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There are numerous cruise lines that traverse the Baltic Sea, however I do not believe any would better Azamara for ports of call, quality of food and outstanding and highly trained staff from the head of departments to the janitors. ... Read More
There are numerous cruise lines that traverse the Baltic Sea, however I do not believe any would better Azamara for ports of call, quality of food and outstanding and highly trained staff from the head of departments to the janitors. Other commendable features were quality free wines at meals, continuous free coffee and soft drinks, very reasonably priced shore excursions, free shuttles to the centre of town , if not berthed close and a very accommodating captain. In one instance, some guests complained they could not see the sunset when they were dining, so the captain took the ship in a complete 360 circle to make sure everyone was happy. The ship is also a good size and the passengers were a good mix of nationalities who did not have a preconceived idea of their place in the world. If it was any bigger , the ship would have been unable to cruise the Kiel Canal, which was fascinating, or berth fairly close to some of the major cities. Overall a very enjoyable experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
This was our first time on Azamara, and for the most part, we were very pleased. We find we enjoy the smaller, more intimate ships. This is a bit more upscale than some as is evidenced by the teak deck chairs with soft padding, draped with ... Read More
This was our first time on Azamara, and for the most part, we were very pleased. We find we enjoy the smaller, more intimate ships. This is a bit more upscale than some as is evidenced by the teak deck chairs with soft padding, draped with blankets if it was cool, with a beach towel if not. We also had complimentary wine at lunch and dinner (would like them to extend that to a HH time- would be nice to get a complimentary glass when returning from ports)and the wines were mostly good. Azamara does not have ammenities for kids so it was nice to have a (mostly) adult cruise. There were a handful of teen-agers. The staff was exceedingly friendly and the captain and cruise director were visible, frequently mingling with guests. Eric, the cruise director has a fabulous voice- great entertainer. The other shipboard entertainers started off slow, but as the cruise progressed we found ourselves enjoying them. The 50's-90's theme night was fun. The band they brought on in the Kiel Canal was great for the German theme night, as was the troupe of Russian Folk Dancers. Food was mostly good. We ate in Prime C one night (party of six) and food was good, service was terrible. We mentioned it to the Dining Room Manager and he offered to have us come back at no charge. We did and it was much better. Selection in Windows was always plentiful- I loved that they has sushi several days. Discoveries was fine, though service was often quite slow. Rooms are good size (bathrooms are tiny) and we enjoyed room service breakfasts on the veranda on those days when we had an early departure. Room service was always on time and quality was good. Ports were great- we had never been to any of them so we took full advantage. We did not get off at the Kiel Canal (much more fun on the ship with the band and great German buffet, plus seeing all the charming houses and kids running along side the ship as we sailed was pretty cool)but do go into Berlin, despite the 3 hour bus ride. Worth it! Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date July 2011

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