This was our 3rd & certainly NOT the last cruise with Azamara, as we enjoy the small ship environment. We were concerned about getting to the Ocean Terminal because of the protest in Hong Kong, but fortunately that did not materialize. As such, we were able to take the Airport Express MTR from the airport to the Kowloon MTR station, where we caught a free shuttle bus to the Marco Polo Hotel, which is within walking distance to the Ocean Terminal Mall. We couldn’t believe that this was so very easy to do, fast & more economical that taking a cab or airport shuttle bus to the said hotel. The embarkation & disembarkation went smoothly, although, it was initially confusing to get to the embarkation area on your own, as we shopped & meandered our way through the Ocean Terminal Mall to get to the cruise terminal. However, that was OK, as we arrived in Hong Kong more than a few hours before check-in.
This is a subjective review of veranda cabin 6063, for 2 adults, each with one 26 inch suitcase. The cabin is located approximately 3 cabins away from the 6th floor elevator & stairs. It is one floor above the entrance to the Discoveries Dining Room, the Mosaic Cafe & of course, the shops. We found this cabin to be roomy enough for the two of us & have more than adequate space for the contents in our suitcases. The empty suitcases slide easily under the bed.
There are more than sufficient electrical outlets in the cabin. There are 2 US & European plug-ins on the wall by the desk. Outlets are also in the bathroom where a night light is plugged in & plug-ins behind the 2 small night tables on either sides of the bed. In addition, there is an USB plug-in at the base of a wall light fixture, also on either side of the bed.
The cabin has your standard mini safe, fridge, flat screen TV, desk & chair, along with a 2 person sofa. There is an umbrella & hair dryer in the cabin for your use. The bathroom is OK, but the “shower” can be challenging at times.
The balcony was generous in size with 1 small dining table & 2 chairs. Great for eating in if you wish.
In general, our cabin was kept very clean (kudos to our cabin steward), very comfortable & in a quiet area.
We found the food in the Windows Cafe, Discoveries Dining Room & the Patio to be consistent & very good. The burgers in the Patio were cooked to perfection, very tasty & juicy, with great fries too! The service was quick & friendly at these eateries & was 2nd to none.
I am not into the Broadway type shows, but the ones that I did attend were OK. I was a regular user of the gym & found it more than adequate. Hint: Use the showers in the gym, you’ll have a lot more room than in your cabin.
We went on 2 ship’s full day excursions in Keelung & Manila, which we enjoyed, but not surprisingly, there were on the expensive side. Could & should have joined in the other passengers from the CC forum. In Kaohsiung & Manila, we had free shuttles from the ship to shopping malls. That was nice, but I think it would have been better if the ship had made arrangements for the shuttles to take us to areas with market(s) where the locals frequent. We don’t really wants to go to these big city malls, when we can do so at home. I use to stereotype that certain goods in Asia are cheaper than in North America, but not anymore!