All Round Excellence: Azamara Quest Cruise Review by alexisn

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All Round Excellence

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Asia
Embarkation: Singapore
By far the best cruise so far for us.

Flights / Hotel / Transfers.

This was an all inclusive cruise with a difference in that we wanted to fly to a different country at conclusion rather than back home. This package was arranged by the cruise operator to include transfers and hotels and worked perfectly. The hotels were of top quality and included a day room in Hong Kong to accommodate a six hour wait from disembarkation to flight. Embarkation / dis embarkation were quick and painless.

Ship and Crew.

A small ship with a superb crew. It never ceased to amaze us how the crew always smiled, were obviously very happy working together and never displayed anything other than excellent attitude throughout the cruise at all levels and at every hour of the day or night. It starts at the top of course and the Captain and his officers lead by example. They were frequently seen and always with plenty of time to chat, the Captain even joining the stir fry line More apparently! Dining

Very high standard especially in the specialty restaurants. The afternoon 'high teas' were a delight. The all inclusive wine was of a very high standard and much appreciated.

State Room

Small ship and therefore smallish cabin, 1c. However perfectly adequate, clean and extremely and discreetly maintained by an excellent cabin crew.


Excellent. I don't know where Rus and Alexander get their energy. A superb programme of events and shows embracing everything from bead threading to Broadway. The 'imported acts' also first class. An extra in Vietnam were local dance bands and dancers performing on the pool deck at themed buffets, they were truly superb. This, for me was an indication of the lengths Azamara and the entertainments team were prepared to go to ensure a memorable cruise. Some complaints arose from the 'enrichment lecture' on the opium wars in SE Asia, I don't think the lecturer likes the British!


Very good. Vietnam is perhaps not the place to plan your own excursions and those provided were good. Hanoi is a long trip from the port but generally considered worth it. The on board presentations for excursions and destinations were a trifle dis jointed and did require perseverance, lots of information on taxis. Less

Published 02/15/11

Cabin review: 1C6027

Cabin 6027 C1. Good location but with connecting door which meant that noise carried from adjoining cabin. Some heavy weather on this trip but motion and spray OK.

Port and Shore Excursions

Not quite as secure as Singapore but still a great fun city with the usual precautions. Pat Pong is a fun market but the 'girlie bars' best avoided unless you know what you are in for and are in a group. If you want a good massage reasonably priced then the shuttle bus crew can direct you.

Take the self walking tour to Hoi Ann for good shopping and a taste of 'real' Vietnam. Best shopping in Vietnam, museum tours not really worth the time especially as they detract from shopping time.

Read 61 Da Nang Reviews

Once again Azamara will get closer to Hanoi and in the process will sail through Halong Bay which is spectacular. Further exploration of the bay by local boat is a must, many opportunities to do this independantyly of the excursions and much cheaper. Hanoi is a long bus ride 3.5 hrs, we didn't bother, those that did said it was worth while.

Read 48 Hanoi Reviews

A very westernised city, being a small boat Azamara can berth almost in the center. Take the shuttle bus into the city, 10 minutes, and walk around. Cu Chi Tunnels, interesting day out, worth the excursion

Clean safe but not cheap. The tourist areas such as Clarks Key are best avoided for eating, try China Town or for relatively cheap shopping, beer and food try Bugis village and Albert square,

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