September 2015 - 11 Night Islands Of The Mediterranean (Barcelona To Nice) Cruise on Azamara Quest
Though the ship is going in soon for refurbishment I found all areas to be ship shape. It has a calming, understated elegance and the absence of children enhanced the calmness of the atmosphere. The specialty restaurants were very good and the buffet, main dining room and pool side snack bar were good not great. For an upscale line the staterooms were tight, especially the bathrooms and shower. The service was very attentive; our room was kept spotless, our drink glasses full and our needs met in the dining rooms. The friendliness of the staff from Captain Carl on down was delightful and was contagious to our fellow passengers. Most had smiles, were friendly and very few of the whiny complainer types seemed to be on board. The entertainment was just that, entertaining, with the two professional dancers being the stars. We did our own shore excursions so I cannot comment on that, and the Amazing Evening of music at the Cathedral in Palma de Majorica was beautiful. The long days into nights in port allowed for greater exploration. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary. A highlight (the Chef knew I was a restaurant owner) was when the Chef purchased some fresh porcini mushrooms in port and prepared a special dish for me!
We've done Silverseas and other high class small ship lines and while Azamara lacks a bit in stateroom size and refinement, I preferred this slightly larger ship with its more generous public spaces, spa and gym. Overall the cruise was very nice, the right price for the product delivered and we would sail on Azamara again.