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cruisexpert July 10th, 2008 12:11 PM

Azamara Experience
We give the Azamara Quest cruise HIGH MARKS

My husband Dennis and I just returned from exploring the Western Mediterranean and being spoiled by the warm and caring staff of the Azamara Quest. I wanted to give you a glimpse of life on board the new intimate small ship division of Celebrity Cruises’ Azamara Cruise Line. Sincere hellos, smiles, and conversations with all staff members – all the way from our cabin Butler to the Captain of the ship. Truly a feeling that each staff member was so happy to have us as a guest in their home. Onboard activities included state of the art cardio and fitness equipment and spa facilities offering an array of classes and rejuvenating treatments. Complimentary sorbet was delivered to us poolside. Art auctions, seminars and bingo were included on our at sea days.

Dress code is Country Club Casual for all evenings, so no need to pack formal wear. Dining is “open dining” giving the opportunity to dine alone or the ability to meet our fellow cruisers by dining with others, and all at our very own relaxing pace. Every dinner was a masterpiece, the presentation perfectly orchestrated, leaving you to ponder if you should take a picture before touching your plate. Two evenings of “Specialty Dining” is included for all cabin accommodations and three evenings for suite guests which turned an ordinary evening into an extraordinary dining event.

After dinner we enjoyed quality entertainment with an excellent orchestra, an upbeat vocal and dance troupe, and a variety of international stars, combos, and specialty acts. Casino action, game shows, theme parties, and dancing rounded out the evenings.
Days were filled with popular ports such as Livorno, Barcelona, Marseilles and Tunis with off the beaten track ports of Portofino, Cannes, Sete, and Mahon. Arriving at each destination was a joy because our small ship always had the closest possible location to the main port area whether we ported or tendered. Imagine no long lines getting on and off the ship! We had great experiences with both the ship’s tours and seeing sights on our own. Azamara arranged for the destination tourist board representatives to be in our ship’s welcome area to answer our questions on sights and shopping and have map and directions to ensure a gratifying experience. Our cruise was especially blessed with a historian who gave destination lectures on the day prior to our port arrivals.

Yes days could be hectic as we wanted to see as much as we could, but each evening we were back to our home on the Quest, and able to relax and enjoy being pampered by the attentive Azamara family.

Bonnie Green
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hazengreg July 25th, 2008 04:36 AM

:) Happy to hear you enjoyed the Quest!....I have been looking for few days now to see further reports on the Azamara Cruises(but not too much filtering husband and I are booked on the "journey" in was the smaller ship cruising? we have only been on the larger boats...not that either the 2 of us get seasick...but its just the thought of it...we have booked a deck 7 1A category cabin towards the middle of ship.
Is the service good? Have you been on other cruises that you can compare with?Is there plenty to keep you occupied?

bhowatson August 1st, 2008 12:43 PM

My husband and I were on the Quest for the Western Med. leaving Rome on May 25 2008.
We loved the ship so much that we've booked the East. Med. for Oct 25th this year.
Service was great, a small ship is the way to go - not waiting for 2700 passengers to disgorge themselves onto the streets of Valletta e.g. We noticed little motion aboard ship, we had a cat. 2A balcony mid ship and the bed, the sheets, the robes, the butler, (Harry) - all was terrific.
I dont' want to say how great it was since the prices have gone up since we cruised - don't want to let the secret out that it's a wonderful line.

In "Discoveries", rear table overlooking stern - v. noisy with engine noise but otherwise, you don't hear anything. Had a wonderful dinner in Aqualina - too much lobster! Order the seafood platter as an appetizer there. Prime C experience was spoiled by a snotty waiter ( the only poor spot of service on the ship). We were happy every night with the fare in Discoveries - sometimes things were a little well done - so if you want ind. service and perfectly cooked meals - use Aqualina or Prime C.

The Sushi is amazing - pops up in Windows every day at 6 p.m and the burgers and lamb souvlaki at the pool grill are super.

We were so busy in each port, ate late, got to know tons of lovely folks - never made it to a show! We would have liked more days at sea to use all the ship's amenities and relax!

It's wonderful that the cruise lectures are rebroadcast on your room tv so you have a great overview with slides of the next day's port.

Loved it - just don't tell anybody.

imjustme August 10th, 2008 02:53 PM

We were on the Quest Panama Canal cruise in December in a mid-ship balcony cabin and loved every minute of it. We enjoyed the size of the ship, no lines, good food, excellent service, a wonderful, attentive butler, and best of all, very few children.

We are early diners and like a table for two, and were able to get our preferred table (and wait staff) every single night--we just had to ask.

We loved the small ship experience in every way and definitely intend to cruise with Azamara again.

badbob39 December 8th, 2008 07:10 PM

Wish I were there

cruisematey1 January 7th, 2009 10:48 AM

What did you not like about your cruise?


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