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Sail Date: July 2019
Chose the cruise based on the itinerary and comments from our cruise company that Azamara was really good! It was excellent! Smaller ship with 690 people and very much adult focused which we loved, room was great - bed super comfortable ... Read More
Chose the cruise based on the itinerary and comments from our cruise company that Azamara was really good! It was excellent! Smaller ship with 690 people and very much adult focused which we loved, room was great - bed super comfortable and kept neat and tidy and clean always. Common areas including The Living Riom and Thw Den we’re so inviting and warm. Really enjoyed them. Pool was perfect .never crowded, nor were the hit tubs! Lots of dining options.. Food was outstanding as was the service. Captain Carl was great and his team did some pretty impressive manoeuvres! Tony the cruise director did a great job órgano for many events and entertainment... especially the Azamaxing evening in Koper Slovenia... very impressive! Really liked having a local tourism rep come on at every por and provide some guidance! All round a 10! Will be sailing (soon we hope) with Azamara again! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was our 4th cruise with Azamara and our first on the Azamara Pursuit. We have previously been on about 35 cruises (Costa, NCL, Cunard, Princess, RCCL. Celebrity, Regent, Crystal). This cruise did not disappoint! From the minute we ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise with Azamara and our first on the Azamara Pursuit. We have previously been on about 35 cruises (Costa, NCL, Cunard, Princess, RCCL. Celebrity, Regent, Crystal). This cruise did not disappoint! From the minute we got on the ship until we got off we loved every minute. Our only complaint is that our 7 day cruise was too short! As usual the crew was wonderful, very friendly and always giving us a friendly greeting. The food in the Discoveries Restaurant was excellent. We did not even bother going to the specialty restaurants. Capt. Antonio Toledo was wonderful. We got to speak to him on several occasions. We love the fact that the senior officers are so visible around the ship and greet you as you get off the ship when it is in port. To our surprise we had Tony as our cruise director. He was our cruise director on our first Azamara cruise. We also had another surprise when we were seated in the Discoveries restaurant with Noel as our waiter. He also was the waiter we had on our first Azamara cruise. Noel is an excellent waiter and we hope to see him on the Azamara Pursuit in the future. Chuck Richardson was our destination lecturer and he did a fantastic job. What we like about Azamara is the personal service and the intimate feel of the ship and no nickel and diming as on the larger cruise ships. We also like the fact that Azamara stays in ports longer. We liked the entertainment especially the Croatian dancers they brought on board in Dubrovnik. The violinist was also excellent. Fernando and Matthew were our future cruise consultants. We always had so many questions for them about future cruises and they always were there to help us. By the end of the cruise we booked 2 more Azamara cruises. We loved the Azamazing Evening but felt the music was way too loud. Azamara please keep up the good work. We hope on traveling the world with Azamara!!! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We were on the intensive Croatia cruise. Previously we have sailed on Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise. Azamara was a delight in comparison. No constant high pressure sales, small ship, the all inclusive, and mature passengers made ... Read More
We were on the intensive Croatia cruise. Previously we have sailed on Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise. Azamara was a delight in comparison. No constant high pressure sales, small ship, the all inclusive, and mature passengers made for a relaxing cruise. The staff were exceptional. Our room was quickly seen to every morning and evening and was always clean and everything we needed was always provided. Regarding the Veranda cabin bathroom, it is small, but the shower is ridiculous small. I am 5’8” and 135lbs and it was a tight squeeze for me. We loved the over all decor of the ship. We just wonder how they manage to keep the light carpets and furniture clean! The food was plentiful with many options while not outstanding it was not bad either. The White night and chocolate buffet were a lot of fun and amazing. We were in a port everyday and on the go all day so did not have time or energy for any of the entertainment that was offered. The free laundry was great although extremely crowded on the day we embarked. We found the Azamara excursions to be way over priced so with the exception of two excursion we booked our own. My only complaint was directions on getting to San Basilio and disembarking. We planned on taking a train to Venice and did not want to deal with water transportation to San Basilio. Azamara was of no help with this issue. After researching we found that by taking a train to Mestre we could hire a driver who took us directly by land to the port. On the day of disembarkation we had a driver picking us up at 6:30 am. Again I could not get any information out of Azamara before we boarded regarding what time we could disembark. Once on the ship we had to speak to three different customer staff members to get us on the list to disembark early. A little unnecessary anxiety. All in all we highly recommend Azamara and this Croatian cruise. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Our first Azamara was on the 8-day Croatian Intensive out of Venice. Previously we have cruised Celebrity and quite a few on RC. We were delighted with the experience. No one pushing drinks, spa service or pricey add-ons. Standard beer, ... Read More
Our first Azamara was on the 8-day Croatian Intensive out of Venice. Previously we have cruised Celebrity and quite a few on RC. We were delighted with the experience. No one pushing drinks, spa service or pricey add-ons. Standard beer, wine and cocktails are included. The only option is for a high end drink package. We did not buy that but had excellent wines. We seldom encountered question lines anywhere and the staff was uniformly delightful. The excursions were well done, the Azamazing evening was incredible and White Night was a lot of fun. We enjoyed the more mature group on board, and met fascinating, friendly people. The food was uniformly good at every venue. Captain Tony was visible and accessible, as was CD Tony and the rest of the crew. We read previous staff reviews, but this crew seemed to be jelling nicely. I’m afraid, though, that this was a costly cruise...as we are spoiled now and cannot return to the bustling crowds, belly flop contests and waiting lines of less costly cruises. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Over the years, I have been privileged to sail on forty cruises. These cruises were on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Disney, Holland America, Cunard, Princess, NCL and some other lines that don’t even exist any longer. Out of all ... Read More
Over the years, I have been privileged to sail on forty cruises. These cruises were on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Disney, Holland America, Cunard, Princess, NCL and some other lines that don’t even exist any longer. Out of all of those cruises, Azamara was simply the best. I am confused as to the Azamara Pursuit’s low ratings and inconsistent reviews. I concluded that since I am moving up from mass market ships, that maybe a reason why I feel that this cruise was really one of my best. People moving from higher level lines such as Seaborn, Silversea and the like would possibly be disappointed. Azamara is not a true luxury cruise line they live in between premium lines like Celebrity and luxury lines like Seaborn. Azamara, Oceania, Viking Ocean and Windstar are considered deluxe cruise lines in between premium lines (like Celebrity) and luxury lines like (Seaborn). I think if people understand and set their expectations correctly, they will enjoy a cruise on Azamara. What I loved about this cruise was the size of the ship, easy to get around and lines were a minimal. What a pleasure it was to not wait to be seated for dinner or for an elevator. The service was, for the most part excellent. The ports were fantastic and staying late is a nice feature. The particular Azamara cruise I sailed on was a Croatia intensive voyage. If you get a chance to visit this part of the world, take it. The ports were beautiful and historic. The décor on the Pursuit was very stylish and the ship looked brand new even though it has been sailing for many different cruise lines for the past 18 years of her life. I especially enjoyed the Azamazing evening and the White Night Party. All unique and gave the cruise a special touch. Food was also plentiful and mostly of high quality. The included drinks were enough for me as I drink very sparingly. I would have like to have seen more port/historical lectures. We had a gentlemen who presented on each port and he was great. I wish he could have done even more seminars on the history and geography of the region. I think Azamara could do more learning activities such as Cunard. Also, boarding in Venice could have been handled better however I think these issues have to do more with the port of Venice than Azamara. I will definitely be returning back to Azamara soon, it truly was the best cruise I have been on. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Just back from another (yes, another!) Azamara cruise, sailing this time from Venice to Athens. Not one, not two, but THREE new ports (for us). From day one this cruise was really special, from the wonderful greeting welcoming us ... Read More
Just back from another (yes, another!) Azamara cruise, sailing this time from Venice to Athens. Not one, not two, but THREE new ports (for us). From day one this cruise was really special, from the wonderful greeting welcoming us onboard from Elizabeth, the Hotel Director, right through to the last night dining in Prime C with Emerson waiting on us so perfectly. Captain Antonio is such a wonderfully caring Captain making sure all his passengers and crew are happy and he has such a great sense of humour - it was wonderful to sail with him again. The hotel reception desk staff are so friendly and helpful. The Den is such a great place to meet up (as is The Living Room) but unfortunately a recent change has been the introduction of intrusive background music which is either so low it is just indistinguishable background noise or so loud it intrudes upon conversations. There are areas without it, fortunately, but only in the games room/internet area and the Sunset Verandah, The latter of which unfortunately does not have a Sunset Bar (though the waiting staff cope very well). The Journey Den area still has a casino until the next refit, but it does have a wonderful ‘window on the world’ multiscreen wall and I think it would make a great addition to The Den on the Pursuit. The entertainment isn’t what is was - now only four singers performing mostly uninspiring shows. For instance they perform one called ‘Broadway’ but perform songs from many British shows which eventually made it to New York. Also some of the songs seem unsuited to the voices of the singers who perform them (Solo Saxophone from “Miss Saigon” an example, with the singers singing ‘solo sax-I-phone’!) The White Night is a significant exception with the Azamara Pursuit’s revised White Night performance (possibly a full 90-minute long) really Top Notch and the best White Night on any of the Azamara ships. Cruise Director Tony Markey also has a first class show especially when accompanied by his wife Christine. Lee the Assistant Cruise Director, has such great people skills - always around making sure that everyone is having a great time. Fernando is a great LCV Ambassador and Cruise Sales Manager. We enjoyed a number of excursions on this cruise, usually with excellent guides but find (a) some of the excursion descriptions are not accurate, and (b) some excursions are sold to people unable to keep up, thus delaying everyone else. On the last night of this cruise we dined with friends in Prime C when Emerson waited upon us with sheer professionalism making the evening an absolute delight. However there were several people in the restaurant unsuitably attired - a young man in shorts and flip flops and another man wearing a straw hat and rambling pants. May I suggest that a note be included on the restaurant confirmation of booking card reminding diners of the expected standard of dress. This would make it clear and ease the embarrassment of restaurant staff. Why do we keep coming back to Azamara? Firstly, it HAS to be the crew - they are EXCEPTIONAL! They give such caring service and always so willingly and with a smile. At breakfast on the Windows Terrace this morning, Gina welcomed us and smilingly brought us our English breakfast tea. Azamara suggest that “You’ll love where we take you”, and we do. We love where they take us - we love HOW they take us, and we love WITH WHOM they take us (the wonderful crew and frequently other Azamara frequent cruisers). We look forward to sailing with Azamara again. We don’t intend to wait long - we sail again in July! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Hi everyone: INTRODUCTION For those of you considering taking a high end cruise, you may want to read my reviews of our experiences on board Crystal, Oceania, Seabourn, Silverseas, and Regent. I do focus on the food in my reviews, so ... Read More
Hi everyone: INTRODUCTION For those of you considering taking a high end cruise, you may want to read my reviews of our experiences on board Crystal, Oceania, Seabourn, Silverseas, and Regent. I do focus on the food in my reviews, so I apologize in advance if it's not your main criterion. Interestingly, my wife and I had never heard of Azamara before we booked this cruise. We were in Greece for a destination wedding, and had to cruise on a certain day: Azamara's Pursuit was the only high end cruise available: boy what a lucky option it turned out to be! (Azamara is Royal Caribbean's luxury cruise line.) Let me start with a few minor disappointments: the specialty restaurants charge 30$ per person, and there is a charge for the wifi. We weren't really happy about these two things, and therefore things got off to a rough start. I know what you're thinking--and you're completely right: when spending that kind of money for a nine day cruise, why complain about a few small fees? I agree completely, but my wife was a bit upset. The ship was recently refurbished, so everything inside was "like new." They took out the casino, however--just an FYI. Their other two ships do have a casino. While this cruise only had one sea day; and thus I expect that many other passengers were able to use their carrier's data service while in Europe, and not the ship's wifi, their wifi was faster than the complimentary wifi offered on all the other cruise lines I mentioned at the start of this article. I was also given free wifi by my travel agent, so the internet turned out to be great after all. When I say "great" I mean you can check your email, and most web pages that aren't "image intensive" load reasonably quickly. (Don't even think about watching videos though.) You couldn't even do these things on the other ships I have taken. (I still don't understand why these high end cruise lines don't offer high speed wifi for an additional fee, as does Royal Caribbean and other mainstream cruise lines.) CONCLUSION I'll get to the details, but my wife and I enjoyed ourselves more on this ship than on all the other luxury cruises we have taken. Three reasons account for this: 1. The staff is extraordinarily friendly. 2. The food is delicious. 3. There is a great deal to do. DETAILS Staff As we were departing for an excursion, and I swiped my key card with the security guard, I saw on his monitor the words "Enjoy your time downtown." In other words, I get it: even though the staff is told to say these types of things, they do a good job "acting," and it comes across as genuine. You can't pass a crew member without them saying, "Did you go a shore today? How was it?" and so forth. Most of the crew exuded a genuine warmth which was definitely noticed by many other passengers as well. Everybody commented about the friendliness of the crew. Many other cruise lines staff go through the motions, but it doesn't seem as genuine as on the Pursuit. Food While the food was not as "upscale" as on Regent and Oceania, I enjoyed it much more! When I say "upscale" I am referring to expensive foods such as caviar, scallops, tuna, jumbo shrimps, lamb chops, sushi, etc. Honestly, I'm not sure why I enjoyed the food more on the Pursuit than on the other cruises I have taken. They didn't have as much of the aforementioned food items as Oceania and Regent, but they did serve each of the items. Even though there were no separate side dishes available with dinner, I still found more variety at every meal onboard the Pursuit than other ships. Breakfasts are pretty much the same--even on high end cruise ships, and fresh orange juice was always available. Very high quality smoked salmon, too. They also had a smoothie bar open for breakfast. Aside from the smoked salmon and fresh squeezed OJ, my experience has been breakfasts are the same on every cruise line, whether an expensive one or not. There seemed to be more variety for lunch than I have previously experienced. Always a pork dish, a chicken dish, a seafood dish, a pasta dish, a beef, dish a cutting board meat, etc. In addition to a huge variety of salads and vegetables, pizza etc. The mashed potatoes were amazing! I did notice many pork dishes available for lunch and dinner. This is a plus for me, but may not be for you. The desserts were amazing!: bananas foster, many "crumbles," tiramisu, ice cream, puddings. On Regent, it was only cookies in the afternoon. While Oceania has a famous "high tea" with about 8 daily desserts, i still enjoyed those on the Pursuit a bit more. The coffee shop always had a few sweets as well. The only negative I found, I also found on every other cruise: no drip coffee. Just the espresso machines. While I was surprised that there were no "sides" available at dinner--other than what came with your entree, the variety was quite large, and the food extraordinary tasty. Like the competition, they have a few items which are available every night in case you don't like the daily options. The food that was served in the buffet had some common items with the sit down menu; but it also had many dishes that were not available at the main restaurant. This is in contrast to many other ships, where the buffet food is identical (pretty much) to that served in the dining room. And just to be clear, tuna, scallops, steaks, lamb chops and sushi were available on different nights on the Pursuit. Not in the amounts found on Regent or Oceania, but available nonetheless. For the price we paid, this fact did put me off a bit. As much as I love pork, I felt I was "paying for lobster." MISCELLANEOUS I'm not sure if it's fair to compare cruise fares, because there are so many different fares depending upon when and whom you book with. But our feeling was that Azamara was among the more expensive cruise lines. A basic beverage package including alcohol is complimentary, but excursions and air fare are not. In addition, a suite with a balcony was thousands more than just having a window. I don't remember this being the case on the other ships we've taken. On the Pursuit they had a "white night" party where everyone is encouraged to dress in white, there is an outdoor barbecue and live performances by the entertainers--a lovely party. The quantity of food was what you might expect on Royal Caribbean: there must have been ten entrees and twenty salads, plus breads, appetizers, desserts, etc. As for the performances, the singers hit every note! The songs sounded remarkably like the original songs they were "covering." I'm very ignorant about music, but even I could hear that they did an outstanding job of singing. They also had a chocolate night on the last night: I missed it but heard it was very well done. Finally, they offered a complimentary evening in Dubrovnik, to listen to a famous local cello player. They bused us both ways, set up seating in the middle of an outdoor square, and arranged the concert for anyone on the ship who wanted to attend. A lovely touch. I'd say about one half to two thirds of the passengers showed up. There were two hours of trivia available each day. The cruise director hardly made any announcements--and none that went into your stateroom. The captan did make a few and they were well done. And a nice touch was that the disembarkation instructions were not handed out until the very end of the cruise: talk about a buzz kill! Many competitors do it on the second or third day. The spa had someone who did acupuncture (for a fee). I tried it for the first time for my hips and was pleased at the results. Gym is similar to what you might expect. Typical fitness classes were offered. We didn't do any Azamara excursions. A magician performed two shows on one night only and this was a refreshing change to the entertainment, which mostly consists of Broadway songs, and musicals, as is the case with most cruise lines. I can't stress enough that we had fantastic times on all the cruise lines I mentioned at the beginning of this review, but our new favorite is Azamara. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was our first cruise with Azamara. A short, three day cruise followed with a post cruise package on the Orient Express. (I have not been able to positively verify, but believe this is the first season for a collaboration between the ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Azamara. A short, three day cruise followed with a post cruise package on the Orient Express. (I have not been able to positively verify, but believe this is the first season for a collaboration between the two. It was also the very first of these limited offerings) We arrived in Venice the day before and spent the night at the Hotel Antichi Figure. This is a lovely little gem situated on the Grand Canal directly across from St Lucia train station. We cannot say enough good things about this small hotel, from communications prior to our arrival to the lovely alfresco breakfast looking out at the activity on the canal. Embarkation was among the fastest and most efficient we have experienced. Heading up to the pool deck while we waited for the "all clear" for staterooms, we opted to lunch at the Patio where we found a wide assortment of cooked to order items are available daily. In addition to some of the best burgers we have had at sea, they also offer beef, lamb and chicken brochettes, in addition to a salad bar and other options. Other dining venues include the specialty restaurants (which we chose not to try this cruise) and the Windows Cafe, the buffet, which we only visited once. While understandably smaller than the buffets on other larger ships, do not let the size discourage you! The variety changes daily and they generally have a theme for dinner. The main dining room is quite nice, and the staff very attentive. Two specials of the day are offered at dinner, however we were not as impressed with with these. Overall we felt the menu was comparable with other lines we have traveled, and nothing to get excited over. Perhaps the specialty restaurants are where Azamara shines?The included wines (one red and one white) were nothing special but quite drinkable. Likewise, the included bar menu selections were quite restrictive. Surprisingly, even with the short itinerary, we were fortunate enough to experience a White Night Party on our second night. The buffet was amazing and the entertainment just the right mix to please everyone. Our Cruise Director, Tony Markey, was amazing and talented. First time to have a cruise director who was also an entertainer! Before we knew it we had returned to Venice. Disembarkation was smooth and efficient as well as our transfer to the Grand Monaco Hotel for two nights before our trip on the Orient Express. Having the extra day and a half was perfect to get in sights we had missed out on before. Transfer to the Orient Express was also efficiently handled and we were aboard the famous train in less than an hour. I will just say that the train itself lives up to its reputation for style and service. The amenities provided are first class. There was an abundance of food, but I will say that the quality was not quite what we were expecting (a large portion is obviously pre prepared and finished aboard the train). The scenery and ambiance were sensational. Bottom line while this was a short cruise, Azamara did not "wow" us as we had hoped. We were grateful for the opportunity to experience the Orient Express, but would not consider it something you would do more than once. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our first Azamara cruise, having sailed before mainly with Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. We were expecting it to be a step up from the other lines but we found it wasn’t. The Officers and staff we found to be very ... Read More
This was our first Azamara cruise, having sailed before mainly with Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. We were expecting it to be a step up from the other lines but we found it wasn’t. The Officers and staff we found to be very friendly. Training of staff in some areas was certainly lacking. You wouldn’t expect a waiter to need a table plan to take you to your table and still get it wrong. Our cabin steward and the two Croatian barmen in The Den were excellent. Food in the main restaurant was very good but we found the buffet at lunchtime was disappointing. The speciality restaurants is an area where training needs to be given. The food was very good but waiters should not remove plates before everyone in your party has finished the course. This made a couple feel as if they were holding us up. We were lucky enough to be invited to an Officers hosting evening and we were lucky to have the Officer Lucy Dobson on our table who was an excellent advert for Azamara Staff. Would we sail with Azamara again? Yes we would if the price and itinerary were what we wanted, but our expectations wouldn’t be so high. A tip we found useful was that the coffee table is too big for the room but we moved it between the window and settee and it gave us a lot more room. Read Less
Azamara Pursuit Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family N/A 3.8

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