Sailing on the Azamara Quest confirmed that we definitely prefer smaller ships. The ease of navigation the decks combined with the relationships developed with the crew and fellow passengers makes this size of ship a good fit for us. We also find smaller more intimate shows far more appealing than the lavish Broadway-style shows presented on the larger ships, but that is definitely a matter of personal taste as we can take or leave most shows.
Azamara has no formal nights and no set dining times – unless you have reserved in one of the specialty restaurants. The benefits of this are the ability to pack and carry less luggage and the lack of pressure to get back from a shore visit, clean up and make it to dinner at a scheduled time.
Windows Cafe Breeza
Free fitness classes are a real bonus. Although there are class size limits, which were met early on in the cruise, by the end of the cruise, there were openings in several classes.
Refreshments after a hot day ashore
If you are seeking a more personal cruising experience on a smaller ship and with an affable staff, definitely give Azamara a try.