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Azamara Quest Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Azamara Quest Cruise Review by aussie travel bird

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2019
  • Destination: Africa
  • Cabin Type: Club Veranda Plus Stateroom

Firstly can I say, I'm baffled by the previous two negative reviews given that we were on the same Mumbai to Cape Town Cruise December 28. I do agree that the on board service was delivered in the usual outstanding way and this included Guest Relations enquiries. We had little or no issue with the unlimited WiFi included in our booking deal. We travelled in a Verandah Plus Cabin on Deck 8 which was a great location. My husband and I, in reflection, agree that this cruise is amongst one of our best as far as itinerary and on board experience was concerned. There was a bit of everything for everyone's enjoyment. Lecturers were terrific. Sure there were a few unavoidable issues, i.e. bad weather for White Night, unacceptable location (chosen by Miami and not visited by them) for AzAmazing Evening and logistic problems with supplies due to port cancellations - due to arrive in Mombasa but air freighted to another port. (I enjoy berries, I asked for them politely and I got them). These issues were clearly explained if the previous reviewers cared to go to the Q & A sessions held on sea days by Hotel Director, Captain Philips etc. Please when you're reviewing do so with all the facts not just the bits you want to support your negative review.

We found the food in all venues to be of a higher quality than the already good food our previous 22 Azamara cruises. We had two lots of 'Foodie' friends travelling for the first time on Azamara and they were impressed also. The security issue with Mombasa was explained clearly to us during the Q & A. The previous reviewer failed to add that in addition to the already known terrorist attack in the north and the known movements south of the said Terrorist Group there was a failed terrorist attack on a shared USA/Kenya Airbase on the outskirts of Mombasa just days before our arrival. We were considered too much at risk of attracting the attention of that terrorist group - I was happy with that decision. I believe the right call was made.

Food, (the previous poster didn't get the names of the venues correct) in Discoveries, Windows, Patio and both specialty restaurants was 'top notch' and the Chef/s should be congratulated. Food, wine is such a subjective topic, you can make good or not so good choices from the menu for the food, we particularly enjoyed the fish, wine was satisfactory for my taste.

Whilst ship's excursions are pricey we managed some wonderful private tours prior and used taxi's with friends, especially when we found out we'd be in the Seychelles on a Sunday, (who wants to shop in the Seychelles anyway when the scenery is so beautiful). We'd didn't rely on ships shuttles (they were provided in most places) as we have learnt from experience you need to get out and about like a local, pay the extra money and invest the time in research. Bit more effort but so worth it. We enjoyed our mix of private and ships tours but unless the prices of the Ship’s excursions are addressed will opt for more private tours.

The new cast (joined in the Seychelles) were settling in and had shown improvement by the end of the cruise. Guest entertainers (tough we’d seen them before) were fine. We didn’t take to the ‘Fancy Trio’ but spoke with guest who enjoyed them. Again personal preferences come into play here.

I only participated in progressive trivia, not morning or afternoon trivia. I'm Australian and wasn't aware of any cheating going on and am annoyed slightly at the reviews comments but will let it go. I can confirm we did not correct our own answers as they were collected my Ernest and Steven and they corrected them. But hey we played for fun not the contents of the World Bank! We had 'No F in Idea'. Assistant Cruise Directors birthday was discussed on the morning show on the TV with Ernest and Stephen. I thought it was a comical 'trivial' question to ask and it didn't worry me. Trivia is trivia, it doesn't always have to be general knowledge, i.e. how many steps are on the gangway?

At the end of the day, you can't keep everyone happy all the time, but we were pleased with our on board experience. We have another 5 booked and can't wait. I’d do Africa again in a heartbeat.

Guys if you're reading this on board you're doing a terrific job!

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Cabin Review

Club Veranda Plus Stateroom

Added Perks came with a successful paid upgrade bid prior to sailing. Location was good, just behind the Senior Officers Stateroom behind the Bridge. There was a housekeeping cart always parked outside our room but it didn't worry us nor did we hear any noise at all. If it worried us we know we could have asked for it to be parked elsewhere, but why when it didn't worry us.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Mumbai (Bombay)

You either love or hate Mumbai, we'd been there before so knew the ropes. We were dreading embarkation but it was terrific, in no time we were onboard.

Kochi (Cochin)

Used a Taxi at the Port Terminal, no issues, cheap for the four of us. Pre arranged Tuk Tuk the 2nd day, taking us to the non tourist backwaters and some other sites. Good value.


Victoria, Mahe Seychelles - Did our own thing by Taxi tour. Next day Praslin - not in the CC list. - Pre arranged speedboat was terrific. Didn't worry us that the shops were shut. Circled the Island by boat, swimming, sorkelling, visiting the land turled and beaches. Difficult to do by road, boat is best.

Tala Game Reserve

Overpriced, should have gone private less money for the same thing.

View All 7 Tala Game Reserve Reviews

Following the replacement for a cancelled Mombasa we went to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. not in the list. Private car for 4, great overview of island. Zanzibar, Tanzania (two days) absolutely outstanding Private Tour as ship did not cover all I wanted to see. This is where research is important. Snorkelling, swimming, Prison Island and Stone Town with a local guide.

Richards Bay

Private pre-arranged tour at about a 1/3 of the cost of the ships tour, excellent.

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