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A Beginner's Guide to Azamara--Quest Christmas Voyage 2013

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I would like to begin by dedicating this review to Bill Leiber. When I first came to the Azamara forum it was shortly after the change towards the "all inclusive." As is inevitable with many changes, there was discord over the new direction, all of which Bill handled with grace and dignity. He represented the brand so well! If my husband and I fell in love with Azamara hook line and sinker, we owe our great thanks to Bill Leiber, because he paved the way. Rest in Peace, Bill.

 

Our Itinerary

 

On 12/20/13, leave Miami on an eight night voyage. Two days at sea followed by the ports of St. Thomas (overnight), St. John, Virgin Gorda, St. Barts, St. Martin, and lastly, San Juan

 

Pre-Cruise

 

My husband, Rob, and I booked this cruise in the summer. Guarantee veranda cabin. There was a promo offering $1000 Choice Air credit but the Fine Print stated that our class of cabin--a V3--was not eligible. It was an easy calculation on our part to see that even barring the air discount, we were better off with the guarantee, especially since one balcony on the ship was the same as any other to us. We're both Elite on Celebrity and our many cruises on X have taught us that Cabin Is All. Hump cabin? Aft cabin? etc. etc. It matters on an S class ship where you are. On Azamara, less so. I'm prone to seasickness but it's nothing that Bonine can't handle so I don't require a midship location to minimize the movement of the ship. And neither Rob nor I ever steps foot into an elevator so we don't care about distance from it. We ended up in a V3 veranda cabin three doors down from the aft and it suited us beautifully.

 

We stayed pre-cruise in the Marriott Biscayne Bay Miami hotel. Our room's balcony afforded us a view of ships docked. Not our ships, unfortunately! Should we sail Azamara from Miami again, I think we'd try for the Intercontinental. The Quest was docked smack dab in front of it. I'd have loved to have seen her sail in that morning.

 

Boarding was easy. A quick taxi ride took us to the check-in. I had wanted to walk--and it would have been possible--but wiser heads (i.e., Rob's ;) ) prevailed. Good call as the day was hot and humid and we'd have looked like something the cat dragged in had we attempted that bridge.

 

We were met at the terminal building by an offical-looking man wearing a crisp white shirt (who was not a porter). He opened the taxi door for us and promptly whisked our bags away. I feel a bit silly about it now, but I must confess to being suspicious about him and feeling that way, I kept an eagle eye trained on our bags until I saw them loaded onto the porters' trolley. I've never encountered valet service like that on any other cruise I've been on. It was nice.

 

Easy embarkation. We got into our proper line and had all our paperwork done in no time flat. Onto the ship and greeted with a welcoming flute of champagne. We boarded about 1 pm, which is considerably earlier than we normally board. Neither of us is fond of long lines and we've found that boarding after 2 pm normally keeps us away from the crowds who are chomping at the bit to get on their ship. Our first taste of the lovely experience of sailing on a ship with a passenger load of under 700. No mad crowds to fight!

 

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Our Cabin

 

Smaller than we've ever been in but we immediately liked it. The color scheme was both elegant and soothing with warm tones of navy, gold, and autumn green. I was wondering how I'd take to its traditional styling, especially that coffee table that looked like something out of an early Ethan Allen showroom, and the botanical print above the bed that has to be original to the ship. No worries. Everything in the cabin suited the cabin. It all worked together to present a cozy cocoon that we liked being in. I'd have been sorry if they'd taken any of that away when they did the renovation, in fact.

 

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You can see at the desk what electrical plugs are available. The water and the small bottle of wine are not complimentary, but this is clearly stated. The desk has shelves on either side. We stored smaller clothing items here.

 

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The mini fridge is below the flat screen TV. We came on board with two cans of Boddington Ale and the fridge did a surprisingly good job of keeping them chilled. The closet was more than adequate to hold our clothes with plenty of shelves and hangers.

 

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I loved this balcony! It ranks right up there with my other all-time favorite, the deck 7 corner aft on Royal Caribbean's Voyager class ships. Even though it's only a fraction of the size. Why? When I sat on that balcony, I felt like I was on a ship. Funny thing to say, I suppose, since I was obviously on a ship to start with, but it felt like a ship ought to feel. No plastic railings with plexiglass. A plank floor (not real but the look was right ;)). Lots of solid metal encasing the space. I felt connected to the sea while seated on my balcony.

 

Having heaped on the accolades, however, I would be remiss not to comment that the table is awkward. It's a Catch-22 in ways. It's large enough to eat a full meal on. Large enough for a game of cards and a drink or two. Too large for anything else. I'm an average-sized woman and I had to squeeze around it and mind how I moved lest I end up with thighs full of black and blue marks. I might appreciate the good intents that led to the choice of this size table, but I do not appreciate the lack of common sense that led to its purchase.

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Dierdre,

 

 

Thanks for the post and photos. They were very helpful. Good to know that there are two US-style outlets.

 

Were you able to put suitcases under the beds?

 

I thought I read somewhere that regular water and soda in the minibar were gratis. I knew the wine and liquor were not.

 

How were the wines in the included package at dinner? Do they really offer only one red and one white of their choice each night?

 

I don't care for Chardonnay. Would they allow me a different choice, or will I have to buy a bottle. (Might bring a bottle as corkage is only $10) I can deal with just about any dry red wine as long as it's not from a box. :D

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I knew from reading the Azamara forum that the bathroom would be small. It was. I was satisfied with the amount of storage, however. To the left of the toilet there were three shelves and to the left of the sink there was a mirrored cabinet. And the shelf below the sink. There was plenty of room for all my things and my husband's. The door had hooks for towels and our bathrobes, which our room attendant dutifully tied up every morning after tidying up our cabin. :p

 

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The provided toiletries were of good quality though the scent wasn't my favorite. (However, I didn't like the scent of the Bvlgari toiletries that we had in our Celebrity suite either, so don't go by my opinion on that account. I simply prefer the cleaner fragrance of Aqua class toiletries.) The little box in the background had a shower cap, a few Q-tips, and two cotton pads. There were also cotton balls.

 

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You know I can't talk about the bathroom without talking about The Shower. Yes! It's teeny tiny small! My first reaction was "Oh crum. How am I going to fit in this thing??????!!!!! I won't tell you otherwise. You have to shower sideways. Its one saving grace is that there's an opaque glass wall, which you can just about make out to the left of the drain. It's like a window of sorts, and it keeps the shower from being claustrophobic.

 

You know what? In the end it was perfectly fine. Really. Just an ordinary shower. It did the job of getting us clean. Plenty of hot steamy water. We didn't give it a second thought. Though I did miss that nice ladies' shaving bar that Celebrity's S class ships have. ;)

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Dierdre,

 

 

Thanks for the post and photos. They were very helpful. Good to know that there are two US-style outlets.

 

Were you able to put suitcases under the beds?

 

I thought I read somewhere that regular water and soda in the minibar were gratis. I knew the wine and liquor were not.

 

How were the wines in the included package at dinner? Do they really offer only one red and one white of their choice each night?

 

I don't care for Chardonnay. Would they allow me a different choice, or will I have to buy a bottle. (Might bring a bottle as corkage is only $10) I can deal with just about any dry red wine as long as it's not from a box. :D

Kellie, we took a carry-on and a 24" (26"?) suitcase with us and both fit easily under the bed. To the left side of the right-hand bed nightstand, there's also a small space that worked well for my tote bag and pocketbook (valuables in safe, of course).

 

I'm not a good one to ask about wine because we prefer red wines, and that's what we asked for each night. However, I have read here that if you don't care for the selection of the day--be it red or white--they'll make every attempt to get you something from another day's offering. We really enjoyed the wines, no complaints at all. Most definitely NOT anything that would come from a box, ewwwww!

 

On Christmas day we had a special treat. The Hotel Director chose a $40 bottle of white wine to be poured in the dining room for Christmas dinner. I don't usually go for white wine but this was outstanding. I had many glasses and I wished I'd thought ahead enough to have made a note of which wine it was. I'd happily drink more of it. :D

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One of the first questions I asked on this forum was about food. As in, what are your favorites. One reply pointed me in the direction of this sinfully good Welcome Aboard cake that was served the first day in the Windows Cafe. Within an hour of it being cut, this was all that was left. Yes, it was delicious.

 

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We were given a copy of Azamara's daily newsletter, Pursuits. Good thing we read it that afternoon but I get ahead of myself now.

 

After boarding we headed up to the pool deck. Up the stairs, out the door and onto a smallish space that had tables and chairs set for dining. My first impression was "Stemware! Wow!" Funny the things that catch your eye but the stem glasses were what did it for me. The glasses shimmered in the light. Every table had a proper placemat and glasses. No plastic or melamine in sight. Sigh. So civilized and elegant. I knew then and there that Azamara and me was a match made in heaven.

 

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This photo shows the dining area of the Sunset Bar (aft) but the seating area close to the pool was of similar nature. Isn't it pretty?

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loving this review and the accompanying photos. we're on Quest in 3 weeks' time and can't wait to be "home" again. Note to self....get up to Windows before that cake disappears!

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I took this photo of Rob sitting in the outdoor dining area close to the pool--same deck as the Windows Cafe, as you can see. This was late one night after everything had been put away. I think Azamara might be considering replacing the furniture. This is one of two seating/dining areas which are cleverly connected by a passageway behind the band stage that runs adjacent to the pool area on the aft side. At the other side there were two dining table/chair sets, both different, and a sign asking passengers to give their opinion of the furniture as it was under consideration for purchase. There were also two sofa lounge sets which I ought to have taken a photo of, but didn't. My opinion is that I like the tables and chairs that you see Rob seated at! The teak of the chairs beautifully matches the teak of the exterior doors. If they're wanting to try something new and updated, I'd merely change out the navy chair cushions to another fabric and leave it at that. Why mess with something that ain't broke. :rolleyes:

 

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We were no sooner comfortably seated on a pool deck lounger than we were approached by a waiter asking us if we'd like a glass of wine. Why not, sure! We weren't hungry as we'd had a hearty brunch at our hotel, but we did notice many people at nearby tables happily tucking into tasty looking meals. We sat and sipped and read our Pursuits, which informed us that there was to be a ship's tour at 3 pm. We eventually finished up our wine and headed to our readied cabin, dropped off our bags, and then went to the tour.

 

Ross, who is Music Director on the Quest, gave our tour. Charming young man who told us his parents were aboard that week. I asked him how on earth he'd find enough things to show us on such a small ship and he said there was plenty, and indeed there was, as you can see below. (Apologies for some of the not-in-focus shots but Ross leads a fast walking tour and it was all done on the quick. ;))

 

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Rob and I on one of the landings (girl in mirror complimentary). I thought the selection of art throughout the ship was marvelous. Very sophisticated and well-suited to the spaces where it was hung. There was Warhol and

Lichtenstein among other famous names. Some contemporary, some more traditional, but all eye-catching.

 

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Here's the entry way to the library. I love the paneled walls! They were painted a nice soft white which was very pleasing. The walls gave the appearance of an elegant Bed & Breakfast.

 

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The library was gorgeous! And to think I had the impression from photos I'd seen that it was an old lady kind of place, a relic from dusty old years. No way. It was one of the loveliest spaces on the ship. There was a nice mix of traditional art--as seen above the hearth--and contemporary art. If memory serves, there was a striking Lichtenstein on the wall around the corner. The domed ceiling of the room was simply stunning. Again, something I thought might have been old-fashioned proved to be just that, but wonderfully old-fashioned, with a craftsmanship rarely seen these days.

 

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Even though I am not a newcomer to Azamara, I am really enjoying your review and what you have chosen to focus on - thanks! (I think it is not a Beginners Guide but a really good all comers guide)

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Our tour group led by Ross trouped into the Prime C restaurant. It had exactly the look you'd expect of a restaurant serving prime cuts of beef. Pitch perfect space. Rob and I didn't dine there on this cruise as we're saving it for our next, on the Journey with friends Librarylady19 (Sandi) and her husband. Can't wait, I tell you! The restaurant looked so inviting.

 

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Even though I am not a newcomer to Azamara, I am really enjoying your review and what you have chosen to focus on - thanks! (I think it is not a Beginners Guide but a really good all comers guide)

 

Thank you very much! I'm trying to include photos of minutiae people overlook but may wonder about, particularly if they've never been on the ship before.

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Prime C restaurant is connected to Aqualina, which serves "contemporary American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair." In we went, gawking at the dainty prettiness of the space. It's like night and day to Prime C. While Prime C has an solid, earthy tone to it as befitting a steak house, Aqualina evokes a feeling of wearing your best pearls and heels. The walls are painted a cool gray and the furnishings are done with blues and silvery grays. The various pieces of artwork are exquisite, as are the fower arrangements.

 

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You know the expression "An army marches on its stomach." Well, one could say much the same of a cruise ship, and to that end, Ross brought us around to all the eateries on the Quest. One would never go hungry nor be starved for an elegant setting in which to dine and drink. As so.

 

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This is the space that leads into the main dining room. The Discoveries Lounge on Deck 5. Quiet on the afternoon we embarked, and never thereafter. It was a great space to hang out in as you waited for your table to be available...if you could find a seat!

 

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Discoveries Restaurant. That contemporary chandelier is a product of the recent renovation. Discoveries served as our Muster Station later in the day, one of the posher places we've ever mustered.

 

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Windows Cafe inside dining. I was so pleased to see the tables so nicely set. One could never label the Cafe a "cafeteria" as you could easily do on many other cruise lines. All you needed to do at the Cafe was choose your food from the buffet, take your seat, and the waiters would take it from there, bringing you whatever you liked to drink. Oddly enough, as much as I liked the tables and even the new carpet, I did not like eating in there and we did so only once, preferring the outdoor Sunset Bar. The pale gray walls of the dining room felt chilly to me and not conducive to a comfortable meal. My opinion, however, was obviously in the minority because the Cafe did a booming business breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And rightfully so. The staff in the Cafe was so welcoming. Such sweet-natured, professional, and competent people. Full marks to Azamara on this!

 

 

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Ross commented at the start of our tour that some Azamara passengers gain a pound a day. This elicited a huge gasp and mindful of the response, he made sure to bring us into the gymn. Only time Rob and I ever showed our faces there, but I heard from others that it was a very nice place.

 

For those who are not slothful, here are some of the classes offered.

 

Morning stretch

Tour de Cycle

Body Sculpt Boot Camp (fee of $35)

Legs, bums and tums

Abs class

Yoga

Pilates

Evening stretch

 

Go knock 'em dead, kids. :D

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Thanks Deidre for your great posts and photos! What stateroom were you in? I really liked your balcony too. I'm considering my first Azamara cruise and your posts are helping me make that decision! Thanks again.

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Thanks Deidre for your great posts and photos! What stateroom were you in? I really liked your balcony too. I'm considering my first Azamara cruise and your posts are helping me make that decision! Thanks again.

 

You're welcome. We had Cabin #6085, which is a V3. It's in the aft section of the ship which meant more walking, though compared to some of the other ships we've sailed, it was only a hop skip and a jump away from the stair landings and elevators. :)

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You're welcome. We had Cabin #6085, which is a V3. It's in the aft section of the ship which meant more walking, though compared to some of the other ships we've sailed, it was only a hop skip and a jump away from the stair landings and elevators. :)

 

We were in 6075 for our British Isle cruise and 8071 for our West Indies cruise. We loved the location of both cabins. Thanks for the excellent pictures!!!!

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Loving your review...our first Azamara cruise is on the Quest in late March, doing a lot of same itinerary but 11 nights. We are staying in the Doubletree near the port, paying out the nose by the way. Hope indy is recovering...I grew up in Shelbyville!

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Thanks for the kind words everyone! John and Linda, still biting cold here in Indiana--sub zero temps. We went from Sunny and Snorkeling to Shivering and Shoveling all in the space of a week. :( If you're staying at the Doubletree Biscayne Bay, it's a super hotel. There are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby and a Publix too, which is where we picked up our four pack of Boddingtons, two of which we brought on board. (Those who know us will be amazed that we had any "leftover" beer on our persons...:D ). You'll most likely have a view to the Venetian Causeway where you might see a Carnival or RCI ship.

 

We had our Muster Drill as soon as Ross concluded our tour. It was quick and painless. Our station was in the main dining room, Discoveries. One thing surprised me. When Mustering was done, the room was emptied out in order. Those seated in the back exited first, then the middle and so forth. Given the advanced age of some of the passengers, this process, though orderly and civilized, took some time to accomplish. No such thing as simply getting up and leaving. You Took Your Turn.

 

Sail away, finally. At sunset! Take a look at this photo and weep if you weren't there.

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and Miami, as reflected in the porthole window.

 

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Next up! Meet and Mingle with everyone from our Roll Call. Very nicely done. We met at the Looking Glass Bar up on Deck 10. There was a very good turnout and the ship's officers, including the wonderful, capable, and crowd-pleasing Captain Jose, turned up to introduce themselves and greet us. Cruise Director Russ Grieve (also wonderful, capable, and crowd-pleasing) had everyone present say who they were. It proved to be a nice icebreaker and not long after everyone was mingling and talking to each other. I liked putting faces to the names I'd chatted with for months prior to embarking. There were plenty of waiters circulating to offer us canapes and drinks, a thoughtful touch.

 

 

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Thank you for the wonderful review it really helps in knowing we made the right choice for our first cruise. So looking forward to it and counting down the days until May 7th!

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Fantastic job Deirdre - and I'm not just saying that because were friends ;)

It was lovely of you to dedicate your review to Bill; he certainly will be missed.

 

I'm loving your photos and commentary - thanks for answering all MY questions....

 

In this frozen tundra of the Midwest I can really use a reminder that blue seas and sunshine are only four months away.

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Thank you for the wonderful review it really helps in knowing we made the right choice for our first cruise. So looking forward to it and counting down the days until May 7th!

 

You're welcome. First cruise? Be prepared for a delicious addiction. Getting onto the Quest was like stepping into a lovely relaxing world, one you're quite reluctant to leave.

 

So. Dinner dinner dinner, where to eat for dinner. Captain Jose remarked at the Meet and Mingle that he was planning on the Windows Cafe because the featured buffet that evening was seafood. We figured if the Captain said it was good, it must be good, and indeed it was.

 

Rob and I are not buffet people. On any given cruise we'll eat dinner at the buffet only once. Maybe twice but only if we're totally wiped out from a day in port. Part of the pleasure of a cruise to us is that ritual of getting dressed up, being greeted and seated by the maitre'd, having our chair pulled out and the napkin placed on our lap...the whole nine yards. We eat it up. You can't expect similar treatment in a buffet setting. Unless you're on Azamara. Our first evening in the Windows Cafe proved to be one of many. We simply didn't want to eat anywhere else, which came as a real surprise to us.

 

We dressed for dinner in the recommended resort casual attire and we noticed everyone else similarly dressed. The tables in the Cafe were set with stemware, placemats, cloth napkins and tableware. It all looked very pretty and gave off an inviting air of a restaurant, not a buffet. All good.

 

On the first evening on board we were served our dinners at the buffet bar though on subsequent evenings we served ourselves. Everything looked delicious, from the little appetizers to the soup to the main dishes. I noticed that if anyone had two plates in their hands, say a small salad dish and a dinner dish, someone invariably came over to assist by bringing the dishes over to the dining table.

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Deirdre,

 

We enjoyed meeting y'all, and we are enjoying your review very much. :)

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Every night in the Windows Cafe featured a theme. I saved most of the Pursuits newsletter so here's an only slightly incomplete list of what was offered.

 

-Seafood Corner welcome aboard buffet

-Asian

-Caribbean outdoor buffet as part of our Azamazing Evening

-French dinner buffet with rib eye

-Indian

-Turkish (which was my all-time favorite that week)

 

After filling our plates Rob and I made a beeline outdoors to the Sunset Bar. The lure of dining outdoors in December, when you've just left a cold December in Indiana, was too much to resist. It was like a siren song to a starved sailor. Out we went. What a marvelous dining area!

 

First of all there's a bar, which means plenty of wine nearby for your dinner. The daily pour was invariably good. Mixed drinks were fine, too, if that's what you wanted to go for. Or beer. Surprisingly, we didn't mind the draft Becks even though we are craft beer snobs, given all the innovative craft breweries we have in Indianapolis. ;)

 

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Then there are the wide, comfortable chairs and the well set tables with soft flickering blue candle lights.

 

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Deirdre,

 

We enjoyed meeting y'all, and we are enjoying your review very much. :)

 

Ed! It was great meeting you and Jacquie. I hope we're lucky enough to sail with you again. Thanks for the gift of the highlighter pen. It was a pretty handy thing to have and helped us keep track of everything we wanted to do. Very thoughtful of you.

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We are also not buffet people but we found ourselves many nights in the Windows cafe! We only ate in the MDR twice. Windows Cafe was quiet and the service was excellent.

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Hi Deidre,

 

I wanted to say thank you for your outstanding "guide" and photos. Also, thank you for dedicating your review in Bill's memory. It's a very nice touch, and I'm sure he's smiling up in heaven.

 

One thing I'd like to improve upon, is posting photos in my reviews. I'd love to do more of that in the future. When you have completed your review, I hope you will email me, and share any tips you wish to share.

 

I'm looking forward to the rest of your review, and I'm glad you had a wonderful cruise. Thanks again !

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Deirdre, I absolutely loved your review and thank you for posting this, especially in Bill's honor.

DH and I are what you would call "cruise newbies", with only 2 cruises under out belt and both Med cruises.

I think it was one of those things that was meant to be...had a trip to the Caribbean planned (which we did not cancel) and a last minute E-mail from my travel agent came and we looked at the itinerary...Italy and Sicily...WHAT? And the price...we had to jump on it...DH's family is from Sicily, so it was a no brainer. We did decide the back to back vacations are a little rough though.

I remember booking our first Azamara cruise on the Journey and the comments I recieved..."you booked the best"....you'll find you're not happy with other cruise lines"..."you will simply fall in love with Azamara"...and so on and so on. I think those people are on to something and many had tried other lines. Cruising was something neither of us had a desire to do...mainly because we have been to islands where cruise ships port...we learned to stay at our resort or do something else when ships are in port, especially Grand Cayman. :eek: It was because of Azamara, the food, the crew, the ship and the ports that we fell in love with cruising. Don't get me wrong, we still love our island beach visits but now have two loves.

This past fall we did X on the Silhouette, which is truly a gorgeous ship and I really cannot find anything to complain about but I did notice the food does not compare to the food on Azamara, and while the crew/staff is quite friendly, there was a noticeable difference. I also love the number of pax on Azamara and the size of the ship.

I love the decor of the Azamara ships....I've never been a fan of contemporary/modern so I did not feel the warmth and coziness on X as I did on Azamara. I love the elegant, traditional style and I thought the ship was gorgeous...(I remember thinking, what do I know, I've never been on a ship :confused:)...but I do know what I like. I'm looking so forward to sailing on the Journey again and to wonderful ports once again.

Your pictures brought back fond memories. The staterooms were the same on the Journey but I did prefer Azamara over X, even though it was a little smaller than X. There was just something special about it...maybe because it was our first cruise and we were so pleased.

We never made it to the gym either, but we did take a stroll through once...lol You get enough of a work out on a port intensive cruise that you just don't have the time or energy. One good thing...we ate as much as we wanted and I didn't have to wear the elastic waist pants home that I packed. ;) :D

I'm a little ashamed I never did a review of our cruise, either one of them. :o Shame on me. It's probably a little too late now.

We're portside for our upcoming cruises on deck 7 and I think a V2.

Keep warm...we're in a deep freeze here too...we're staying hunkered down for a couple more days. I'm loving the jammie days...good time to take the tree down now that the 12 days of Christmas are behind us. :( Sigh!

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Great review...love that you took the time to put the pictures in.

Keep warm and stay safe!

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Did you upgrade your drink package? We havent decided yet what were going to do but the wife likes champagne and I like to sample after dinner drinks.

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Hi Deirdre

 

Your infectious enthusiasm is the best counterpoint to some bleak news on this forum and some bleak weather outside. As others have stated, how thoughtful to dedicate your comments to Bill Leiber.

 

The information you provide is so thorough, and illuminated so well by your photos, that perhaps HostAndy, and the powers that be, can create a sticky for your thread at the top of the page.

 

I can imagine no better introduction to the Azamara experience.

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Thank you, everyone, for reading. I'm grateful for all the nice comments you're leaving.

 

Day 2

 

First morning in the miniscule shower and whaddya know, we lived to tell the tale. :D

 

We were provided with bathrobes nicer than I've seen on either Celebrity or RCI, even in the suites. Very soft!

 

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We traipsed upstairs to the Windows Cafe for breakfast. If you enter on the door on the right, you'll see the smoothie station just past the doorway. I already knew from reading in this forum that I wanted one of those ginger energizer smoothies, but there are other flavors, as noted on the posted menu board. You can order at the counter if you like but if you're anxious to get started on your breakfast, your table waiter will happily get one for you after you're seated. The energizer comes in a little shot glass and once you taste it, you'll know why! Man o man that ginger packs a punch. The "energizer" is aptly named.

 

Great breakfast foods! There's a waffle station to your left just past the smoothie counter. It's a little hole-in-the-wall. We actually didn't even notice it until mid-cruise but once we did, we took advantage. ;)

 

Let's see. What could you find for breakfast? English bangers for one (yay!) Blood sausage (yes, I tried it...once) Steak (a Christmas treat, I think) Crepes (sorry, faintly tough and not as good as Celebrity's) Fruit Salad (kiwi, pineapple, watermelon, all very tropical and tasty). And more. Like freshly carved ham some mornings and eggs cooked to order and oatmeal and yogurt. Let's just say there was hardly a day that Rob and I bothered to eat lunch. No need.

 

We ate outdoors at the Sunset Bar. Bet you already knew that! We'd no sooner be seated when a waiter would come over and take our drinks order. We could get freshly squeezed orange juice, which we did. NO upcharge. (Those of you who are Diamond on Royal Caribbean know that although your lattes at breakfast are complimentary, the fresh orange juice will cost you $5.) We'd usually have a latte as well and we thought they were very good. The tables, by the way, were set as nicely for breakfast service as they were for dinner.

 

 

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