We completed a sixteen day transatlantic cruise on Azamara Quest. A transatlantic cruise is a great way to get from one place to another with less flying. Our cruise began in Barcelona, Spain a city perfect for people who enjoy walking, eating, art and history. Before we left for the cruise we took day trip to Monserrat which was organized by another passenger on the Azamara Quest. Monserrat Spain is a gorgeous mountain monastery. And home to the Black Madonna. We were fortunate enough to enjoy a concert by the Monserrat Boys Choir while we were there.
We enjoyed a couple of sea days prior to our first stop in Gibraltar. The thing to know about sea days is that you begin to look forward to them. Azamara offers so many activities for passengers. There is a casino with slot machines and table games like three card poker, blackjack and roulette. Blackjack tournaments are usually held on sea days as well as watercolor art lessons, craft classes, needlepoint, bridge, mahjong, lectures, trivia and that’s just the beginning of the activities. If you prefer to enjoy the pool, the library, the gym, spa, and the many other public spaces the options are many. Not to mention all of the dining and drinking options from casual buffet, burgers by the pool or coffee bar to sit down meals with linen tablecloths.
The reality of Transatlantic cruising is that the journey is what its all about. Sea days are something that passengers typically love. You can be as busy or as lazy as you want.
Our first stop was Gibraltar. When we arrived at the island fortress we were lucky enough to have a beautiful clear morning. We did a ship’s tour to the top of the island and visited the monkeys, actually they are called Barbary Macaque and are the only wild monkeys in Europe. We learned about Gibraltar’s importance during WWII. We visited the Great Siege Tunnels and the light filled caves.
We also visited Madeira, a green gorgeous island that’s part of Portugal. We rode the taboggan down the hilly streets, tasted the sweet delicious Madeira wine and took a Jeep tour to see more of the island. We stayed late in Madeira and were able to get a real taste of the island.
Our last stop on the cruise was three days in Bermuda. Due to recent hurricanes the itinerary was changed to include Bermuda. I absolutely loved Bermuda and the people we met. Our first day we met the a man and his son who offered us a ride to a golf store for some golf balls my husband had been looking for. He and his son saw that we were searching for a particular store that had closed. They offered to drive us to the store and gave us a tour of downtown Hamilton and some recommendations for dinner. We joked that we were giving him a five star rating on Uber. The great part of traveling is meeting wonderful people and hearing about their lives.
We took tours of Bermuda on bus, boat and bike. The island is gorgeous and is definitely a place we will visit again.
While in Hamilton Azamara hosted the White Night, complete with grilled lobster, music and dancing with new friends on the boat.
If you have the time and the desire to meet new people, visit new places and experience different cultures I highly recommend trying a Transatlantic cruise. Go for the people and enjoy the journey.
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