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  • Azamara-Club-Ocean-Suite - Azamara Quest's Club Ocean Suite features a separate living room, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, refrigerator with mini-bar, air conditioning, vanity and marble master bath.  The staterooms are 440 to 501 square feet, with another 233 square feet for the veranda.
  • Azamara-Club-Continent-Suite - Azamara's Club Continent Suite on deck 8 measures 266 square feet and features two lower beds convertible to queen size, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, a 60-square foot veranda, a sitting area with sofa bed, flat screen TV, air conditioner and refrigerator with mini-bar.
  • Azamara-Suite-27 - Stay in a large, airy suite with a veranda for watching the passing show while cruising with Azamara.
  • Azamara-Suite-92 - Get comfy in a roomy, well-appointed sitting room when you sail with Azamara.
  • Azamara-Interior-stateroomR2 - A professional housekeeping staff will make sure your stateroom stays neat and comfortable while you sail on   Azamara.
  • Azamara-Ocean-View-suite - Watch the passing landscapes in one of Azamara's Ocean View suites.
  • Azamara-VerandahAccessR - Enjoy the view and the ocean air from the privacy of your stateroom with a veranda-access stateroom on an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-VerandahR - Club Veranda: A comfortable Azamara stateroom with veranda to take in the passing scenery.
  • Azamara-Bangkok-ThaiShow - Take in new cultures with the Bangkok Thai show aboard an Azamara cruise ship.
  • Azamara-Bangkok-ThaiShow-2 - Elegant dancers offer a glimpse into Thai culture with the Bangkok Thai show on board an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Bordeaux-Welcome-Back-Jazz-Band - The cool cats in the Welcome Back Jazz Band entertain guests aboard an Azamara sailing to Bordeaux, France.
  • Azamara-Ho-Chi-Minh-Vietnamese-Show - The Ho Chi Minh Vietnamese Show will transport you to a new world while you sail with Azamara.
  • Azamara-Ho-Chi-Minh-Vietnamese-Show-2 - Get immersed in the music and dances of Vietnam with the Ho Chi Mihn Vietnamese Show aboard an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Hong-Kong-Folkloric-Show - Be dazzled by the lovely ribbon dancers in the Hong Kong Folkloric Show aboard an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Hong-Kong-Folkloric-Show-2 - A member of the Hong Kong Folkloric troupe displays an impressive feat of strength and balance during a performance on an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Hong-Kong-Folkloric-Show-3 - Azamara presents the Hong Kong Folkloric Show, a dazzling showcase of grace and skill.
  • Azamara-performer - A performer in traditional garb during a show on an  Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Ship-Broadway - Azamara features the razzle dazzle of Broadway shows during your Azamara sailing.
  • Azamara-Ship-Broadway-2 - Enjoy a snappy Broadway tune at sea on your Azamara voyage.
  • Azamara-Ship-Buble-Night - Guests enjoy the tribute to Canadian big band vocalist Michael Buble during an Azamara sailing.
  • Azamara-Ship-Buble-Night-2 - On Buble night, you can enjoy jazzy music and swingin' dances when you sail with Azamara.
  • Azamara-Ship-Entertainment-Band - A traditional big band performance during an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Quest-Cannes -  Azamara Quest pulls away from Cannes, France.
  • Azamara-Quest-closeup - Some friendly guests wave from the bow of Amamara Quest.
  • Azamara-Quest-Illes-des-Saintes - Sail with Azamara Quest to the sunny shores of Îles des Saintes, Guadeloupe.
  • Azamara-Quest-Monte-Carlo - Azamara Quest takes you to many shore-side activities in glamorous Monte Carlo.
  • Azamara-Quest-Monte-Carlo-stern - Azamara Quest sails to the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Northern and Western Europe, West Indies, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
  • Azamara-Quest-Monte-Carlo-2 - Take Azamara Quest for a sea faring journey to Northern and Western Europe, the Mediterranean or Pacific.
  • Azamara-Quest-top-view - An aerial view of Azamara Quest off the shore of Monte Carlo, Monaco.
  • Azamara-Quest-Monte-Carlo-3 - Come for the turquoise waters and stay for the sights when the Azamara Quest docks in Monte Carlo.
  • Azamara-Quest-Monte-Carlo-4 - Azamara Quest moors off Monte Carlo. After a big, beautiful blue whale sailing, passengers hop off for fun on shore.
  • Azamara-Quest-Monte-Carlo-2 - Take Azamara Quest for a sea faring journey to Northern and Western Europe, the Mediterranean or Pacific.
  • Azamara-Quest-balcony-dining-Nice-France - Enjoy a romantic dinner for two accompanied by the glittering lights of Nice, France, on an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-mountain - Walking wanderlust: Take in the passing scenery aboard an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Dance-Class - Try new things like ballroom dancing when you sail with Azamara cruises.
  • Azamara-Quest-pool-deck - Relax in the ocean breeze while lounging poolside on your Azamara Quest cruise.
  • Azamara-Ship-Drawing-Room - Stop by the Drawing Room to relax or write letters during your Azamara voyage.
  • Azamara-Windows-Cafe - Bright flowers and cool carpets make brunch a breezy affair at Windows Cafe aboard an Azamara ship.
  • Azamara-PrimeC-2 - For fine cuisine and nicely paired wines at sea, dine at Prime C aboard an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Ocean-View-suite - Watch the passing landscapes in one of Azamara's Ocean View suites.
  • Azamara-Club-Continent-Suite - Azamara's Club Continent Suite on deck 8 measures 266 square feet and features two lower beds convertible to queen size, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, a 60-square foot veranda, a sitting area with sofa bed, flat screen TV, air conditioner and refrigerator with mini-bar.
  • Azamara-Hong-Kong-Folkloric-Show-3 - Azamara presents the Hong Kong Folkloric Show, a dazzling showcase of grace and skill.
  • Azamara-Club-Ocean-Suite - Azamara Quest's Club Ocean Suite features a separate living room, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, refrigerator with mini-bar, air conditioning, vanity and marble master bath.  The staterooms are 440 to 501 square feet, with another 233 square feet for the veranda.
  • Peterhof-Palace-and-Grand-Cascade-St-Petersburg - Grand Peterhof Palace and the Grand Cascade in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Azamara-Quest-Monte-Carlo-4 - Azamara Quest moors off Monte Carlo. After a big, beautiful blue whale sailing, passengers hop off for fun on shore.
  • Azamara-Quest-Illes-des-Saintes - Sail with Azamara Quest to the sunny shores of Îles des Saintes, Guadeloupe.
  • Azamara-Ship-Mosaic-2 - The chic Mosaic Cafe serves gourmet coffee and decadent desserts on Azamara cruises.
  • Azamara-Jazz-Brunch - A jazz musician performs during brunch on an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-PrimeC - Prime C is the place to indulge in fine dining while at sea with Azamara.
  • Azamara-PrimeC-2 - For fine cuisine and nicely paired wines at sea, dine at Prime C aboard an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Windows-Cafe - Bright flowers and cool carpets make brunch a breezy affair at Windows Cafe aboard an Azamara ship.
  • Azamara-Windows-Cafe-2 - Let the sea air sharpen your appetite for the food at Windows Cafe while sailing with Azamara.
  • Azamara-Quest-balcony-dining-Nice-France - Enjoy a romantic dinner for two accompanied by the glittering lights of Nice, France, on an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Quest-on-deck - Enjoy the ocean breeze while taking in the horizon when you sail with Azamara.
  • Azamara-Quest-walking-path - Exercise on open decks and take in wide-open seas on your Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Quest-pool-deck - Relax in the ocean breeze while lounging poolside on your Azamara Quest cruise.
  • Azamara-mountain - Walking wanderlust: Take in the passing scenery aboard an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Ship-Valentines-Day-Buffet - An al fresco Valentine's Day buffet extends into the evening aboard Azamara Quest.
  • Azamara-Martini-Bar-bartender - Watch the bartender create one of 20 variations of martini in the sophisticated Martini Bar on your Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Victor-guitarist - Victor performs during an Azamara cruise, helping to make your voyage nice and smooth.
  • Azamara-sunset - Watch the sun set while enjoying a bite on your Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Ship-Drawing-Room - Stop by the Drawing Room to relax or write letters during your Azamara voyage.
  • Azamara-Looking-Glass - The Looking Glass lets you enjoy fine cruise fare while taking in the view aboard an Azamara voyage.
  • Azamara-Looking-Glass_2 - Look through binoculars for close-up views of the scenery while dining in the Looking Glass on your Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Looking-Glass_3 - The Looking Glass is the perfect place to unwind while you sail with Azamara.
  • Azamara-Land-Discoveries - Plan a shore excursion in Land Discoveries during your Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Ship-Mosaic - Enjoy gourmet coffees in the Mosaic Cafe aboard your Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Ship-Mosaic-2 - The chic Mosaic Cafe serves gourmet coffee and decadent desserts on Azamara cruises.
  • Azamara-Captains-Welcome - Prepare to be warmly welcomed by your captain as you prepare to set off on your Azamara journey.
  • Azamara-Bilbao-Artist-Greg-Furman - Learn from an artist-in-residence like Greg Furman, who hails from the Basque region of Bilbao, on board an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Casino - Enjoy an exciting evening of casino action aboard an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Casino-2 - Try your luck in the casino while you sail with Azamara.
  • Azamara-Dance-Class - Try new things like ballroom dancing when you sail with Azamara cruises.
  • Azamara-laptops-mobile - Azamara lets you try new technology while you relax on deck.
  • Azamara-Pool-Deck - The sun, a breeze and a comfortable chair provide everything you need for an afternoon of relaxing poolside on an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-Pool-Deck-Illes-des-Saintes-2 - Take in the sun and the breeze on the pool deck of your Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-White-Night - Dress in all white for the White Party aboard your Azamara sailing.
  • Azamara-White-Night-2 - Guests dine right in the harbor during a White Night event on Azamara.
  • Azamara-White-Night-3 - White Night begins with everyone dressed in white and waiting for the sun to go down so colorful lights can come up on board a Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-White-Night-4 - An Azamara Club Cruises crew member serves up a dish during a White Night party.
  • azamara-living-room-1.jpg - The Living Room observation lounge rolled out in 2016 on Azamara Journey & Quest.
  • Peterhof-Palace-and-Grand-Cascade-St-Petersburg - Grand Peterhof Palace and the Grand Cascade in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Tallinn_Estonia_Jenna_12 - Charming, colorful shops line the streets of Tallinn, Estonia. Book a cruise to see it on Azamara Journey or Quest.
  • Tallinn_Estonia_Jenna_73 - Bright colors and old-fashioned cobblestone alleyways await you in Tallinn, Estonia, when you take an Azamara cruise.
  • Tallinn_Estonia_Jenna_76 - See the months of the year with medieval-style banners when you sail to Tallinn, Estonia, with Azamara Journey or Quest.
  • Tallinn_Estonia_Jenna_82 - Visit the storybook city of Tallinn, capital of Estonia, when you take an Azamara cruise.
  • Azamara-St-Tropez.jpg - Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on your Azamara sailing when you visit cruise ports that larger cruise ships can’t access, such as the luxurious island of St. Tropez in France.

Azamara Quest: A comfortable, country-club like atmosphere

Our review

Snapshot

If you are on a quest for destination immersion on a mid-size ship, then Azamara Quest from Azamara Club Cruises can take you there. One of the best features of sailing on Azamara Quest is longer stays in port. With more time available to explore, you get a better sense of the culture, history and people who live in the ports that Azamara Quest calls on.

While returning to the ship after a tour or a day spent exploring on your own, you are welcomed home by an attentive staff standing by to help you settle back and enjoy the onboard hospitality. 

Probably where the cruise ship falls short is on space in the staterooms. Although each cabin is equipped with modern amenities, furnishings and European linens, there are some shortcomings when it comes to stateroom design: the bathrooms are small so expect one sink and a shower enclosure that is limited in size.

Where Azamara Quest goes well beyond the industry standard are varied itineraries that are especially appealing to those who travel to lots of ports; complimentary amenities that include select standard spirits, beer and wine, and fine dining that rivals the best restaurants on land.

Who will like sailing on Azamara Quest

Azamara's club-like atmosphere is appealing to up-market travelers who like a relaxed onboard experience that is big on delivering quality food, exceptional service and more time in port.

Where Azamara Quest sails

Azamara Quest sails in and around Asia, the South Pacific, Australia, the Mediterranean, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, calling on off-the-beaten-path ports. Top destinations that this cruise ship visits are the Netherlands, India and China.

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Dining on Azamara Quest

Prime C is the place to indulge in fine dining while at sea with Azamara.
Jenna Lynn Pimentel / Courtesy of Azamara Club CruisesPrime C is the place to indulge in fine dining while at sea with Azamara.

Main dining for all guests is offered in Discoveries. There is no set dining time, so you're free to eat when you feel like it. The menu changes every night, and you'll find a variety of items that feature classic to modern cuisine. The service in Discoveries is exceptional. Although the menu reflects regional dishes from the places that you visit, there's also a wide variety of appetizers, soups and salads, main courses and healthy choices.

For cruise passengers who want to try an alternative restaurant, you'll want to check out the Quest's specialty restaurants, Prime C and Aqualina. There's a small fee to dine in these two speciality restaurants ($25 per person), unless you're staying in a suite (Club World Owner's Suites, Club Ocean Suites and Club Continent Suites), in which case it's complimentary.

Prime C

This is Azamara's version of a traditional steakhouse. The wood-paneled walls, candlelight and ambience are the perfect backdrop to the main event: wonderful cuisine. Sample starters like vegetable tempura, beef carpaccio, cheese and onion soup or wild mushroom veloute. Entrees include filet mignon, veal tenderloin, whole rack of lamb, game hens or seafood. Sorbet is a great option for dessert, but the warm chocolate lava cake is also delish.

Aqualina

Aqualina features a menu of Italian-Mediterranean-fusion cuisine. Those who like caviar will want to pony-up to sample the caviar menu. Antipasti such as Tuna tartare, lobster ravioli or home-made gnocchetti are exceptional. For a main dish, I enjoyed the veal scaloppini in a creamy mushroom sauce with Gorgonzola. The flour-less chocolate torte or the tiramisu is also top notch. 

Walking wanderlust: Take in the passing scenery aboard Azamara Quest.
Jenna Lynn Pimentel / Courtesy of Azamara Club CruisesWalking wanderlust: Take in the passing scenery aboard Azamara Quest.

Entertainment & activities

Cruise Director Tony offers a variety of entertainment options for you to enjoy your time on the ship. In the evenings, you'll experience live production shows and musical performances. There's a good mix of live performances, full-stage musical revues, classical soloists, bands and other entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

After the show, head to the Looking Glass Lounge where DJ Matt plays enough popular hits to get people on the dance floor. Late-night party-goers should know that Azamara Quest guests usually turn in before midnight or just a little bit after.

While the main event of an Azamara Club Cruises vacation is an enriching cruise experience, make time to relax at the spa. If you stay in a suite, then make sure to take advantage of the complimentary pass to the Thalassotherapy pool (saltwater whirlpool) located in a private hideaway adjacent to the spa. I actually was not staying in a suite, but I chose to purchase a pass to the Thalassotherapy pool. Make sure to inquire at the spa desk if access to this wellness retreat is on your radar because a lot of other passengers either don't know about it or are not interested, which means more comfort and solitude for you.

The gym is also worth a visit because of its ample size, as far as cruise ship gyms go. The equipment is adequate, and there is a fitness trainer available to assist you.

Learn from an artist-in-residence like Greg Furman, who hails from the Basque region of Bilbao, on board Azamara Quest.
Jenna Lynn Pimentel / Courtesy of Azamara Club CruisesLearn from an artist-in-residence like Greg Furman, who hails from the Basque region of Bilbao, on board Azamara Quest.

Incredibly diverse itineraries 

Most cruise ships leave port in the early evening, but not Azamara. One of the best things about sailing on Azamara Club Cruises is that the ships stay in port longer, which allows guests to explore by day and night. 

Azamara Club Cruises offers signature events that are perfectly paired to their diverse ports of call. When I was sailing on Quest, I took advantage of a couple offerings that allowed me deeper immersion. In Turkey, I participated in an Insider Access tour while we called on Kusadasi. Our small group went to a local farm where we learned how to cook traditional Turkish fare. In Rhodes, Greece, I went on a special Nights in Cool Places tour, which was a guided walk around the ancient medieval city. Last, while we were in Santorini, I was one of the first people to test out the Cruise Global, Eat Local tour that takes you to a local restaurant.

Final word

Because this was my first experience on Azamara, I was not sure what to expect. Unlike so many cruise ships that fall short of what they promise, Azamara Quest works hard to make its voyages entirely satisfying for cruise passengers. The senior officers are visible on the gangway and are always willing to listen to feedback.

I knew to expect a destination-rich travel experience, but what I did not know was that Azamara's outgoing staff and crew would constantly deliver quality, service and friendliness throughout my journey. The ports of call are a reason to book, but the crew is the reason to become a repeat customer. 

Disclosure

Carrie Finley-Bajak sailed on Azamara Quest on a press/blogger trip as a guest of Azamara. See Cruiseable's Ethics & Disclosure policy

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Carrie Finley-Bajak
I'm a cruise journalist, blogger, CLIA Accredited Cruise Counselor and a columnist for Travel Weekly. Follow me on Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and Instagram.

Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Azamara Quest
  • Where: In Europe

  • What: Al fresco dining with panoramic views
  • Where: On deck

  • What: More time in ports of call
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Azamara specializes in destination immersion, which means longer stays, more overnights and night touring in ports of call.
  • Azamara Club Cruises voyages have a resort casual dress code.
  • AzAmazing Evenings event take place on board, except on transatlantic crossings and voyages that are less than 7 nights long.
  • All-inclusive pricing includes select standard spirits, international beers, wines and gratuities.
  • English-trained butlers are available for suite guests.
  • The ship offers shuttle service to and from most port communities.

Top dining options on board

Discoveries

  • Style: Varied
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Aqualina

  • Style: Mediterranean specialties
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Prime C

  • Style: Steakhouse
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

694 Passengers [?]
408 Crew
11 Decks
1999 Maiden voyage
30,277 Tonnage [?]
592 Length in feet
83 Width in feet (max beam)
2012 REFURBISHED

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