The 686-passenger Azamara Quest was built in 2000 for the now-defunct Renaissance Cruises, but was transformed for Azamara Cruises in 2007. After a 2012 face-lift, the ship looks better than ever: picture elegant fittings and sophisticated color schemes that enhance the clubby charm of the original Edwardian-style decor.
The adult-oriented Quest is a fraction of the size of most modern cruise ships, which means it can go where many of them cannot. While there are no amusement park style bells and whistles — don't even think about rock climbing walls and waterslides — this is a well-designed ship that encourages quiet relaxation.
What We Love
Fine Dining: The main dining room and casual buffet serve delicious, often locally sourced dishes, but don't miss the two specialty restaurants. Make reservations (and pay the additional fee) at least once on your journey to dine at the Mediterranean-inspired Aqualina and the Prime C steakhouse.
Mosaic Café: This no-charge coffee venue overlooking the grand main staircase serves delicious treats. Order a tuna brioche or jalapeño mini croissants to go with the best coconut macaroons afloat. This spot is great for a quick pick-me-up, and you can take your coffee to go.
Best Known For
Unique Evenings: An extra perk of sailing on the Quest is a beautifully orchestrated, once-per-cruise event in special surroundings, from fine wineries to Roman ruins and ancient castles.
Great Itineraries With Overnight Stays: The Quest travels the world, spending time in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Mediterranean, and Eastern and Western Europe before moving to the Caribbean and Latin America. Azamara also schedules more time in port than most cruise lines, giving guests a chance to linger after the other ships are gone.
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Who It's Best For
Experienced Travelers: This ship is ideal for those who love engrossing lectures, and visiting historic, off-the-beaten-track destinations.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Expect Tight Quarters: Aside from the suites, most cabins are on the smallish side and have tiny bathrooms.
Peter Knego is a California-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.
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Azamara Quest at a Glance
- Line: Azamara Club Cruises
- Class: \"R\"
- Number of Passengers: 686
- Ship Size: Medium
- Launch Date: 2000
- Refurbish Date: 2012