mile with smart dresses etc. All this lends itself to a nice atmosphere where the waiter brings the food (3 courses) and tops up your wine.
We also used the Mosaic Café for coffee and tea which was included. We did not eat in the Prime 'C' or Aqualina as we did not wish to pay the extra cost. People we spoke said it was OK without being blown away.
Ports of Call
Our ports of call were very good with most if not all were within walking distance of where the ship was moored or where the Tender dropped us off. We did not buy any ship excursions as they are ridiculously expensive. Besides you can plan and do your own thing or at the very least jump on the Hop On Hop Off bus which was parked up ready for punters at the point where you left the Ship/Tender.
We had the AzAmazing evening in Mahon which was Flamenco and very entertaining. There was also the White Night evening where we all dressed in white and danced the evening away to live music and a very good buffet. Tip if you are intending to attend this event do get there early as tables fill up quickly.
The ship was nicely furnished in a traditional manner leaving you to think you were in a 4/5 star hotel. There were a few public areas where you could relax if you didn't want to be outside. Outside in the pool area and on Deck 11 are loads of quality sun loungers for those who wish to take in the sun.
We found the staff to be friendly and professional. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and we would consider sailing again with Azamara if they address the price of excursions as an example $89 to go on a ships tour is an unbelievable price and also in this day and age WiFi should included.
Happy with our cabin apart from the size of the bathroom