Azamara Quest Review

Azamara Quest in Sorrento, italy. @ 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Azamara Quest in Sorrento, Italy. @ 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Overview

Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Quest originally entered service as R7 for now-defunct Renaissance Cruises. Following the bankruptcy of Renaissance, she was passed around to two other operators before finally being acquired by Azamara in 2007. Originally slated to enter service for Celebrity Cruises , Royal Caribbean decided to spin Azamara Quest and her sister, Azamara Journey, off as the launch ships for Azamara.

Azamara Quest is the kind of intimate, midsize ship you hardly see anymore in the cruise world, carrying just 694 passengers in a cozy, comfortable setting that manages to straddle that fine line between contemporary amenities and old-world elegance.

To that end, you won’t find any big, flashy waterslides or other theme-park-style attractions here, and that’s really the point: On Azamara Quest, cruises are all about relaxing, socializing, and seeing the world. It’s like spending a week or two at your own little floating country club, where you’re always bound to bump into someone you know.

In April 2016, Azamara Quest will undergo a substantial refit similar to the one performed on her sister that extended to nearly every corner of the vessel, adding new decor, a new color palette, and refreshed amenities that will keep this intimate vessel sailing well into her next decade.

See Azamara Journey Refit: In Keeping With Azamara’s ‘Cool,’ Adventurous Image

Public Rooms

The Mosaic Lounge aboard Azamara Journey features a clubby, intimate ambiance. Note that furniture and carpeting has been replaced since this press photograph was issued. Photo courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises
Azamara Quest’s interior spaces are classic, clubby and inviting. Photo courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises

The ship’s design is very easy to navigate, with public rooms clustered on decks 5, 9, and 10. On Deck 5 midships, on the upper level of the atrium lobby, a warm, inviting cafe makes an ideal meeting place, serving snacks and specialty coffee and tea 18 hours a day and offering quiet music at various times of day.

Forward on the same deck, the Cabaret Lounge is big enough to seat about half the passengers onboard for small-scale floor shows, guest entertainers, late-night movies, bingo, and other activities. There’s also a casino with a big-screen TV in one corner, tuned to a relevant sports game.

Outside, the pool deck has one small pool and a pair of hot tubs surrounded by super-comfortable wooden deck chairs with plenty of sun and shade options thanks to locations near the pool itself, or under the protective shade of one of the deck overhangs that run along either side of the ship. One deck up, there’s the Looking Glass observation lounge for dancing and cocktails, plus the Drawing Room, a clubby little space for piano music, conversation, and maybe a nice scotch on the rocks.

First debuted aboard Azamara Journey, the  Sanctum Spa will be added to Azamara Quest during her forthcoming drydock. Currently, Azamara Quest’s onboard spa offers all the amenities and treatements one might expect from a shipboard spa, including massages, salon services, acupuncture, and more. You can also work out in the gym, which is surprisingly well-equipped for a ship of this size.

Dining

Windows Cafe. Photo courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises.
Windows Cafe. Photo courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises.

The ship has four main dining options. On deck 5, the main Discoveries Restaurant works on an open-seating basis and has a nice, wood-paneled bar just outside its maitre d’ station — a perfect place to meet your friends before dinner.

On deck 9, Windows Cafe offers standard buffet selections and a few nice extras, like a fresh juice bar and a pancakes-and-waffles window. On deck 10, two specialty restaurants sit side-by-side in the stern.

On the port side, Aqualina offers a Mediterranean menu and Mediterranean decor. To starboard, the Prime C steakhouse is done up with classic wood paneling.

Wine with dinner and gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. In addition, the line also offers free specialty coffees, sodas and bottled water; self-service laundry machines; and shuttles in port towns.

Accommodations

Club Verandah staterooms are comfortable and welcoming. Photo courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises.
Club Verandah staterooms are comfortable and welcoming. Photo courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises.

The majority of Azamara Quest’s staterooms are Club Oceanview and Club Veranda cabins. At about 175 square feet, they’re not huge, but are nicely appointed, with wood-tone furnishings, sitting areas, flatscreen TVs, and writing desks. Both the bathrooms and the closet space are on the small side.

Like her identical sister, Azamara Quest features seven categories of suites and staterooms. All suites and staterooms feature these amenities:

  • European bedding with duvet
  • Egyptian-cotton bathrobes and slippers
  • 24-hour room service
  • Welcome fruit basket at embarkation
  • Fresh-cut flowers
  • Tote bag
  • Complimentary use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Complimentary shoe shine-service
  • Two nights guaranteed seating in specialty dining restaurants
  • Turndown treats
  • Daily news bulletin
Club World Owner Suite, 560 square feet with veranda measuring 233 square feet.

Club World Owner’s Suite

  • Separate living room
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Master bedroom with two lower beds convertible to queen size
  • Dressing room with vanity
  • Marble master bath with whirlpool tub and shower
  • Guest bathroom
  • Veranda
  • Flat-screen television
  • DVD/CD player
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioning
  • Direct-dial telephone and voicemail
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hair dryer
Club Ocean Suite, 440 to 501 square feet with veranda measuring 233 square feet.

Club Ocean Suite

  • Separate living room
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Master bedroom with two lower beds convertible to queen size
  • Convertible Sofa bed
  • Marble master bath with whirlpool tub and shower
  • Guest bathroom
  • Veranda
  • Flat-screen television
  • DVD/CD player
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioning
  • Direct-dial telephone and voicemail
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hair dryer

Club Continent Suite

Club Continent Suite, 266 square feet with veranda measuring 60 square feet
  • Two lower beds convertible to queen size
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Veranda
  • Sitting area with sofa bed
  • Bath tub
  • Flat screen-television
  • CD/DVD player
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioner
  • Direct-dial telephone and voicemail
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hair dryer

All Azamara Club Cruises Suites include.

  • English Butler service
  • Priority check-in and departure
  • Priority luggage delivery at check-in
  • Silk-wrapped hangers
  • Complimentary garment pressing for two items
  • Welcome sparkling wine and fruit basket
  • Daily savories between 4-6 pm
  • Priority tender service in anchor ports
  • Complimentary seating throughout the voyage in specialty dining restaurants
  • Opportunity to book en-suite spa services
  • Private portrait sitting
  • One bottle of Vodka and one bottle of Scotch Whiskey

Club Deluxe Veranda Stateroom

Club Deluxe Veranda Stateroom, 175 square feet with veranda measuring 46-64 square feet
  • Two lower beds convertible to to queen size
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Sitting area
  • Veranda
  • Flat-screen television
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioning
  • Direct-dial telephone and voicemail
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hair dryer

Club Veranda Stateroom

Club Veranda Stateroom, 175 square feet with veranda measuring 40 square feet
  • Two lower beds convertible to queen size
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Sitting area with sofa bed
  • Veranda
  • Flat-screen television
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioning
  • Direct-dial telephone and voicemail
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hairdryer

Club Oceanview Stateroom

Club Oceanview Stateroom, 170 square feet
  • Two lower beds convertible to queen size
  • Flat-screen television
  • Some with sofa bed
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controller air conditioner
  • Direct-dial telephone with voice mail
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hair dryer

**All category 08 staterooms have an obstructed view. Note that even though Club Oceanview stateroom category 08 have obstructed views, these staterooms represent an excellent value. Each stateroom features a picture window providing natural light.

Interior Stateroom

Interior Stateroom, 158 square feet
  • Two lower beds convertible to queen size
  • Flat-screen television
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controller air conditioner
  • Direct-dial telephone with voice mail
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hair dryer

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