Catch up on Part 4

Good day, friends!

Azamara Quest is steaming towards Devil’s Island, French Guiana with two exquisite days at sea, having left Brazil and the Amazon River behind last night. In fact, today we crossed the equator with a delightfully kitschy King Neptune ceremony where the captain navigated the vessel across the hemispheric divide three times to initiate newbies – myself included – into the maritime equator-crossing club.


Our Cruise Director and Master of Ceremonies

I wish I had photos of my own to share with you of the festivities, but alas my camera sensor (and not just my lens) had fogged up beyond recognition in the tropical humidity before acclimating in time. Thankfully, my dad’s sealed point-and-shoot was at the ready for a few quick grabs, including images of our jovial captain getting in on the fun.


Captain Stig Nilsen Garnished with a Bit of “Flotsam” and “Jetsam”

Out last bit of touring yesterday was just spectacular as we sailed on the famous Amazon River and trekked through the jungle on the river banks. Rather than drone on about how incredible the experience was in words, I’d really rather let the edited wealth of photos (plus a few captions) tell the story better. But first, let’s tour the beautiful Azamara Quest a bit more…

The Drawing Room

My favorite venue onboard and, in fact, the one I’m writing in currently is the Drawing Room, a stately library with a tropical coffered ceiling. Complete with a faux fireplace and overhead mural depictions of palms and birds, the overall effect is one of a quiet Victorian-era safari lodge.

It’s here that a handful of specialty Connoisseur Dinners are hosted during each cruise and a single grand table is set just below the raised ceiling. For $70, a preselected tasting menu is presented by the executive chef and paired with exquisite wines.

Mosaic Cafe

Another fantastic space onboard the ship is Mosaic Cafe, flanking the two-story grand atrium just off from guest relations. This area gives off a distinctive ocean liner vibe with its dark-paneled accents, wrought-iron railings, fluted columns and dental crown moulding.

Enjoying a complimentary cappuccino or espresso as the bright daylight shines through the side windows immediately takes you back in time. Service here is extremely friendly as elsewhere on the ship but could be a little more prompt at taking drink orders from guests.

Shops

There is a smattering of stores onboard including The Quest Shop and Indulgences plus a Swarovski display just off from guest relations. While they’re nothing to write home about, they service the ship well with a handful of logo items, jewelry and clothing plus necessary toiletries for sale.

“Sidewalk” sales are common on sea days with watches – from Fossil to Tag Heuer – and such on display in the passageway to entice purchases. Continuing forward, the tasteful photo gallery is situated to display portraits taken during your cruise with preprints ready to buy.

Club & Casino Luxe

On the port – read left – side of the ship from the photo gallery are Club Luxe and Casino Luxe. Only about half the space is dedicated to a few table games and slot machines while the rest is a recently expanded and richly themed lounge space for trivia games during the day and soft guitar music at night. A handsome saloon-style bar bridges the lounge and casino spaces nicely.

Belem, Brazil and the Amazon River

And without further ado, I give you Belem, Brazil and the Amazon River. I must just briefly add that we actually anchored about an hour bus ride away from our expected port because the current water depth in Belem was not enough to accommodate Quest’s draft – by about one and a half meters. And as our captain so amusingly put it, this relocation to a different anchorage was best for us to avoid receiving unwanted attention from CNN.


The Mighty River Awaits


Our Sister “Ship” with Belem Behind


River Laundry


River Fauna


River Refreshments


River Traffic


River Shores


River Keys


To the Jungle


Jungle Canopy


Brazilian Nuts


Jungle Tree Climbing


Jungle Critters


Jungle Termite Hill


Jungle Tree Resin – Used for Golf Ball Shells


Bird of Paradise


Back on the River


Tight Clearances


The Real Jungle Cruise


River and City


Another Beautiful Rainbow Sendoff

Continue on to Part 6: Ile Royale and Devil’s Island, French Guiana

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4 Responses

  1. Bill Mangham

    What a trip Jason! Brings back some great memories of a few river trips in Latin America.

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