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Azamara Onward Review

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Azamara Onward joined destination-focused cruise line Azamara in March 2021. The ship was purchased from Carnival Corp. -- having sailed for Princess Cruises as Pacific Princess since 2002 -- and is undergoing extensive refurbishment work in Civitavecchia, Italy, before re-entering service in May 2022. 

Built in 1999, the 30,277-gt Azamara Onward started out as R Three, part of the defunct Renaissance Cruises' R-Class ships, along with Azamara Journey (formerly R Six), Quest (formerly R Seven), and Pursuit (R Eight). 

The 702-passenger ship has the same blueprint as fleetmates Journey, Quest and Pursuit, and will have the same layout and upmarket feel onboard. Passengers can expect a focus on the destination, with the line’s AzAmazing Evenings and culturally immersive experiences through a program of destination intensive sailings.

Azamara Onward will sail its inaugural season around Europe in 2022. The first sailing will depart May 22, 2022, on an 11-night Christening & Maiden Voyage cruise from Monte Carlo, Monaco. 

Inclusions

  • AzAmazing Evening events or onboard Destination Celebrations 
  • Select spirits, international beers and wines
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Gratuities
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Cabins

Accommodation on Azamara Onward includes inside, outside, balcony and suite-class cabins. 

Wheelchair accessible cabins are available in inside, outside and suite categories. Interconnecting cabins are also available. Self-service laundry is also available.

All cabins feature the minimum of two twin beds convertible to one Queen size bed; seating and a coffee table; bedside tables; writing desk; 40-inch flat-screen TV; Mini-bar; thermostat-controlled air conditioning; telephone with voicemail; in-room safe; hairdryer and USB ports under bedside reading lamps.

Amenities include Terry bathrobes and slippers, 24-hour room service, fresh-cut flowers, tote bag, complimentary use of umbrella and complimentary shoeshine service. 

Club Interior cabins measure 158 square feet.

Club Outside cabins measure 143 square feet and feature the addition of a picture window. 

There are two categories of balcony cabins. Club Balcony and Club Balcony Plus, both measure 175 square feet, plus a 40-square-foot balcony. 

Club Balcony Plus passengers get the following extras: 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (120 minutes) or $130 towards a full voyage unlimited package
  • One free bag of laundry service per cabin, every seven days
  • One night of complimentary specialty dining for two, every seven days
  • Priority embarkation and debarkation
  • Complimentary in-room spirits

Suites: There are four suites types onboard (listed below). All suite passengers get complimentary Wi-Fi (240 minutes or 100 percent-off the unlimited internet package); one free bag of laundry service per suite, each seven days, and complementary specialty dining. 

Club Continent Suites: Entry-level suites measure 266 square feet with a 60-square-foot balcony. The spacious cabins feature a larger sitting area with a 55-inch TV. Bathrooms feature a shower, some with a bathtub. 

Club Spa Suites: The ship’s Sanctum Spa Suites are located by the spa and measure 414 square feet with a balcony measuring 60 square feet. Spa Suite extras include the daily delivery of healthy snacks, Frette plush robes and slippers and relaxing in-room spa music. Bathrooms feature a separate rain shower and bathtub. 

Club Ocean Suites: Measuring 478 square feet with a balcony measuring 173 square feet, Club Ocean Suites offer greater sea views with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors from the bedroom and living areas. Two TVs; a marble-clad bathroom and dressing area featuring a vanity unit. 

Club World Owner’s Suite: The largest cabins onboard measure 603 square feet with a 233-square-foot balcony and feature separate living and bedroom areas. The bedroom features a queen size bed and a 40-inch TV, with a 55-inch TV in the living room. There’s a marble-clad master bathroom with shower. A dressing room with vanity unit and ample closet space. 

Dining

Discoveries Restaurant (Deck 5): The ship’s main dining room offers flexible dining at breakfast, lunch and dinner, with no assigned seating. Discoveries is the place for the line’s Destination Immersion dinner buffet featuring local flavors from the ship’s ports of call. 

Windows Cafe (Deck 9): The ship’s casual buffet restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with live stations and indoor and outdoor seating. Daily themed dinners themed with a focus on the ship’s location are also offered.

The Patio (Deck 9): The casual pool grill option by day, switching to Swirl Top in the evening. 

Swirl Top (Deck 9): The candlelit alfresco restaurant serving the line’s Destination Immersionmenu (dinner service only). 

Mosaic Cafe (Deck 5): The ship’s coffee shop for casual bites and Nespresso coffee. 

Aqualina (Deck 10): Azamara’s specialty Italian restaurant offers a six-course menu featuring antipasti, soup, salad, pasta, entree and dessert. $30 fee for non-suite passengers. 

Prime C (Deck 10): The ship’s specialty steak and seafood restaurant, located opposite Aqualina. As well as prime cuts of steak, expect crab cakes, lobster bisque, lamb, game and seafood items on the four-course menu. $30 fee for non-suite passengers. 

Room service: Available 24-hours a day. 

Vegan diets are catered for with a new plant-based menu available at Discoveries, Prime C and Aqualina.

Bars & Lounges

The Cabaret Lounge (Deck 5) is the place for daytime enrichment and live evening performances. 

There are five bars and lounges on Azamara Onward including Mosaic by Night (Deck 5); The Den (Deck 5); Discoveries Bar (Deck 5); Pool Bar (Deck 9) and The Living Room (Deck 10). 

Daytime enrichment and activities include destination talks, trivia and Wine Corner gatherings in the Mosaic Café. Live music in the evenings includes a pianist, quartet and DJ. 

Azamara’s signature White Nights party will also take place on voyages of seven days or more, featuring canapes, drinks and entertainment, including a live DJ on the Pool Deck. Dress code: white!

Azamara Onward will also showcase Azamazing Evenings focused on destinations the ship travels. 

Recreation

The ship's only pool is located on Deck 9. There are two hot tubs by the pool and a Sun Deck and shuffleboard on Deck 11.

Other amenities include The Drawing Room library, Destination Services, Guest Relations and Concierge, the shop and photo shop. 

Spa & Fitness

The Sanctum Spa and terrace, beauty salon and fitness centre are located Deck 10, forward. The Spa Terrace features a saltwater hot tub.

There’s a jogging track on Deck 10. Fitness and nutrition classes, including one-on-one personal training, for an additional fee, will be available.

Kids & Family

There are no kids clubs onboard, nor is there a dedicated program or facilities such as a kids pool.

The minimum age to sail is six months and 12 months for all Hawaii and Transocean cruises, though Azamara discourages families with children less than 18 years of age from sailing.

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