Fabulous Cruise: Azamara Quest Cruise Review by lhbsurf

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Sail Date: August 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
We took a 12 night Western Mediterranean Cruise to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. We chose Azamara because we have sailed previously on the Tahitian Princess and like the ship size, plus it offered unusual itineraries that included Montenegro, a port I really wanted to see.

After our initial booking, Azamara implemented the "upgrades" so we really got a great deal. We thought we would probably not sail again on Azamara, because we could not afford it. No so!!! When we got on board, we realized that the increase in price just covered things we would pay for anyway, so it did not end up a significant amount more than a Celebrity or Princess cruise.

In general, our experience with Azamara could be summed up as hassle-free. The entire ship seemed to be staffed with "people persons" who genuinely try to make your experience a positive one. When problems occurred, they were resolved quickly.

We very much enjoyed the port lectures by Dr. Stephen Wesley on our More cruise.

Captain Carl is terrific. He and his staff are very visible and invite interaction with guests. I have been on 13 cruises and only remember the name of one previous captain, as I am not the "captain groupie" type. But I will definitely remember Captain Carl as one of the best ever.

We found the food to be good everywhere - in the buffets and dining rooms and especially Aqualina. Rooms stocked with cokes and water was a huge plus, The wines poured for lunch and dinner were nice and we very much enjoyed them.

The was our favorite cruise so far !!! Partly due to the itinerary, partly due to size of ship, and partly due to the quality staffing. We definitely intend to sail Azamara again!!! Less

Published 10/04/10

Cabin review: 1C7029

Great location - no complaints with the cabin at all!!

Port and Shore Excursions

We also visited the port of Zadar, Croatia on this cruise. On both ports, we wandered around on our own and found the towns to be delightful. In Dubrovnik, we walked the walls (apparently we walk pretty fast, took us a little less than an hour). Then had a snack at a restaurant wedged in an alley. Beautiful water and beautiful City.

Took ship tour "Independent Florence" - which was mostly just a bus ride over. Florence was lovely, but I felt this tour wasted a lot of time stopping for restrooms and at leather factories...I would have rather spent all the time in Florence. Was an impressive city!!

We walked to old Monaco and got there in time to see the changing of the guard - which was interesting. We toured the Palace and the Napoleon artifacts museum. Had a nice lunch right on the square. Relaxing day and lovely day.

We booked an all day private tour for the two of us. Very expensive and worth every penny!! When comparing notes with others on our ship that had taken ships tours - it was obvious we saw much more than they were able to.... Vatican - St. Peter's Basilica & Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, Circus Maximus, several churches...and even had time for a 1 1/2 hour fabulous lunch!! Usually I don't like touristy spots, but Francesca of Rome Connection made this day on of the hightlights of our life!!

Ship spent the night in St. Tropez - we just walked around the town - found some nice gifts. Got chocolate croissant to take back to the ship yummy!! On Tuesday morning, we wen to the local market - it was huge and filled an entire park area. I found it to be fascinating and quite a lot of fun!! Beautiful port - but very busy

Sorrento is a beautiful port city!! We booked a private tour with ap tours - we spent 1 1/2 hours at Herculaneum (2 would have been better). Then drove to Positano and had lunch at a lovely family trattoria on the side of a cliff. He then took us to view a hand painted tile factory and wandered around the town of Sorrento before dropping us off right by the tender. A wonderful day!!

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