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Azamara Onward Review

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Great service, beautiful ports

Review for Azamara Onward to the Eastern Mediterranean
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curmudgeon98
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: May 2022
Cabin: Club Veranda Stateroom

We like the smaller ships of Azamara, and took the opportunity to do two weeks on the newly acquired Onward in Dalmatia and Greece. Overall an excellent experience, though there were still a few points of refurbishment being completed.

Main dining room food and service was excellent. Burgers at the Patio were quite good as well. White night food was excellent, and the one dining room brunch was also very good. Windows cafe buffet at breakfast and lunch were reasonably good, but I thought the served dinner was poor the one time we tried it (Greek menu); food was not hot, fresh, or flavorful. We did two chef's tables, both were good and fun (helped out by the good company) - no staff were able to join us for these events due to covid restrictions.

Our last Azamara cruise was several years ago, and my memory was that most mixed drinks were available (with well brands) in the complementary service. On these cruises, only an oddly assorted list of cocktails (heavily leaning on Blue Curacao???) were included; it seemed designed to push customers into buying a drink upgrade package. We don't drink a lot, but this was a definite disappointment.

Cabin Review

Club Veranda Stateroom

Nicely refurbished cabin, with the very tight bathroom and shower typical to these ships. The sofa/loveseat is awkward - too tight to sit two comfortably, but taking up the space. I would much rather have to comfortable chairs or a slightly larger sofa.

Port Reviews

Argostoli (Kefalonia)

Argostoli was not a big draw as a port. We did one of the cruise excursions with Folklore Museum, cave/lake, and Sami village. The museum is pretty basic. The longish drive up and over the mountains was a bit tiring and the other stops nice enough but not compelling.

Gythion

Laid-back, authentic-feeling port. Not lots of activities, but it was quite scenic. We did a lazy day wandering along the harbor and having lunch in a taverna. I'm sure some people might be bored here, but we enjoyed it. There were a couple of excursion options to historic locations in the area (Sparta), but we skipped them because of the amount of driving involved.

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