ABOARD THE AZAMARA QUEST — So what do passengers aboard Azamara Quest do in Brazilian waters (for the fourth day) as the ship visits – and tenders passengers to the shore – one quaint fishing village/resort town after another?
Azamara Quest is not RCCL’s Allure of the Seas — no zip-lining, no FlowRider, no climbing walls — just a lot of great places to relax, play bridge, trivia games, read that best seller you’ve been trying to get into since last Christmas and relax. But guests know what to expect. Some 60 percent of Azamara’s passengers are repeaters, so they know there won’t be wet T-shirt contests or competitions for the hairiest chest on board.
Guests enjoy the long stays in port and the chance to learn more about the region’s history. Today we are on the Emerald Coast of Southern Brazil, calling at Porto Belo, where most of its inhabitants descend from immigrants from the Azores Islands who first came more than 200 years ago.
Keeping busy aboard is not difficult
But back on the ship today, kind of an overcast day with temperatures almost 15 degrees cooler than the last few days, the pool deck still drew a lot of travelers and Pramod, the IT Assistant in eConnection computer center on Deck 9, is busy helping guests get online. Many come in with their iPads, Internet phones and just need some high-tech fine-tuning, and others want to merely send an e-mail to little Ricky in Toronto.
The Fitness Center and Beauty Salon and Spa, also on Deck 9, are busy and here and there throughout the ship one finds readers who are dozing over their books, knots of travelers getting to know one another and chatting away like life-long buddies and up on Deck 10 the hearty are doing their laps around the jogging track.
…and then we can have a snack.
Do you want frozen yogurt or gelato? A hamburger or a wrap? Want to eat in the Windows Café on Deck 9 or Discoveries Restaurant on Deck 5? How about room service, or tea in you stateroom? Or you can try the alternative restaurants: A $25 per person cover charge is attached to the Aqualina and Prime C restaurants. Both are located on Deck 10 and are considered terrific. Then there are some private functions scheduled now and then, with service and food verging on the divine.
I enjoy breakfast on deck and Windows Café prepares a wondrous waffle, about five inches in diameter, and it is a true treat. The waffle, a glass or two of fresh-squeezed orange juice and coffee with a stretch class earlier is a great way to start the day.
Coffee, throughout the ship, is superb.
Lunch at the pool offers the ubiquitous hamburger and hot dog, but also chicken, a tuna wrap and veggie burger. Want to forget your diet? Select onion rings, chicken wings – anything your eye desires, or make a wonderful salad and feel virtuous.
Café Mosaic serves specialty coffees all day at no charge, along with great pastries and sandwiches.
You won’t go hungry on Azamara Quest. Nor will you get thirsty. Water and soft drinks are complimentary (and here, as an Equator neighbor, it is important to keep hydrated).
Tomorrow we prepare to leave Brazil.
December 22, 2012
Photos by Marcia Raffel Levin