Azamara Quest Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
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4 out of 5

Wonderful ambiance

Sail Date: September 15, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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.

Cabin / Stateroom
Somewhat small but adequate. Small shower. Cabin kept immaculate.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
easy breezy
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Captain Carl and the Executive Chef
Food and Dining
Aqualina, Prime C and Chef's table worth the extra cost.
Barcelona, Spain
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
Visit the old town and then head to the beach.
Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Visit the Cathedral, buy your sweetie some Mallorca pearl jewelry
Mahon (Mao), Menorca, Balearic Islands
Buy the Menorca hand made sandals, very comfortable.
Propriano, Corsica, France
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
Great sightseeing, enjoy a local meal, buy some Limoncello for your stateroom.
Sorrento, Italy
Pompeii is a must see.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Not enough time for Florence, go to Pisa and Lucca instead
Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
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

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.



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