Azamara Cruise Vacations are an outstanding example of a small boutique cruise vacation experience. This is a new cruise line that came into service only two years ago. At first the two ships that comprise the fleet were cons idered part ot the Celebrity Cruises fleet who owns the Azamara Cruises line, but almost immediately the consumer let Celebrity know that they wanted special attention and needed handling different from the other Celebrity ships, and thus Azamara Cruises was born. This cruise line has customer service deeply rooted in their mission statement.
In order to provide the high level of quality service, Azamara Cruises invested $20 million in refurbishments on the two ships they purchased to service this special passenger. The investment was made in new pillow top mattresses in all cabins, new bathroom decor, Egyptian linens, upgraded bath amenities and, importantly, the addition of a new kitchen whose chefs are dedicated to servicing the two optional restaurants on board.
Each of their ships hark back to a time in cruise history with their classic styling, using lots of wrought iron in the banisters, and dark rich woodwork. The color scheme is the classic nautical colors of navy blue and lush burgundy. While each ship is well-appointed, and provide a warm and inviting atmosphere in which to enjoy your cruise vacation.
All cabins receive the special attention that butler service delivers, a signature amenity of Azamara Cruises. Your butler is available to assist you with packing and unpacking; he/she will make all your onboard reservations if you desire. You will be served dinner by course if you elect to take dinner in your cabin during your cruise. And you may receive nightly canapies as well as afternoon tea with just a quick request to your butler. No other cruise line offers this amenity.
Both of Azamara Cruises’ ships are the same size and layout. The Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest both have a maximum occupancy of 694 fortunate passengers. Because the ships are small the time to go through embarkation, disembarkation and just leaving and returning from shore excursions is a dream experience. You will be greeted with a warm, fresh towel to whisk away the day’s travel dust upon arrival at the dock. They will also have chilled water or juice waiting for your refreshment at dockside. This is such a nice touch after a busy day of exploration. This smaller size also allows the ship to dock much closer to the main attractions in a port, many times right in the heart of a city. A location the large ships could never think of accessing.
They have dedicated one crew member to service every two passengers which is a ratio that is normally seen only in the deluxe cruise category. Azamara Cruises has made that investment to ensure every aspect of your cruise experience will be the way you want it to be.
In addition to the Main Dining Room that serves the entire passenger list in one open seating time frame, there are two optional restaurants on board. One is a steak and chops house and the other has a seafood theme. Both restaurants carry an additional charge for the cuisine they present you, but they are well worth it. In fact, in the seafood restaurant this reviewer experienced one of the best meals we have ever eaten, on land or sea. It was outrageously good! When you visit this restaurant you might want to add the option to receive a different wine for each course in your dinner. It is a great way to expand your knowledge of wines and even more importantly, learn what the coordination of flavors will result by pairing a specific wine with each course. The open seating nature of their Dining Room allows you to eat with new friends in your fellow passengers each evening or enjoy the meal at a table for two.
There is a wonderful buffet available to those who do not desire to go to the dining room for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The selections vary each day and are prepared fresh upon your selection, particularly at breakfast. For those who prefer in room dining, the meal may be ordered from the Main Dining Room menu as long the order is placed during dining room hours of operation. Out side of those times there is still an extensive selection compared with other cruise lines room service menus. We utilized this service a couple of times when we were aboard and were very pleased with the presentation of the food delivered. We had the same wonderful meal as those who went to the dining room.
The dress code for your entire cruise falls into the category we like to call Country Club Casual. No tuxedoes or formulas need be taken. Dress is classic and comfortable… evening attire being what you might wear for a nice evening out at home. And with the weight restrictions being implemented by airlines it is really helpful to note that formal attire is not needed.
As mentioned, all staterooms on Azamara Cruises come with complimentary butler service, but in addition you will also receive a daily fruit basket, fresh cut flowers, 24-hour room service, a sweet surprise on your pillow each evening, afternoon canapes, complimentary shoe-shine service, a 23″ plasma television, personal stationery, Elemis bathroom products, two nights of complimentary specialty dining, one complimentary large bottle of water, new European bedding, and complimentary use of binoculars, umbrellas and plush robes; and of course, it has been newly decorated to exceed your expectations.
All suites come standard with all of the above, plus priority check-in and departure; priority luggage delivery at boarding; three nights of complimentary specialty dining, complimentary garment pressing (limit of two items per person upon embarkation); opportunity to book in-suite spa services; private portrait sitting; priority tender service; silk-wrapped hangers; Hansgrohe showerhead; welcome champagne; daily fruit basket; daily savories 4-6 PM; complimentary nonalcoholic specialty coffees (in your suite), sodas, and bottled water.
It’s the beginning of a whole new life together; your celebration of love. With Azamara, you can create a unique and memorable wedding in the destination of your choice, most anywhere. Whether it’s a stunning cliff-top wedding in Greece or an elegant affair onboard the ship, we believe your wedding day should be everything and anything you desire. Our attentive staff will attend to every detail so you can concentrate on the only thing that matters-each other.
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