This week, I am on Azamara Quest, sailing from Barcelona to Rome. It will be interesting to see how this two-ship cruise line has evolved since Larry Pimentel took the helm not yet one year ago. I will have a chance to speak with Larry later this week. He’s on board this sailing with his wife.
One already notable difference is that Azamara is now more inclusive. Wine with lunch and dinner as well as gratuities, for example, are now included in the cost of the cruise. In addition, Azamara now offers free specialty coffees, sodas and bottled water; use of self-service laundry machines; and complimentary shuttle service in port towns. No more nickel-and-diming it appears at first glance.
Azamara also now offers longer stays in ports and more overnight stays. Quest is overnighting in both Monte Carlo and Florence (well, technically, Livorno, more than an hour from Florence).
The former CEO of Cunard Line, The Yachts of Seabourn and SeaDream Yacht Club, Larry will likely bring good things to Azamara. For a look back at Azamara pre-Pimentel, check out Why You Should Cruise Azamara Now.
Meantime, if you have questions about Azamara, Quest, the overnight stays or questions for Larry Pimentel, please let me know. Until next time . . .