Azamara Quest Cruise Review by sgertson
- Sail Date: July 2017
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Club Veranda Stateroom
Because it is a smaller ship, we saw many people over and over and found it easy during meals to strike up conversations. The regular dining room is like a 4-star restaurant and the 2 specialty restaurants ($30/person) were some of the best food and atmosphere we have ever encountered . . . . which, on land, would have cost at least 3x more. Twice, they offered fancier specialty buffets (gratis) - one breakfast (I can't even tell you all the food choices) and one seafood, including grilled lobster tails and crepes suzette:).
The smaller ship allowed docking closer in for shore excursions and my husband and I were busy seeing fabulous sites each day. We loved the fact that many days, the ship was in port until late evening, giving us plenty of time to sightsee and get back to the ship for cocktails by the pool, a wonderful dinner, and the evening's entertainment. Captain Jose and the crew were out among the guests often, visiting, having meals, heading up an on-board gathering.
The ship hosts an evening away (no extra cost) to experience local culture - ours was at a castle in Barcelona with drinks and appetizers, Flamenco musicians and excerpts from the opera 'Carmen'. The talent and scenery really was AzaMazing.
Next time we cruise with Azamara, and there WILL be a next time, we will arrive on board much earlier and add more hours to our relaxing, lovely getaway!!!!!
The stewards would make your room up morning and evening (turn-down service) unless you put out the 'do not disturb' sign.
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BarcelonaI loved Barcelona way more than I thought I would! It is such a clean city, too. We spent an extra day here after disembarking and again, had made online reservations for climbing the Passion Tower at La Sagrada Familia (WOW, so incredible!) and the Picasso Museum. We had a 48-hr train pass and wandered down the waterfront, rode the funicular up to Montjuic and the tram down, wandered Las Ramblas, found La Boqueria Market (gracious, so many stalls). Had fabulous tapas and Spanish wine:)View All 1,882 Barcelona Cruise Port Reviews
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Florence (Livorno)Hadn't visited Florence before, so made online reservations for L'Accademia museum and Duomo Museum visit and dome climb. Showed our vouchers and got in with no problems. DAVID IS BREATHTAKING!!View All 938 Florence (Livorno) Cruise Port Reviews
Walked to bus stop and took to train station; rode train to Florence. No problems, except that it was HOT, but of course, in late July . . . .
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Monaco (Monte Carlo)Great to have a bus and tourguide because we couldn't have done everything we did by ourselves. Eze is a beautiful mountain town, Nice lovely to walk and have lunch, saw the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace in Monaco, walked some in MC and went inside the Casino. Had a fabulous iced coffee across the street at Cafe de Paris!View All 8,358 Monaco (Monte Carlo) Cruise Port Reviews
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PortofinoWe tendered at Santa Margherita, wandered through the quaint town and rode the ferry to Portofino. Such a charming place! Walked up the paths to higher elevations and incredible views, had lunch back by the water, and walked the 3 miles back to Santa Margherita. What beautiful scenery and the walk was on flat road (we are in our early 60s:)!View All 62 Portofino Cruise Port Reviews
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Rome (Civitavecchia)We have spent time in Rome before, so arrived one day early to wander neighborhoods, see Trevi Fountain (it was being refurbished last time), Spanish Steps, and EAT! Took the train to port - no problems!View All 1,888 Rome (Civitavecchia) Cruise Port Reviews
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Saint-TropezThe town is lovely and we walked through it, bought a fancy beach towel, then headed to the water. I was disappointed in the beach - not pretty like I expected (I guess I thought it would look like Florida), but dark tan sand and lots of washed-up seaweed. Having grown up in Houston, I didn't want to see a Galveston-like beach:( However, the water was more blue . . . and colder, hahaha. And, there were yachts parked everywhere; that's different!View All 57 Saint-Tropez Cruise Port Reviews
If that was on a future itinerary, we would choose the ship excursion that went to one of the other towns (Port Grimaud?) - people said it was great.
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