Our cabin – it was adequate, except that the pillows of today are multiplying – one doesn’t have a single or double pillow anymore, we have to have pillows for show, yet few viewers are invited in to one’s bedroom . . . note the long tube like pillow that spent all day at the back of the sofa, out of the way.
Azamara’s vessels are small, and have a feel of a country club rather than the razzmatazz on the large cruise ships that aim at families with children. The above is an area that leads to a few shops and on the right is a coffee bar with cakes (all inclusive), passed the shops is the ‘theater’, which is not all that large compared to other cruise ships, but more like a night club.
The area was also used for chocolate evening – as much as you could eat . .
Chocolate fountains and fruit on a stick – people were allowing the chocolate fountain to flow over their fruit stick – excuse the pun, but not to my taste.
The theater – you can see how close the ‘stage’ is to the audience. On walking in you are asked what you would like to drink . . all very civilised.
The audience is very close to the entertainers – the two above are part of the permanent group of ship’s entertainers.
Entertainers joined at one port, stayed a few days, and then departed either for home or to their next ship. This singer, Helen Jayne, had a Scouse accent (a Liverpool twang), and when I asked her where she was from, it was Lythem St Annes, which is just outside Liverpool. She has a very powerful voice. The video is not all that good, but you get the idea, fast forward through the chatty bits.
Another indication of how close the audience is to these dancers – Dima & Sasha from Kiev – we’d seen them before in 2016, but well worth seeing again with their new routine.
Discovery dining-room a very pleasant area with tables that can seat from one to more than ten.
On one particular day the centre of the dining room was turned in to a presentation arena for lunch, and the ship’s officers carved the joints and served the passengers. We helped ourselves to various items, and then the ship’s officer would serve the fish or meat dishes. Once we found a table the steward would arrive with the wine list.
A whole roasted pig, with crackling just waiting to be carved.
Another shot of the dinning-room as the evening meals is about to start.
One of the stairways from deck five to deck four leading to guest relations.
Guest relations desk.
Another example of the staircases from one deck to another – quiet quality.
As for bars, we had a good choice – the coffee shop that I mentioned at the beginning of this blog also offers wine and beer.
At the entrance to the main dining-room there is a small bar – ideal place to wait for friends before going in to dinner.
Nothing better than sitting outside in the sunshine and having a drink with friends – I never get tired of watching the wake.
But our favourite place was the ‘Living room’, which was a large semicircle comfortable location overlooking the bow. Quiet, light music at 5.00 pm, and hors d’œuvres, hot & cold, were also served at 5.00 pm.
The Living Room was open from very early to very late and one could wander in there at 9.30 am or earlier for coffee or what ever you wanted. We used to meet our friends in the Living Room at 11.00 am on sea days –
pre-lunchtime drinks . . . .
The picture windows around the Living Room allowed one to photograph anything of interest, without going outside, particularly if it was cold. I copied this picture from Azamara’ s web site.
One of my favourite places was the Drawing Room,which was also the library.
The picture is from Cruise Critic, for some reason my copy didn’t register. . . . . .
Sail Away & White Night to follow.