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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
As first time cruisers we had no idea what to expect or how "you cruise". We deliberately chose the Azamara Journey because of its size. We didn't want to be on one of those larger liners and after seeing a couple in ports, ... Read More
As first time cruisers we had no idea what to expect or how "you cruise". We deliberately chose the Azamara Journey because of its size. We didn't want to be on one of those larger liners and after seeing a couple in ports, we were glad we chose the Azamara. The organization of EVERYTHING was great, the staff were super friendly, the food met our needs and was tasty, the ports we visited were well chosen, the entertainment was a bit cheesy but served its purposes and we met some great people that we had a lot of laughs with. We didn't book any of the shore excursions as we just did our own thing. The complimentary drinks list was more than adequate and we didn't feel the need to up-grade. We also didn't book any nights in either of the special restaurants. We could not fault a single thing, except perhaps a bigger self service laundry is needed. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
This was our first cruise and was a 50th birthday present from my wife . The ship was fabulous with a friendly and attentive staff . The rooms were port side state rooms and were well appointed and comfortable . A generous Double bed with ... Read More
This was our first cruise and was a 50th birthday present from my wife . The ship was fabulous with a friendly and attentive staff . The rooms were port side state rooms and were well appointed and comfortable . A generous Double bed with TV and fitted wardrobes completed a very smart space . The small but perfectly functional bathroom was clean and well appointed with shower , basin and toilet . Clean towels every day and a make and turn bed down service every day also with fresh fruit daily and chocolates at the end of each day . The entertainment was limited but very well produced with commitment from the entertainment team . The food onboard was exceptional and no matter which of the 4 diners/ restaurants you dined at the food in each was as good as the next . The only down side was we booked a package to include the Monaco Grand Prix , we felt this was miss old as the tickets were for a spot which had no view of the Grand Prix . We feel this is a con and 5000 other people were also conned . This should not be sold as a viewing point . On the other hand the remains part of the cruise was great and the ticket for the GP issue will be dealt with directly. All in all a lovely trip on a very nice friendly ship . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
We toughtly enjoyed it!!! Azamara Journey cruise ship is beautiful! Emberkation was brilliant. Disemberkation was good enough. Lounges are very comfortable. The food is excellent vlwith lots of choises. The free drinks ... Read More
We toughtly enjoyed it!!! Azamara Journey cruise ship is beautiful! Emberkation was brilliant. Disemberkation was good enough. Lounges are very comfortable. The food is excellent vlwith lots of choises. The free drinks is more than great. The longer stays on port were nice but in comparison with the private tours offered by local guides in ports Azamara offers a little more expensive. Publik room very comfortable and nice. Staff is super friendly. Staff is very courteous and ready to help at any time. Service is professional. Definitely see you again! Thank u to all! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
We took the 10 night Greek Isles Amalfi coast cruise 4/27/15. At first glance, the ship is so similar to the Quest that it's amazing:) We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our last 2 cruises on Azamara so we were so excited! ... Read More
We took the 10 night Greek Isles Amalfi coast cruise 4/27/15. At first glance, the ship is so similar to the Quest that it's amazing:) We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our last 2 cruises on Azamara so we were so excited! But it wasn't quiet there for us. The staff is fantastic, don't get me wrong but the cruise director and his staff left alot to be desired. We hardly saw them except to greet us going into a show. Russ on the Quest was everywhere! His personality was caring, loving and fun.. Didn't feel that with Tony.. I hear that He fills in for both cruise directors on a rotational basis. But that's not the only thing or I'd chalk it up to a bland CD week.. The entertainment before dinner and in the casino lounge was not good. I am a kind person but it was difficult at times. Why doesn't The Journey have a band playing in the Looking Glass at 5;50 to 7 so we can dance and party a bit before dinner? The Quest had a 2 person band that we all loved, especially after a long day of sightseeing. Plus they playing up there at 930-1030pm before the DJ got started. Many of us have a hard time staying awake unless we have activities to keep us busy, such as a little dancing:) Most are in bed by 1030-11pm. Why did the Journey have a guitar player that really put us all to sleep? Nice and friendly guy but very low key... BTW Roy and Carlos were the best waiters! But I digress... The wines choosen each day were very good, we thought.. We did hear people complaining that there was too much Sauvignon Blanc for the white choices but we like that so its all good. If you didn't like that wine choice, you can politely ask for one of the previous days choices, but be nice and not demanding. I think that's where folks don't get what they want as we've never had a problem getting any drink on the package or any wine we asked for within reason:) Overall, we had a wonderful time because we always do when we travel. The itinerary and Azamazing evening were just that, amazing! How they move everybody and do what they do is a miracle in itself:) Don't be afraid to go on one as you'll be sorry if you don't! Azamara is a great product. The captain drove us over in the tender to the dock in Amalfi. You won't get that on a large cruise ship! They are a great Boutique line and we'll go on them again, it might be the Quest though:) Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
I was really nervous before taking my first cruise. I read so many reviews regarding different issues that passengers had. I was so relieved the minute I walked into the port. The staff was courteous and very efficient getting us on ... Read More
I was really nervous before taking my first cruise. I read so many reviews regarding different issues that passengers had. I was so relieved the minute I walked into the port. The staff was courteous and very efficient getting us on board the ship. Upon arrival to our room, our bags were outside our door. The room was clean and very adequate. My husband and I both found the staff incredibly courteous and accommodating. I found it helpful that we participated in the ship tour to get to know the ship itself. The food was good. I thought the buffet had a great variety and good tasting food. We did not eat at the specialty restaurants. I liked that you could basically find food at any hour. I especially enjoyed room service and the Mosaic Café for coffee. I appreciated all of the hand sanitizer stations for the hands but would have liked to have seen a few more signs instructing passengers about hand washing, as hand washing is a more effective method to prevent the Norovirus. For us, the entertainment was fine. Probably too quiet for some but it was perfect for us. My only request would be to offer more live music performances for evening dancing. I really enjoyed the White Party. The cruise sponsored excursions were great and we took a few private tours as well. The disembarkation to ports and when departing were very organized and didn't really take long at all. A nice touch, refreshing towels and water upon arrival to the tender for return to the ship. I could "nit pick" and find some inconsequential thing to complain about but I can't imagine the task of pleasing everyone all the time. So thank you staff of the Journey for a great first cruise experience. My only problem is that I keep waking up in the middle of the night wondering where I am at! I'm sure I will figure it our eventually! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
This was our first experience cruising and we enjoyed ever minute of it. The food was good, as was the choice of drinks that were included. We could not fault the staff they were helpful , friendly and courteous. Our cabin stewards, Ivo ... Read More
This was our first experience cruising and we enjoyed ever minute of it. The food was good, as was the choice of drinks that were included. We could not fault the staff they were helpful , friendly and courteous. Our cabin stewards, Ivo and Sajet, were wonderful, they were hardworking and the cabin was always immaculate nothing we asked was a problem to them. Our only negative was with the art dealers. We attended an auction and an appointment to talk about art and after that we found it impossible to find the art director or assistant. Luckily Guest relations managed to help us and we cancelled any dealings we were going to have. The only time we saw the Art Director and Assistant was on a tender going off on a day out!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
We are a couple aged 65 and 55 respectively. In wonderful shape and well traveled but we had never been on a cruise. We thought it to be too stodgy and way too laid back for our style of travelling. Well, we finally decided to do it and ... Read More
We are a couple aged 65 and 55 respectively. In wonderful shape and well traveled but we had never been on a cruise. We thought it to be too stodgy and way too laid back for our style of travelling. Well, we finally decided to do it and did our due diligence and chose an Azamara Quest cruise in the Med in early October.Oh, by the way, we made our reservations for this trip 10 days before sailing.Well, I'm happy I did that. We arrived Rome the day before our cruise. We booked a great hotel on the water at our departure port,had a delicious diner nearby and woke the next morning to explore town before walking with our luggage to the pier a bit after noon. The boarding process was professional,swift and most cordial.It took hardly any time and we were greeted onboard with champagne.We were directed to go to lunch and promised that by the time it was over our luggage would be in our cabin. Lunch was a buffet and it was delicious. The ship is beautiful. It's what a classic Ocean liner is suppose to be in my opinion.The ship looks like it was launched last year. The crew is constantly cleaning and looking after you with the biggest smiles and greetings you can imagine. From the Captain on down these are the nicest ,friendliest and most professional people I have ever encountered travelling en masse. Our cabin was a veranda on 6. It was fine and came well stocked with toiletries and a loaded mini fridge. Fruit each day was very nice. Our cabin attendant was perfect. He just did it without even being asked. We did not take any of the cruise tours as we had already been to some of the destinations and enjoy going out on our own. The food on-board was delicious. We ate in both of the specialty restaurants as well as the MDR. Fellow passengers were from the US & Great Britain for the most part. The size of the ship was very important to us. We purposely did not want to go on a Mega ship. One of the advantages of this with Azamara was that we actually got to know quite a few of our fellow passengers.The ship carries under 700 and I think on our cruise there were about 640. We always requested to be seated at a large table with others. We met so many nice people that way. I am a smoker and the one area on the ship where it's allowed also afforded me the pleasure of meeting even more people. Do I enjoy being on a beautiful compact ship that's crewed by the nicest people,being served absolutely great food,not concerned about formal nights or tipping in general nor feeling as though I'm being "nickel and dimed" as so many other cruise people told us later? Well sure. Wouldn't you? Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2011
Having heard so many positive things about Azamara we were anticipating nothing but the best when we embarked for our first cruise. We have never considered a cruise before and have always made our own holidays with flights, ... Read More
Having heard so many positive things about Azamara we were anticipating nothing but the best when we embarked for our first cruise. We have never considered a cruise before and have always made our own holidays with flights, hotels/apartments and rental cars. This year one of our trips were cancelled and suddenly we found our self with 2 weeks of spare time to use at "anything". By pure coincidence we stumbled upon a cruise with Azamara and within a few days everything was arranged thru a TA in Oslo. We were going on our first cruise. We read many reviews before we decided and in line with some recommendations we opted for the interior cabin. It's true what they said. We never spent much time there and the money saved could be used on the beverage package,- among other things. Next time we might go for a balcony, but for the first cruise it was quite OK to just do the interior cabin. We got a great reception embarking in Nice and the Meet and Mingle Party was held later the same evening. A fine opportunity to meet some fellow cruisers that you only had some contact with via cruise critic. First port of call was Saint-Tropez. We had plans for lunch at Plage L'Esquinade and had a great day in port. The Saint-Tropez Sailing Week was in progress and it was fantastic to watch all the yachts and large sail boats passing by the Journey as we were tendered close to the port. Sanary Sur Mer was next port and it was really a quaint little village with a beautiful port. The only negative side to it was that they practice siesta and basically that meant that almost all the shops were closed from 12-3p.m. If you don't have a port excursion in a place like Sanary Sur Mer is a bit too quiet. IMHO they should do a bit more when they get cruise ships,- I rather feel a bit stranded in a beautiful town when everything is closed. If they don't want tourists I can suggest many places that would be better options, Saintes Maries de la Mer for example. Barcelona was fantastic- so were the other ports, not going into details, but the excursions we had was very nicely performed by Azamara and their agents. Very professional and surprisingly efficient. We would recommend excursions if you find them interesting because Azamara really make an effort to give you a supreme product. On board the Azamara Journey everything was pure excellence. The crew, from the maintenance staff to the officers, really seemed to enjoy working for Azamara. That was the first thing that struck me,- these people actually enjoy what they are doing. The restaurants were very good. we dined in all of them and can say that all the options are well worth a visit. The main dining room, Discoveries, was a bit more noisy than the speciality restaurants, but nothing to be bothered with. The food was equally as good, and that is what's important. We found the on board entertainment to be very good. Some very nice performances by artists flown in for a few days only and some performances from the Azamara artists. They all were high level performers and could easily work in the West End or on Broadway. We had a fabulous time on the Azamara Journey and will definately go again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
You'll love it! You'll hate it! We really had little idea of what to expect with friends who had cruised telling us we'd love it and those who had never cruised telling us we'd hate being not being independent ... Read More
You'll love it! You'll hate it! We really had little idea of what to expect with friends who had cruised telling us we'd love it and those who had never cruised telling us we'd hate being not being independent travellers. Well I have to say the first group one hands down. We cruised with the Azamara to The Holy Land in November 2010 and loved every minute of it. The crew were fantastic - so genuinely helpful and always courteous; the cabins were well equipped, though maybe slightly on the small side, and every day we got fresh fruit and various newsletters meaning we were always up to speed with what was going on in relation to excursions or on-board activities. The food in the various restaurants we thought was of 5 star standard with good quality linen, cutlery and glasses (for all that wine included in the price - well done on those selections too - I have been on holidays before where wine was included and mostly they were house wines of dubious quality). I used the gym and went to 2 spinning classes which I loved (a couple of extra bikes would be good as you had to book early to get on to the class which was over-subscribed) and my husband used the walking track each day. We both used the library and, being newspaper addicts, liked the daily news sheets available there (and the UK ones delivered to our cabin). The on-board laundry room was well equipped and I also used the ship's laundry service which was excellent and not expensive either. The Azamara gets full marks for always having cold bottles of water available to take with you on excursions as you leave the ship and for always giving you a warm welcome back at the end of each trip. It was these little things that really stood out. Extra pillow? No problem. Broken light? Fixed very quickly. Breakfast on your balcony? No problem (and always delivered at the time requested). Seriously, and I don't have shares in Azamara, the only area I found to improve concerned the daily delivery of grapes to the cabins - they had several pips in. We have booked another cruise with the Azamara and are introducing some of our relatives too to this whole new way of having a holiday. It was the most relaxing holiday we have had and from start to finish we felt looked after by the Azamara and her crew. We also made some new friends - all helped by the dining experience and the option of sharing tables whenever we chose and through joining Cruise Critic beforehand. The Cruise Critic meetings on board were fun and at the final meeting most of the ship's directors were there to take on board (excuse the pun) any feedback. That was impressive. I could go on but that is probably enough. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
My husband and I and our 11 year old son have travelled in Europe extensively on our own, but had never been on a cruise before. I started researching ways to visit St Petersburg Russia and discovered that we could actually see several ... Read More
My husband and I and our 11 year old son have travelled in Europe extensively on our own, but had never been on a cruise before. I started researching ways to visit St Petersburg Russia and discovered that we could actually see several destinations if we took a "Baltic Cruise." After extensive internet research, I determined that a smaller ship might give a more intimate experience and personal service, so I booked an average room on Azamara Journey for June 2010. I was absolutely correct, the service on the ship was impecable, to a person. No request was too much. Azamara is a port-intensive itinerary, which is what we wanted, but time on the ship was nice too. The food was good and did not become monotonous, even after 12 days. There were several different kinds of food venues and you never had to wear a coat and tie or be very dressed up to eat. The entertainment was okay, but usually we were too tired after a day of sightseeing to go to the cabaret anyway. Azamara is not a "kids' entertainment" line, but our son was treated nicely by the staff and other guests as well. My only complaint was that I had very carefully planned our shore excursions so we could have certain special experiences. We were informed after we boarded that several of our excursions (which I had paid for well in advance) had been cancelled. I was disappointed, but made adjustments and had great experiences anyway. We took ship excursions, hired a private company in St Petersburg, and went on our own in some instances. This was a good decision because we didn't feel like we were being herded around all the time. The company in St. Petersburg was DenRus Tours - they were fantastic to deal with - even bought our tickets to a premier at the Mariinsky Theatre. Our driver for two days was Vladimir and our delightful tour guide/interpreter was Igor. They made our trip very special. I just can't say enough about the crew of Azamara and DenRus. It was a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
I grew up on boats. I love to travel. However, up till now, I had no desire to go on a cruise ship. Why? Because I hate crowds, lineups, buffets, tours, corny entertainment and seasickness. And I'm not crazy about kids...other ... Read More
I grew up on boats. I love to travel. However, up till now, I had no desire to go on a cruise ship. Why? Because I hate crowds, lineups, buffets, tours, corny entertainment and seasickness. And I'm not crazy about kids...other people's, that is, on a vacation. I have spent my life teaching teenagers and for me, a holiday must be as far away from them as possible or it simply isn't a change of scene. I do love the ocean, however, and if I'm going to be on a ship, I must be able to actually feel like I'm close to the water, not 16 stories up in a floating skyscraper. I spent a couple of years researching my 'first time cruise' and I chose Azamara for the following reasons: 1. I could not afford a balcony on Oceania and didn't want to go for 2 weeks in case I didn't like it 2. The ships are basically the same size and I liked the size and look of the ships a lot 3. The one week itinerary was terrific and at the right time of year for me 4. It seemed it would appeal to people like me, who are comfortable but not necessarily wealthy, have high standards but aren't totally spoiled and can appreciate the opportunity to travel rather than take it all for granted 5. I got an irresistible deal way before the prices jumped and am kicking myself that I didn't book a hundred more cruises before it was too late. As I was constantly told by more experienced cruisers on board The Journey, I hit it lucky my first time. It was generally agreed by everyone I spoke to that this ship was a tremendous value and everything was fantastic. I have no basis of comparison, unless you count a terrible voyage in steerage on a dilapidate ship from the old Epirotiki lines from Brindisi to Athens as a college student when everyone aboard wanted to jump over from the lousy food, overly attentive waiters (I was much younger and prettier back then) and rampant seasickness. I say this so you can decide how many grains of salt to sprinkle on my review. I booked in the fall, way before rumors of the upgrade in services, because I sensed that the Journey would offer what I was looking for at a decent, affordable price. Imagine my shock at our good luck when the re-imaging took place and I found out that there would be more than met my eye....free wine! free coffee! no gratuities!......I'm not much of a drinker...either wine or coffee but the tips were a savings (although I couldn't resist tipping a little anyways, the service was so incredible). I am now suffering from withdrawal because, with my calculations, I can no longer really afford to return for another cruise.....and return I would, if the price wasn't practically double. Unless you drink like a fish, I'm not sure you could justify the difference in price, although, at the rate we paid, I suppose it's doubtful they could stay in business. Sigh. The best things about the cruise and The Journey 1. Embarkation/debarkation was perfect ....smooth, efficient and welcoming 2. Lunch, like all others to follow, was fantastic 3. Our Deck 7 Balcony suite was great....amazing views all along the coasts of Italy and the Balkans (are they still called that?) Blue seas, blue hills, blue skies. Sure, the bathroom is small, but it's on a ship! If you want a huge bathroom, stay home (where, I assume, your facilities are in a house). 4. The ocean was like glass every day. (Told you we were lucky...I never even opened my pack of wristlets or gravol, never felt queasy or anything but relaxed) Thank you weather gods. 5. The people we met were delightful, considerate, friendly and fun. All ages, too. Honeymooners, empty nesters and retirees. And a few oldies but goodies. 6. The staff was incredible....I absolutely endorse whatever positive comments others have written times 100....the teamwork, the professionalism and warmth made it very hard to leave....I actually cried during their good-bye presentation...felt like a cross between the Olympics and summer camp 7. The 'tendering' and tours were excellent, efficient and pretty reasonable, considering 8 The spa was lovely, but the treatments so costly that few people seemed to be there at any time making it easy to enjoy the steam, shower and private deck 9. The food was sensational. Given the number of people and the complexities involved, the service and the catering was first-rate. I am a 'foodie' with a bit of a background in culinary arts and found something wonderful to eat at each meal. Food was fresh, abundant and beautifully presented. The specialty restaurants were fantastic....all I can say is 'chocolate souffle'... 10. The Captain and his crew were approachable, friendly and eager to please. They are really trying to sell this new upgrade concept with a lot of opportunities for feedback 11. They never run out of anything....towels, food, water, hellos... Not so much.... a very short list....again, based on my experience as a newbie 1. Somebody complained that there were a few cruddy tiles around the pool which had escaped my attention 2. There is only 1 laundry room with only 4 washers and dryers which create a kind of feeding frenzy at times.....it's strictly survival of the fittest in this little space....just don't leave your stuff for a minute or someone will remove it and leave it lying around, damp, and avert their eyes when you enter (don't ask me how I know) 3. Sometimes you can't make up your mind which dessert to order so you have to have two! 4. The programming is a little lame....the games are incredibly juvenile and the entertainment is not great, but it didn't really bother me...I am not interested in Las Vegas afloat 5. The onboard stores are so -so....kind of frumpy 5. I am now spoiled for the rest of my life. I am very sad that I probably will not ever be able to justify spending twice as much for the same thing again and so will have to say Bon Voyage to the good ship Journey. My fear, for Azamara, is that they are now joining a pretty fussy class where their efforts may not be appreciated, given the shiny competition. And they are leaving out an entire group of potential cruisers, boomers new to cruising who want a lovely, romantic and adventurous escape from the kids, grandkids and cares. Like me. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
Although we have travelled extensively, this was our first experience cruising and we were thrilled with the entire trip. Mindful of possible inclement weather we chose to fly into Ft. Lauderdale the day before departure to ensure our ... Read More
Although we have travelled extensively, this was our first experience cruising and we were thrilled with the entire trip. Mindful of possible inclement weather we chose to fly into Ft. Lauderdale the day before departure to ensure our timely arrival to the ship. On the sailing day we took a short tour of Ft. Lauderdale as I has spent many Christmas celebrations there as a child and wanted to see if I would remember any places (which I did!). We arrived at the Port of Miami around noon and were immediately invited onboard our new, temporary home. We had a lunch at the buffet and toured the ship to familiarize ourselves with the different things available to us. Our luggage arrived before 3 p.m. so we unpacked; pleasantly surprised with the number of hangers and drawer space. We went outside to watch our departure and waved adios to Miami. It was suggested that we eat at the earlier seating for the 1st evening...this would be the only evening we would have to make a choice of dining times. The next day was spent at sea and although the weather wasn't the best we enjoyed the relaxation time. While on board we took advantage of the lectures, cooking demonstrations, casino, shows, computers, pool, bars, etc. All of the people involved with the day to day activities were very helpful and always had a smile or nice word to say. The 48 nations represented by the crew on the ship can be proud of their ambassadors; they were excellent. The excursions we chose were informative and very enjoyable. The driver and narrator in Dominica were particularly helpful. We were able to eat in the 2 speciality dining rooms a total of 3 evenings. Each meal was memorable from the amuze de bouche to the coffee and desserts and wines. The meals in the Discovery restaurant were also enjoyable however we were a little disappointed with the seafood. We felt that the fish was frozen and were a little surprised at that. We ate in the Windows Cafe twice for a 'lighter dinner' and loved the shushi and sashimi available, as well as the stir-fry and pasta choices. Finally, the disembarkation was extremely organized and well handled. We had transfers to Ft. Lauderdale and were delivered to the airport in a timely manner. To summarize our cruise experience I think we can say it was a great vacation which we would love to repeat, although to new destinations, and we look forward to planning something soon. PS. We visited 7 ports but the ability to select 7 ports wasn't available. Also, loved the 2 days before ports and 2 days after ports "at sea" and would always want this choice. Read Less
Azamara Journey Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.4
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 1.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.8
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 5.0 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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