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Azamara Quest - Mediterranean Cities, October 28-November 4 2021


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21 hours ago, Ichiban Nekko said:

Well. Long story short: your fabulous writing and photography (and musical references) culminated in us booking a very similar itinerary on Quest for October 2023. Thank you so much for all the information you shared. Your start was horrific, but you did get to Rome, with your sense of humor intact, a feat in itself.  This episode is so instructional: DH has agreed that perhaps more than one day in Rome would be wise. After all, if all goes well, Rome awaits, which is not exactly something to fear. Your hotel/restaurant/touring ideas & comments for various ports have been bookmarked. We also have taken note of your comments about not wanting to head for the airport after disembarking. After drinking in your photos of Barcelona, we agree that this is stellar advice and are adapting our plans accordingly. 

 

Cat, thanks so much for your kind comments!

I'm glad you took the time to read the whole thing and that you were inspired to book a similar Azamara cruise on the strength of what you saw in my GSJ.

Yes one day in Rome is not enough- make it three if you have the time. Ditto Barcelona! I see you are visiting Menorca and Mallorca too. 

That far in the future I hope that Covid has relaxed its grip and you won't have to take as many tests as we did. That aspect took some of the shine of the experience but we were very glad we did the cruise and renewed our acquaintance with Azamara.

You'll be treated to some beautiful fall color in the last week of October, especially in Italy.

We don't have another cruise booked until May 2023- Princess to Alaska 10 day cruise/tour. No doubt before that we will have chosen a follow-up. I have been looking at Azamara Dublin to Iceland with 2024 in mind (if they do one then).

Thanks again and Happy Planning!

Norris and Carol

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Hi Norris!

 

I just dug out and skimmed through your Diamond Princess review!  We have some FCCs that we have to use by the end of 2022, and when the west coast itineraries opened up, I grabbed a Caribe Vista suite on a 5 day to Cabo, for about the same price per night as the club class mini suite we had booked on the Majestic for a 4 night coastal.  DH is much happier in a full suite.  Hoping we actually get to go!

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Donswife- I'm happy you read my Diamond Princess review. She became my favorite Princess ship but was eventually sent to the Asian market.  I chose her sister ship Sapphire Princess for our Alaska May 2023 cruise over a Royal Class ship as I imagine that class of ship will be gone during this decade.

 

The full suite is a fine experience so I hope you go too and savor it!

 

When do you sail?

 

Norris

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4 hours ago, Bimmer09 said:

Donswife- I'm happy you read my Diamond Princess review. She became my favorite Princess ship but was eventually sent to the Asian market.  I chose her sister ship Sapphire Princess for our Alaska May 2023 cruise over a Royal Class ship as I imagine that class of ship will be gone during this decade.

 

The full suite is a fine experience so I hope you go too and savor it!

 

When do you sail?

 

Norris

The Diamond Princess is September 6, 2022, just 5 days to Cabo.  We have had window suites 3 times, and this will be our first full suite with balcony.  DH loves the special suite breakfast.  I found a great deal too good to pass up.  In October, I have a 4 night on the Sapphire in balcony cabins with my daughter and M-I-L (hopefully we will get to go), so I get to try both Japan built sisters while they are in range for my current station in life 😎.  I am looking forward to wide promenade decks with loungers!

 

Thanks for the encouragement.

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13 hours ago, donswife said:

The Diamond Princess is September 6, 2022, just 5 days to Cabo.  We have had window suites 3 times, and this will be our first full suite with balcony.  DH loves the special suite breakfast.  I found a great deal too good to pass up.  In October, I have a 4 night on the Sapphire in balcony cabins with my daughter and M-I-L (hopefully we will get to go), so I get to try both Japan built sisters while they are in range for my current station in life 😎.  I am looking forward to wide promenade decks with loungers!

 

Thanks for the encouragement.

Yes, those wide promenade decks haven't been seen since 2004 on Princess and I love the covered bow on deck 8 so you can do a complete circuit of the ship under cover. I also loved the 4 separate dining rooms-the Savoy, Vivaldi, Pacific Moon and Santa Fe with their varying decor. She's had a sushi restaurant installed since her Japan days too.

Unique to the Japanese twins is the Wake View bar which is down a spiral staircase at the back of Club Fusion and lives up to its name.

Breakfast in Sabatini's (suites only) is the best way to start your day. Quiet, relaxed and great service. You should try the Ultimate Balcony Dinner for a unique experience worth every penny. You'll have the weather for it.

 

You'll enjoy these spacious ships. Built in 2004 they won't be around forever.

 

Thanks for your response!

Norris

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For those of you who recall me talking about hoping for tickets for this year's Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany while writing this account, I am Over-the- Moon Happy to report that we have our tickets, have booked our flights, hotels and rental car capable of burning rubber on the Autobahns and are heading to Germany July 27 and returning August 8th.

Life is good!

P.S. Carol is on her fainting couch at this news. Has a touch of "the vapors".

 

Norris

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On 5/22/2022 at 6:58 PM, Bimmer09 said:

For those of you who recall me talking about hoping for tickets for this year's Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany while writing this account, I am Over-the- Moon Happy to report that we have our tickets, have booked our flights, hotels and rental car capable of burning rubber on the Autobahns and are heading to Germany July 27 and returning August 8th.

Life is good!

P.S. Carol is on her fainting couch at this news. Has a touch of "the vapors".

 

Norris

So excited you get a dream come true!

Just started on my review of our wonderful British Isles cruise in case you want to follow along..

 

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Hi Norris,

 

I have a question about Azamara ships and I tried searching, but to no avail.  I know you can answer this for me.  Is the portside forward section of the pool deck the ONLY designated smoking area on board Azamara ships?  No other outdoor areas?

 

This is taken from Azamara's smoking policy on their website:

 

Our ships have a designated smoking area, located on the portside forward section of the pool deck. The smoking area is clearly marked. For our guests' comfort and health, all other areas of the ships are non-smoking, including public rooms, restaurants, pool decks, staterooms and suites, verandas and halls.

 

Cheers!

Paul

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33 minutes ago, Stem to Stern said:

Hi Norris,

 

I have a question about Azamara ships and I tried searching, but to no avail.  I know you can answer this for me.  Is the portside forward section of the pool deck the ONLY designated smoking area on board Azamara ships?  No other outdoor areas?

 

This is taken from Azamara's smoking policy on their website:

 

Our ships have a designated smoking area, located on the portside forward section of the pool deck. The smoking area is clearly marked. For our guests' comfort and health, all other areas of the ships are non-smoking, including public rooms, restaurants, pool decks, staterooms and suites, verandas and halls.

 

Cheers!

Paul

Yes.  Only.

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17 hours ago, marinaro44 said:

Yes.  Only.

Stem to Stern-It's as marinaro44 says but it's a comfortable section with seating for 2 dozen smokers out of the rain and somewhat sheltered from the wind. There is an electric heater on the bulkhead and plenty of ashtrays.  Also windows that slide open.

In the mornings around 6.30 there is a coffee and tea station set up which is a plus.

I am used to bigger ships with lots of smoking spots, some even indoors (on Princess Grand Class) but the Az one suits me fine.

 

Norris

 

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Norris- I was pleased to read the you and Carol will be going to Germany next month. 

Wishing you both a most enjoyable visit.

 Mind how you go on the Autobahns- only kidding! I realize that you must keep up with traffic.😉

”Leb Wohl”

MJ🙋🏻

 

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On 6/28/2022 at 1:59 PM, MJSailors said:

Norris- I was pleased to read the you and Carol will be going to Germany next month. 

Wishing you both a most enjoyable visit.

 Mind how you go on the Autobahns- only kidding! I realize that you must keep up with traffic.😉

”Leb Wohl”

MJ🙋🏻

 

MJ thanks for  the good wishes! We fly in 26 days and have all our ducks in a row. Flying United and hoping there's no airline chaos then. Fewer Covid protocols to organize this time which is good and we have a direct flight to Munich so no Newark to change planes.

We are in Germany from July 28 to August 8 and have our favorite hotels booked.Opera tickets? Check. Euros? Check.

Long anticipated....

Beer Gardens await...

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Norris

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Norris,

I really missed the ship on this one, I'm usually just fashionably late to your reviews.  Another wonderful epic that I enjoyed reading.  Thank you for taking the time, it was great seeing pictures of places I hope someday to visit.

I promise I won't be this late to your Alaska cruise in May 2023.  I recently got back from the Discovery Princess to Alaska, that ended my 3 year drought from cruising.  The Discovery is an absolutely stunning ship.

Safe travels to you and Carol, enjoy your time in Germany!

Jason

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On 7/22/2022 at 10:31 AM, Jase0581 said:

Norris,

I really missed the ship on this one, I'm usually just fashionably late to your reviews.  Another wonderful epic that I enjoyed reading.  Thank you for taking the time, it was great seeing pictures of places I hope someday to visit.

I promise I won't be this late to your Alaska cruise in May 2023.  I recently got back from the Discovery Princess to Alaska, that ended my 3 year drought from cruising.  The Discovery is an absolutely stunning ship.

Safe travels to you and Carol, enjoy your time in Germany!

Jason

Jason- better late than never always applies. Thanks for reading the whole thing and for commenting.

 We (hope to) fly on Wednesday July 27. I say hope to as United Airlines canceled their 6 pm flight to Munich on both Friday and Saturday just passed citing technical reasons-something about a dog eating their homework.

Fingers crossed...

 

Norris

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On 7/29/2022 at 2:24 AM, cruisequeen4ever said:

Excellent account of your travels as always! Thank you for the Med journey! 

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the read. That was our third Med cruise and likely our last for a while. Alaska is next on Princess and hopefully an Iceland on Azamara in the near future. Princess is next May, our 4th Alaska cruise and likely the last.

Cheers! 

Norris, just back from Germany

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On 8/10/2022 at 7:29 AM, Bimmer09 said:

 Alaska is next on Princess and hopefully an Iceland on Azamara in the near future. Princess is next May, our 4th Alaska cruise and likely the last.

Cheers! 

Norris, just back from Germany

Seems we have changed our plans for 2023 after some discussion yesterday. Alaska can wait. Iceland can't. We had been looking at an 11 day Azamara sailing July 9 2023- Reykjavik to Dublin, aft verandah.

Carol found a 12 day Amsterdam to Amsterdam with fewer stops in Iceland(3) but an overnight in Reykjavik on Celebrity Apex June 6 2023. Aft Sunset Verandah at a  cost $4 K less (8K vs 12K). It also has stops in Belfast and Liverpool which appeal.

Much bigger ship with 2800 pax so not the cosy Azamara experience-we'll return to that later....

So I booked it.

I'll link to the resulting photo/video review here when the time comes.

Norris

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