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After cruising Regent and Seabourn we were looking for a more casual experience coupled with an in-depth itinerary of New Zealand, and Azamara fit the bill. Itinerary included Melbourne,Tasmania and the North and South Islands in New Zealand. We were lucky enough to have great weather in Milford Sound and Captain Magnus did a great job navigating the ship. We loved the genuinely friendly crew, no formal nights or snootiness, wonderful food and late night/overnight port stays. Passengers ranged from 40s to 70s mainly from Australia, USA and NZ with 60s the average.The ship is immaculate and nicely appointed with modern art, and elevators were never crowded despite a fully booked cruise. Embarkation was fairly smooth although luggage delivery was slow. Our butler Xavier was friendly and helpful throughout. As suite guests we were entitled to dine at Prime C and Aqualina free of charge. We dined at both and they were wonderful, although the food in the main dining room Discoveries was delicious too. However spacing between tables at Windows and Discoveries was extremely tight which felt claustrophobic when fully booked. We really enjoyed the Patio for casual outdoor lunches and dinners as well. Shore excursions were generally very good but Azamara didn't offer everything we wanted to do so we arranged several tours on our own as well. Entertainment was just OK, although the comedian Simon Palomares was an unexpectedly hilarious treat. Azamara brought on a local high school group to perform a spirited haka dance, a highlight of the trip for us. Downsides were relatively minor - slow, spotty and pricey Internet service, a cruise industry problem. Azamara's in-room TV and video offerings are pathetically bad. What good is having 2 large flat screen TVs in the suite if the picture is of poor quality with limited stations and on-demand movies are a whopping $11.99 each? We booked a one night post stay through Azamara at the Pullman Hotel which we don't recommend. They never called our number during debarkation so we ended up running to the taxi at the last minute despite being ready early, a chaotic scenario. We met many repeat clients onboard and can see why. Overall we had a fantastic cruise experience with Azamara and already booked another one. Can't wait!

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Azamara Quest Cruise Review by hobbitons

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After cruising Regent and Seabourn we were looking for a more casual experience coupled with an in-depth itinerary of New Zealand, and Azamara fit the bill. Itinerary included Melbourne,Tasmania and the North and South Islands in New Zealand. We were lucky enough to have great weather in Milford Sound and Captain Magnus did a great job navigating the ship.

We loved the genuinely friendly crew, no formal nights or snootiness, wonderful food and late night/overnight port stays. Passengers ranged from 40s to 70s mainly from Australia, USA and NZ with 60s the average.The ship is immaculate and nicely appointed with modern art, and elevators were never crowded despite a fully booked cruise. Embarkation was fairly smooth although luggage delivery was slow. Our butler Xavier was friendly and helpful throughout. As suite guests we were entitled to dine at Prime C and Aqualina free of charge. We dined at both and they were wonderful, although the food in the main dining room Discoveries was delicious too. However spacing between tables at Windows and Discoveries was extremely tight which felt claustrophobic when fully booked. We really enjoyed the Patio for casual outdoor lunches and dinners as well.

Shore excursions were generally very good but Azamara didn't offer everything we wanted to do so we arranged several tours on our own as well. Entertainment was just OK, although the comedian Simon Palomares was an unexpectedly hilarious treat. Azamara brought on a local high school group to perform a spirited haka dance, a highlight of the trip for us.

Downsides were relatively minor - slow, spotty and pricey Internet service, a cruise industry problem. Azamara's in-room TV and video offerings are pathetically bad. What good is having 2 large flat screen TVs in the suite if the picture is of poor quality with limited stations and on-demand movies are a whopping $11.99 each? We booked a one night post stay through Azamara at the Pullman Hotel which we don't recommend. They never called our number during debarkation so we ended up running to the taxi at the last minute despite being ready early, a chaotic scenario.

We met many repeat clients onboard and can see why. Overall we had a fantastic cruise experience with Azamara and already booked another one. Can't wait!
BBMacLaird, CBO - Azamara Club Cruises has responded
Thank you for the cruise review, hobbitons. And thank you for booking another Azamara cruise. We appreciate your loyalty!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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Club World Owners Suite
Cabin CW 6091
Spacious beautiful aft suite with huge curved veranda. Gorgeous bathroom with walk in shower and lovely tub (that we never used). Soot on the deck a minor issue but it was cleaned daily. Loved our cabin!
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Akaroa
    We were booked for the TranzAlpine train ride and really looked forward to it. Two days before the scheduled tour we got a note in our room stating that the tour was cancelled to to "lack of participation." Had we known this before we could have made other arrangements. Tour desk was unhelpful. Azamara didn't handle this well at all.
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  • Auckland
    We booked a one night post stay at the Pullman Hotel through Azamara. The ship never called our number during debarkation so we had to scramble to get to the van even though we were ready early. Since this was an expensive option and we exited the ship at 8:00AM we had hoped that Azamara would arrange for early check-in but they did not. So we toured Albert Park and the Auckland Art Gallery on our own until check-in at 3:00. Hotel room was tiny and near the elevator. We loved Auckland but not how Azamara handled things.
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  • City Tour
    It was a rainy day but our local guide was fun and informative so he made the tour very enjoyable. Visited the train station and made an unscheduled stop at the Otago Museum which was free and beautiful (like most NZ museums). Great tour!
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  • Museum of Old and New Art
    Well organized, small group tour. First had a wine tasting at Moorilla winery in a private room with witty sommelier. Then free time at MONA, a truly unique experience. Great tour.
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  • Napier Art Deco Tour
    We took the Hawkes Bay Express tourist train. The train doesn't run on tracks, it's a restored antique train that is driven through the streets of Napier. Nice experience but we found the narrative a bit hokey and repetitive.
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  • Winery Tour
    Visited three wineries, including Spy and two others. Tasted Sauv Blanc, Pinots and Rose wines. Well organized tour on large bus. Wineries were beautiful and we learned a lot about the region. Guide was witty and kept things going nicely.
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  • Port Arthur
    We took an Azamara excursion to see the "Unzoo" with endangered Tasmanian Devils and free range kangaroos. Too much time spent at kangaroo area and not enough with the lone Devil, but that's just my opinion. Park ranger was passionate about her work and very informative. Fees go toward wildlife conservation and a cure for Tasmanian Devil disease.
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  • Hobbiton Movie Set
    As major LOTR fans we decided to splurge on a private Hobbiton tour which was truly magical. We also visited the Maori Living Village and kiwi farm. Our guide Katherine warm, knowledgeable and superb! Only downside was that she drove an older VW van with poor suspension and bench seats, not a good vehicle for a long tour on winding bumpy roads. Still a great experience.
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  • Wellington
    We wanted to see Te Papa, cable car and Weta studios but the ship didn't offer a comprehensive tour like that so we booked with Silver Cloud Tours. The owner/guide Helen was absolutely wonderful! We had lunch at Roxy Studios, toured the city and Weta Studios and then Helen took us around Te Papa herself. The best tour ever!
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