We booked this cruise because it offered 4 port days in Israel. The day before we were to get on the ship, while we were in transit to the ship, the itenerary was changed. Israel was taken off of the itenerary. This was a major disappointment. This is a old ship that has had upgrades, but not to the degree that one would expect for a so called luxury class cruise. The cabin was barely adequate (see below). We are used to all inclusive amenities on a luxury cruise. Azamara doesn’t offer all the amenities that we are used to on a luxury cruise. To begin with they charge $20 per day for one Wifi connection, yes one! On top of that the Wifi is quite limited. It doesn’t support basic video service. And the TV doesn’t make up for this inadequacy. The service was exceptional! From our room service staff, to the waiters in the Discoveries Restaurant, to the staff in the cafes, everyone was very well trained, and very friendly. The staff made the cruise! The Sanctum Spa was also a disappointment. Once again the staff were terrific, but nothing was included in the price of the cruise beyond the use of the exercise equipment. There was no shower room to use after a work out. We are used to sailing on Viking Ocean. There, the spa is included with shower rooms. So is the Wifi. Another issue we had with the ship was how cold it was, as in a lack of heat on cold days at sea. There wasn’t a warm place to be found on the ship where one could sit down and read a book. The shore excursions were top notch. The best tour guides we have ever experienced on a cruise ship. This speaks well for this cruise line. There weren’t many activities on sea days though the resident historian was excellent. Again, Viking puts Azamara to shame in this department. The entertainment was very good. The debarkation was simple and went as well as embarkation.
We had a mid ship ocean view stateroom. The plus, besides being on deck 4 and having easy access to the Mosaic Cafe for excellent morning coffee, dining in the Discoveries restaurant, the Den which is a piano bar, and the point of debarkation for shore excursions, is its very quiet. We were also impressed with the storage area, both closet’s and drawers. The negatives are the size, especially the bathroom. The shower is ridiculously small. The sink is also tiny and the toilet is situated in the room in a peculiar angle such that it is best to have the door open when sitting on the toilet. It’s hard to call this a luxury cruise line with such small bathrooms. These same size bathrooms are in veranda cabins.