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Azamara Club Cruises: Azamara Quest

Azamara Quest Review

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.

In a surprise move parent company Royal Caribbean International announced the formation of an all-new, deluxe cruise line in 2007. Two vessels originally slated for service in the Celebrity Cruises fleet, which were built for now-defunct Renaissance Cruises and acquired with the purchase of the Spanish cruise line Pullmantur, were the basis for the new line, Azamara Club Cruises. Designed to offer exotic destination-driven itineraries, Azamara Club Cruises presents a more intimate onboard experience while allowing access to the less traveled ports of call experienced travelers want to visit.

When a cruise line sets a course to break the mold in an industry where the product falls into traditional categories—mainstream, premium, luxury—it's an exciting opportunity for experienced travelers who may want more than what a traditional cruise can deliver. More interested in traveling than cruising, they may still prefer the comfort and convenience that only a cruise ship can deliver in some exotic locales. Azamara Club Cruises gives this underserved group of travelers what they want—a cruise experience that's a bit different. Not quite luxury but more than premium, Azamara offers a deluxe cruise with concierge-style amenities for which you'd have to upgrade to a suite on other cruise lines.

In addition, since its launch Azamara Club Cruises has added a number of more inclusive amenities to passengers’ fares, with no charge for a specific brand of bottled water, specialty coffees and teas; shuttle bus service to/from port communities, where available; standard spirits, wines, and international beers throughout the ships during bar hours; and complimentary self-service laundry.

Extensive overhauls of two ships that formerly sailed for the now-defunct Renaissance Cruises have resulted in interiors that are brighter with the addition of light, neutral carpeting throughout, and splashes of bold color in the upholstery and drapes. Areas that once appeared stuffy are now welcoming, with contemporary artwork further enhancing the decor. Each vessel weighs in at 30,277 tons and carries only 694 passengers. While the size affords a high level of intimacy and makes the ships easy to navigate, there is no skimping on features normally abundant on larger ships, such as private balconies and alternative dining. Cruisers may feel that they've checked into an upscale boutique hotel that just happens to float.

What You Should Know


  • One staff member for every two passengers ensures unparalleled service
  • Bartenders in the Martini Bar are willing to follow your instructions to mix your favorite variation
  • The quiet sounds of a grand piano add to the ambience of the Drawing Room


  • Aft-facing Sunset Verandas on decks 6 and 7 are simply standard balcony cabins with larger balconies
  • There are no children’s programs or facilities
  • Upscale amenities don’t quite make up for the lack of bathroom space in standard staterooms
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 390
  • Entered Service 2001
  • Gross Tons 30,277
  • Length 593 feet
  • Number of Cabins 347
  • Passenger Capacity 694
  • Width 95 feet

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