(10:30 a.m. EST) — Azamara Club Cruises is extending its two-week dry dock for Azamara Quest by three days, forcing the line to shorten the March 17 sailing.
The change was announced by Azamara’s chief blogging officer Bonnie B. MacLaird on Cruise Critic’s Azamara community board. “Our president, Mr. Pimentel, and senior executives have decided it best to extend the upcoming Quest drydock by three additional days to ensure a smooth dry dock,” she wrote.
Though no reason was given for the schedule change, Quest’s sister ship, Azamara Journey, emerged from its dry dock at the beginning of February not quite yet ready for prime time. Cruisers on the first sailing post-dry dock complained about incomplete staterooms, the DIY laundry room not working and other — mostly minor — inconveniences.
(For a look at what Cruise Critic thinks of the renovations, read our Live from Azamara Journey: Hits and Misses from its Refurb).
The extension of the Quest dry dock will necessitate that the sailing immediately prior to the dry dock, scheduled to depart Singapore on March 17, be delayed and shortened by three days. As a result, the overnight call to Ho Chi Minh City has been canceled.
Passengers on the affected sailing will receive a refund worth three nights of the cruise fare, $500 in onboard credit, a 20 percent future cruise credit, as well 25 percent off a future cruise if booked while onboard the affected sailing (combinable with the 20 percent future cruise credit), and $500 for any expenses incurred due to flight or hotel reservations changes. Alternately, cruisers may opt to cancel for a full refund.