Azamara is unique among cruise lines
9 Night Mediterranean Mosaic (Rome To Barcelona)
Sail Date: October 28, 2018
Ship: Azamara Pursuit
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 10 months ago
Review SummaryIt was good to be back on an Azamara ship after a disappointing cruise earlier this year on a competitor that is supposedly more luxurious but that we found lacking in many ways. The Azamara Guest Relations staff and other officers and crew were always helpful and attentive. The new ship is lovely (though we did prefer the more traditional decor of the past because it seemed more comfortable). We cruise on Azamara partly to visit unusual places or to be able to dock closer to city centers. This cruise did not disappoint in that way in spite of several changes because of storms. The other reason we cruise on Azamara is to relax. Yes, it lacks all the bells and whistles of bigger ships, but we enjoy the living room ambiance, the wider variety of food (for example, pesto and hummus served at meals and not just butter) and the quality of the food, the simpler shows, excellent service. If you don't feel like dressing for dinner, there are several other options, unlike on some other cruise lines. It was disappointing that Corsica and Sardegna ports were cancelled due to the very serious series of storms that hit. But the crew did an excellent job of keeping passengers informed of all events and changes, and showed real expertise and getting us into Nice instead of Monaco. (I agree with one reviewer who suggested that Azamara might offer more because of these cancellations than the extra credit if we booked another cruise while on board. We were not ready to plan another cruise yet but will in the next 1-2 years.) Summary: if you want a relaxed time with details handled by staff and don't need water slides, bumper cars, rock climbing walls... this is the cruise and cruise line for you.
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Cabin / Stateroom
Azamara is for relaxed mature travelers and not "party party" types.
Ports Of Call
Olbia, Sardinia Did not visit port
Bastia, Corsica Did not visit port
Monte Carlo, Monaco Did not visit port