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Travelling Solo To Asia On Azamara Quest. by Bain, Glasgow

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Azamara Quest

OVERVIEW: Like its sister,Azamara Journey, this ship has the ambience of an old-world country club. Passengers should be pleased with its tasteful, traditional-style interiors.

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Travelling Solo To Asia On Azamara Quest.

Overall Rating: 5

58 out of 58 people found this useful
Cruise Line:
Azamara Club Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Azamara Quest
Far East

Reviewed By: on
As a single traveller, this company offer selected sailings at a 25% supplement, as opposed to larger ships that can range from 75 to 120%!!!! There were at least 30 single people aboard. I don’t mind paying a bit extra but I feel the larger ships are saying they don’t want singles, a huge mistake on their part as there are many single people out there that want to cruise.
This was my 14th cruise but my first time with Azamara, it will not be my last. Their organisation was fantastic! I flew to Singapore where after a comfy night in a hotel was taken to the ship and boarded immediately.
My cabin was an outside with a large picture window, plenty of storage space, and a good sized shower. Fresh fruit is supplied daily and all soft drinks in the mini bar are included. My cabin was positioned mid ship which I was grateful for when we hit a storm between Taiwan and Japan with 6m waves. Small boats move more than big ones.
The overnight stays in Saigon and Hong Kong allowed local entertainers to come on board and both shows were wonderful. The ships entertainment was varied with comedians, musicians and their own dancers/singers, which, in my opinion were better than many large ships. Two people played on deck at lunchtime, their music soft and melodic and fitting to relaxation. The crew show hosted a variety of excellent talent. The disco did themed evenings and daytime activities offered something for everyone.
We also had an evening barbecue and an officer’s picnic, where the captain carved the joint and the other officers served, a nice touch. The captain and his officers were very visible, moving around the ship and chatting to guests. I also went on a tour of the bridge. The crew appeared genuinely happy with the atmosphere on the ship being very relaxed.
After a week we were asked if there was anything they could improve upon. We could not think of anything. Their attention to detail seems to surpass other lines.
There were a variety of nationalities on board, Australian, British, German, Canadians, Norwegian etc. which made conversation interesting and being a small ship meant that you quickly made friends. The food was wonderful! The dining room was open seating and never a problem to get a table when you wanted one. There were themed nights in the buffet and a good room service menu available. They also had a great coffee shop with a variety of coffees, which you could get to go. Dress code is casual all the time, which meant packing for a long haul flight easier without the evening gear.
Sailing up the Mekong to Saigon was stunning, the advantage of a small ship to be able to dock in the cities and transverse the rivers. At Hong Kong we were in a perfect position to see the city light show at 8pm, although to get from the ship to the street you had to negotiate your way through the largest shopping centre I have ever witnessed. Taiwan, Hualien and Keeling were a bit disappointing with not a lot to see, but the people were friendly and honest and there is a great market in Hualien. Due to as storm, we reached Nagasaki 3 hours late and then it took another 1.5 hours to get off the ship due to Japanese immigration – photo, fingerprints and heat sensitive cameras (I thought the US was bad). However when we got back on board, they had hot chocolate and rum to warm us up, another nice touch. We ended in Shanghai, China, which unfortunately meant we had to get a visa (around £100) to get from the ship to the airport. We were booked into a day hotel which was in the centre of Shanghai, a beautiful city and the sun was shining.
If you book excursions online before you travel, they are 50% off, excellent value and you can still cancel when you get on board. Each trip had various components.They packed a lot into them. In Saigon, we visited the Post Office, a most unusual building, had a rickshaw ride, saw a water puppet show, visited the Reunification Palace and had time in the market.
Wine is included with lunch and dinner, which meant my bar bill was considerably lower than other cruises. There were a variety of dinks packages that you could buy. All soft drinks were included, cans not draft as in other ships, when buying a gin and tonic you only paid for the gin. Tips are also included in your fare.
I would highly recommend this company, especially for solo travellers and I plan to sail with them again.
To sum up – the attention to detail was outstanding!!!!

58 out of 58 people found this useful

Times cruised before: 10+
Sailed: February, 2012
Age: 56-65
Cabin: Outside

Quality of Food
Ate in buffet and main restaurant

Their own show and Mandy Muden, comedian and magician.

Shore Excursions
Saigon city tour and rickshaw ride

All staff wonderfull!

Children's Facilities
Not really a child friendly boat.

Onboard Activities
Something for everyone.

Slightly smaller than large ships but well laid out and had everything you needed.

Overall Rating
Review useful?
Marrs -
, Aberdeen - Commented about this Review
I was only thinking today about a large, untapped market for solo travellers. I have a good job with generous holidays. However, I am the only one in my social circle who is free to take a break at the drop of a hat. Others have less money because of domestic situatioins and/or have partners or children or elderly parents who all need consulting or providing for. Therefore I rarely get a holiday unless my otherwise committed friends are free. I would happily go cruising on my own - it is the destinations I go for and not the social side - but the single supplements are prohibitive. Someone in my position could have the time and money to go on three modest cruises a year - but not with single supplements. Come on cruise lines, get your business head on. Fair Fares for Solos!
11 Apr 12 14:50 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
dyson -
, paignton - Commented about this Review
Fab review. We are going next year on this ship to the Monaco GP, we fly to nice which we still have to get and then 4 nights on board. We are planning to spend more time in South of France after the cruise to make it a longer break. Some time away yet so not getting too excited yet. We have cruised 15 times before and getting a bit fed up of some of the ships, a bit too commercialised. Did QE2 in jan which we did enjoy and Celebrity are also good. Also done RCI before so expect bit things from this ship.
01 Apr 12 14:54 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Miller -
, Burnham - Commented about this Review
Looks like the Azamara Quest is having a problem at the moment. Unfortunately, incidents like this are not helping the industry.
31 Mar 12 10:49 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Joelson -
, Edgware - Commented about this Review
Will definitely consider Azamara in the future. Didn't originally fancy it because it was one of the smaller ships and I do like the big ones. I went to the Far East last year as a single and wanted to go to Singapore this year but they were all charging excessive rates. This has made me have second thoughts. Thank you.
31 Mar 12 10:29 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Carvill -
, Robina - Commented about this Review
I'm on board on April 12 bound for Mumbai so very good read. We have not cruised on this ship before as the deal was amazing we are on our way to an exciting holiday.
31 Mar 12 03:03 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
lacey -
, Wirral - Commented about this Review
An interesting review. Not cruised with this line and like you will be doing my 14th cruise soon - my first solo. I will definately consider Azamara in future.
25 Mar 12 11:29 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
reed -
, SKEGNESS - Commented about a Comment by lacey (25 Mar 12 11:29)
Highly recommended - everyone is very attentative and caring and knows you by name. When you come back on board from "shore leave" the lady from security says "welcome home" and means it.
25 Mar 12 14:54 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
, Harrogate - Commented about a Comment by reed (25 Mar 12 14:54)
I too either cruise solo or travel with a friend but we each have our room I would consider Azamara based on a few reviews I have read. The Ports on this cruise would be of interest to me as having taken 30 cruises I really am looking for new Ports to visit and whilst at the beginning thought the casual aspect might not suit me. I like the opportunity to dress up but over the years baggage weight has become an issue. I have seen the lower single supplement offered which makes it very appealing! A fantastic review THANK YOU.
30 Mar 12 22:35 - Reply - Was this comment useful?

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