First of all, sorry about the bad pun, we couldn’t help ourselves! The www.CRUISE.co.uk team were lucky enough to be invited on the Azamara Quest recently. After our recent trip on Silversea’s Silver Cloud (which you can read more about here,) we were excited to see how the two luxury brands would compare.
Was the Azamara Quest as aza-mazing as we’d hoped she would be?
Well read on to find out…
To start with here’s a bit of basic information about the ship…
So what does she look like?
Well, the ship has a great deal of space and also has grand staircases, interesting artwork and comfortable lounge areas.
The Quest is currently undergoing a widespread refurb and we were some of the first to see the brand new rooms. The rooms have had all the dark wood taken out to be replaced with light coloured furnishings and a shuffle round of storage space has made them seem much larger.
As we reported here, the ship has taken inspiration from the four elements for its makeover and sure enough there seemed to be a lot more airy space on-board in the updated areas!
Elsewhere on the ship, there were plenty of areas to relax, be entertained or to while away the cruise in comfortable style.
The pool on the top deck was sadly covered in rain as we visited but still looked inviting.
Did you know? The item most commonly stolen by guests on the Azamara Quest is the fluffy towels on the chairs by the poolside! Own up! Have you ever taken one?
At the front of the ship sits a hot tub style small pool which overlooks the sea through a glass wall. This area is also available to privately hire for a candlelit meal and you can even sleep under the stars here in the comfortable bed for two! You can find out more about this here.
The entertainment on-board includes shows in the cabaret lounge.
For somewhere to relax and have a drink, the Looking Glass Lounge is great whether you want to lie with your feet up in the afternoon and stare at the surf…
…or dance the night away in the evening.
Nearby, the library with its pretty ceiling hosts many books and is another area that can be hired or used as a reception for private meals with the captain.
There are two shops if you’ve forgotten to bring anything or want to buy a present for loved ones at home.
There’s also a computer room on-board … however we should note that this will be leaving the ship by 2016 to make way for the new spa suites – read more about this here!
For the hustlers amongst you, the casino offers a variety of tables and machines.
A relaxing afternoon can be found in the spa and salon, which will soon be upgraded even further to accommodate the spa suites.
The gym next door has a variety of machines and also hosts a range of classes to keep you fit… if you want to be kept fit that is!
Food and Drink
We got a good look around the restaurants on-board and were happy to try as much of the food as they would give us!
The main restaurant on-board is called Discoveries and has a stunning chandelier in the centre of the room. Breakfast and dinner are served here and the area is light and airy.
The lounge outside Discoveries is also a great place to meet for a drink.
Another popular watering hole is the bar outside Prime C, the on-board speciality restaurant. You can try a cocktail even if you don’t want to try the speciality dining – although we’d recommend you did!
Prime C is a speciality restaurant that serves the best cuts of meat, fine wine and overlooks the front of the ship out of floor to ceiling windows.
Aqualina is the other speciality Mediterranean restaurant and is where we ate on-board.
We had beef carpaccio followed by lobster bisque, eggplant with noodle salad and then finally a flourless chocolate torte… We would happily eat it all again as it was truly delicious!
For casual dining, the Windows Café serves buffet food and the Pool Grill similarly serves casual food and snacks.
And if you were interested in what cocktails you could sit back and sip, then have a look at the menu…
So what do you think of the Azamara Quest?
Have you been on-board before? Do you agree with us about her?
Let us know in the comments below…