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20 Dec 2024 15 nights  RET

15 nights departing December 20, 2024

Azamara ❘ Azamara Quest

Brochure Inside $11,198

Our Inside $1,484

You Save 87%

Brochure Oceanview $11,798

Our Oceanview $1,561

You Save 87%

Brochure Balcony $13,198

Our Balcony $2,101

You Save 84%

Brochure Suite $17,198

Our Suite $3,181

You Save 82%

Even cheaper for interline.

 

Vibe:

It is intimate but never crowded, stylish but relaxed, and has no formal dress codes.

 

What’s Included:

All meals

All tips paid

Standard beer/wine/spirits

White Nights - Signature Deck Party

Signature cultural events ashore on select itineraries

 

What’s Not Included:

Taxes

Shore Excursions

Specialty restaurants

 

VERANDAH PLUS additional amenities:

Complimentary Internet (120 minutes or 25% off the unlimited Internet package) per guest

One free bag of laundry service per stateroom every seven days

One night of complimentary specialty dining for two, every seven days

Priority embarkation and debarkation

Complimentary in-room spirits

 

Signatures:

Small fleet, only 4 ships, small ships only 700 pax, big on inclusions.

A signature of Azamara itineraries is that they always try to stay longer in ports, often with an overnight stay. This is a huge point of difference in small ports like Dubrovnik or Santorini, which can be overrun if many ships are in port.

 

Azamara offers great itineraries with a heavy focus on the Med, Greek Islands, and Croatia. Any voyage that sails to or from Venice will invariably include Croatia and Dubrovnik.

 

Demographic Best Suited To:

Azamara is a great introduction to small ship cruising for those who have sailed with the larger mid-range ships of Royal, Celebrity, and Princess.

At 5.5 stars, they are the bridge between mid-range and top-end 6-star lines, with much lower price points.

Invariably, once people experience small ship cruising, they find they can't ever go back to bigger ships.

The demographic tends to be younger than the high-end 6-star lines.

Although lacking the kid's clubs of bigger ships, Azamara may be worth considering if your kids enjoy high-end hotels and resort pools—especially with port-intensive itineraries around the Med, where you will often be off the ship.

 

Bigger bang for your buck

As they include standard drinks and tips, which run approximately $100 per day on other mid-range lines, they are $700-1000 better value on 7- and 10-day voyages.

 

Closest Competition and How They Differ:

The closest in terms of product, size, and pricing is Windstar.

They, too, have small ships, up to 300 pax, and offer similar itineraries.

The biggest difference is that Windstar does not include standard drinks and gratuities in its fares. However, Windstar offers an ALL-IN option of drinks/tips/wini/mini-bar for $89 extra per day.

This makes Azamara a better value proposition than a comparable Windstar fare, which equates to an added value of $623 over 7 nights and $890 over 10.

Likewise, if you compare Azamara against mid-range lines, you would need to find a cruise-only fare at $1100 to equate to the value of a $2000 fare on Azamara that includes drinks and tips.

 

Cabin selection notes/tips.

Inside - same size as other cabins without the balcony

Ocean view - avoid Category 8 which are obscured cabins, these can be almost totally obscured by lifeboats.

Avoid Ocean View Guarantee cabins as you will end up with cabins no one else wants, and these will invariably be Category 8, Obscured.

Balcony - V3, V2, V1 - standard balcony cabins, all the same size and all but identical.

There are no obscured balcony cabins.

V3 will be forward, aft, on lower decks

V2 are better-positioned

V1 will have the best position but, again, are the same.

Avoid the cabins that look out over the bow, they can be noisy as these have a closed metal instead of glass balcony railing.

The best PLUS cabins are the aft-facing V1 cabins, which look out over the wake.

 

But the biggest advantage is these are wider and have larger footprints. Hence, the bathrooms are much bigger than standard cabins, which have very small cabins and shower curtains, that cause some consternation, but seriously you are only in your shower a few minutes a day.

 

Entertainment

Being a small ship, entertainment is limited. However, as they run very port-intensive trips with late-night or overnight stays, I'd rather be ashore in Dubrovnik and Santorini than watching a show onboard.

 

Dining:

Specialty restaurants

There are two, at a small additional charge of about $50

Aqualina - Italian

Prime C - Steak House

These are great, but if your budget is tight, the food in the main dining room, the deck grill, and the buffet is really great, and you won't feel you are missing out.

They also run a chef's table for about $99 per person.

Afternoon Tea

It was a nice surprise and something many overlooked.

 

The Fleet:

Click through to view photos and videos of all cabin categories, restaurants, public areas, and deck plans.

 

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