Fresh from its debut in Australian waters earlier this year, Azamara Club Cruises has completed a major refurbishment on Azamara Quest, with the new-look 686-passenger ship emerging from its Singapore shipyard boasting fresh designs to restaurants, outdoor areas, staterooms and furnishings. It follows an identical renovation carried out to sister ship Azamara Journey earlier this year.
In addition, the ship’s Club World Ocean and Owner’s Suite have been fully redesigned. Guests staying in both suites receive English Butler service throughout their cruise, 235 free minutes of onboard internet access, included dining in specialty restaurants, a free bag of laundry every seven days as well as perks such as private shuttle transportation from the ship to city centre ports where possible.
For guests eager to indulge in spa treatments during their sailing, two brand new Spa Suites have been added, built adjacent to the Sanctum Spa. These staterooms have been specifically designed to include greater access to the spa as well as enhanced amenities and products for use in the spa, as part of the cruise fare.
The casual dining area formerly known as the Pool Grill has been transformed into ‘The Patio’, which will now offer a sit-down al fresco experience for warm nights or those leaning toward a more casual evening. Along with new lighting and ceiling design, the facility features a new menu which during evening mealtimes will be served up accompanied by live music.
Located near the Central Atrium, the Discoveries Bar has been kitted out with new decor, lamps, sofas, lounge chairs and tables, surrounded by sheers, paintings and wood trim. Also nearby is the Land Discoveries Desk where shore excursions can be investigated and booked. Also, the similar Discoveries Restaurant has also been updated with more smaller tables to accommodate smaller parties, which can also be joined together for group dining.
The Drawing Room
Every ship needs a quiet retreat outside of a passenger’s own stateroom for relaxation, reading a book or to engage in a quiet activity like a jigsaw puzzle. The Drawing Room has been upgraded with new polished woods, carpeting, artwork and furnishings. Guests will find this room packed with books and games ranging from fiction and non-fiction, history books, biographies and travel guides for destinations around the world.
Another central modification has come to The Living Room, which was formerly known as the Looking Glass Lounge. Like the name suggests, it is a homely space designed for relaxation or a casual gathering and is highlighted with a wooden wine table centrepiece. During the day from 10am to 3:30pm, this room will feature fine teas and coffees for guests to enjoy along with breakfast pastries and finger sandwiches.
From 4pm to 9pm each day, these will turn into hot and cold Spanish tapas, accompanied with the expertise of the onboard sommelier who will guide guests toward the most ideal selections of whites, reds or champagnes to complement each dish. Later on, the venue turns into a space for dancing, karaoke or live music, backed by gourmet desserts prepared by the house catering staff.
Azamara Quest is now on its way back to Europe for the northern summer season and will return to Australia in early 2018. In the meantime, its identical sister ship Azamara Journey will make its first venture into Australian waters early next year, arriving from Asia.