On the Azamara Quest, a 10-deck ship with more restaurants than meets the eye, the place that many end up calling home during the course of the cruise is the Mosaic Café.
Located on the fifth floor next to shops that sell you crystal-encrusted rings or handbag imports is the café that’s always on. The young baristas –a smiling chap from Rio de Janeiro, a blonde girl from Russia, and a svelte man from the Philippines – constantly had the Nespresso machine humming.
And with excellent reason.
Perched on the comfortable latte-colored armchairs, right beneath a skylight, is a place where you can coddle with a good book and drink several coffee selections. Feeling sleepy? Try the full-bodied ristretto, made with pure and dark roasted South and Central American Arabicas. There is even a Grand Cru selection, with an elegant Lungo Forte, which boasts subtle hints of fruit.
For those who feel as though the Australian sun has a little too much intensity to it, there are ice-cold coffees fit for Polar Bears. For an added charge, try the “coffee after dark” selections, with even a Café Royal Frappe made with Remy Martin and VSOP Cognac.
The café is also, as I discovered, the best place to find refuge in pastries and light bites if you’re hungry. Try the Almond Lady Finger Sugar and the Chocolate Mousse pots with a delicious layer of mango on the top, a perfect way to breeze through the afternoon.