gkelley949

gkelley949
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Azamara Quest

May 2017 - Azamara Quest to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

They got it right!

This was our first cruise on an 'upscale' line, so cannot really compare to other 'upscale' cruises. We liked the smaller vessel with less than 700 passengers that could get in to the 'lesser visited' ports. The Windows Cafe was more relaxing (than similar type venues) than on the larger ships, with tables relatively far apart and easier access(less crowded) to the buffet. The staff throughout was very friendly and welcoming. Although only two separate locations (front and rear) the elevators were always prompt and hassle-free. Cabin service was good and unobtrusive. On some days the 'house' white wine wasn't very good, but not undrinkable. Shore excursions always went smoothly, with 18-22 people per tour, a real plus.  They really took care of their "Le Club Voyage" (loyalty club) passengers. We had sailed on Celebrity last year so were already Le Club members.    

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Avalon Passion

May 2016 - Avalon Passion to River Cruises - Europe

They aimed to please and they did!

All of the staff were very friendly and professional with smiling faces all the time. We got the vibe that they really wanted us to have an enjoyable trip and they were very caring and considerate. This was the 2nd cruise on this brand new ship which was very well designed, especially the bathroom. The food was excellent and the wait staff were top notice. Generous pours of complimentary wine with dinner.  Nico our cruise director was the best.   

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gkelley949's Tips

Koper, Slovenia - The Azamazing Evening was in Tito square, walking distance from the ship. It was over the top. Our shore excursion was to Ljubljana which was great. Wish we could have spent more time there, but it was an hour & 15 min bus ride to the ship. Included lunch was just OK.
Azamara Quest Azamara Quest - Tell people to not bring any kind of pocket knife on board. They confiscated (but returned upon disembarkation with some confusion) my husband's that he has been taking on board other cruises for many years. It has a few gadgets--is just a standard Swiss army knife--not a large blade or anything.
Venice, Italy - We had been there before so skipped the main sights of Doge's Palace, St Mark's Basilica. We took the back streets guided walking tour which was great. Venice was very, very crowded--difficult to walk and it got pretty warm in the afternoon. Would never want to go there in the summer.
Zadar, Croatia - Very nice and walkable from one side to the other. No need to take a shore excursion. Lots of nice squares, parks, churches. Easy to see on your own.
Kotor, Montenegro - Loved it and the visit to the nearby city of Budva. both very scenic. The ship was docked directly on the promenade of the old walled city of Kotor. Stuff was relatively inexpensive.
Korcula Island, Croatia - Loved it. It's about a 3 hour town, which worked out good because the ship departed there at 2PM. Glorious pine treed promenade along the water with lots of scenic views and waterfront restaurants. Take the walking tour shore excursion.
Dubrovnik, Croatia - Beautiful city, but a lot of tourists. We had been there before and don't remember it being crowded like it was that day. If you have time take the tour to walk the wall (and not on your own).
Hvar, Croatia - There's really not much there and the shore excursion that we took for $135 USD PP was absolutely not worth it. They should substitute another port.
Wurzburg, Germany - The Residenz (staircase & ceiling especially) and the chapel at the Residenz.
Avalon Passion Avalon Passion - Find out how many locks you will encounter before deciding on your itinerary. This route included 66 locks which was time consuming

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shared a quick tip for Azamara Quest"Tell people to not bring any kind of pocket knife on board. They confiscated (but returned upon disembarkation with some confusion) my husband's that he has been taking on board other cruises for many years. It has a few gadgets--is just a standard Swiss army knife--not a large blade or anything. "

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reviewed their Europe - Eastern Mediterranean cruise on Azamara Quest and gave it 5 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Avalon Passion cruise review - They aimed to please and they did!

received a helpful vote on their Avalon Passion cruise review - They aimed to please and they did!

received a helpful vote on their Avalon Passion cruise review - They aimed to please and they did!

received a helpful vote on their Avalon Passion cruise review - They aimed to please and they did!