stwells2001

stwells2001
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Joined: 05/12/2015
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Azamara Quest

January 2017 - Azamara Quest to Caribbean

First cruise on a smaller ship

Service was beyond excellent.  The embark/debark process was seamless as were the on & off procedures at the ports-of-call.  The food was excellent and varied; the ship was well-maintained and had a very visible, warm, friendly, out-going Captain.  This was the quietest cruise we've ever been on - no obnoxious cruise director & staff trying to get folks up to make fools of themselves or loud music blasting.  There were no photographers always in our faces trying to take those souvenir pictures for sale, but were available if desired. This West Indies Hideaway cruise was so relaxing and laid-back, but a little too much so for us.  Because of the small size, the evening entertainment options were very limited and not always of interest to us.  The shore excursion offerings were very sparse compared to our 16 previous cruises on multiple other lines.  The staff and crew were most accommodating, and the Caberet Room entertainment was excellent with very talented singers and dancers.  They also offered ballroom dance lessons by great Pro's.  Bar & Wait service and room stewards were also very good; the gift shop was a little small and limited, and we really liked the price inclusive beverages & gratuities - great idea!  We had trouble with the ship's internet but were not in dire need to use it often.  Overall, a very good cruise.

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Pride of America

May 2015 - Pride of America to Hawaii

Hawaii by cruise ship

We are in our 60's, and this was our first trip to Hawaii.  I am so thankful for the cruise ship service that took us to multiple islands so we didn't have to make our own arrangements, drag our luggage around, and spend more time waiting in the airport for the short flights.  The Shore Excursions were varied and excellent.  All our drivers/guides were so knowledgeable, friendly, and even funny.  The food was good on the ship; it was kept clean, and there was adequate on-board entertainment.  They were very organized and efficient getting us On & Off at every stop.  This is an ideal way to visit the islands.  It was our 15th cruise overall and the FIRST to have fast internet!

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stwells2001's Tips

Gustavia, St. Barthelemy - There wasn't much to do, and we were there early. We tried to rent sun lounges but the guy setting them up said we would have to wait over two hours even though he was there and the chairs were empty at Shell Beach.
Azamara Quest Azamara Quest - This may be a very slow, relaxing cruise as far as activities and entertainment go. Plan shore activities that you would enjoy independent of the shore excursions. There aren't many options offered.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - Wonderful scenic trip to A-Bay. Had a little difficulty finding restroom initially. Feet got cut/shredded on sharp lava rocks getting in & out of the water, but it was still a great day! Saw neat turtles swimming there.
Nawiliwili, Kauai - Allerton/McBride Gardens were gorgeous and a good lunch was included. Lots of walking, but not difficult. Again we had a most informed driver.
Kahului, Maui - Wailea Beach was a lovely setting with decent snorkeling. Beach staff were ready to assist with any needs. Would have liked to have had lunch included!
Hilo, Hawaii - Botannical Gardens tour was exceptional with Kemake (sp?) as our knowledgeable humorous driver. He kept us laughing and informed about so much culture and plants.
Honolulu, Oahu - Our driver Kimoto (sp?) made this the most interest tour as well as a sobering experience at Pearl Harbor.

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