If it was up to Gary, we'd take a Mediterranean cruise every year, but this year we both agreed it would be good to return to the region for a cruise - opting to take a voyage with a few new Mediterranean ports of call for us. For a sixth time we returned to booking the cruise with Azamara, but this time selecting an itinerary on Azamara Quest, the sister ship of Azamara Journey - the ship on which we had cruised for the previous five times. The Azamara name for this cruise is a little bit misleading - Classic Grand Prix & Mediterranean Voyage. The Grand Prix Historique of Monaco is a race weekend featuring vintage Formula 1 and other race cars that takes place every other year two weeks before the Formula One race weekend. It is the 11th such race weekend in Monaco, but it is not the race that most would associate with Monaco. We weren't aware of the classic races before and had wondered if people had booked this cruise initially thinking Azamara Quest was in Monaco for the F1 race weekend on this itinerary.
Image by Azamara
After five successive cruises on Azamara Journey we switched it up just a little bit by selecting its sister ship Azamara Quest for this cruise.
We selected this cruise based on itinerary and time of year, but once we made the choice we were pleased with the prospect of seeing what differences if any there may be between the two virtually identical ships.
What we did notice were subtle differences such as the art displayed on the ships but we found what sets them apart was the crew and staff - to us there was a different feel on the two ships.
Interestingly, we did encounter crew and staff that we had seen previously on Azamara Journey.
WHITEonline is the digital home of Gary & Linda White. We’ve been married since 1980 and live just outside Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Linda was born and raised in Toronto while Gary was born in London, England and moved to Canada at the age of 11. We enjoy travelling and taking photos while we travel. WHITEonline provides the opportunity to share some of our photos & experiences.