We’ve set sail on the Azamara Quest for a 12 night voyage to the Eastern Caribbean. The fun started all in the title of our voyage – the Virgins and Frenchmen Voyage. Azamara Cruise Lines is the elite part of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line that also owns the upscale line Celebrity. There are two sister ships – the Quest and the Journey. Both are small and a good entrance into luxury cruising. Azamara is known for it’s destinations and longer stays.
The itinerary for this trip is exquisite. We spend two glorious days at sea getting to know the 694 passenger ship, and first anchor in St. John, US Virgin Islands for the day. Most ships have to dock in St. Thomas – a short ferry ride away, so we avoid the masses and have plenty of time to explore the white sand beach wonders of this gorgeous island. St. John is home to Trunk Bay – one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. We then sail overnight and spend the afternoon and evening in Ilse Des Saints, Guadeloupe from 1 to 10 pm.
Then it’s off to Roseau, Dominica for the day – another new destination for us. We then make our way back to Charlestown Nevis for an extra long day. We had the opportunity to explore this island in the French West Indies on a privately chartered Cruise ship before, but ships rarely dock on this natural quiet beauty. Some elite lines have been docking in St. Kitts – just across the way, recently which is a short ferry ride away. We’re excited to really have a chance to relax on this island and take in the evening as well. That’s part of the charm of this cruise line – extended stays and night touring, something that you do not have the opportunity to experience with regular cruise lines.
Next up, our most anticipated 22 hours in St. Barts, I’ve never seen that before on an itinerary. We were quite excited about this stop. It will be our second time here to this luxurious island and we can’t wait to explore the gorgeous beaches and dine on the island without feeling we have to rush back to the ship.
Next stop – St. Maarten – for the day and evening. Although we’ve been here several times before – so many we just rent a car and head on up to Orient Beach for the day, then we head over to Marigot on the French side for a champagne lunch overlooking the yachts in the harbor. We are most excited about staying here until 10 pm. Now we will have the opportunity to experience the island once all the masses have left by 4 or 5 pm. This island has become such a huge destination, that up to 8 cruise ships will dock here, bringing with them close to 20,000 passengers. So sailing on Azamara really has it’s advantages in destinations such as this one.
We’ll finish up our island touring at Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Isles. This is another new destination for us, so be sure to look for posts on all our new places that we’ll be exploring. Then, another luxury – two days at sea. These are my personal favorite days – a chance to relax, unwind and continue enjoying all this great ship has to offer.
Until next time – enjoy a few photos of the ship!
St. John, US Virgin Islands
Your Travel Planner Michael hard at work still at sea for his travel clients
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all photos taken by Ingrid Blackburn