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
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.