Last of a series about the Azamara Quest

Christmas in the South Atlantic is hot! That’s only if you consider temps in the 85- to 95-degree category “hot,” but no way is it a white Christmas  – unless you’re talking white hot. Christmas in the South Atlantic – especially on board a lovely ship like Azamara Quest – is absolutely delightful. Boarding in Rio de Janeiro, calling in Uruguay and disembarking in Buenos Aires was chuck full of Christmas spirit, yet everyone thanked God for …

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Adios Argentina…our final days in South America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The cruise is over, Azamara Quest is on its way back to Rio and tomorrow I head for home. Buenos Aires has been absolutely a wonderful adventure. It is a beautiful city with lovely architecture, charming parks ranging from small to sprawling throughout the city and delightful shops and cafes everywhere. BA has several outstanding museums. I chose to visit the exhibit of Latin American Art of the 20th century at Malba. The collections include …

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Azamara Quest sails into Buenos Aires, Argentina

ABOARD THE AZAMARA QUEST — Our nine-day cruise aboard the Azamara Quest has come to an end. After a night in port, we will disembark in the morning and move to a hotel for a few days of sightseeing in BA. This morning we did a shore excursion that was a city sightseeing trip and got an overview of this historic – and quite beautiful – Argentinean capital. As a fan of the Broadway and West End …

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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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