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We explore Azamara Quest Reimagined

7th December 2016

Updated July 2019

 

A few years ago 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 Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest 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.

 

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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, we sent some of our team onboard so that they could report back on the newly upgraded Azamara Quest. Find out more about what they thought;

 

Azamara's Suites and Staterooms

 

Azamara Club Cruises have added two “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.

 

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All staterooms have had an extensive makeover. We saw 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.

 

Azamara's Inspiration Centre

 

The 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 Cruises 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.

 

Azamara's Living Room

 

What was the Looking Glass lounge at the top of the ship (forward), is now called the Living Room. Here 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.

 

azamara cruises lounge

 

Dining with Azamara Club Cruises

 

Main Dining is in the Discoveries Restaurant which now has additional seating. The grand Tiffany chandelier 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.

If you're curious to explore the very special refurbishments for yourself, take a look through our range of cruises onboard Azamara Quest. Or, find out more about the cruise line's latest vessel: Azamara Persuit, which came over from the P&O Cruises fleet in 2019.


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How to save over £1500 on the Monaco Grand Prix

8th April 2014

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...

 

  Independent Package Holiday Azamara Quest Cruise
Flights British Airways
Outbound 22/05/14
Economy: £164
Return 27/05/14
Economy: £436
Flights total for 2 people: £1200
Included
Return flights and all transfers
Hotel Columbus Monte Carlo 3*
Standard room: £198.59 per night
Hotel total for 2 people, 5 nights: £992.95
Included
5* Luxury stateroom accommodation
Grand Prix Tickets Sunday main race: £422.92 per person
Total for 2 people: £845.84
Sunday main race: £422.92 per person
Total for 2 people: £845.84
Food Average meal: £30 per person
Total for 2 people, 5 nights: £600
Included
All meals, snacks, bottled water,teas, coffees & spirits
Transport Aiport to hotel: £74.00
Average other taxi rides: £50
Total: £198
Included
Complimentary shuttle bus in Port
Total Price £3836.79 £2009.92

 

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!

See our Grand Prix Cruise Deals 


By Sally Grimes


A First Club Cruising Journey

27th June 2011

Have you ever wondered what club cruising is all about and if it's for you? Well one of Iglu's latest cruise converts from our renowned ski team jumped onboard the Azamara Journey recently and here are his thoughts as a first time cruiser.

Azamara Journey is not like any other cruise, the experience is more like a home from home. “Welcome home” the crew say as they greet you after spending the day ashore. Of course you aren’t waited on hand and foot at home, and the food onboard is much better!

Greeted with a glass of champagne, while your bags are whisked off to your room you feel instantly comfortable onboard. Felicidad, our room attendant comes round to make sure we have everything, she does seem surprised that we are so young. The age of the customers onboard ranged from mid-twenties to over 65's — a very diverse group of people.

The crew clearly love their jobs, smiling and happy to serve you. Throughout the cruise we were treated to exceptional service. From the chefs freshly preparing omelettes in the morning, to the casino staff convincing us that we feel lucky today, there is a very unique atmosphere onboard (we weren’t lucky!).

Each morning we found the daily newsletter in our cabin filled with information about the weather, the days events, opening times of restaurants and key points of interest about the destination we were in that day. Perhaps we should’ve read the weather report on our first day in Corsica, when we found ourselves caught in the rain on land. Of course Azamara had towels waiting at the tender station in the port.

We were lucky enough to visit both the specialty restaurants onboard. Prime C served a fantastic filet mignon accompanied by wines recommended by the staff. Aqualina, the Mediterranean inspired restaurant served the most perfectly cooked fish courses and delicious deserts. Both restaurants charge a very modest cover charge — definitely worth every penny.

If for any reason you don't feel like leaving your cabin for dinner (or any other meal or snack throughout the day) then you can make use of the extensive 24 hour complementary room service menu which comprises of everything from cheese and fruit plates, to individually prepared steaks. Having sampled the majority of the room service menu, we decided it may be a good idea to visit the ships gym. Although not the largest gym I have been to, it is very well equipped, and was never too busy whatever time of day we visited.

The main thing that made the Azamara cruising experience so special was the combination of all the small touches that you don't get with a lot of other cruise lines. Examples of these touches include; the staff handing out cold towels, bottled water and lemonade while you wait for your tender back to the ship. The free bus that was set up to take guests to the centre of town at one of the ports, even if you were not booked on an excursion. The bar staff even knew what I was drinking by the second day of the cruise, and had the drink ready for me in the time it took to enter the room and walk across to the bar. It is these things that made the Azamara experience stand out from all the other cruises we have been on.

The prices may look more expensive than other cruise lines, but taking into account what's included, an Azamara cruise is exceptional value. Its not the hardware that makes Azamara special, it's the software: the staff, the food, and the feeling of the ship is second to none.


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