Five things we loved about Azamara Quest

Five things we loved about Azamara Quest
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Earlier this month, Azamara Club Cruises made its Australian debut, with Azamara Quest embarking on its inaugural season Down Under.

After concluding a 10-day Great Barrier Reef sailing from Cairns, the 686-passenger vessel departed Sydney for Auckland last weekend, calling at Melbourne, Port Arthur, Hobart, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton, Napier and Tauranga along the way.

It will then sail a return trip to Sydney, before repositioning back to Asia.

While the ship was in town, we jumped on board to check it out. These are the features we loved the most:

1. There are no set dining times in the main dining room…

When you’re in the holiday spirit, running to a strict schedule can be a little ambitious, and not as much fun. This way, we get to spend an extra half hour splashing around in the pool and working up an appetite before we get ready to feast at the main restaurant Discoveries. Although the extra flexibility is not 24 hours – breakfast, lunch and dinner still fall within certain hours.

2. You can book out the spa deck for a private evening for two…

Stars, the waves crashing below, a bubbling hot spa pool and a personal butler for the evening – doesn’t get much more romantic than that eh? Actually it does. As part of Azamara’s  Nights in Private Places, you can have all this plus some strawberries and champagne thrown in, plus a bed for the night out on deck. $395 per couple.

3. The beauty salon exudes old-school glamour…

Used to cruise ship beauty rooms that almost feel like they’ve been squeezed in as a afterthought? Not the case aboard Azamara Quest. The entrance looks like it belongs in a prestigious hotel and the wood-panelled salon is incredibly spacious and light-filled with glimpses of the ocean.

4. The auditorium is laid out like an old-school cabaret…

Informal and retro, the auditorium aboard Azamara Quest has an intimate feel enabling you to feel a bit more connected with the show than you might in a bigger theatre. This is the place to head if you’re interested in catching a magic show or a comedy night with a drink in hand.

5. There is a library filled with books we want to read…

Perfect for those rainy days at sea, or even when you just want to get away from it all with a cup of tea and your feet up, the library aboard Azamara Quest is a serene little hang out. We liked the quirky artwork on the glass ceiling, the old-school leather armchairs and couches, of course, the rows upon rows of books.

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