Azamara Quest Review

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Hopefully not our last Azamara cruise

Review for South America Cruise on Azamara Quest
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Princess123
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2024

This was our third cruise with Azamara and it reconfirmed how much we like the brand (which doesn't seem any different since the change in ownership).

Our cabin was on deck 8, which was handy for the buffet restaurant, Living Room and outside decks on 9 and for the main entertainment areas/dining room on 5. No need to use the lift as the ship is small enough to easily get around. Our cabin was underneath the gym but we never heard any noise from it. Sockets worked for US and European plugs but not UK. USB port in the bedside light. A hairdryer, robes and slippers are provided, as are shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap and body lotion.

As others have commented, the bathroom and shower area are small, although there is plenty of storage space for toiletries. The cabin is a decent size with enough storage for a shortish cruise. Balcony had two upright chairs and a large table. There was never a problem finding a sunlounger on deck and I think the crew did remove items if someone was reserving a lounger but not using it.

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Buenos Aires

We spent four nights in Buenos Aires, staying at the Melia Recoleta (next door to Fervor, a wonderful steak restaurant!). We booked a private guide, Barbara (with Iconic Buenos Aires) for a full day tour, which we would highly recommend. She gave us a wonderful day, and gave us a real insight into life in BA and pointers on what else to do/see during our stay.

Ilhabela

We took a ship's tour, with rather a lot of getting on and off the bus, but it was a good way to see the main sights (great photo opportunity of the ship through the heart of the Ilhabela sign!) and the Agua Branca Waterfalls.

Montevideo

We took a walking tour, which seemed to miss out a couple of things we were supposed to visit (I think we arrived before opening times) but finished at the very attractive Port Market, which had fabulous food stalls, as well as souvenir shops.

The Azamazing evening at the beautiful Teatro Solis was fantastic.

Punta del Este

Right near where the tender docks is a fish market and plenty of sea lions to be seen there enjoying the leftovers. We didn't take a tour here but wandered down to the Playa Brava beach where we hired a couple of chairs and a parasol. It's a huge beach but didn't seem to have any facilities. The 'dedos' statue is in that area. Everyone seemed very friendly and a few words of Spanish helped.

Santos (Sao Paulo)

Two stars is probably being generous. Santos is the largest container port in Latin America and leaving the ship involved a bus tour through a lot of it. Once at the terminal building it was extremely chaotic with passengers embarking/disembarking a large MSC ship. We took a ship's Panoramic and Historic streetcar tour which, frankly, was dreadful. There was no PA system on the bus and our guide didn't seem to know much about the area, or speak very good English. The streetcar took about 10 minutes and started/ended at the Pele Museum. We got a refund for this tour, which says it all really. I'm not sure why ships stop here, unless they think people will want to take a long tour to Sao Paolo.

Rio de Janeiro

We were blessed with fantastic weather in Rio so saw the city and the famous beaches at their best. We took two tours and both guides, Mariano and Wagner, were very good, with Wagner being particularly enthusiastic about his city. The first tour was to Christ The Redeemer, which was amazing to see up close (we had got up early at the Captain's suggestion to see that and Sugar Loaf as we sailed in but it was not that close!). It was quite busy there but we didn't have to wait too long for the train. We also stopped at Copacabana beach on the way back and I could happily have stayed there longer.

On our second day we took the tour to Sugar Loaf Mountain and again had fantastic views from a very quiet Sugar Loaf (two cable cars to get there but a very short wait). As we were being dropped at the airport as part of the tour and had plenty of time, our guide persuaded our driver to drive through the road in the centre of the Sambadrome, which was a real bonus.

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