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Azamara Quest Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 16

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Azamara Quest

11 Night Islands Of The Mediterranean (Barcelona To Nice)

Sail date: September 15, 2015

Ship: Azamara Quest

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7096

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

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.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Aqualina, Prime C and Chef's table worth the extra cost.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Captain Carl and the Executive Chef

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Somewhat small but adequate. Small shower. Cabin kept immaculate.

Ship tip

For those that wander around with a plate of food from the buffet looking for a place to sit, grow up and ask to sit with others and enjoy the company.

Ports of call

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
Take the hop on and off bus. Visit the gothic area and market and most of all visit Gualdi's Sangrada Familia Cathedral - worth the wait, one of the most inspiring interior spaces on earth.

Ibiza, Balearic Islands

5 out of 5
Visit the old town and then head to the beach.

Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands

5 out of 5
Visit the Cathedral, buy your sweetie some Mallorca pearl jewelry

Mahon (Mao), Menorca, Balearic Islands

3 out of 5
Buy the Menorca hand made sandals, very comfortable.

Propriano, Corsica, France

3 out of 5
Nothing to do if you don't arrange something in advance. No taxi's etc. Nice day to relax on the close by beaches.

Amalfi, Italy

5 out of 5
Great sightseeing, enjoy a local meal, buy some Limoncello for your stateroom.

Sorrento, Italy

5 out of 5
Pompeii is a must see.

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

5 out of 5
Not enough time for Florence, go to Pisa and Lucca instead

Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

5 out of 5
Don't do the Cinque Terre from here, not enough time and Portofino, Santa Margherita and Rapallo have plenty to see on your own

Nice, France

5 out of 5
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