I have to agree with your assessment of the food, service and staff onboard Azamara. My wife and I sailed on them a few months after their inception. They had some growing pains but a new Hotel Director and Food and Beverage manager were brought on for our cruise and the passengers who had been on the previous cruise said it was a night and day difference.
Hopefully, I will sail Azamara again. We are sailing Southeast Asia in 12/12 and wanted to go with Azamara but their schedule conflicted with ours so we had to go with Celebrity Millennium. I was hoping for Azamara. When we sailed we were in a standard, deck 6, balcony cabin and still had great service from our combination butler/room steward.
Thanks for posting the review. I hope it entices others to sail Azamara and also to post their experiences.