This 17 day trip was a great experience that was made special with our first time going through the Panama Canal.
We took our first cruise with Azamara in June 2016 on the Journey out of Athens and enjoyed every moment of it and booked this one while onboard.
We have done 9 cruises and are not as experienced as others but we have a daughter who worked on a cruise for a year when she finished college and we gained a lot of information on how hard these people work when we joined her on a back to cruise in 2009 and got to go behind the scenes.
We are 56 ( me) and 54 years old and consider ourselves young at heart and very athletic but the relaxed atmosphere is what we love about Azamara along with the sea days followed by longer port stays.
We enjoy the mature clientele and look forward to quiet days on the pool deck ( some light music being sung.....actually really good) along with the some wine and cheese on our balcony around 5:00 then on to drinks at the Discovery's Bar and then to supper followed by dancing or a show.
The staff from Captain Jose down to those that fold the towels would always have a smile and were more than accommodating when necessary.
Cruise Director Russ is a machine and I always thought that I had a lot of energy but I was amazed at how he made every event top notch.
Hotel Director Philip Herbert along with all the Management were always visible and any concern that arose was handled promptly and professionally.
The folks who looked after our room along with the service we received at Prime C to Windows Café was 5 star.
Getting on and off the boat at every port was smooth and well organized along with the tours that were well run.
The first drink on this cruise was served by the same gentleman who served us our FIRST drink on our first cruise......and he remembered that.....thank you for remembering us.
If you are looking for an intimate setting / great service / 5 star food / top notch entertainment and plenty of things to do / hands on Captain and Officers and friendly staff then give Azamara a shot, you won't be disappointed.
We have always had the attitude that we never let minor things get in the way of a good vacation and that is why we are never concerned about a bit of rust on the side of the boat or if there is too much mayonnaise in the salad.
We are looking forward to our next trip on the Pursuit in March 2019 out of Rio.
Room is well appointed and always well stocked and impeccable when cleaned. Our Butler and Cabin Stewards were friendly and very accommodating.
We loved the balcony and used it for our breakfast and happy hour on a daily basis.