Review of Azamara Onward deck 5 (Promenade-Dining-Lounge)
Cabaret Lounge & Bar is the ships’ theater (main show lounge, capacity 450 seats) with low ceiling, stadium seating (stepped floors), large dance floor and stage for live evening entertainment. The evening program features band music-, classic piano-, singing-dancing- and cabaret-style performances, short operas and theatricals (10-min shows via partnership with the Miami-based "Magic City Opera" and the Pittsburgh-based "City Theatre"), also stand-up comedians, magicians, ventriloquists, cabaret stars and instrumentalists (via partnership with the NYC-based "Feinstein’s 54 Below"). On some nights here are also shown movies.
The ship has its own troupe of 6 performers (singers and dancers), some of them also hosting daily trivia games and dance classes. The theater also serves Azamara Cruises’ onboard enrichment program. Here is hosted the signature “AzAmazing Evening” – cruise itinerary-destination-related lectures with media presentations, plus special-themed lectures (on history, politics, arts, etc) led by guest speakers. Each evening, the theater lounge offers ballroom dancing, followed by 2 show productions (early at 8 pm, and late at 10 pm). After that, the theater transforms into Disco Nightclub. During the day, here are hosted various pre-scheduled onboard activities (trivia games, bingo, dance classes, arts-crafts workshops, lectures, seminars).
Casino Luxe is a small lounge with 4 gambling tables (3-card poker, roulette, 2x Blackjack) and slot machines (incl video poker /1 cent, 5 cents, 25 cents, 1 dollar; max slot bets $5). The staff provides free of charge gambling lessons. At the ship's Casino are regularly hosted slot- and Blackjack tournaments. The Casino lounge is served with drinks and light snacks by the Spirits Bar (sports bar).
Spirits Bar (aka Casino Bar) is located outside the Casino. This is a sports bar furnished with comfortable armchairs and tables, and large-size LED screens showing live sporting events (channels ESPN-ESPN2). The bar menu offers a selection of international beers, also wines (by the glass) and cocktails. The bar hosts daily scheduled activities (trivia contests, seminars). In late evenings, Spirits Bar transforms into Club Luxe (nightclub) offering live music performances by a resident musician (solo piano or guitar).
Promenade deck (open-air areas)
Photo Shop (in the hallway /starboard) provides professional photo-video services by the ship’s photographers and sells duty-free priced equipment and photo accessories. At the photo gallery, passengers can use touchscreen monitors to browse and purchase photos.
“The Pursuit Shop” is a duty-free priced, combined boutique-convenience store selling liquor, tobaccos, brand perfumes, cosmetics, skincare products, sunglasses, jewelry (including Swarovski), fashion accessories, casual and swimwear, Azamara-logoed merchandise, special occasion gifts, travel essentials, sundries, toiletries.
“Indulgences” is a luxury boutique shop selling at duty-free prices designer jewelry and name-brand watches.
Mosaic Cafe (open between 7 am - 1 am) is a patisserie / specialty coffee bar with a separate tea kiosk. Specialty coffees cost extra, but the light snacks here are complimentary - freshmade mini-pastries, finger sandwiches, scones, fine chocolates. The bar also sells liquors and serves Afternoon Tea. Daily are hosted cards-playing and trivia games. Here passengers can get information about the “Wine Cellar” (wine tasting dinner events at Prime C). In the evening, Mosaic Cafe transforms into the Mosaic@Night (nightclub with live music).
Discoveries Lounge & Bar (starboard Martini Bar /specialty cocktails)
Discoveries Restaurant (aft location) is the ship’s Main Dining Room (MDR) with waiter service and plenty of 2-seat tables (max table capacity is 8-seats). The MDR restaurant is complimentary and open-seating (no reservations are required) for Breakfast (7-9:30 am), 4-course Lunch (12-noon - 2:30 pm, on seadays only) and 4-course Dinner (6:30-9:30 pm). Discoveries Dining Room also serves Afternoon Tea (between 4-5 pm, on seadays only). Note: Depending on cruise itinerary (ports arrival times), MDR times may slightly vary. Breakfast menu includes deli meats, egg station (made-to-order eggs and omelettes), pancakes, waffles, French toast, fresh fruits, selection of cereals, breads, pastries. Lunch menu (on seadays only) offers appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, desserts, plus a daily burger special. Among the lunch menu items are shrimp (with crab cake stuffing), Nicoise salad (with tuna), mixed greens salad, stir-fries, BBQ-grilled salmon, gelato ice cream, sorbets. Afternoon Tea service (on seadays only) offers 3-tiered trays (finger sandwiches, cookies, petit fours) and filled scones. Dinner menu offers appetizers, salads (incl a daily special), soups, pastas, entrees (incl healthy and vegetarian dishes), separate dessert menu (with beverages). At dinner are always offered some 10+ classic items, including steak (NY strip loin), fish (sauteed salmon filet), grilled chicken breasts, shrimp cocktail, escargots, chilled soup, Caesar salad. A separate dinner dessert menu offers creme brulee, cheesecake, gelato ice cream, sugar-free items, drinks.