2000 September (as R Seven)
2007 October 24th (as Azamara Quest)
Azamara Quest and her sister Azamara Journey are two small ships in the fleet of Azamara Club Cruises, a cruise line launched in 2007 which is a subsidiary of Celebrity Cruises.
Azamara Quest was the original R Seven which was one of the eight sisters of the defunct Renaissance Cruises. She was subsequently owned by German Delphin Seereisen and Spanish Pullmantur Cruceros. In 2007 Celebrity Cruises purchased the ship but did not operate her. Instead she was moved to the brand-new Azamara Cruises for the premium cruise market.
The ship underwent a makeover in 2007 and an upgrade in 2010. Balcony cabins on Deck 8 aft were converted to suites, a bar was added to Deck 9 aft, and the ship's interiors were completed renewed to create the feel of a members-only country club. Her design is contemporary, yet the wood-style panelling, traditional artworks, grand staircase in the atrium are in keeping with the traditions of cruising, which is a throwback to the ocean liners in early 20th century.
Her public rooms lie mainly on three decks, including a main dining room, a buffet restaurant and two specialty restaurants, several bars, showlounge, observation lounge, computer room, library, swimming pool and whirlpools, spa, salon, gymnasium, casino, shops and photo gallery.
The lifestyle on Azamara Quest is rather casual, having no formal nights. She is suitable to mature travellers who would like to have a holiday on a quiet, intimate, upscale mid-sized ship with a European hotel ambience, extraordinary service, fine cuisine, a lot of bars and lounges, and itineraries that feature lesser-visited destinations and overnights at ports.
|Builder||Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire (France)|
|Original Cost||US$150 million|
|Gross Tonnage||30277 tons|
|Length x Beam x Draft||180.8 x 25.5 x 6.1 (m), 593.7 x 83.7 x 19.9 (ft)|
Number of Cabins
(Inside / Oceanview / Balcony)
|355 (26, 88, 241)|
(Standard Occupancy /
|710 / 764|
|Total Crew||390, International|
|IMO Number, Call Sign||9210218, 9HOM8|
Azamara Journey (Azamara Club Cruises)
Columbus 2 (Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten)
Regatta, Nautica (Oceania Cruises)
Pacific Princess, Ocean Princess (Princess Cruises)
Adonia (P&O Cruises)
2000-2001: R Seven (Renaissance Cruises)
2001-2003: [laid up]
2003-2006: Delphin Renaissance (Delphin Seereisen)
2006-2007: Blue Moon (Pullmantur Cruceros)
2007-2007: Celebrity Quest (Celebrity Cruises)
2007-2010: Azamara Quest (Azamara Cruises)
2010- : Azamara Quest (Azamara Club Cruises)
(Unless otherwise specified, information about Azamara Quest in this virtual ship tour was correct at the time of publishing after the author visited the ship in March 2012. Cruise Wonderland would like to express our gratitude to Azamara Club Cruises and its International Representative for Hong Kong in organizing the ship tour for us.)
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Deck 3 / Deck 4 / Deck 5 / Deck 6 / Deck 7 / Deck 8 / Deck 9 / Deck 10 / Deck 11
Deck 3 is the lowest passenger deck. There are a few oceanview cabins which can be reached by the aft staircase, whereas the tender gangways are located forward.
Deck 3 Hallway
Deck 4 has a number of inside and oceanview cabins. The two-deck-high Titanic-style atrium is situated just in front of the aft staircase, and surrounded by the reception, future cruise desk, shore excursion desk and a shop.
Guest Relations & Concierge Desk:
They are located on the lower level of the atrium. Guest Relations is the reception desk which is open 24 hours daily for all general enquiries. The Concierge Desk provides various services for guests, such as reservations in restaurants, and appointments for spa and salon.
Sales & Club Desk:
The Sales & Club Desk at the port side of the atrium is the place for passengers to book their next sailing, and enquire information about Azamara's loyalty programme Le Club Voyage.
|Atrium||Guest Relations & Concierge Desk||Sales & Club Desk|
The shore excursion desk near the port side of the aft staircase provides details on the tours available at different ports of call.
Situated near the starboard side of the aft staircase, La Boutique is a retail shop which has a selection of upscale jewellery, watches and handbags.
The Medical Facility is situated amidships. Licensed physicians and nurses are in attendance on all voyages to provide limited medical services and medications for a fee.
|Land Discoveries||Le Boutique||Deck 4 Aft Staircase|
Deck 5 houses many indoor public rooms, including the showlounge, casino, shops, café and the main dining room. The promenades lie at the two sides amidships.
The Cabaret Lounge at the forward end of Deck 5 is an intimate performance space with a bar in the back. The seats are arranged in semi-circles surrounding the stage. It is ideal for shows and entertainment by singers and dancers, ballroom dancing, as well as various lectures and enrichment classes.
|Cabaret Lounge||Cabaret Lounge||Cabaret Lounge|
|Cabaret Lounge||Cabaret Lounge||Deck 5 Forward Staircase|
Positioned amidships, Casino Luxe has both gaming tables (blackjack, roulette, poker) and slot machines for passengers aged 18 and over. Typically it only operates when the ship is in international waters. There is also a small bar inside the casino.
The hallway at the starboard side of Casino Luxe is the Photo Shop and its gallery. Photos taken by shipboard photographers are sold here.
|Casino Luxe||Casino Luxe||Casino Luxe|
|Casino Luxe||Photo Shop||Promenade|
The Quest Shop and
Two shops are situated forward of the upper level of the atrium. The Quest Shop is at port side which stocks logo souvenirs, snacks and daily necessities, whereas Indulgences is at starboard side which sells liquor and cigars.
Originally being the Cova Café from Milan before 2010, the port side Mosaic Café is a coffee bar at the upper level of atrium. It offers a daily variety of tasty bites, such as fresh cookies, cakes, pastries, sandwiches, gelato, sweets, coffee and tea in a casual style. At night a selection of liqueurs and tapas is also served.
|The Quest Shop||The Quest Shop||Atrium|
Known as the Martini Bar before 2010, the bar adjacent to Discoveries Restaurant is now renamed Discoveries Lounge. It is a popular place to have a pre-dinner drink while listening to guitar or harp music.
The aft Discoveries Restaurant is the main dining room, which has around 350 seats and ocean view on three sides. The soft lighting, wood panels and live music create classic appeal. It is open for breakfast (08:00-09:30), lunch (12:00-13:30, only on sea days) and dinner (18:00-21:00), all in open seating without reservations. There are no assigned dining time and formal nights either.
|Discoveries Restaurant & Lounge||Discoveries Lounge||Discoveries Restaurant|
Deck 6 is a passenger accommodation deck which consists of inside cabins, oceanview cabins, balcony cabins and suites.
Club Interior Staterooms:
Club Interior Staterooms (158 square feet) are situated on Deck 4, Deck 6, Deck 7 and Deck 8. Each room has two lower beds, sofa, vanity desk, closet and drawer space, air-conditioning, flat-screen television, telephone, safe, refrigerator with mini-bar, hairdryer, and a bathroom with shower. In addition, guests in all staterooms can have 24-hour room service, daily news bulletin, welcome fruit basket at embarkation, fresh-cut flowers, complimentary use of umbrellas and binoculars, and complimentary shoe-shine service.
Club Oceanview Staterooms:
Club Oceanview Staterooms (143 to 170 square feet) can be found on Deck 3, Deck 4, Deck 6 and Deck 7. Each room has all the facilities and items same as those in a Club Interior Stateroom, and also a picture window or porthole.
Deck 7 is another cabin deck where all types of cabins can be found.
Club Veranda Staterooms:
Club Veranda Staterooms (215 to 239 square feet) are located on Deck 6, Deck 7 and Deck 8. In addition to all the furniture and facilities available in inside and oceanview cabins, they also have sitting area, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, and a veranda with table and chairs.
Self Service Laundry:
Located amidships on Deck 7, the Self Service Laundry is free of charge for passengers' use. Washing machines, drying machines and detergents are provided.
Deck 8 is the highest deck with passenger cabins. There are inside cabins, balcony cabins and suites. The bridge is located at the forward end.
Club Continent Suites:
Club Continent Suites (326 square feet) are located from midship to aft area of Deck 8. They are larger than Club Veranda Staterooms, and have sitting area with sofa bed, bathtub, CD and DVD player. All Suite guests also have additional privileges including butler service, priority check-in and departure, en-suite dining and afternoon tea service, complimentary seating in specialty dining restaurants, and complimentary bottle of spirits.
Club Ocean Suites and Club World Owner's
The largest cabins on the ship are 4 Club Ocean Suites (673 to 734 square feet) situated forward of Deck 6 and Deck 7, and 6 Club World Owner's Suites (793 square feet) situated aft of Deck 6, Deck 7 and Deck 8. Each of them has separate living room, master bedroom, marble master bath with whirlpool tub, dressing room with vanity, guest bathroom, and other basic amenities available in lower grade cabins.
More public space can be found on Deck 9. It is composed of the spa, gymnasium, computer room, an outdoor swimming pool, a number of bars and the buffet restaurant.
The complex at the forward end of Deck 9 is the Astral Spa (known as AquaSpa before 2010). Operated by Steiner Leisure, the Spa features Elemis products and provides a wide variety of therapies and treatments, such as massages, water therapies and acupuncture. The beauty salon offers haircutting, styling and facial treatments, whereas the thalassotherapy pool is situated at the private forward deck.
The Fitness Center at the starboard side of Astral Spa has floor-to-ceiling windows that create an open feeling. It is outfitted with much aerobic and weight-training equipment, plus a spacious aerobics area.
|Astral Spa||Astral Spa (Beauty Salon)||Astral Spa (Beauty Salon)|
|Astral Spa (Thalassotherapy Pool)||Astral Spa (Changing Room)||Astral Spa (Acupuncture / Astral Remedy Suite)|
|Fitness Center||Fitness Center||Fitness Center|
Internet access on the ship is available in eConnections, which is a computer centre at the port side of Deck 9 forward, 24 hours a day. WiFi is also available around the ship. Internet packages can be purchased onboard.
The Pool Bar is located just behind the forward staircase and offers refreshments to passengers who sunbathe on the deck.
The main Pool and two whirlpool spas are located amidships. There are often deck buffets, poolside parties with live music and dancing under the stars.
The Pool Grill at the starboard side of the Pool is a casual eatery for light lunch, which is open from 11:00 to 18:00. It serves a variety of made-to-order salad and grilled specialties, such as burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, pizzas, wraps, fries and soup.
At the aft end of Deck 9 lies Windows Café (or Windows Breeza during dinner) which is a casual buffet restaurant. There are both indoor and outdoor seats in which the latter have views of the ship's wake. It is open nearly all day long for early riser (06:30-07:00), breakfast (07:00-10:00), late continental breakfast (10:00-11:00), lunch (12:00-14:30), afternoon tea (15:30-16:30, only on port days) and themed dinner (18:00-21:30).
The aft outdoor deck is the Windows Café alfresco area and also the Sunset Bar, which is a perfect place to have cocktails while enjoying sunset and listening to live music.
|Pool Grill||Pool Grill||Windows Café|
|Windows Café||Windows Café||Sunset Bar|
Deck 10 comprises an observation lounge at the forward end, as well as two alternative restaurants and the library at the aft section. A jogging track is situated amidships above the pool area.
Looking Glass is an observation lounge and late night spot at the forward end of Deck 10, which is elegantly decorated with leather sofas and Murano glass sculptures. With beautiful views through the floor-to-ceiling windows, the lounge offers pastries and sandwiches as afternoon tea on sea days. By evening it becomes a bar and nightclub filled with live music and dance. In one corner is an area for various card and board games.
|Looking Glass||Looking Glass||Looking Glass|
|Looking Glass||Looking Glass||Looking Glass|
The outdoor, midship Jogging Track surrounds and overlooks the Pool area on Deck 9. 13 times around the track equals 1 nautical mile approximately.
The Drawing Room by Assouline:
The Drawing Room by Assouline (or by Michael's Club before 2010) is a quiet library and writing room, just in front of the aft staircase, with views over the Jogging Track and the Pool. It has good selection of books, as well as a beautiful fireplace, a grand piano and a magnificent trompe l'oeil ceiling.
|Jogging Track||The Drawing Room by Assouline||The Drawing Room by Assouline|
Enjoying views of the stern, Aqualina is a specialty restaurant positioned at the port side of Deck 10 aft. With blue and white decor, it offers four-course dinner in Mediterranean flavours. It is complimentary for all suite guests whereas other guests have to pay a cover charge. Reservations are required.
Prime C is another alternative restaurant located at the starboard side and opposite to Aqualina. It is a steakhouse and wine cellar, providing an elegant and intimate atmosphere by the wood panelling and deep autumn colours. Being only open for dinner, it is complimentary for all suite guests whereas other guests have to pay a cover charge. Reservations are required.
|Aqualina||Aqualina||Deck 10 Aft Staircase|
|Prime C||Prime C||Prime C|
Passenger can only go to the forward section of Deck 11 which is the Sun Deck. It provides additional space for sunbathing during daytime and for stargazing at nights.
Some area on the Sun Deck is reserved for playing shuffleboard, a traditional British seafaring game.
Sun Deck (Pool View)
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