Azamara ---Lovely cruise even for and with the kids: Azamara Quest Cruise Review by sjrhdavis

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Azamara ---Lovely cruise even for and with the kids

Sail Date: June 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Athens (Piraeus)
We were cruising as a multigenerational group (my parents in their late 60s/early 70s, me and my husband, and our two daughters, ages 10 and 12). We chose this itinerary because it was very port-intensive with no sea days and long days at most islands. We are not big cruise people and my husband in particular does not love being on the boat too much. Our overall experience was excellent and, in particular, I wanted to note that the ship did a great job with having kids on board because it is rare to see mention of children's experiences on Azamara or other similar lines. You can have a great cruise with kids without a rock climbing wall, etc. We were well taken care of and never felt uncomfortable being with our kids (and they were far from the only kids on board).

Travel and Embarkation: We booked through ChoiceAir and had a very smooth experience. We arrived the day the cruise departed, so we just took our transfer straight to the port and boarded with no delays or More problems.

Cabins/ship: We were in a veranda cabin. As others have reported, the bathrooms and shower are small, but they worked well and we had no big problems with them. Service was great so that even small problems were resolved quickly. My parents were in a large suite and it was fabulous, with a full size bathroom with tub and shower and a butler.

Dining: Our favorite dining was in the Prime C specialty restaurant (we went 3 nights). Food was excellent and service even better. We were able to get off-menu items for my kids when we asked and it was just a very pleasant experience. The Main Dining Room was also very nice and the food was tasty, but the service was spottier. Nothing terribly amiss, but just some delays and mistakes that should not happen.

Because of the schedule for this cruise we ate most of our lunches in port. When we were on the boat for lunch, the buffet lunch was adequate (I am not much of a buffet lover) and I thought the pool grill did a nice job when you were in the mood for that kind of food. It is nice that the grill and the buffet are right near each other so that it was easy for our group to sit together even if some wanted the grill and others the buffet.

One of the best things about the dining situation on the Quest is that it is never really crowded anywhere. We never had any issues with being seated when we wanted, where we wanted to eat at any time we showed up.

Activities: We didn't do many onboard activities and the ship is generally pretty quiet. The pool is small, but the kids liked to go in and there were always sunbeds available so there were no hassles with going. The spa is nice enough and my daughter and I enjoyed our manicures there. With so much port time, we did not do too much more on the boat and didn't even make it to a single show.

Port/Excursions: One of the best things about this cruise was how easy it was to see the ports. All but two ports were docked, not tendered, and we were able to get on and off the boat easily. Even at the two with tenders (Mykynos and Santorini), the tenders ran so often that we never had to wait more than a couple of minutes and there were no lines. We did ship excursions in a couple of ports and they were fine. We prefer to book private excursions and did so with great success (HelloEphesus and Ocean Wave Tours in Santorini).

Post Cruise Hotel: We stayed in Athens for a couple of days after disembarking and I have to give a rave for the Athens Gate hotel. Lovely place in a superb location for the tourist areas of town.

Overall, a great trip and we felt that Azamara lived up to our expectations and gave us the opportunity to see a beautiful area of the world in the easiest and most pleasant way. Less

Published 06/29/11

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