Azamara Quest Review
About This Ship
- Azamara Journey
- Azamara Quest
Cruise Ship Overview
Launched in 2000 for Renaissance Cruises, which ceased operations in 2001, the former R7 was acquired by Azamara Club Cruises and launched as Azamara Quest in 2007—a sister ship to Azamara Journey. Azamara Club Cruises spent tens of millions refreshing the ship, and it shows—where it once appeared stuffy, it became welcoming. Another extensive renovation scheduled for 2013 will update her interiors with new carpets, upholstery, and a new color palette in public spaces. Additionally, she will have a new dark-blue hull. Azamara Quest sets sail primarily in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas as well as Asia and far-flung exotic destinations in the South Pacific. Occasional repositioning voyages include the Panama Canal and Caribbean Islands.
At 30,277 tons, Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey are medium-size ships and well suited to the somewhat more exotic itineraries for which they are deployed, whether in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, or South America. The ships initially entered service for Renaissance Cruises and served in Spain under the Pullmantur flag until 2007. With their entry into the Azamara Club Cruises fleet, a new option is available to passengers who prefer the boutique-hotel atmosphere of a smaller ship without the luxury-class price tag.
Each ship has a variety of signature features, including the Martini Bar in Casino Luxe, a casual sidewalk café–style coffee bar, and the distinctive Astral Spa with an acupuncture suite and expansive relaxation deck with therapy pool. Each ship has two specialty restaurants. The exclusive experience includes butler service in suites and concierge-style amenities in all categories of accommodations.
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