the azamara quest is one of two upscale, 694-guest, 30,277 gross ton ships offering an all-inclusive, destination-rich cruise experience for royal caribbean-owned azamara club cruises. azamara quest was built in 2000 as the r seven for now defunct renaissance cruises. after the collapse of renaissance in 2001, it was chartered to german-based delphin cruises as delphin renaissance before being sold to royal caribbean-owned pullmantur cruises, who operated the ship as blue moon in the spanish cruise market. in 2007, the ship took on its current name for newly formed azamara club cruises. initially, the azamara ships were painted in a turquoise-banded white hull livery. in november 2012, azamara quest was given a comprehensive refit in spain, emerging with a dark blue hull and freshly renovated public spaces and dining areas.
azamara quest is manned by 408 international officers, staff and crew. the ship has nine passenger decks, beginning at the top with a sheltered sunning area on forward deck 11. on the port side of deck 11, there is a shuffleboard court and open sunning space. there is more open sunning space on the starboard side of deck 11. as seen from deck 11, azamara quest has a sheltered midships pool area on deck 9 with two large whirlpool tubs and rows of cushioned loungers. on deck 10, a jogging track encircles the pool area. thirteen times around equals a mile. aside from a smoking area on the starboard side of deck 9 by the pool, the azamara quest is a non-smoking ship. the pool area is served by the aptly named pool bar. soft drinks and a selection of wines, beer and liquor are included in the fare. finite promenades on either side of deck 5 are favorite spots to curl up with a book and watch the sea roll by.
the 174-seat looking glass lounge boasts full length windows on three sides and overlooks the bow from the vantage of deck 10. the forward/central portion has a bar and a large dance floor. the starboard side of the looking glass is a favorite spot for board games, jig saw puzzles and cards. the port side of the looking glass is a quiet nook with tufted leather settees overlooking the sea. the drawing room is located near the aft stairtower on deck 10 and boasts a frescoed dome and rosewood veneers in the style of an english country manor. seating 26 guests, the drawing room has a well-stocked library that features a selection of assouline luxury books dedicated to art and fashion. the astral spa is located on forward deck 9. this is a view of the reception area. there are four treatment rooms in the astral spa, offering a wide range of therapies, from massages to facials and cellulite reduction. men and women each have their own separate changing areas with direct access to a private terrace with a thalassotherapy pool. an excellent gym is located on the starboard side of the astral spa, offering an array of cardio equipment, free weights, weight machines and a stretching area.
a beauty salon is accessed from the port side of the astral spa. the sheltered forward portion of deck 9 is reserved for spa guests and features sun loungers and a thalassotherapy pool. the astral spa also has its own separate acupuncture area with two treatment rooms. connections is a dedicated internet center with ten stations on the port side of deck 9 near the spa entrance. the azamara quest also has wifi in all staterooms and most public areas. the shipâ€™s tiered, 364-seat cabaret lounge begins a lineup of public rooms on deck 5. it features a parquet dance floor, sunken bar and bandstand as well as a large stage with the latest sound and lighting effects. the cabaret lounge is home to full production shows with live singers, dancers and musicians as well as more intimate performances by guest artists, magicians and comedians. the casino luxe follows the cabaret lounge on deck 5, offering up roulette, black jack, poker and an array of slots. the starboard side passage on midships deck 5 is lined a small photo gallery. the aft portion of the casino luxe is home to an inviting bar and a lounge area that is often used for quizzes and other scheduled activites.
a shopping area with a boutique and jewelry shop follows the casino luxe on deck 5. the mosaic cafe is situated on a balcony overlooking the shipâ€™s grand staircase on deck 5. in addition to excellent included-in-the fare specialty coffees and freshly baked pastries, the mosaic cafe has a menu of extra tariff nespresso brand coffees. the starboard side of the mosaic cafe is often used for exhibits featuring artwork for sale by park west galleries. the discoveries lounge is located at the entrance to the discoveries restaurant on deck 5 and features new soft fittings and lighting. at the base of the grand staircase on deck 4, there is a reception area. nicknamed â€œthe titanic staircaseâ€ for its resemblance to the edwardian styling of the ill-fated white star liner, the azamara questâ€™s grand staircase is actually inspired by that of chicagoâ€™s ritz carlton hotel. across from reception on port deck 4 is the land discoveries shore excursion office. on the starboard side of the deck 4 reception area, there is a swarovski crystal display area and boutique.
azamara quest has a convenient, free-of-charge, self-service laundry on deck 7. the beautifully restyled, 84-seat aqualina is a mediterranean specialty restaurant on the port side of deck 10. dinner reservations are required and the per person tariff is $25. elegant table settings in aqualina include custom bauscher porcelain chargers, pressed linens, silver plate cutlery and fine stemware. this is a dover sole main course, skillfully de-boned tableside in aqualina. prime c is azamara questâ€™s dedicated steakhouse and wine pairing venue on the starboard side of deck 10. reservations are required and the dinner tariff is $25 per person. prime c features rich mahogany and walnut wood tones, black and white photos of classic hollywood movie stars and elegant table settings. the casual pool grill is adjacent to the pool on the aft/starboard side of deck 9. it is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and features a salad bar, a burger/hot dog/kebab grill and daily specials such as mexican, indian or mediterranean fare. the windows cafe is located on aft deck 9 and seats 158 guests for casual breakfast, lunch and dinner. choices change daily and include sushi, stir fries, pasta, salads, fish, a carving station, local specialties and desserts. the outdoor portion of windows seats an additional 70 guests for al fresco dining with a view over the shipâ€™s wake. in cooler weather, traditional wool blankets are supplied.
the elegant, open seating discoveries main dining room is located on aft deck 5 and seats 340 guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner. reservations are not required. discoveries has been handsomely refurbished with a contemporary decorative flourish and a new palette of warm golden tones. despite the recent makeover, many of the fine edwardian style details in discoveries have been retained. whether a simple salmon breakfast starter or a fillet mignon in truffle sauce dinner entrã©e, courses in discoveries are beautifully presented and prepared from the finest ingredients. the azamara quest has six cabin categories, starting at the top with six 560-square-foot club world ownerâ€™s suites located in the aft corners of decks 6, 7 and 8. this is the spacious living room of suite 8091 featuring floor-to-ceiling glass doors, a convertible sofa bed and a refrigerator with mini bar. bedrooms in club world ownerâ€™s suites have a queen sized bed that can convert to two twins, a huge wardrobe area, writing desk, in-room safe and hairdryer. marble bathrooms in club world ownerâ€™s suites have a whirlpool tub and shower. in addition to full bathrooms, club world ownerâ€™s suites have a guest powder room.
club world ownerâ€™s suites 233-square-foot verandas wrap around the stern and feature cushioned deck chairs as well as a dining nook. four club ocean suites are located in the forward corners of decks 6 and 7, measuring between 440- and 501-square-feet. this is the living room of suite 6003. club ocean suite bedrooms are wedge-shaped and feature queen sized beds that can convert to two twins. club ocean suites have marble-surfaced bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and showers. the 233-square-foot verandas on club ocean suites overlook the bow. sixteen 266-square-foot club continent suites are located on deck 8 and feature queen sized beds that convert to two twins as well as a sitting area with sofa bed. club continent suite bathrooms have a full tub and shower. club continent suites have 60-square-foot balconies with a dining table and chairs. guests in all club suites are provided with afternoon tea service, priority check-in and departure, packing and unpacking, complimentary seating in specialty restaurants, two garments pressed for free and daily savories served between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
club suite guests are also provided with one 375 ml bottle of each of the following: absolut vodka, pyrat rum, xo reserve, bombay sapphire gin, johnny walker black label scotch and various juices and waters. istanbul-based eyup is one of azamara questâ€™s impeccably trained butlers, on call throughout the day to pack, unpack, provide tea service, deliver afternoon savories and make reservations in the specialty dining venues. azamara quest has six wheelchair accessible cabins, including two with verandas. this is stateroom 6054 on port deck 6, which has extra space for a wheelchair to turn in and a wider doorway. wheelchair accessible bathrooms are larger and have a roll-in shower as well as modified controls. wheelchair accessible verandas have ramps versus lips on their door sills. club veranda staterooms measure 175-square-feet. this one is configured with twin beds. some verandas, such as the one for stateroom 6001, overlook the bow. club veranda, club oceanview and club interior stateroom bathrooms are compact but well laid out and feature shower, sink and toilet. this club veranda stateroom is configured with a queen sized bed.
standard club veranda stateroom balconies have a table and two chairs. club oceanview staterooms measure between 143- and 170-square-feet. eighteen, including 6046 on deck 6 are configured in a fore-to-aft arrangement and have picture windows with a partially obstructed view. cabin 6004 is one of the larger club oceanview staterooms and features a round picture window. standard club oceanview staterooms feature a rectangular picture window or portholes. club interior staterooms measure 158-square-feet. azamara ships provide high-quality about rose toiletries, including soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, moisturizer, a sewing kit and vanities. the azamara quest sails on worldwide itineraries, calling at places many larger ships cannot visit, usually offering longer port stays at key destinations. built in 1999 for renaissance cruises, azamara club cruises’ 686-passenger azamara quest recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation to many of the shipâ€™s public spaces, kitchens, cabins and restaurants. passengers love azamara quest’s small-ship feel, as it provides a slightly more intimate, personalized experience.
the fully furnished deck is one of the most popular spaces on the ship, and the fresh-air venue for azamaraâ€™s famed white nights and captainâ€™s bbqs. the famed deck offers ample seating for guests looking to relax or sunbathe during the warmer months. rows of lounge chairs flank the shipâ€™s pool and hot tubs, and feature small pillows, a comfortable cushion and branded towels for guest use. plush wicker loveseats join the traditional loungers for a cozier, more romantic spot for up to two guests to soak up the sea air. the quest and its sister ship journey both have a small pool and two hot tubs on the main deck â€“ a spot thatâ€™s the unofficial hub of the ship on warm and sunny days. the soft, branded towels are just one of many personal touches found on the ship. in addition to the traditional nautical flags, azamara will fly the flags of the countries itâ€™s visiting on nearly every itinerary. although standard draft beers like bud light and becks are complimentary, azamara offers a specialty package providing guests with a wider selection â€“ including imported favorites like amstel light and even craft beers, at the pool bar. the poolside bar, which sits on the backside of the ship underneath the bridge, serves cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day and into the evening.
on deck 10, right off the jogging track, are ping pong tables â€“ a favorite with younger guests and teens. more lounge chairs and a shuffleboard court sit on the port side of the ship overlooking the tops of cities or the soothing blue of the ocean. on both the starboard and port sides of the upper deck sit birdcage chairs equipped with a plush cushion, perfect for overseeing the activity on the pool deck. thanks to the smaller size of the azamara quest, the ship is able to park as close as possible to the hustle and bustle of ports. here, the ship sits directly next to the popular ferris wheel in downtown helsinki. offering more laid-back pool fare like hamburgers, hot dogs, cuban sandwiches and french fries, the patio grill is a great spot to grab a quick bite to eat for lunch or dinner. at night, the patio provides a great place to enjoy a casual meal with a stunning view of the sea or port. like many other renaissance vessels, the questâ€™s opulent grand staircase, featuring splashes of gold and curated statement artwork, is a main focal point of the ship. the elegant staircase connects the fourth floor, home to staterooms, guest services and land discoveries, to the fifth floor, the bustling epicenter of the ship â€“ home to the main restaurant, lounge, casino and shops. the guest relations deck is open throughout the entire itinerary to answer any and all questions a guest may have.
to the right of guest relations sits the loyalty and sales office, which can assist with booking new cruises and joining loyalty programs, while the map serves as an interactive guide to the hundreds of itineraries azamara offers â€“ as well as offering detailed information on each port, country and city. tufted chairs, tables and more statement artwork (like this non-functioning harp) decorate the area to the right and left of the main staircase. along the sides of the fifth floor are oversized chairs â€“ meant for sipping coffee or an evening cocktail before dinner. open at 7 a.m., the mosaic cafã© serves coffee and tea, as well as an assortment of danishes, pastries and sweets. while enjoying coffee from the cafã©, guests like to peruse the gallery offerings at park west, as well as talk with the dedicated art dealer on board. the walkway leading to the casino from mosaic is lined by two shops â€“ indulgences, selling high-end jewelry, and le boutique, a discreet boutique selling high-end clothing and gifts. as you make your way towards the front of the ship on deck five, youâ€™ll pass a grand piano and table for park west, where the art collector and dealer on board can sell you the photos and prints you see throughout the ship. flanked by abstract and vibrant artwork, the casino and neighboring bar is constantly buzzing with activity at night and is often the place to go before an evening show in the cabaret lounge. the quest features a dozen slot machines for those eager to win big while enjoying a cocktail or complimentary glass of wine.
if you want a seat at one of the coveted poker tables, get there early â€“ these are often filled (with waiting lists) from 7 p.m. on. with over a hundred seats, a stage and a fully functioning bar, the cabaret lounge is the place to go for nightly variety and comedy shows, performances and weekly bingo. the best part about this lounge is every show is complimentary and included in the fare of the ship, so guests can enjoy a show every night if theyâ€™d prefer. with a beautiful gallery wall featuring park west art for sale, the entrance to the main restaurant, discoveries, is welcoming and open. with a small bar and comfortable seating including couches, love seats and cocktail tables, the lounge is where guests catch up and enjoy light bites (like spiced olives and chunks of fresh feta cheese) while waiting for a table. the formal restaurant on the ship, discoveries is a favorite for guests looking for a fresh and varied menu in a more upscale environment. here, waiters serve you and the menu features up to four courses. itâ€™s open for breakfast from 8 – 10 a.m. and for dinner from 5 – 10 p.m. the main focal point of the dining room is the sleek and modern silver chandelier, located in the center of the room. the light, along with other little details in the room, were added during the renovations. the wood-paneled mirror wall on the left side of the restaurantâ€™s entrance was an original fixture of the ship and adds a touch of old-world style to the rest of the roomâ€™s modern furniture and table settings. the menu in discoveries changes daily; however, staples like this lemon chicken with white rice are featured every night.
the food is one of the highest rated aspects of the ship, and guests love the eclectic and gourmet variety of dishes, like this curried fried shrimp appetizer. discoveries is also very conscious of guests with allergies, health concerns and food preferences, and offers options for just about anyone, like this gluten-free ahi tuna salad. some guests prefer the more elegant breakfasts offered at discoveries, with delicacies like eggs benedict and french toast omelets made to order. right off the entrance of discoveries restaurant is a side deck used mostly by staff, but it can be a quiet and beautiful place to enjoy the sunset, relax after dinner or watch the view. along with two elevator banks on each side of the ship, the quest has two sets of passenger staircases â€“ which feature the same scrolling pattern of the grand staircase in the lobby with statement artwork, collectible antiques and an original painted ceiling. each passenger staircase is decorated with gold painted tables and european-influenced vases below a large antique mirror or park west artwork. five floors above discoveries is one of the questâ€™s specialty restaurants, prime c steakhouse. the upcharge is $30 per guest, depending on the evening, and the menu features a more elegant menu curated specifically by the chef. the menu at prime c boasts a collection of specialty cuts of prime grade beef, with the most popular being the filet. guests looking for the chefâ€™s recommendation can book a coveted chefâ€™s table seat, which is offered three times during the course of the cruise. in addition to steak, the restaurant offers vegetarian and seafood options for those who donâ€™t eat red meat, like this crispy shrimp.
no meal is complete at prime c without a taste of their famous cheese platter, which changes daily. to the left of the elevator banks on the same floor as prime c is the questâ€™s second specialty restaurant, aqualina, which features a modern italian menu. in addition to a set menu that changes daily, aqualina also hosts chefâ€™s tables in the back of the restaurant, which offer a five-course meal curated by the chef. guests love the stacked ahi tuna appetizer, served with sun-dried tomato pesto and lightly dressed arugula. another favorite is the caprese salad, featuring a collection of juicy heirloom tomatoes paired with house-made mozzarella cheese and balsamic vinegar. the chefâ€™s pick changes daily, but more often than not, a seafood pasta (paired with house-made noodles) will make an appearance â€“ featuring freshly caught seafood, mussels, clams or oysters from the local regions. the quest also offers a more casual buffet-style restaurant called the windows cafã©, located on the ninth floor. the cafã© is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers ample seating on either side of the buffet, as well as covered outdoor seating on the patio. despite the cafã©â€™s casual ambiance, the quest adds a small touch of elegance to each table, whether it be a single succulent or simple bouquet of flowers.
the sanctum spa, located on the ninth floor, offers guests a collection of services to enjoy during their cruise, from facials to massages and even hair cuts, blow-outs and manicures and pedicures. on the table adjacent to the reservation desk is a sign-up sheet for the neighboring gymâ€™s fitness classes, as well as a full-service spa menu, featuring the treatments and their prices. the small hallway leading to the changing rooms and treatment rooms is flanked by tufted benches and a station offering complimentary fruit waters. in addition to spaces to change, the men and womenâ€™s locker rooms offer large rain showers and steam and sauna rooms to enjoy pre- or post-treatment. only available to spa guests and suite passengers, the outdoor terrace offers a quiet place to enjoy views of the sea, with lounge chairs and a pool used for relaxing or for thalassotherapy treatments. the small treatment rooms, some with windows, are where guests can unwind with a massage â€“ ranging from 50 to 90 minutes. the therapists also use calming and scented oils to aid relaxation. the staffed hair salon, which is part of the sanctum spa, offers anything guests might need â€“ from trims to full cuts, colors and highlights. right next to the spa is the questâ€™s fitness facility, which has state-of-the-art machines for guests looking to stay in shape on the cruise. in addition to the machines, the quest employs a personal trainer who hosts daily fitness classes (like spinning and pilates) in the mornings for those looking for a group experience. questâ€™s gym has multiple treadmills, as well as stationary bikes, elliptical machines, free weight areas, weight machines and yoga mats for guests to use free of charge.
one of the more popular stateroom options onboard the quest is the club veranda room, which has 175 square feet of room inside and a veranda that boasts 40 square feet. with the ability to configure two twin beds or one queen, the space also allows for a small desk and couch seating area. the 40-square-foot veranda accompanying the club veranda suites has two wicker chairs and a table, perfect for outdoor dining or sipping a glass of wine during sunset. for suite guests and vips, the questâ€™s hotel manager provides a bottle of complimentary perrier-jouet champagne and glasses upon arrival. plus, the mini-bar adjacent to the tv is fully stocked with wine, beer options, water, juices and other non-alcoholic beverages. each stateroom features french-inspired â€œabout roseâ€ products for use, including body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, soap and vanity kits. the beds are plush and luxurious, lined with cotton bed linens, a fluffy duvet and fluffed pillows. the bathrooms, which feature a double flush toilet, standing shower with adjustable shower hose and french doors, large sink and mirror, come with bright lights and just enough space to maneuver around. located on the ninth level adjacent to the spa, the club spa suites are brand new additions to the quest in 2016 and feature double glass sinks, a full veranda, a queen-size bed and seating areas. with its own separate bedroom with a large queen-size bed and 40-inch tv, the club ocean suite is one of the most spacious onboard and also features a dressing room, vanity and large closets. also completely renovated this year, the ocean suiteâ€™s living room has updated and contemporary dã©cor with a loveseat, two accent chairs and a four-person table, as well a 233-square-foot veranda.
the place to go for cocktail hour and tapas before dinner, as well as drinks and dancing at night, the living room is the gathering place for every guest on the ship. the furniture is modern and elegant, with tufted chairs, polished wooden tables, large accent chairs fit for a queen and a long table for catching up and dining. guests flock to the seats in front of the large floor-to-ceiling windows to soak up the stunning views as the ship sails to and from the worldâ€™s most fascinating ports. the quest features glass sculptures behind the bar, and each ship has one just a bit different than the other. other popular seats are the purple and plush birdcage chairs. just like the furniture, the dã©cor in the living room is subtle but statement, with small succulent arrangements, orchids in vases and more. with a fully stocked bar featuring house wines, specialty top-shelf liquors like grey goose and 1800 tequila, guests can enjoy a drink with the complimentary tapas offered 5 â€“ 7 p.m. nightly. like the larger version on the fourth floor, the interactive tabletop in the living room allows guests to explore new azamara itineraries on the renovated quest, as well as videos detailing the land discoveries and port explorations. on the other side of the ship from the living room is the library, a small and quiet space with cozy seating, fully stocked bookcases with new and old favorites, as well as the desk of the it specialist on board.
renting a book onboard is simple â€“ just jot down your name, stateroom and the book youâ€™ve borrowed, and return it before the end of the cruise. itâ€™s a great way to unwind peacefully after dinner or during sea days. youâ€™ll find comfortable couches, accent chairs, nautical artwork and a painted ceiling thatâ€™s original to the ship before the renovations. open 24 hours a day, you can soak up as much book time as youâ€™d like without worry of being kicked out.