Mezze-terranean cruising: Azamara Quest Cruise Review by iggiemom

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Sail Date: June 2010
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Athens (Piraeus)
We chose this cruise for its itinerary-- we had long days or overnight stays at the 8 Greek and Turkish ports and moderate size. The Azamara Quest was a great home while we were on board with all the amenities most travelers want. The crew could not have been more welcoming and professional no matter what their role. The officers wanted feedback from us along the way to make sure we had the experience we wanted. I had mentioned to the head of the food and beverage department that I missed having local cuisine on board and a few nights later there was a poolside buffet that included fresh caught local fish cooked on the grill and the the mezzes that are local to the Greek Isles along with everything from hamburgers to steak (He understood that if I spoke up there must be many others who feel similarly).

We also appreciated not having a set time or table in the main dining room. The food was ok in this restaurant and excellent in the two specialty restaurants. We also enjoyed More the food in the buffet-style cafe that provided grazing opportunies at any of the meals we had there. The new addition of complimentary good wine with meals was also appreciated at all the restaurants and poolside dining occasions. A big plus for us coffee lovers was the complementary barista coffee which we took into breakfast with us in lieu of the overly cooked mass-poured coffee.

I celebrated my birthday at the seafood specialty restaurant, Aqualina, and enjoyed my lobster tail and grand marnier souffle greatly. The waiter understood I wanted no singing involved, and he went through the tune, but on mute - very funny and sweet.

The entertainment was fine - some better than others. The cruise director was spot on for his job and one of the better entertainers as well as helpful before we set out for a day of sightseeing.

The cabin was comfortable and the veranda was a nice addition to add to the space while we were in the room. And the cabin steward and assistant were wonderful. The bathroom was small, but my 6 foot tall husband managed without complaint. Overall, the ship was well maintained and spotless.

We will cruise again with Azamara to enjoy the ship and well-considered itineraries. Less

Published 06/28/10

Cabin review: 1C7108

Our cabin was 7108 and was well located and quiet. Also nice to have self-service laundry down the hall but not too close. The bathroom was a bit tight, but workable. The storage was sufficient for us.

Port and Shore Excursions

We spent 1 extra night and most of our daytime in the Plaka near the Acropolis which we found to be the best place for us and were pleased to have the overnight on the Quest to have the time to cover most of the bases. Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Forum, Archaeological Museum (MUST SEES) Also wondered and snooped local shops and found a great local wine shop - a must for Northern Californians and dined at a good restaurant on a roof terrace, Elaia, on Tripodon, that afforded us a magnificent view of the Acropolis at sunset.

We took a boat to Delos on our own with a guidebook and the free pamphlet offered at the gate with a good self-guided tour and toured the ruins for hours before catching the return boat back to town. We walked the old town and enjoyed seeing the windmills and dined on delicious seafood at Nikos Taverna.

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A jumble of ancient streets within the old walled city to explore and get a bit lost. We found the oldest remaining synogue that was open for tourists and offered a rich historic account of the local Greek Jewish population and were welcomed by an old time congregent who survived the Holocaust. The best lunch of the trip was Nireas on Sofokleous. We met the owner and his American wife and 4 sons while dining on fantastic seafood and mezze, again. We finished the day with a dip in the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea.

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One of the most beautiful places I have every experienced. Thankfully there is a tram to get you to the top of the mountain rather than ride a smelly mule of climb the 699 stairs appointed with mule droppings. When you get off the tram you are near heaven and reach it when you get away from the tourist shops and enjoy the magnificent views and white-washed buildings and many churches. We happened on a fabulous show of Wall Paintings of Thera at the Conference Center as well as local ceramic art at the artist's studio atop the mountain.

We rented a car and drove the short distance to the wine cooperative for tasting and snack and then onto Botori Winery for tasting excellent wine in a peaceful setting. We bought a bottle and had it chilled to enjoy with my birthday dinner.

And we drove to other end of Santorini to visit Oia (ee-uh) and had a delicious seafood lunch with mezze at Laokasti (best prawns of trip). We walked our feet off to get to the end and snap the "view" photo.

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