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SHIP VISIT TO AZAMARA QUEST (AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES)

Date: 2012/03/26
Port: Hong Kong
Berth: Ocean Terminal (south outer berth), Tsim Sha Tsui

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Unless otherwise specified, information in this article was correct at the time of publishing in March 2012.


About Azamara Quest

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About the Visit

Azamara Quest at Ocean Terminal Embarkation Visitor Pass
     

Azamara Cruises was founded in 2007 by parent company Royal Caribbean International (RCI). When RCI purchased the Spanish cruise line Pullmantur Cruceros, two "R Class" ships were intended to be transferred to Celebrity Cruises, but eventually they joined the fleet of Azamara Cruises after the formation of this all-new and premium line.

The two small-sized ship, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, are able to visit more outlying ports around the world, and thus offer a range of destination-intensive, exotic itineraries to the passengers. Starting from late 2008, a number of 14-day sailings in Asia have been introduced on Azamara Quest from December to April every year. These itineraries usually begin and end at Hong Kong, Singapore or Tianjin with many overnight stops.

The cruise line was renamed Azamara Club Cruises in early 2010 with a new series of features designed for experienced travellers. The ships were renovated to have new appearance and facilities, and more inclusive amenities were included in the cruise fare. Nowadays the company is popular for its enrichment programmes, intimate onboard environment, interesting itineraries and upscale service at a reasonable price.

I was invited to have a tour on Azamara Quest in a sunny morning in late March. This was her last call at Hong Kong in 2012. She would then continue with her voyage to Singapore followed by Europe in summer. As usual she arrived in our city very early at 07:00, berthing at Ocean Terminal. Other visitors today included the staff from various travel agencies and travel media.

After completion of registration and other formalities, I received the visitor pass and was led to the gangway for embarkation at 11:30. The 45-minute guided tour covered almost all the public areas onboard, starting from the Looking Glass observation lounge at Deck 10 forward and the open-air space on upper decks, then to the indoor rooms on lower decks. However, none of the cabins could be shown since passengers already began to embark. Detailed descriptions for the vessel's amenities can be found in the virtual ship tour in the previous section.

After that there was a presentation from 12:15 to 12:45 in the Cabaret Lounge at Deck 5 forward. The cruise line's staff showed a video and gave a briefing on the ships' upcoming itineraries as well as latest updates. Last session of today's event was the lunch in Aqualina. Finally I disembarked from the vessel at 14:30 to end my three-hour stay onboard.

Azamara Quest departed from Hong Kong at 17:00 and proceeded towards her next port of call, Manila. As Azamara Club Cruises already announced that her sister Azamara Journey will take over her Asian itineraries in 2013 and 2014, surely we will not see Azamara Quest in Hong Kong again for at least three years. Instead she will be in South America and Antarctica in early 2013.

It was my pleasure to visit this ship for the first time that deepened my understanding on her as well as the cruise line. I would like to thank Gillian Lam (Marketing Executive of Azamara Club Cruises Representative for Hong Kong) for organizing the tour. Wish one day I can be a passenger on Azamara Quest to experience the relaxing lifestyle onboard by myself.

Gangway
 
Atrium
     

Atrium Windows Café Azamara Quest Departed from Hong Kong

Lunch

Today's tour concluded with a complimentary lunch in Aqualina which is one of the ship's speciality restaurants at Deck 10 aft. It is famous for its Mediterranean flavours.

This was a good opportunity for me to savour the cuisine here. The meal offered two selections per course for soup, appetizer, main course and dessert. All I could say was, everything in this dining spot was extraordinary. It is adorned with good furnishings that create an intimate ambience. The dishes were made of fine ingredients and were attractively presented. In addition the waiters were friendly and attentive.

Azamara Club Cruises specializes in providing excellent dining experience in the restaurants. High-quality food and European services are its strengths, which are particularly noticeable in the speciality restaurants such as Aqualina and Prime C. Suite passengers can dine in these two venues at every night of the cruise at no extra charge, whilst other passengers are guaranteed to dine for at least two nights with a cover charge.

Lunch Menu
     
Lunch Lunch Lunch
     
Bread Soup (1)
Lobster Bisque in Lemon Flavored Cream
Soup (2)
Butternut Squash Cream served with
Cinnamon-Dusted Bread Croutons
     
Appetizer (1)
Lump Crab, Grapefruit,
Avocado and Citrus Emulsion
Appetizer (2)
Arugula, Bacon, Red Onion Marmalade,
Gorgonzola, Toasted Pine Nuts and
White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Main Course (1)
Seared Mediterranean Tuna served with
Skordalia-Bread Purée, Roasted Pepper,
Chickpeas, Zucchini, Garlic Chips, Lemon Confit
     
Main Course (2)
Filet Mignon served with Anna
Potatoes, Sau
téed Spinach,
Shallot Compote, Truffle Sauce
Dessert (1)
Tiramisu with Caramel Biscotti
Dessert (2)
Coconut Crème Brûlée with Vanilla Sauce

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