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REVIEW: AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES and THE AZAMARA JOURNEY – Carrying on a tradition from Cruising the Past when getting there was half the fun!

We are proud to give Azamara Club Cruises a strong recommendation.

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Azamara follows in the tradition of great yacht like ships such as the elegant Stella Polaris. Considered the most beautiful cruise-ship of her time, she is seen at night in Stockholm, Sweden – mid 1950s. 

Cruising The Past reviews and recommends cruise-ships and hotels providing a tradition of good service along with style reflected in the days of mid-century travel when the public demanded the very best. Our choices are not Las Vegas style hotels or cruise ships. We look for modern comfort, stylish service, a low key atmosphere that use to be called “first class”!  We also realize that the demands of today’s air travel make it impractical to carry formal wear and many times we look for casual country club elegance.  We endorse ships and hotels that reflect the best in current style and fashion with a look to the past when “getting there was half the fun…”

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Azamara’s ships are small enough to visit out of the way ports avoided by the “Vegas” size ships.   

The Azamara Journey feels like a members-only country club with its wide range of bars and lounges, and is best suited to mature couples.

Azamara Journey lets you get away from the crowds aboard its contemporary, mid-size ship. It offers a wide range of bars and lounges, at a slightly lower cost than the luxury lines but with many of the same features.

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The drawing room/library aboard the Azamara Journey – reminiscent of trans-Atlantic small first class liners. 

The interior decor is in good taste, and is a throwback to ship decor of the ocean liners of the 1920s and ’30s. The overall feel is of a members-only country club.

A lido deck has a tiny – and I mean tiny – swimming pool, but there is plenty of good sunbathing space. The uppermost outdoors deck includes a golf driving net and shuffleboard court.

The public rooms are spread over three decks. The reception hall (lobby) has a staircase with intricate wrought-iron railings. A large observation lounge (The Looking Glass) is high atop the ship. This has a long bar with forward views (for the barmen at least). There’s a bar in each of the restaurant entrances, as well as a Martini Bar. There’s also a Michael’s Club – a jazz/piano lounge, and, of course, a Luxe Casino, and a shop (Boutique C). Internet connectivity is provided at EConnections.  Unfortunately, tacky art auctions spoil the cruise experience.

The Library (called the Drawing Room) is a beautiful, grand, restful room, designed in the Regency style. It has a fireplace, a high, indented, trompe l’oeil ceiling, and a good selection of books, comfortable wingback chairs with footstools, and sofas you could sleep on.

Shuttle buses are provided free when needed in ports of call.

Overview – Azamara Cruises… 

Specifically designed to be smaller and more sleek than most cruise ships, Azamara Quest, like her sister ship, Azamara Journey, is filled with marvelous luxuries and appointments that help to make your voyage one that will last in your memory forever. Azamara Quest boasts two specialty restaurants, concierge amenities, a Spa and Wellness Center, a piano bar, a wine bar, live entertainment, destination-influenced entertainment and enrichment programs (such as evening lectures), and much more. Onboard Azamara Quest, your desire for luxury and adventure will be well satisfied.

Dining

Main Dining: Discoveries is Azamara Quest’s main dining room that serves three meals a day. Guests will enjoy open seating that features a house wine paired with lunch and dinner selections. Discoveries offers classic flavors to travelers onboard with an extensive menu of appetizers, salads, soups, pasta, healthy choice and vegetarian options, entrees, and more. Casual Dining: In addition to complimentary specialty coffees and teas, bottled water, and sodas available throughout the ship’s public venues and cabins, Azamara Quest offers a variety of casual dining venues for its guests. From the buffet-style Windows Café to burgers at the Pool Grill and late-night dining at Mosaic Café, dining is limitless onboard Azamara Quest. Specialty Dining: Experience unique dishes onboard Azamara Quest with its two specialty restaurants, which offer complimentary dining for suite guests. Prime C features steaks and fresh seafood such as sesame crusted tuna in a classic setting with oceanviews, while Aqualina fuses traditional American cuisine with a unique Mediterranean flair in dishes such as the mushroom crusted filet mignon. Guests in the Club Veranda, Club Oceanview, and Club Interior cabins will enjoy these restaurants for a cover charge.

Cabins
The ultimate cruising experience is provided onboard Azamara Quest with English butler service for suite guests as well as a variety of veranda cabins. From Azamara Club Cruises’ pillow menu to its complimentary bottles of water, specialty coffees and teas, and soda, accommodations create a relaxing and serene onboard experience for passengers. ??Suites: Guests will feel welcome in a suite, which features the luxury of complimentary specialty dining within Aqualina and Prime C, garmet pressing of two items per person, a private portrait sitting, a designer showerhead, welcome champagne, priority luggage delivery, priority check-in and departure, and in-suite spa service opportunities.

While staying in the cabins of Azamara Quest, guests will be provided with refreshments that include complimentary coffes and teas, bottled water, and soda. These accommodations also feature new European bedding, fresh fruit daily, fresh flowers, a 23’’ plasma TV, and complimentary usage of binoculars, umbrellas, and plush robes. Relax with 24-hour room service and complimentary shoe-shining, topped off with candies left on your pillow each evening.

Entertainment

Michael’s Club: Enter an intimate setting with good company in Michael’s Club, an ideal spot to relax to the sounds of the venue’s grand piano. When not mingling with other onboard passengers, guests can spend some leisure time alone with a novel from the club’s extensive collection.Martini Bar: Azamara Quest’s Martini Bar truly lives up to its name, offering 20 varieties of this classic beverage. From chilled to shaken and sweet to strong, this bar offers an array of mixtures made for a variety of tastes.  Looking Glass: Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, the Looking Glass offers guests scenic views in a lively atmosphere. Whether travelers are dancing the night away, lounging on the leather sofas, or sipping beverages alongside Murano glass sculptures, this venue blends the luxury of Azamara Club Cruises with the outside views of Azamara Quest to create an exquisite nighttime experience. Azamara Cabaret: With destination-influenced entertainment, enrichment programs, and exciting shows, audiences of Azamara Cabaret will be captivated by the excitement onboard Azamara Quest. Featuring a variety of entertainment that includes vocal, instrumental, and group performances, guests will enjoy sipping on cocktails while watching talented singers and dancers perform in this elegant venue.
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Casino
Guests onboard Azamara Quest will experience excitement in the sophisticated setting of Casino Luxe. Featuring a variety of blackjack tables, roulette, three-card poker, 55 slot machines, mini baccarat, poker mate, and the classic ultimate Texas Hold’em games and tournaments, travelers will feel the onboard exhilaration of Azamara Club Cruises.
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Fitness / Recreation: Offering specialized classes and private instruction from certified personal trainers, Azamara Quest’s fitness center allows guests to stay fit while traveling onboard. With yoga at sunset, Pilates, and a Wellness consultant, an array of fitness opportunities are available to accommodate each traveler’s unique fitness lifestyle. Lifecycles, treadmills, stair masters, and more are some of the equipment included in Azamara Quest’s state-of-the-art facility.

Spa: Unwind to invigorating treatments and indulgences in the Azamara Quest Astral spa. With a salt water Thalassotherapy Pool that soothes muscles and skin and a cleansing jasmine flower bath, guests will take pleasure in Azamara Club Cruises’ pampering services. Other treatments include facials for both men and women, stone therapy, seaweed massages, and deluxe manicures that will awaken travelers and have them ready to experience the rest of what the ship has to offer.

Children: Azamara Quest welcomes guests of all ages, however, no formal children’s programming or youth staff are available onboard.

Shopping: Whether window shopping or searching for the perfect gift for friends and family, Azamara Quest has a variety of shops for guests to explore. Find fine jewelry and bags at the Azamara Quest’s Le Boutique, search for perfect pool-side swimwear in The Quest Shop, and take pleasures in fine cognac from Indulgences. For travelers looking for something to bring back from one of the many ports the Azamara Quest will visit, a port and shopping guide is available to give suggestions to guests at each new port-of-call.

Dress Code: Azamara Club Cruises recommends that men and women wear resort appropriate clothing while onboard. Attire appropriate for warm climates includes polo shirts, walking shorts, lightweight slacks or skirts, light sweaters, and swimsuits and cover-ups. As for cooler climates, casual clothing that can be layered is highly recommended, in addition to gloves, a waterproof hat, and raincoat or umbrella. Despite the destination, Azamara Club Cruises recommends to its guests to bring comfortable rubber-soled shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat for every cruise. For evenings, guests can dine comfortably in resort casual attire in all venues, including the ship’s specialty restaurants. With no formal nights, men onboard Azamara Club Cruises’ ships can wear a polo shirt with khaki slacks, and women can dress in a comfortable blouse or casual skirt. After 6:00 p.m., dining in a t-shirt, tank top, swimsuit, or jeans is not allowed.

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