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Azamara Pursuit Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Decent cruise, lots of people got sick

Azamara Pursuit Cruise Review by Shawnino

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe
  • Cabin Type: Club Oceanview Stateroom

We did both this cruise and the subsequent leg (Transatlantic in Cabin 4060.

Positives

--The ship is well laid out and easy to get around.

--With the exception of the Officers' BBQ (come early!) and the White Night (come early!) it was easy enough to get a seat at any dining venue whenever you liked.

--The crew was well trained, helpful, and seemed to enjoy their work.

--The local entertainment brought in from off the ship was good, especially the Portuguese Tuna Band.

Embarkation/disembarkation dead easy.

Neither Positive nor Negative (or some of each)

--The food was middling. Or rather, sometimes it was pretty good and sometimes it was pretty poor. Overall we would say it met our minimum standard for cruising, but there were mistakes. When I say mistakes, I'm not talking about subjectivity of taste, I'm talking about basics like food temperature and doneness. Gazpacho is supposed to come cool, not warm. Rare steak is supposed to be red inside, not brown.

--The Chef's tables were hit and miss as well. The Stateside one was, in out opinion, worth the money. The French one was not. The Italian one was a pinot-grigio drenched crime against food.

--The regular entertainment staff ran from great (Amanda Poulson, CD) to competent (most of the musiciands) to High School Musical Reject (three of the four "Signature" singers, who screamed their way though numbers)

--There seemed to often be no rhyme nor reason as to whether the gangway was set up on Deck 3 (piece of cake) or deck 4 (treacherous stairs).

--The people who liked White Night seemed to like it a lot. We found it pathetic on the first leg, and gave it a miss on the second.

Negatives

--Air quality in our OV room was bad

--A lot of people on the TA leg (pax, crew, officers, Captain, CD) got very sick.

Re: above two points: I wish I'd thought to ask to have the air filters changed in our cabin, as I later found out other people did. It might have helped.

--Included wines were generally vile (exceptions: rosé [same every day, drinkable]; Portuguese red blend [very good] and cabernet sauvignon from California and Chianti from Italy [drinkable]; viognier [drinkable]).

--They kept cancelling ship-sponsored shore-ex for lack of interest. Thank heavens we mostly went private.


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Cabin Review

Club Oceanview Stateroom

Spacious, cleam.

Good for accessibility, although shower mysteriously has no dedicated drain.

One would likely find better air quality in the Black Hole of Calcutta.


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