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Azamara Quest

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

The 686-passenger Azamara Quest was built in 2000 for the former Renaissance Cruises, but was transformed for Azamara in 2007 when the boutique cruise line was a division of Royal Caribbean. Now independently owned (since its sale to Sycamore Partners in March 2021), Azamara operates Azamara Quest and three other identical R-class ships. Both a 2012 face-lift and a 2019 refresh have left this ship looking better than ever. Picture elegant fittings and sophisticated neutral 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 if you’re not a suite guest) 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, such as brioches, mini croissants, and coconut macaroons. This spot is great for a quick pick-me-up, and you can take your coffee to go.

Best Known For

Unique Land Events: An extra perk of sailing on Quest is the AzAmazing Celebration, a beautifully orchestrated, once-per-cruise event in special surroundings, from fine wineries to Roman ruins and ancient castles.

Great Itineraries With Overnight Stays: 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.

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.