Azamara Quest Rome to Seville Cruise Day 1

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Azamara Quest Rome to Seville Cruise Day 1

Day 1. Embarkation in Civitavecchia

After a 45 minute transfer from Rome airport, we soon arrived at the port of Civitavecchia. It was quite busy with cruise ships, including Crystal Serenity, Silver Spirit, Wind Star and an MSC mega ship.

Azamara Quest

Azamara Quest

Azamara Quest looked very classy with her new blue hull, and our driver dropped us off at the bag drop area. Making our way into the embarkation hall, we were warmly greeted by smiling crew members and directed to the check in desk. There were no other guests here, so it was very quick and after we had our photos taken for our passes we were soon climbing the gangway. Once on board we were offered a glass of champagne and made our way to find our stateroom. On this cruise we were in an inside cabin on deck seven. Quite spacious actually, complete with a bottle of champagne from the hotel manager which was a nice touch and very appreciated.

Our stateroom

Our Club Interior Stateroom, number 7040, measured 158 sq ft and was located mid ship forward on deck 7 - very handy for the forward lifts and stairs. Our room comes with:-

  • One Stateroom Attendant and one Assistant Stateroom Attendant
  • European bedding with duvet
  • Egyptian cotton bathrobes and slippers
  • 24-hour room service
  • Welcome fruit basket
  • Plasma TV
  • Fresh cut flowers
  • Tote bag and complimentary use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Turndown treats
  • Daily news bulletin

And services available upon request include

  • Wake-up coffee or tea
  • Afternoon tea service
  • Daily savouries between 5-6 pm
  • Complimentary shoe-shine service
  • Customized fruit bowl
  • Packing and unpacking of suitcase(s)
  • Pick-up and delivery of laundry

As we were hungry we dropped off our hand luggage and headed upstairs to the pool grill area. Burgers and fries were the order of the day, washed down with a glass or two of the complimentary wine, which was very good. After our delicious lunch we headed back to the cabin and our luggage had arrived, so we unpacked and got ourselves settled in.

Our itinerary this cruise

Sat Nov 02 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Sun Nov 03 Sorrento, Italy

Mon Nov 04 Sorrento, Italy

Tue Nov 05 Trapani, Sicily

Wed Nov 06 At Sea At Sea

Thu Nov 07 Barcelona, Spain

Fri Nov 08 Barcelona, Spain

Sat Nov 09 Valencia, Spain

Sun Nov 10 At Sea At Sea

Mon Nov 11 Gibraltar,

Mon Nov 11 Guadalquivir River

Tue Nov 12 Guadalquivir River

Tue Nov 12 Seville, Spain

Wed Nov 13 Seville, Spain

After we unpacked we headed out on deck for a look around before board drill. We didn’t have to take our life jackets, which was nice, and we soon headed to muster station A.

After the usual safety briefing, the captain came on the PA system and advised us that we had a slight itinerary change. He had received reports that the waters around Sorrento were quite choppy and that it would be hard for us to tender, so we would not be able to anchor in the bay. However, they had managed to secure a berth at Castelammare di Stabia just a few miles down the coast, so we could dock there and all the tours would be operating as usual. I was quite pleased as tendering can be a right pain! The ship was operating shuttles buses from Castelammare to Sorrento so it was all good!

After boat drill we went up on deck for sail away, and by now it was quite dark. Silver Spirit set sail first and passed us, and then we were off and sailed past the beautiful Crystal Serenity, a ship we were on in July this year. She looked lovely all lit up and I managed to get a few nice photos of her as we cruised past. You can read my blog from that trip here - Crystal Serenity North Cape Cruise

Crystal Serenity

Crystal Serenity

We dined in the main dining room and sat with two other couples on a table for six; a couple from the UK and a young couple from Florida. We all got on and were soon laughing and getting to know each other. Azamara Club Cruises operate an open sitting so you can dine when and with whom you wish - it’s a great way to meet people. As my partner is a smoker, the "smoking corner" out on the pool deck is also a very sociable area to meet and we have made a few new friends already! At dinner I ordered the steak and it was cooked perfectly and delicious! As we had been chatting and drinking, we missed the captains welcome aboard introductions so headed up to the Looking Glass lounge for a night cap and to join in the advertised Jet Laggers party. After a few drinks from the more-inclusive beverage list, we were tired from having been up since 4 am so went to bed at a not-too-bad 11pm!

Read Day 2 here

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