Azamara Quest's cabins are the main place where the ship shows its age. The look of the rooms is modern -- following a major makeover and refurbishment in 2016 -- but the size of the standard cabins, especially the bathrooms, is small considering the overall price you're paying to be on the ship. The line did its best, but the rooms could use a bit more storage and showers will be an interesting experience for anyone who is neither short nor skinny.
On the plus side, Quest has a wide range of cabins from insides to large suites, so passengers have an array of layouts and price points to choose from when booking. Luxury travelers will want to book a suite to get the space they're used to and a more workable bathroom. All have a neutral palate with shades of gray, brown and beige, and textured wall coverings that make the rooms look less ship-like (but also mean your magnets don't stick as well).
Standard cabins (insides, outsides and balconies) are furnished with queen beds that can convert to twins, a desk/vanity with large mirror, semicircular love seat and oval dining-height table. The three-door closet offers hanging space and shallow drawers, plus shelves for the safe, mini-bar and ice bucket. Additional shelves and drawers are available in the desk and in nightstands. As two women traveling together on a nine-day cruise, we had to ask our room steward for additional hangers and store extra clothes in the desk. Suitcases fit underneath the beds.
Be careful about the mini-bar. Soda and generic bottled water are complimentary, but the wine, beer and Perrier cost extra.
Additional cabin amenities include the use of terrycloth bathrobes and slippers, umbrella and binoculars. You'll find a thermostat for climate control, hair dryer, telephone and a 40-inch flat-screen TV with interactive features (order room service, check your bill, watch movie on-demand for a steep $11.98 fee). There are 110 and 220V outlets (two each) by the desk, and reading lamps and USB ports by each side of the bed. Upon embarkation, passengers receive a welcome fruit basket, fresh flowers and a souvenir tote bag. Complimentary shoeshine service is available through your room steward.
Bathrooms are so small that toilets are angled in order to have space for passengers to sit. There are three small shelves above the toilet and shelves below the sink. The shower is an odd shape, not quite rectangular, with two small shelves and a soap dish, with an adjustable shower head/wand. It's the first time we've ever experienced the clingy shower curtain problem; even if you're short and skinny and flexible, it's hard to effectively shower without getting intimate with the curtain, knocking over the soap dish or doing contortions in order to shave your legs. Also be prepared for soft water pressure.
The ship has three Inside, two Oceanview and two Club Continent suites that are wheelchair accessible, plus 18 pairs of connecting cabins, and 41 cabins with a pull-out sofa to sleep three (including some, but not all suites). Many of the connecting cabins also have third berths, making them suitable for families. Passengers should realize that pulling out a sofa bed in a standard cabin takes away much of the available free space in the cabin; you don't really want three adults sharing a room on Quest at all. Club Ocean and Club World Owner's Suites can accommodate a rollaway bed.
Inside: Club Interior cabins measure 158 square feet and are small, but not overly claustrophobic for two people who don't plan on spending much time hanging out in their room.
Oceanview: Club Oceanview cabins are actually smaller, measuring 143 square feet and offering a picture window. They are mainly found on Deck 6. Outside cabins designated category 08 have obstructed views and are generally priced less than regular cabins. The best Club Oceanview rooms are the four Category 04 cabins all the way forward on Decks 6 and 7. These spacious (215 square foot) rooms have a round porthole window and are the length of a balcony cabin plus its veranda, but all the space is inside.
Balcony: Club Veranda Staterooms measure 175 square feet with 40-square-foot balconies. The private verandas are accessed via sliding-glass doors and are furnished with two rattan-style cushioned chairs and a dining table. Beginning in 2020, some of these cabins will be designated Club Veranda Plus. While they will be the same cabins as regular veranda staterooms, they will cost more and come with extra perks, including 120 minutes of complimentary internet (or $130 toward an unlimited package), one free bag of laundry every seven days, priority embarkation and debarkation and complimentary alcohol in the mini-bar.
Suites: Azamara Quest has four suite categories. All receive the same perks as Club Veranda Plus rooms but with a different internet freebie (240 complimentary minutes of internet per person) and butler service, complimentary specialty restaurant dining and in-suite afternoon tea service. Club World Owner's, Ocean and Spa Suites also receive $300 onboard credit per person.
Club Continent Suite: These suites are what would be called mini-suites on other lines, with no separation between living and sleeping areas. Suites measure 266 square feet with 60-square-foot balconies. The color scheme in these suites is more cream-based with a more modern-style desk and drawer unit. The living space trades the semicircular loveseat for a round table and two chairs, one high-backed and cushioned, the other round and metallic; the TV is larger at 55 inches. Balcony furnishings are the same as in veranda cabins. The notable difference is in the bathroom, which has been modernized and is much more spacious than a standard. Bathrooms have either a glass-enclosed rectangular shower with space to move or a tub with showerhead, a square bowl sink, a lighted mirror and wooden storage shelves.
Club Spa Suite: There are just two Club Spa Suites adjacent to the spa on Deck 9. Azamara found that passengers were booking them for their layout and location, not because they wanted a spa-focused vacation, so there are no longer any spa-specific perks associated with the suite. Spa suites measure 414 square feet, with a 60-square-foot veranda. The unique open-plan layout makes the room feel light and spacious. You enter into the main living/sleeping space, which is furnished with a tan sofa and oval glass coffee table, desk under the flat-screen TV and corner easy chair. On either side of the desk/TV area are open (no doors) entries into the spa-like bathroom, which has double bowl sinks, a mirrored vanity with stool and a toilet in a separate space with a door. But the piece de resistance is the enormous glass-enclosed shower, with windows to the sea and the balcony with a round tub and rain shower with various jet options.
Club Ocean and Club World Owner's Suites: The top two suite categories on the ship have similar layouts and both are corner suites, but have different locations and sizes. The Club Ocean Suites are located forward on Decks 6 and 7 and measure 478 square feet with 173-square-foot balconies, while the Club World Owner's Suites are stationed aft on Decks 6 through 8 and are 603 square feet with 233-square-foot balconies. In addition to size, the aft suites are more desirable as they feel the rock and roll of the ship less than the forward suites (though they do feel more engine vibration). We were told that suite 7114 is the most preferred suite onboard for its aft location and for being sandwiched between two residential decks (as opposed to public areas). These suite classes have a darker look with more dark woods in the furnishings and dark brown geometric patterns in the carpet. The living room is separate from the bedroom and contains a dining table for four, sofa with matching easy chair and 55-inch flat-screen TV. The bedroom has a second TV (44 inches) over a bureau, vanity with mirror, large closet unit and a king-sized bed with a wingback leather headboard. The master bath, done in marble with eye-catching wall tiling, can be entered via the living or sleeping area, with a toilet and sink in a separate space that can be closed off to become a powder room when entertaining. The rest of the bathroom features a large glassed-in shower with rain showerhead and wand, separate bathtub and a single sink. The balcony can be entered through sliding-glass doors from the living room or bedroom and has a dining table for four and two lounge chairs.