Mosquito Coast…an unusual beginning to the holidays

ABOARD THE AMAZARA QUEST — Remember that old film? I think it starred Harrison Ford. Or was it a book by Paul Theroux? Our version, on Christmas Eve Day here along the end of the Brazilian coast before we sail into Uruguay, starred the 400+ passengers and officers and crew aboard Azamara Quest. It began early this morning when we opened our sliding door onto the verandah. We were thrilled with  a beautiful baby blue summer sky, …

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Still in Brazil with Azamara, one small fishing village after another

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 …

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Our Azamara journey begins, but we are still in Brazil

ABOARD THE AZAMARA QUEST — Today Azamara Quest visits another historic and coastal town in Brazil: Parati.  Established in the mid 1600s, Parati is an Indian word for “river of fish” and the name eventually covered the entire region.  The area was home to the Guaianas Indians long before the arrival of the Portuguese. The Gold Trail led from gold mines deep in the interior of the country to the port of Parati. Indigenous slave labor —  …

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Our journey begins…we board the Azamara Quest

ABOARD THE AZAMARA QUEST —About 15 years ago my husband and I sailed on a Renaissance ship through the Baltic regions. We loved the ship, its size and décor and the comfortable English country house feel noticeable the second you enter the vessel. Flash forward to Tuesday, December 18, 2012. Our embarkation of Azamara Quest worked like clockwork and our stateroom, all the way aft, was ready within an hour of boarding. The cabin, 7121, is long …

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Getting to know you…exploring Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO-Today we got a little more up close and personal with Rio de Janeiro. It is a sprawling metropolis of about 11 million people. We fully intended to visit the Carmen Miranda museum along with a few other cultural sites because so many are closed on Monday. After a chat with the concierge – and the fact we board the ship before noon on Tuesday – we hired a guide and driver for the afternoon, …

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Marcia Levin arrives in Rio for the beginning of her Azamara cruise

My first day in Rio de Janeiro was great: My eight-hour American Airlines flight was comfortable, getting in about 10 minutes early. Comfort came from the fact I had a seat on the side of the plane – one of two – with no one in the second seat.  I stretched out over both seats and slept the better part of four to five hours. Security, customs, luggage went easily and with a prepaid cab (about 105 …

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