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.
It is hot and humid in most of these ports. Be sure to plan for this. Bring a hat and sunscreen. The tours and ship provide water. The information given about what to wear to visit the temples was conflicting. Be prepared with clothes to cover your shoulders and legs.
Listen to the daily forecast and dress appropriately. Take your sunscreen and a bottle of water with you whenever you leave the ship. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. It is available up to the point you board the bus. Let staff know of your needs in advance of going ashore.
Make sure you look at the available tours before leaving home. This will help you decide what to pack. Azamara does not require formal attire but business casual in the dining room after 6PM. Wine is provided for lunch and dinner, ships choice but you can ask for the previous night's wine.
Bring a backpack. It was nice to shop and go to the beaches and have an easy way to transport your sunscreen and beach gear. St. Barth's was by far the best island we visited. Very upscale. Antigua had the most beautiful beach (Dickerson's) but felt the island was very poor. Would not go solo.
The excursions were mostly well run with e xception of the Baths in virgin gorda.
Very unorganized and rated moderate. Was extremely difficult getting through the caves. Also, do not book cabin 8057. Very noisy!
Service was very attentive and enjoyed the amazing evening provided by Azamara.
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