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Azamara Pursuit Cruise Review to Transatlantic

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4.3 out of 5
Azamara Pursuit

17 Night Portuguese Discoveries (Lisbon To Rio De Janeiro)

Sail date: November 13, 2019

Ship: Azamara Pursuit

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6024

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Review summary

Splendid Cruise, slightly let down by weather and striking dock workers on consecutive days. Azamara are great, but We do think though that They don’t give sufficiently more than Celebrity to justify the higher price point. Back to SevenSeas for us for ‘proper’ luxury. 😎

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Completely painless. We arrived early but were looked after in the terminal by Azamara and once open for guests, just walked on - with no pressure for an annoying embarkation photo when we weren’t exactly looking our best having just got off a flight.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Food invariably excellent though there was a real focus on pork on this trip, and the only way to get a decent steak (apart from the final night’s surf&turf) was Steak and eggs at breakfast. Disappointing that in order to be able to order a better cut than the standard New York Strip involved a fee for speciality dining ping, which we object to on this, a five-star line.

Windows Cafe

4 out of 5

Don’t be put off by the fact that this is essentially a buffet. There were several themed evenings in there, and the Indian one was absolutely superb,

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Being a small older ship there was very little alternatives here, though the gym was very good.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Entertainment was ok, plenty of effort put in by the ships entertainment team, but the final night Samba Dancers were amazing! The young Mexican pianist in The Den, Maryfayre, was a delight.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Universally superb with special mentions to Dwight in the Den, Vadym at the pool bar, Sergii in the main dining room and of course the astonishing cabin stewards Luis and Bam.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The ship is of excellent specification, but was, surprisingly, a little tatty in places despite her $48m conversion only last year.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Reasonable size, but again quite possibly the smallest bathroom in Cruise history. We reported the noisy (when at sea) veranda doors which didn’t seal properly, but had no follow up or apparent repair.

Ship tip

Don’t miss hugely talented pianist / singer Maryfayre in The Den

Ports of call

Lisbon, Portugal

5 out of 5
We only flew in and boarded the pursuit, but having been before, Lisbon is a beautiful city.

Funchal, Madeira

5 out of 5
Quite beautiful destination, but having been before, we just took a long walk

Santa Cruz De La Palma, Canary Islands

4 out of 5
Rained quite a bit, but we saw a beautiful rainbow as a consequence 😎

Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Canary Islands

4 out of 5
Nice destination, but again, having been before, we just took a walk.

Mindelo, Cape Verde Island

4 out of 5
Lovely island. Look out for ‘the face’ outline in the mountains which is uncanny. Our ship-organised ‘panoramic’ tour was both short and disappointing where one of the passengers knew rather more than the local guide. An absolutely gorgeous beach is within walking distance of the port.

Salvador De Bahia, Brazil

3 out of 5
It absolutely poured down all day, so we only got as far as the port buildings 😕

Vitoria, Brazil

5 out of 5
A strike in the pier meant we couldn’t dock and diverted to Búzios just north of Rio which was a tender to this quite stunning resort. A little basic here and there though sadly, commercialisation will soon sort that out. The sea was beautiful here.

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

5 out of 5
What can you say? This place is amazing with so much to see and do, you outdoor need a month! Simply breathtaking.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We just walked off when we were ready, collected the bags and that was it. 2mins from the ship to our driver 😁

Traveler Photos

Rainbow over Santa Cruz, La Palma the ‘face’ at sunset. Cape Verde Christ the Redeemer Búzios resort, just north of Rio Costasomething, Azamara Pursuit and Viking Jupiter in Rio port Copacabana beach Rio from our post cruise hotel Maracana Stadium Rio De Janeiro Sambodromo Stadium - where the Rio Carnival takes place
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