We had never sailed with Azamara before, but will certainly do so again. We have always had good service on a cruise but the service on Azamara was extraordinary with incredible warmth, from the captain to the lovely young man who took care of our cabin. They must treat staff well, because they seem to have worked there throughout their career at sea, and remember all the returning guests, including people who had last been onboard 3 years ago. The people we met were from all over the world and delightful.
We have dietary restrictions, but the main dining room staff, particularly Monico, made sure these were accommodated. We also liked that we did not have to dress for dinner, but could wear nice jeans.
Quibbles: We could never have dinner in the buffet restaurant, because their menus did not usually work for our diet. I am sure if we had asked, they would have helped, but it was easier to just eat in the dining room We certainly enjoyed our breakfasts in the buffet though and lunch on the patio.
Compact but with plenty of shelf and cupboard space so we could make ourselves at home.
Arranged a private tour with John Hadwin of Boutique Tours of North Wales. He was amazing and we cannot recommend him highly enough. The weather was dicey, but he knows the local weather patterns and got us to Snowdonia just as the mist cleared. We had a wonderful tour of Carnarvon Castle, a local winery where we met the owner and had a lovely lunch and beautiful view after beautiful view because John knows all the hidden places and can get into them in a way no big bus could.
Arranged a walk with Annette Henry in St Peter Port. She is an accomplished storyteller and gave us a real sense of what it is like to live on the island now and in the past. Only wish we had more time here as would have liked to see the countryside. Hope to return.