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Azamara Quest

Postby brighton seagulls » 20 Jun 2016 13:15

Hi everyone.

Sorry we haven't been on for a while, but I thought we would let you know about a ship visit we did a couple of weeks ago on the Quest.

We received an email Azamara offering us a morning or afternoon slot to see the quest in Southampton, including a cup of coffee in the specialist coffee area by the atrium, a small tapas meal in the " crows nest" type lounge at the front of the ship and a glass of wine. There was a talk given by the CEO of Azamara Europe who came over very knowledgeable. We did ask who was their main competitors, but he would not commit himself preferring to compare the brand with a boutique hotel. We suggested it was Oceania but he thought as the Americans were not coming over this year to Europe their prices would be tumbling and it will hit them much harder than Azamara...that may be true or not...who knows.

The ship had been refurbished and had new carpets, and decor, but retained the traditional look that the Renaissance ships all had. We walked though the various restaurants, a specialised " steak" one and also a very posh looking " seafood" type one. The MDR is spacious although a tad dark, with the dark wood surround. The buffet at the back of ship looked very clean, but the choice a bit limited compared to the bigger ships, but of course that is to be expected. Most people were eating outside under cover of a large canopy. The food looked delicious and the alcohol was flowing.

Azamara now offer " all inclusive " drinks, where before it was only mealtimes and the choice throughout the day looked good. You could buy a upgraded specialised wine package which had very high class wine but the house wine we had was really good and would suit us.

As the ship was full, and everyone was on board, we couldn't see any cabins, but one of the Azamara staff was doing a shortened version of the trip( it was doing a baltics cruise) and we turfed him out of his outside cabin and we had a look around. Remembering it is a small ship, the window was a decent size and the room size was around 130 square. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom small but functionable. One thing that a few people mentioned was that the shower had a plastic shower curtain rather than a glass partition...but again that is the size of the room!

All in all, the ship looked lovely and staff friendly and courteous, as you would expect. Certainly we would look at doing the brand again, having sailed on the Journey ( and not had the best of experiences) they are expensive of that there is no doubt and for us, to be honest, a balcony and above are out of our reach. Whether we would look at an inside cabin, I doubt, so the option would be a sea view cabin, which is pricey! So we would go if the offers were there, but we are limited to school holidays as Karen is a teacher. Would we prefer to go on a medium size ship, like the celebrity summit or HAL Nieuw Amsterdam who have 1800ish passengers, probably the latter.

If you can get on the ship around the uk this summer please try it.
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Postby judgegeoff » 20 Jun 2016 13:42

Many thanks for a very informative report of your ship visit. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Postby JollyJill » 20 Jun 2016 13:53

Thanks for that. We did a cruise on Azamara Journey last November (it was a good deal) and absolutely loved it. I suspect that the Quest is the same. I too, would recommend them. :thumbup:

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Postby Jimmy the One » 20 Jun 2016 18:48

Thanks for taking the time to post :thumbup:
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Postby sevenseascoaster » 20 Jun 2016 21:16

Thanks for that, as an Azamara fan, have been wondering how the new refurb has gone, should love to try it again and see :) , glad to hear it hasn't been totally changed.

But as to plastic shower curtains! that's definitely a big NO :D
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Postby geordiegirl » 26 Jun 2016 11:58

I'm sailing on the Quest Sept 9th Transatlantic, cant wait.
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