We’re excited to announce our next cruise back onboard the beautiful Azamara Quest from Azamara Club Cruises to the Sea of Cortez leaving tomorrow. While the ship will now be familiar to us, Azamara Club Cruises’ latest set of inclusions, like the line’s signature AzAmazing Evenings, and the exotic itinerary will be entirely new.
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The Ship Revisited
Azamara Club Cruises made quite an impression on us last time when we visited Brazil in 2013, and we can’t wait to experience the improved line. The 700-guest Azamara Quest, although small, feels like a glove to well traveled cruising veterans. The intimate size here translates to luxury service and dining without luxury costs. In fact, Azamara is easily one of the best values in the industry.
While we were onboard last year, great house wines were served during meal times. Now, included beverages have expanded to all bar hours during the cruise with select spirits, wines and beers available to guests at this time. Soft drinks, bottled water and specialty teas and coffees are always available. Gratuities, self-service laundry, and concierge services for all and butler service for suite guests continue to be complimentary. One included AzAmazing Evening per cruise is the most significant new feature, as discussed later on with the itinerary.
Beyond being a very comfortable ship with cozy staterooms and the fantastic Looking Glass observation lounge, a feature that we always appreciate, dining is an added highlight. Thanks to fewer diners in the main Discoveries Restaurant, meals are prepared a la minute and shine as a result of the extra attention given to each dish. So, the ship’s fantastic specialty restaurants – Aqualina and Prime C – are extra icing on an already sweet cake.
A New Itinerary
Living in San Diego, California, the Sea of Cortez is effectively in our back yard, but we’ve never visited it before, mostly because cruises frequent the Mexican Riviera and don’t usually sail north into the gulf. This time, however, we will, conveniently roundtrip from Los Angeles. Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas are ports-of-call carried over from Mexican Riviera itineraries, but otherwise everything is new to us including Topolobampo, access point to the legendary Copper Canyon.
Cabo San Lucas is where our sailing’s included AzAmazing Evening, a Step Back In Time At Wirikuta Garden, is scheduled. This new feature highlights the cruise line’s overnight or, in this case, late night port visits. This particular nighttime excursion will showcase traditional dance and tribal music at a botanical garden as we enjoy drinks and sweets under the moonlight. Plus, during this time of year, we’ll be on the lookout for whales and other marine life as we sail.
Bookended with two sea days at the beginning and end, the itinerary will surely be the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. For more information about the Azamara Quest, visit Azamara Club Cruises website here.
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