This year multi-award winning luxury cruise line, Azamara Club Cruises took steps to evolve it’s destination immersion offerings and enhance onboard experiences fleet wide. Both cruise ships in the Azamara fleet underwent an extensive refurbishment project titled Azamara Remagined, which gave each ship a complete bow to stern overhaul. Nothing was untouched and upgrades were applied to staterooms, suites and public areas. The creative concept behind the reimagining was to bring the organic essence of destination immersion onboard using the four elements of nature. Earthy muted tones add a relaxing element whilst an enhanced outdoor pool grill brings the fire. Airy new outdoor venues and new tranquil spa suites complete the full circle. Eager to know more about the revitalisation programme, Iglu Cruise sent Cruise Agent Matthew along to report back on the newly upgraded Azamara Quest.
“Hi all! I have just returned from a visit on Azamara Quest and wanted to fill you in on some exciting enhancements since the ship was reimagined in April this year. Suites and Staterooms
Azamara have added two new “Spa Suites” to the forward section on the upper deck next to the Spa. These allow direct access to the Spa and Gym with one “Night in Private Places” experience included per cruise. This means private use of the whirlpool and sunbeds on the viewing deck of the Spa, overlooking the bow with a butler who’ll cater to your every need. Those who would like to experience a “Night in a Private Place” can do so for around $60.
All staterooms have had an extensive makeover. I got to see a refurbished Deck Four forward Oceanview room, which was very spacious even with a double bed, armchair, minibar and all the usual features. All staterooms now feature a top of the range interactive TV and bathrooms have been rebuilt with upgraded stone and porcelain surfaces.
The new Inspiration Centre on Deck Four features a giant screen much like a big iPad. It has touch screen technology and tells you all about future Azamara itineraries all over the world, including ports of call, future cruise prices and so on. Touch anywhere on the map to to view videos, see beautiful photography and destination information.
The Living Room
The Looking Glass lounge at the top of the ship (forward) is now called the Living Room in which you’ll find touch screen tables where you can send a digital postcard to relatives via email from the comfort of your couch. In fact, the WiFi has been improved ship wide with a faster and more reliable connection. A small food station and coffee machine in the Living Room make it a convenient hangout in the mornings or late afternoons. The vibe is quirky and elegant with suspended birdcage chairs for fun.
Main Dining is in the Discoveries Restaurant which now has additional seating. The grand Tiffany chandelier still hangs from the ceiling and is apparently the most expensive feature on the ship. Both speciality dining restaurants feature the same cuisine but have been refurbished.
The Pool Grill is now known as The Patio, a refined outdoor dining experience with a new menu and sophisticated ambiance. Occasionally you’ll also be able to enjoy live music or open air movies from across the pool as you dine.
A word to loyal fans of Celebrity Cruises, your Captains Club loyalty points can be redeemed with Azamara Club Cruises. With fleet wide Azamara updates under Azamara Reimagined, there is no better time than now to try something new!"
Sail on Azamara Quest Reimagined
The Monaco Grand Prix - one of the most anticipated races of the F1 calendar, it represents the pinnacle of motor car racing at one of the most lavish addresses in the world.
Monte Carlo is a city that defines luxury with its water-front mansions, fancy boutiques and prime restaurants that line its iconic yacht harbors. Home to millionaires and A-list celebrities, it showcases the most glamorous lifestyles. Behind its flashy appearance lies fresh pastry shops, sun-drenched beaches and fascinating architecture, making it a must-see destination with lots to explore.
Most people, including myself, succumb to the fact we will only experience the Monaco Grand Prix on the TV or by winning the lottery, so I wanted to find out exactly how much it would cost in comparison to Azamara's Grand Prix cruise. Following on from my previous blog where I found out how great it was to combine a cruise with major sporting events, I wanted to delve into this further and find out if it is really is as good value for money as advertised...
In addition to the above a cruise onboard Azamara Quest will include complimentary entertainment, fitness centre, enriching lectures, laundry service and gratuities.
With a saving of over £1500, even I was shocked by the phenomenal value for money you get from cruising to the Grand Prix...I am not relying on that lottery win anymore!
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By Sally Grimes
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