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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Azamara Journey goes above and beyond most cruise ships. The staff are so friendly - We love all the question and answer periods with all the officers from the captain down. The food was excellent with lots of variety. There was lots of ... Read More
Azamara Journey goes above and beyond most cruise ships. The staff are so friendly - We love all the question and answer periods with all the officers from the captain down. The food was excellent with lots of variety. There was lots of activities to do onboard if so desired. The ports were interesting especially Perth(Freemantle), Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney. The smaller ports Esperance, Albany, Bunburry had less to do but certainly the Australian people made you very welcome with bands playing when you arrived and lots of info re their port. The weather could have been better but that certainly is no fault of the cruise line. Yes - it rained in Bali but it is the passengers responsibility, not the cruise ships responsibility, to get to the ship at the start of a cruise and once the cruise is over and you have checked out it is your responsibility to have umbrellas etc. not the cruise ships. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our 5th Cruise with Azamara and cruising down the West Coast of Australia is the wrong time of year as it is Cyclone season. Although we didn’t come across one there were a few in area both before and after our sailing down the ... Read More
This was our 5th Cruise with Azamara and cruising down the West Coast of Australia is the wrong time of year as it is Cyclone season. Although we didn’t come across one there were a few in area both before and after our sailing down the coast. Embarkation was a little longer then we have previously experienced as there were torrential rain in Bali and I think everyone wanted just to get onboard and stay dry. It was great to see familiar faces as we boarded handing us a glass of champagne Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Fourth cruise on the Journey, great crew, service and food. We like the relaxed feeling on the ship with only about 700 passengers. Boarded in Benoa, Bali near the airport. There was about an hour checking in due to the limited ... Read More
Fourth cruise on the Journey, great crew, service and food. We like the relaxed feeling on the ship with only about 700 passengers. Boarded in Benoa, Bali near the airport. There was about an hour checking in due to the limited facilities. Having senior club status meant nothing because there was not enough room in the small building for multiple lines. Not Azamara's fault because Bali has no dedicated cruise port. I understand it is planned in the near future. Once on board with a glass of sparkling wine in your hand you soon forget the long check-in line. Lunch in the cafe and off to unpack and get settled. The cabins are adequate in size and the bathroom is tiny but fine once used to it. Entertainment is limited but and mostly after 9:30pm so we did not attend any shows this cruise as we turn in early. The itenerary was good as we had never been to West or South Australia before. This was also the first time I believe for Azamara as well. The area's activities was primarily natural sights such as wildlife on land and sea until you arrived in Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney. It was a great opportunity to see Kangaroos and Koalas. There are many Dolphin encounters and whale sighting ( only in season ) in the area. Our weather was windy with rough seas for the first week which was expected for the location and time of year but enjoyed the cruise anyway. The true beauty of the Journey is the wonderful crew and genuine friendly atmosphere of the ship. Captain Magnus Davidson is a joy to have leading the cruise. I believe this was our 3rd cruise with him. Always friendly and informative. We are scheduled on the sister ship QUEST in April for another adventure with Azamara. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
This particular cruise was chosen for the itinerary of exploring Wesreern Australia. We knew we’d never be able to visit all the ports that Azamara Journey called on without going on a cruise. Having visited Queensland and Victoria many ... Read More
This particular cruise was chosen for the itinerary of exploring Wesreern Australia. We knew we’d never be able to visit all the ports that Azamara Journey called on without going on a cruise. Having visited Queensland and Victoria many times, we wanted to explore the west coast. The best was Kangaroo Island and the all day shore excursion to view kangaroos and koalas in the wild. Having experienced three previous cruises on Celebrity, we were interested in trying a smaller vessel. Azamara Journey did not disappoint. We were particularly pleased with the staff and crew in every area, from the cabin attendants to the wait staff to the officers on the ship. Everyone was more than cordial and went out of their way to engage, converse, and make you feel welcome. While the larger ships offer more in the way of entertainment, the smaller vessel offered a chance for everyone to get to know others from around the world. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Just back from an excellent cruise around the western and southern coasts of Australia on the beautiful Azamara Journey. Why do we return to Azamara? - the WONDERFUL Azamara crew who look after us so well and with such enthusiasm. The ... Read More
Just back from an excellent cruise around the western and southern coasts of Australia on the beautiful Azamara Journey. Why do we return to Azamara? - the WONDERFUL Azamara crew who look after us so well and with such enthusiasm. The ship is in excellent condition, though there are a few issues (gym equipment , elevator indicators) and new carpets in the hallways, and fortunately no further alterations to interior decoration (though we noticed a couple of pictures had been changed). The resident artwork on this ship is wonderful and we always go around the ship revisiting our favourite pieces (atrium stairway sculpture, Michael Eastman photographic prints, etc. etc. It was such a shame that the green marble counter of the Reception Desk was ripped out and replaced with off-white when the original green was so in keeping with the rest of the decor and still in excellent condition. To our mind this was an expensive and unnecessary expenditure. Our route was from Bali to Sydney with excellent stops along the way. Only Exmouth was cancelled (a town insufficiently equipped to receive a cruise ship) with Bunbury, Kangaroo Island and Melbourne the highlights of our cruise. A similar cruise around the eastern shores of Australia two years ago we found very hot - this cruise was very different with cool temperatures and very strong winds. Most of the entertainment was similar to that we had seen before with visiting acts coming on and leaving (some of it downright awful, though some was entertaining - we always say, though, If you want to see a Broadway show you have to go to New York [or London]). The special interest talks are generally interesting, though unfortunately Dr. Rebecca was a disappointment - her subjects were interesting but there were too many umms, errs, and ‘you knows’ which distracted from her subject. Our favourite entertainers were the specialty dancers - so graceful and delightful to watch. We used to enjoy the harpist but sadly, their services were discontinued. I rather think that Azamara head office misunderstand onboard entertainment. It was so pleasant sitting in the Discoveries Bar enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail with the subtle sounds of the harpist in the background. A guitarist who wants to be heard and so is amplified is NO substitute as the volume discourages conversation. Consequently we usually find somewhere quiet for cocktails - and miss the harpist. A really big problem during this cruise was the internet - if you could log on (and that wasn’t always possible, with the little wheel spinning, and spinning, and spinning. . . ) eMails would sometimes download but then try opening them . . . ! Virtually impossible!! The problem may partially be due to the ‘Free Internet’ package offered to some staterooms and it being free they never log off, whereas if the system were to log them off after a period of inactivity it would free the service up for others. The boys manning The Mosiac coffee station are worked so hard but are always so eager to provide the very best service and always with a smile. I am always shocked when I witness a ship’s passenger treating them as they would a slave with not a work of ‘please’ or ‘thank you’, but they take it in their stride and give immaculate service. Executive Chef Monica Ortiz and her catering staff are to be congratulated on producing an excellent variety of menu selections in all restaurants. The Indian Buffet in Windows Cafe is always one of our favourites. When our cruise Came to an end British Airways carried us to Singapore and after a nights sleep and a day in the city British Airways’ A380 service sped us very comfortably home. Now to plan another cruise . . . Where to this time? Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
To judge by the number of B2B travellers from the previous cruise, many of the Azamara family had been eagerly awaiting this first journey to Sydney round the West Australian coast. I for one was certainly not disappointed. A brisk ... Read More
To judge by the number of B2B travellers from the previous cruise, many of the Azamara family had been eagerly awaiting this first journey to Sydney round the West Australian coast. I for one was certainly not disappointed. A brisk headwind greeted our journey south, but as we visited ports where we were given an enthusiastic welcome, the temperature hovered around the mid 20's (70's) which made for comfortable exploration .For a first journey, the ship's excursions, while expensive, were varied and professionally presented but one or two need fine tuning The shuttles provided for individual exploration, worked well. Tenders were needed for only two ports. As a solo, older traveller, I cannot speak too highly of the always pleasant, professional and efficient staff throughout the ship. One never needed to be surrounded by family or fiends to feel included. Open dining in Discovery in the evenings made for many pleasant and interesting dinners. The delayed arrival of a Bridge Director in Perth was welcomed by the card players in Perth as lessons and duplicate sessions began. Some of the entertainment was outstanding, especially two of the solo singers but I think some of the day time lectures might have dealt with Australian history and culture. The films shown on board were disappointing compared to other Azamara cruises. While Casablanca and Sleepless in Seattle are classics more recent offerings would have been welcome. I noted that people with varied dietary needs were well catered for but while the range of food available was broad and more than adequate, the menu in Discovery has changed little over the years and I personally would like to see more authentic dishes in Windows on Asian and Middle Eastern evenings. Overall for me 10 out of 10 Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
In a teeming rain, we left the shelter of our hotel in Bali, wondering if we had made a good decision in booking an 18-day circuit around the barren western & southern coasts of Australia, ending in Sydney. Did we??? Well - you ... Read More
In a teeming rain, we left the shelter of our hotel in Bali, wondering if we had made a good decision in booking an 18-day circuit around the barren western & southern coasts of Australia, ending in Sydney. Did we??? Well - you decide, by reading my story of our travels.... Let us begin at the very beginning...before Bali...as it takes some doing for an American to even get there. One must start from a jumping off place in the USA & that suggests a 14 to 16 hour flight to either Hong Kong or Singapore from America's west coast, with a follow-on flight to Bali. We flew out of San Francisco & on our flight, a family decided only while on board in the airport that their child wasn't feeling well enough to fly. The poor child was slung over a shoulder & taken out...& there followed a 2+ hour search for the family's luggage which resulted in a delay that made us miss our connection to Bali out of Singapore. We waited 6 hours for a follow-on flight, & so, from the time we left our home in Delaware until we checked into our lovely hotel in Bali - it was 46 hours. You can believe that, as I checked it against my watch. Bali must be a lovely island & it is inhabited by lovely warm people, who smile & bow to you in such a gracious manner that you wish you weren't so stupid with jet lag & could actually interact with them. We spent two days holed up like honeymooners in a quite lovely room in the Conrad, in a stupefied state trying to figure out who & what we were. Meanwhile, it being January the rain TEEMED down in a way one can only imagine in movies BUT there were still Asian tourists there determined to enjoy the beaches. This proved to us that there is something for everyone in every holiday.... Embarkation onto Azamara Journey was uneventful and almost easy. My husband argues with me about our choice of cabin on every cruise but he never questions why we get to go onboard in Group 1, & we charged on board & set up housekeeping with a lovely lunch & the typical Azamara welcome. How do these people do it??? The crew work so hard & are so unfailingly welcoming & happy, eventually bringing on board their tired & worn-out who are so very very glad to be on board Azamara again (if they've ever sailed on Az before)... And so began a wonderful cruise. There was a tweaking of the itinerary that gave us an initial 3 at-sea days, followed by wonderful overnights at Perth/Fre-Mantle, & then on to a series of small ports. We were VERY VERY impressed by every single port we visited, & VERY VERY much hope that Azamara will revisit this itinerary. It's not on their itinerary for another year at least, but I am betting that this will be the NEW itinerary for most cruise lines in years to come. Our favorite port city - Perth - what a beautiful city! with such adventures just outside Our favorite destination - Kangaroo Island - some lovely wineries & a brewery, plus a beautiful drive through the countryside Our favorite shore excursion - Adelaide - to their Cleland Wildlife Park - followed by lunch on board watching sailing activity in the port Our favorite memory - sailing into Sydney on a beautifully clear morning! The BEST THING! - The Eagles won the Superbowl, & Azamara had a party for us! As always, Azamara assures us that we are making the right decision in booking cruise after cruise with them. Of course we will do it again!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Two nights in Hong Kong's Marco Polo Hotel and two nights at the end in Singapore's Hotel Jen finished off our first Azamara cruise beautifully. Boarding was a breeze but the roll call for the drill after embarking was a total ... Read More
Two nights in Hong Kong's Marco Polo Hotel and two nights at the end in Singapore's Hotel Jen finished off our first Azamara cruise beautifully. Boarding was a breeze but the roll call for the drill after embarking was a total shambles. Due to this fiasco we did not make it to the cruise critic get together. Liked the two nights in ports, size of the ship, being able to cruise up the rivers in Bangkok and Saigon, the first ever bridge lessons by Agnes, and Trivia. Our cruise travelling friends took over from Agnes and we played with them nearly every day. Loved the entertainment with Eric and Alisha, who has the voice of an angel along with the service and quality of the food. What was not to like? Had a X 4 specialty restaurant package but really could have eaten in the restaurant or buffet any time and been just as happy (I don't eat seafood or lamb and very little beef). The couple we were travelling with and my husband love seafood and quality beef and were not disappointed with the chateau Bryon served in the specialty restaurant. We found the quality of the wines quite reasonable as were the cocktails. Must mention that we found some of the food to be quite salty. Even though we have been to all the ports before except for Ko Samui, which in hindsight I would have happily missed, we loved re-visiting them. Shower curtains are so yesterday!!! Want to do another Azamara cruise but need to know that Eric will be part of it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We had never cruised With Azamara before however the idea of spending Xmas and New Year on a ship, cruising from Hong Kong to Singapore, with overnight stays at several ports was very compelling. We loved every moment of this cruise! ... Read More
We had never cruised With Azamara before however the idea of spending Xmas and New Year on a ship, cruising from Hong Kong to Singapore, with overnight stays at several ports was very compelling. We loved every moment of this cruise! The Captain was the most friendly, engaging captain we had ever encounted and this friendly, outgoing style was mirrored by the Hotel Manager and the Cruise Director. We could not fault the service and professionalism of any crew member. The Captain and Hotel Manager would often wave us off as we went ashore and all staff would echo the greeting, ‘Welcome Home’, on our return, There were many other highlights including: - the sail away from Hong Kong with its dazzling display of Xmas lights - the beautiful Xmas decorations throughout the ship - the shows and entertainment with the Cruise Director leading the way with his prodigious talent - New Years Eve dinner and show that went on to the wee hours and all guests looked resplendent in their Azamara hats and head dresses - New Years Day buffet - the Azamazing evening, a stunning show in Ho Chi Minh, with music, dance, fireworks, fashion parade and three giant screens displaying scenes from across Vietnam - the White Night deck party with great food and entertainment and the parade of staff - being able to cruise up the Saigon River to The heart of Ho Chi Minh City and up the Chao Phraya River to Bangkok - the Q&A sessions with the Captain, Hotel Manager and Cruise Director provided a deeper level of understanding and appreciation of the ship and it’s operations And much more!! We were sad to see this adventure come to an end and look forward to our next cruise with Azamara. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I have cruised on much larger ships and one comparable luxury small ship and Azamara does a fine job, stem to stern. Their focus is on the guest always, doing their best to keep people happy and feel valued. At the end of our Azmazing ... Read More
I have cruised on much larger ships and one comparable luxury small ship and Azamara does a fine job, stem to stern. Their focus is on the guest always, doing their best to keep people happy and feel valued. At the end of our Azmazing evening in Bangkok, we returned to the ship by bus to a 7 piece band, heralding our return along with cold towels and beverages. Eric De Gray, the entertainment director, is multi-talented, extending himself personally as well as professionally 24/7. Considering the size of the ship, he magnifies the capabilities of his staff to entertain his guests. I did not avail myself of the specialty restaurants, finding no need. I enjoy lamb and since it was available at the included venues, I was fine. We were treated to lobster tails on our White Night, so another favorite was satisfied. The cabin was a bit smaller to share than other lines but not unworkable by any means. The bedside charger was quite handy. The staff service was excellent overall with a few exceptions, as is usually the case. Night -before -arrival luggage was dispatched with amazing speed. Organization in moving and transporting guests on and off, between venues, etc. was smooth, never feeling rushed or lagging. One of my favorite elements was the availability of iPad/iPhone classes. I learned so much, making it time well spent and a true bargain. Sea days are not usually my long suit but this made all the difference. Marcio is a delight, an excellent instructor and a good sport. Two obversations.... I was very impressed with how swift the elevator service was, short wait and not crowded. On the downside, I was disappointed that toilets had to be sought out on some public floors. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
I chose this cruise for its unique itinerary cruising up the rivers to downtown Bangkok and Saigon. In addition this cruise spent a longer time in port, than most cruises - 2.1/2 days in Bangkok, 1.1/2 days in Saigon, 1.1/2 days in Ha ... Read More
I chose this cruise for its unique itinerary cruising up the rivers to downtown Bangkok and Saigon. In addition this cruise spent a longer time in port, than most cruises - 2.1/2 days in Bangkok, 1.1/2 days in Saigon, 1.1/2 days in Ha Long Bay. It provided for a leisurely holiday. It was very user friendly for independent travel, with free shuttles provided in Bangkok, Saigon and Da Nang. The ship is a very friendly ship, from the Captain and the Cruise Director and their teams down to crew members. The Captain and the Cruise Director were everywhere! I found the passengers to be a wonderful well travelled group of friendly people. Being a solo traveller, I never felt lonely on board. There were lots of activities on board from which to choose, including daily trivia, which was better than average. The Guest Relations Team was the best in 17 cruises. No rolled eyes, tell someone who cares attitude here, but "How can we help you?". As a theatre/music lover, the high level theatre/music provided were highlights of the cruise. There was live music available everywhere. I am now enjoying Eric DeGray's CD, at home. If I was wealthy, I would cruise on this line often. As I'm not, I'll keep my eyes open for solo specials with unique itineraries. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
The cruise linked some new ports for us with some we wished to revisit. Also a brief Western Med cruise on Azamara had really impressed. Suite benefits also very attractive. With the one exception of the Azamazing Evening (which ... Read More
The cruise linked some new ports for us with some we wished to revisit. Also a brief Western Med cruise on Azamara had really impressed. Suite benefits also very attractive. With the one exception of the Azamazing Evening (which definitely was not!), the cruise exceeded expectations. The food in the specialty restaurants and the buffet is outstanding. Crew went out of way to be helpful. Suite kept immaculately and goodies just kept arriving. Would i recommend? Yes without a doubt. Azamara Journey is R6 in the former Renaissance fleet. An ideal size which with under 700 passengers can reach smaller ports. It also has a more intimate fell. The way the Captain and Cruise Director Eric worked together was a joy to behold and experience. The ports of call were very interesting and. Contrasted nicely. The Kuala Lumpur ships tour was particularly well organised. It more than made up for the disappointing Azamazing evening in Colombo where Taj Hotels put on some lovely Sri Lankan dancing interspersed with some dire westernised singers. At embarkation in Singapore we were embarrassingly held by Customs because we had some small Azamara bottles of sports. We were eventually allowed off without a fine if we paid USD 42. Duty. A trap for the unwary. Azamara could usefully warn passengers. A brilliant very memorable cruise with 2 small glitches which in no way detracted from a wonderful cruise. We aim to sail Azamara again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We just returned from our Cruise Dubai to Singapore stopping in Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Colombo, and Singapore. We arranged private tours in all ports and all were fine. The ship itself is a wonderful vessel. Small enough with only ... Read More
We just returned from our Cruise Dubai to Singapore stopping in Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Colombo, and Singapore. We arranged private tours in all ports and all were fine. The ship itself is a wonderful vessel. Small enough with only around 600 passengers to be intimate and friendly. She is spotlessly clean, the staff are friendly and Officers, especially the Captain, very visible. Eric the cruise director, is the best cruise director I have ever seen on a cruise. Food is amazing, especially in the speciality restaurants. Those are the good - two niggles though. One was the Spa where the manageress is very high on herself and needs a lesson in customer relations. Second was the last day where I was interested to see what would happen. On other cruises such as Celebrity and Princess the last morning is always the same. There is the pervasive feeling that they can't wait to get you off the ship. Azamara Journey was no different, which was a shame, because it leaves a bitter taste after such a lovely cruise. Breakfast buffet in the main dining room was awful. Tables had been pushed closely together which was awkward with everyone having hand luggage. Supposedly hot food was either lukewarm, cold or had run out and not replenished at 8 a.m. No more friendly waiters, we were lucky to get served. I would not let this stop me with cruising with Azamara again though .....it was just interesting to note that they are no difference to other cruise lines we have travelled on, even though they consider themselves to be a cut above. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We just completed cruise number 10 on Azamara, and are looking froward to number 11 and 12, already booked for early next year. We can't speak highly enough of the Captain and crew who contribute 100% to passenger satisfaction. ... Read More
We just completed cruise number 10 on Azamara, and are looking froward to number 11 and 12, already booked for early next year. We can't speak highly enough of the Captain and crew who contribute 100% to passenger satisfaction. Special mention must go to the Cruise Director, Eric De Gray We dined in the Patio Restaurant on several evenings, and found the food and service excellent. As Bridge players, we also appreciated having a bridge coordinator on board. On this cruise, our Director/Teacher, Vic Quiros, was most helpful in clearing some of the "foggy" areas in our current bridge regime. (Just when we thought we knew it all????) We organized most of our off shore excursions through contacts made with other Cruise Critic members before departure. We were able to travel in a smaller group, which made our three trips in India more manageable, and therefore more relaxing. Overall, good food, fantastic entertainment and the relaxed atmosphere all contribute to a very enjoyable voyage. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose the cruise because of the itinerary to Southern India and Sri Lanka. The departure point was Dubai and we had never been there either. New ports were hard to ignore. Dubai and the UAE were special. The architecture, the ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the itinerary to Southern India and Sri Lanka. The departure point was Dubai and we had never been there either. New ports were hard to ignore. Dubai and the UAE were special. The architecture, the buildings, the people and the culture were fascinating. Surprised that the city was so clean. Booked three tours on Viator: Top 5 places to see, Falconry in the desert, and a day trip to Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque. Our stateroom was a Spa Suite which was beautiful. We had a huge washroom with separate sinks. There are many drawers for clothing storage and many closets. Definitely spacious. The drawback to these suites on the 9th deck is the smoking section nearby. “Spa suite” should be in a healthy area of the boat. We had to walk through thick smoke to enter our room. Not good placement for a suite. The entertainment was nice, the speakers were excellent. Bingo was disappointing in that few people showed up for the game. Cycling in Goa was a disappointment in that it was cancelled due to poor turnout. Dined in Prime steakhouse and the Italian Restaurant. Food selection was excellent. We did not care for the dining room atmosphere. Overall, great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Destinations on offer were varied and interesting. We felt safe passing through the bottom of the Red Sea and into the Gulf of Aden because of the extra security measures put in place. The captain kept everyone up to date. We were on board ... Read More
Destinations on offer were varied and interesting. We felt safe passing through the bottom of the Red Sea and into the Gulf of Aden because of the extra security measures put in place. The captain kept everyone up to date. We were on board for Halloween and Remembrance Day and the crew put a huge effort into marking these occasions for those who were interested. There were many Australians on board and it would have been good for us to have had Melbourne Cup Day recognised. It is always the first Tuesday in November. A few of us got dressed up as is appropriate for this event and met in the Living Room and had a few champagnes (as is indeed appropriate for Melbourne Cup Day). We enjoyed sailing with Azamara last year for the first time and booked back to back cruises for 2017. We would recommend Azamara highly. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
After four years we returned to Azamara because of the route - from Piraeus to Dubai through the Suez Canal and Red Sea. It actually appeared as good value for money and we had loved Azamara in the past. We flew to Athens a day early as ... Read More
After four years we returned to Azamara because of the route - from Piraeus to Dubai through the Suez Canal and Red Sea. It actually appeared as good value for money and we had loved Azamara in the past. We flew to Athens a day early as exploring the city is pleasant in the October temperatures. Boarding was simple on the Saturday although one suitcase was delivered to the wrong cabin and it took time to get more than the 'it is coming' response. The ship is looking good and well cared for with ongoing cleaning and painting etc. The cabin has been improved with the refurbishment but remains relatively small and the shower is as poor as ever with the clinging curtain. Our cabin team were effective, meticulous and helpful. We dined normally in the main restaurant for breakfast and dinner - and for lunch on sea days if the menu appealed. Food generally was excellent and service outstanding. The provided wines were acceptable mostly, although by no means top quality. Our one night in Prime C was as good as we recall from the past. The onset of precautions against norovirus towards the end of the cruise did disimprove the experience in both buffet and dining room but was understood. We had read of Cruise Director Eric De Gray but only having seen him in action on and off stage did we understand the skills, charisma and charm of the man. His own shows in particular were excellent as were the formal shows. The guest artists were a mixed bag. Ports were interesting and well organised for the ships visit. Crete was an interesting new stop and we hired a car to take the ferry to Spinalonga. This was just a taster before the Suez Canal phase - fabulous to wake up and sniff Africa from our balcony. Passing through the canal was a bucket list ambition and a great experience. Saffaga in Egypt is a fairly desolate port but is the base to get to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. We took a trip organised on the Cruise Critic roll call which was excellent although the four hour run each way was as tedious as was expected! Our armed guard on board the bus was a bonus! Next stop was Aqaba Jordan where the Azamazing Evening took place in Wadi Rhum. It was well organised but the traditional music and dancing became a little tedious. The following day we took another CC organised trip to Petra. Memorable indeed. Jordan seemed a much better organised, cleaner and safer country than Egypt. Our safety team joined us in Aqaba and we were advised next day of the ship slowing down while 'equipment' was delivered on a RIB from a mother ship nearby. We practiced safety procedures and for the next six nights deck 5 was closed off and only tea lights were it on deck 9 - curtains on cabins closed throughout the night. Most ships going through this area adopt similar procedures and most people seemed glad to know we were well protected from possible pirate attack - however unlikely. After four days at sea there was a Salalah call in Oman for a half day and here we took a ships tour which was well run and interesting in this isolated area. Next stop was Muscat Oman's capital where we joined another CC tour managing to actually get into the Sultan's mosque. Muscat was impressive and the people very friendly. After a final sea day it was Dubai and a day there before flying home next day. The disembarkation was simple and indeed all the passport/visa procedures worked well and quickly. This once in a lifetime cruise and we are unlikely to choose it again. It is highly recommended by us as is the Azamara experience. Future prices appear eye-watering at present so whether we choose them again will depend on a reasonable deal coming up. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Our first cruise with Azamara was the 17-night trip from Athens to Dubai on the Journey. The entire experience was perfect from booking through disembarkation. We chose this voyage specifically for the itinerary as there was an overnight ... Read More
Our first cruise with Azamara was the 17-night trip from Athens to Dubai on the Journey. The entire experience was perfect from booking through disembarkation. We chose this voyage specifically for the itinerary as there was an overnight stop for both Luxor and Petra. About two months before we were due to leave we received an email titled “Itinerary Change”. My first reaction was ‘OH NO’. However in this case it turned out to be excellent news. Our ship was to exit the Suez Canal earlier than expected giving us two full days in Luxor. This provided the opportunity to change the long one day excursion I had booked to an overnight trip. Since it was a 3.5 drive each way from Safaga to Luxor, spreading it our over two days was considerably better. We stayed in Athens on our own 2 nights before the cruise then took a taxi from the hotel to the Port about noon. We were on board within 5 minutes and greeted with champagne. Since the staterooms were not ready yet we relaxed, had lunch, and booked some additional excursions for later in the voyage. About 1:30 an announcement was made and we had access to our cabin. We were in a balcony cabin off the back of the ship which afforded a 180-degree view. The cabin might have been a litter smaller than other ships but the balcony was considerably larger because of its’ location. It had all the standard stuff including a nice size closet and bathroom. The bed was really comfortable, with very nice sheets and a duvet. One really nice thing that Azamara does is keep your room fridge stocked with soda and ice. It’s really convenient and an excellent amenity. However, most cruise lines, including Azamara should take a lesson from Viking and get rid of the shower curtains. It’s much nicer to have glass doors. One thing I noticed on Azamara compared to other cruises we have taken is that there is not any overt and constant ‘sales’ pressure. Not for photos, jewelry, drinks, or spa treatments. It’s all pretty low key. Since standard drinks and tips are included, the only extra purchases we made were for a couple shore excursions that I had not pre-booked. I have to say, I was really nice to walk up to a bar and get a cocktail or glass of wine without a charge slip. There was never ANY mention of additional tipping but we did choose to give our stateroom stewards a little extra. The self-service laundry including soap was also free. Since we only travel with carry-on luggage, we made good use of this amenity. As one can imagine, it was a pretty popular place on a 17-day cruise. Food in the main dining room was outstanding. There were at least 7 or 8 entrée choices in addition to many appetizers, soups, salads, and desserts. Since both my husband and I really like escargot, I was surprised to see it as a permanent menu choice. Whenever I ordered beef or lamb, it came perfectly medium rare, just the way I like it. We did eat at the Italian Specialty restaurant Aqualina one night. It was better than the dining room, but only because of the items available. Most of our group ended up with the Lobster Trifecta: Bisque, Ravioli, and Grilled Tail. It was a great meal to celebrate my huband’s birthday. Since we normally cruise Princess, I have to say the buffet was not nearly as good as Princess. It closed at 8:30 and was considerably smaller. Also missing was the excellent Pizza and Pasta (especially their Fettuccini Alfredo) that is standard on all Princess ships. But then, the dining room was better and the included drinks were a definite plus. Entertainment was good. We spent most of our time in the ‘Living Room’ Lounge where they had either a guitarist or pianist playing. We went to a couple of the bigger shows in the theater. They were all enjoyable but not outstanding. The ‘Azamazing Evening’ was a trip to Wadi Rum to see a Bedouin show. It was NOT amazing. In fact, we didn’t even feel like we saw Wadi Rum. It was basically a small theater set up for tourists out in the middle of nowhere. We got off the bus, got a glass or wine or a beer and sat down on the stone bleachers with big pillows. There were a couple of women making bread on a wood fire which eventually got passed through the crowd so everyone could have a small taste. The music and dancing were boring. We couldn’t really see the sunset due to the position of the theater with the surrounding hills. It was probably the only excursion that was sub-par…but it was free. When we returned to the ship about 8pm there was an excellent buffet set up in the dining room and on deck so everyone could easily and quickly grab dinner. One thing that was amazing was the ‘White Night Party’ on the pool deck. We didn’t know but everyone is supposed to wear something white. The deck was specially decorated and the food was outstanding! They had charcoal grills set up and were grilling lamb, beef and lobster. They were even making Crepe Suzette for dessert! The music and dancing made for a really perfect evening. All the other tours we did off the ship were Outstanding – especially the Luxor Overnight, trip to Petra, and Dubai Bedouin Dinner in the Dunes. In Oman, It was just amazing to see bunches of camels just roaming around blocking traffic like sheep in Ireland. In Dubai we went to the 125th floor of the ‘current’ world’s tallest building. The memories we have from each excursion and country are priceless! Of course we all probably have a couple thousand pictures as well. We did wonder about going through parts of the Middle East as the ship passed between Somalia and Yemen after exiting the Red Sea. Once we left Jordan some heavily armed personnel had boarded as a pirate precaution. It was pretty easy to pick them out as they did not fit the typical cruiser profile. They were all pretty buff plus they had on ‘Protection Vessel’ shirts. This made us all feel perfectly safe. They exited the ship once we reached Oman and probably got on another ship heading north. Disembarkation was extremely easy. We left the ship and grabbed a taxi to a hotel in Dubai. It was an outstanding trip, mostly because of the itinerary but also because of Azamara. We really look forward to traveling with them again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our fifth cruise with Azamara and our third on the same route. We chose the route twice before as one or other of us had had knee surgery and this repositioning cruise includes many relaxing sea days. The itinerary includes the ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise with Azamara and our third on the same route. We chose the route twice before as one or other of us had had knee surgery and this repositioning cruise includes many relaxing sea days. The itinerary includes the option to visit both Luxor and Petra. On the previous cruises we weren’t fit enough to take these strenuous tours, but this time we intended to, and did, ‘tick off’ both these bucket list destinations. We had stayed in Athens twice before, so decided to look for a hotel in Piraeus and we found a great one. The Phidias Piraeus is a small boutique hotel very well located close to the Zea Marina, which has an interesting range of boats from luxury cruisers to small fishing boats. The road around the Marina has many restaurants and bars, so is an ideal place to find dinner. The hotel itself was great. The receptionist could not have been more helpful. Our room was small but very tastefully decorated in a modern style and the bathroom was nice - everything was very clean. Breakfast was great, too. They took us to the port the next morning at 12 on their free shuttle, along with about 12 other Azamara passengers who were staying there. As usual embarkation was quick and easy and well before 1:00 we were on board sipping a glass of bubbly. We went straight to the speciality restaurants reservation table in Windows(buffet) to buy a 3 meal dining package for the speciality restaurants and make our bookings, then had lunch in the Patio. By 2:00 we were in our verandah stateroom (7021) unpacking. Our steward, Luis, was happy to get us some metal coat hangers to supplement the ones provided. The cabin was very comfortable, with lots of storage space. We had asked for a queen bed configuration, and bed was huge and extremely comfortable. The balcony was small but had a table and two chairs - big enough for us to sit out there. We ate most dinners in Discoveries (MDR) and overall the food was excellent. We had some main courses that were outstanding - lamb chops, surf and turf, filet mignon, lobster with scallops and shrimp risotto. Azamara generally does soups well too - favourites include red pepper soup and Thai seafood soup. There were two or three misses though - garlic soup that tasted of rubber, veal chops that were tough and Thai beef curry that tasted like stewed beef, but these were very much the exception. We usually shared tables at dinner, often with the same group of people who all went to the Discoveries bar at about the same time (7:30) and had many lovely sociable meals. We ate twice in Prime C and once in Aqualina and these were all outstanding meals. We mostly had lunch at the Patio (my husband thinks the Azamara special burger is unbeatable) and breakfast in Windows. Although we were happy with the included drinks, we felt that the quality of the wine was lower than on our last cruise, a year before. After dinner, we often went to the Cabaret Lounge to watch some or all of the show. Mostly these were song and dance shows by the ship’s group of entertainers, including the talented Eric De Gray, the Cruise Director. During our 16 nights aboard there were two guest artists - a comedian and a cellist, but we didn’t see either of them. On a few nights we ended the evening dancing to disco in the Living Room, with the DJ Marcio. On this cruise there was a good crowd up there most nights. The Azamazing Evening was, unusually, a little underwhelming! It was in Wadi Rum, which is a beautiful setting, but the entertainment was folk dancing, which was very repetitive. It was men in white robes (plus a boy) waving swords and dancing. There was wine to drink but the only food was flat bread made by a couple of women sitting at the base of the stage. As we were sitting near the back we didn’t even get to try it! It also became quite cold once the sun set, as the sky was clear. We enjoyed the sea days, as we love sitting on a sun bed on deck 11. That means that I can’t comment on the lectures, art classes or bridge lessons - we didn’t get to any of them. From Aqaba to Muscat the ship was subject to high security - there was a team of security guards onboard and all outdoor areas had to be kept dark between dusk and dawn. We had to close our curtains at dusk and not use our verandah light. Deck 9 was only accessible after dark by ‘smoker’s corner’ - but the added bonus was that the view of the starry sky was wonderful with no light pollution! As always with Azamara the service was generally excellent. Senior Officers were very evident - we spoke to the captain a couple of times, and the Hotel Director, Heike, was everywhere - directing people to buses in port, welcoming us back to the ship. The other thing that always impresses is with Azamara is the general friendliness onboard - crew and passengers alike, and this cruise was no exception. Ports:- Crete - Agios Nikolas - we went on the little blue land train. We took the 70 minute tour for €13, which went up into the hills to a view point over Elounda and Spinalonga as well as back over Agios Nikolas, then had a walk around this pretty little town. Egypt - Safaga - we took a 2 day private tour with Your Egypt Tours which included Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, a sunset felucca ride on the Nile, an overnight stay at the 5 star Steigenberger Hotel on the banks of the Nile, the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple and the Colossi of Memnon - all for $160. We also had some optional charged extras - the Light & Sound Show after dark at Karnak Temple and visits to King Tutankhamen’s and King Seti’s tomb. I loved the Light & Sound Show, but my husband found it boring. The two extra tombs were well worth the extra charge, especially Seti’s tomb - the paintings there were amazing, so fresh and vibrant. Jordan - Aqaba - we went on the ship’s excursion to Petra. A very hard day, but also well worth it. We walked for 5/6 miles on uneven ground - not so bad on the way there as it’s downhill, but hard work coming back uphill. You can pay to go in a carriage, but we didn’t fancy it, they went pretty fast and the passengers looked as if they were being thrown around a lot. The walk through the Siq is interesting as the rocks are amazing colours, then you get your first glimpse of the Treasury - the iconic building that you see in every bit of information about Petra. It’s amazing, but there is so much more to Petra - lots more carved buildings and even an amphitheatre. Oman - Salalah - we didn’t get off the ship as it was very hot (88) and the port was 25km from the town. Oman - Muscat - we took the ship’s free shuttle to The Muttrah Souq, which is huge. The main path is where all the souvenir stalls are, but it’s more interesting on the side and outer paths where there are stalls and shops selling goods designed for locals, such as shops selling abayas (Arab black dresses). We spent a couple of hours wandering around the Souq and the surrounding area. UAE - Dubai - took the ship’s free shuttle to the Dubai Mall. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
It was our first time on Azamara and we wanted to celebrate our wedding anniversary in style. We had a wonderful time cruising Creek Islands and were very lucky with worm and sunny weather. Our room was always comfortable and clean. ... Read More
It was our first time on Azamara and we wanted to celebrate our wedding anniversary in style. We had a wonderful time cruising Creek Islands and were very lucky with worm and sunny weather. Our room was always comfortable and clean. Restaurant on a fifth deck had superb service and every waiter try and delivered every wish we have had. Menu change every night and food was excellent. Deck nine buffet had a lot of choices and gelato was my favorite dessert. One more word about an entertainment: I think that our cruise director should change his name to Eric De Great. Eric DeGray really deserves this title. It was a lot of pleasant surprises, including a white night dance party and Russia’s ball room dancers were great. We even had a waltz lesson in a living room, but it was not long enough to really learn to dance. Looking forward to more travels. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We particularly wanted to revist Ephesus, Chania and Rhodes. We prebooked a small group 4wd safari with Chania Adventures and then found we were the only passengers. Nassos was a entertaining and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We particularly wanted to revist Ephesus, Chania and Rhodes. We prebooked a small group 4wd safari with Chania Adventures and then found we were the only passengers. Nassos was a entertaining and instructive driver/guide and made our day extremely enjoyable even if we failed his quizz on the life and habits of bees. In Ephesus we had a private tour by Ephesus Port Tours which was well organised with a particulary charming guide. The food on Azamara was very good and we enjoyed the MDR on 6 evenings and had an excellent meal in PrimeC on the other day. Found the Ultimate Drink package to be good value at $21.95 per day . The Azamazing evening in Chania was a triumph of organising skill by the shore excursion team. Captain Magnus made a point of being very visible around the ship and kept all guests informed on weather and sea conditions Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
My wife and I were looking for something special to do for our 40th Anniversary. We cruise annually to the Caribbean but wanted something more special - so we looked at a European Cruise. We originally were looking on either celebrity, ... Read More
My wife and I were looking for something special to do for our 40th Anniversary. We cruise annually to the Caribbean but wanted something more special - so we looked at a European Cruise. We originally were looking on either celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean or Holland America but because we had a very limited window when we could travel, we expanded the search and found this cruise. We were first attracted by the itinerary but then became intrigued with the idea of cruising on a small ship. In addition, because this was a Tuesday - Tuesday cruise, we decided to spend the previous Thursday thru Monday in Paris, fly to Athens monday night, pick up the cruise Tuesday and after the cruise was over, stayed in Athens for 3 more days. The initial cost of the cruise was higher than we are used to paying but after factoring in all that is included, beverages, gratuities etc - it wasn't quite so bad. Embarkation - We had a taxi take us to the port the afternoon of the cruise and was on the ship with a drink in hand in about 15-20 minutes. Smoothest embarkation ever. Because this was our first small ship, we decided to explore the ship before our cabin was ready. Truthfully, it felt more like a boutique hotel than a cruise ship. Just 4 elevators on board - 2 fore and 2 aft but never had to wait! Our cabin was nice. The bed and pillows were the best we have had at sea. Unfortunately, the bathroom was the worst - that said we did not let it ruin our trip. I said the little things all add up and they truly do. On larger ships, when you eat at a buffet, you get your food, take it to your table and then go back for water, tea or juice. Not here! Here you get your food, go to your table and a server comes around and asks you what you would like to drink. Soft drinks, wine, rail drinks - all included. Maybe even better yet, the soft drinks are served in real glasses - not the plastic kiddie cups on other ships. The food on the ship was excellent, although we only ate in the main dining room once. The first night was a seafood buffet which was excellent. Alaskan crab legs on the buffet - not only that, the shells were already sliced open so all you had to do was take the meat out. Again a little thing that felt special. Overall the food at the breakfast buffet was very good. The variety was more than enough that i could not imagine anyone not finding something they would enjoy. We were in a different port every day so most days we ate lunch off the ship. A couple of days we came back and ate at The Patio. Again, the little things - you actually place your order with someone at the counter and go to your seat. They then bring you the food and drink when the food is ready. They also served dinner here as well and one night had grilled filet mignon on the menu. We ate twice in Prime C and once in Aqualina. Prime C was a good meal both times. Although you better like meat because if someone in the party doesn't, there is very little to choose from. Aqualina was a very good meal as well. Overall I believe the meals in the specialty restaurants were well worth the money. We bought a package which was $70 per person for 3 meals. Not unreasonable at all. Service at both was excellent. The one night we ate dinner in the main dining room, the service and food were both very good. However, one of the reasons we decided to eat 3 times in the specialty restaurants was that we didn't feel there was a great selection or variety in the main dining room. The White Night party was so much fun. The food was excellent and it was fun to see the two charcoal kettle grills being loaded up over and over again with good sized lobster tails! The band played and between the great music, great food and a beautiful evening - it was a fantastic event! The Az-amazing evening was in Crete and at first we were a little concerned as the entertainment was a pianist. My wife and I love music as much as the next person but we are not big on classical music and incorrectly assumed that was what he was going to play. WRONG! First, let me say getting to and from the venue could not have been smoother. They had to have at least 15 or 16 full sized motor coaches but all was well organized with no issues or confusion. The venue was gorgeous. Outdoors and on the water. They passed wine and champagne as well as plenty of hors d'oeuvres. THe pianist played a variety of tunes and the dancers toward the end were very entertaining as well. It was fun watching the artist Corrine Fallone work her magic and paint a piece during the concert. I wish we could have purchased it but someone else got it before we could decide. The fireworks at the end capped off a perfect evening. Excursions - normally we only use private excursions when we cruise as we do not like large group tours. Azamara told me they limit their tours to no more than 20 - 25 people. We decided that we would use Azamara tours everywhere except for Santorini. The Azamara tours, like everything else - were top notch, well organized and extremely informative. I am very happy we took them and would not hesitate to do so again. In Santorini, we went with a private driver because none of the ship's excursions covered all we wanted to do. Besides it was our anniversary and we figured we would splurge a bit. Overall, I believe I have been spoiled by all of the little things I mentioned and many more that i haven't. My wife and I have a 10 night Caribbean cruise in January with Holland America and an Alaska Cruise with Princess in July - I am definitely looking forward to them but I will very much miss all of the little things that Azamara does to make your time with them feel special. We HIGHLY recommend you consider Azamara if you are looking for that something special the big ships can't and don't give you. I know when we plan our cruise(s) for 2019, we will look to see what Azamara has first! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We absolutely loved our cruise for many reasons... The staff, the great service, the amazing food prepared by chef Monica The entertainment, free drinks...tips included The staff was so nice, always eager to please,one morning a ... Read More
We absolutely loved our cruise for many reasons... The staff, the great service, the amazing food prepared by chef Monica The entertainment, free drinks...tips included The staff was so nice, always eager to please,one morning a went to get some fruits and got back to my table remembering I forgot a spoon, before I could turn around a member of the team brought one to me? special nights: like a chocolate degustation, Azamazing evening, white nite evening with live music Late snacks.. How clean the ship is and how easy it to 'hop on hop off'' In a word, " Amazing cruise" The 2 specialty restaurant where also outstanding We also had access to a laundry room :washers & dryers and iron and soap no extra fees... All in all we loved our cruise and the crew was perfect, BRAVO !!! I would definitely recommend this cruise to anyone...thank you! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Our previous experiences on Azamara cruises, coupled with Perry Golf's arrangements for golf at several fine Spanish golf courses, made it easy for us to commit to the 9 night Portugal, Spain, & France voyage. We spent 3 days ... Read More
Our previous experiences on Azamara cruises, coupled with Perry Golf's arrangements for golf at several fine Spanish golf courses, made it easy for us to commit to the 9 night Portugal, Spain, & France voyage. We spent 3 days in Lisbon on our own prior to the cruise. The Lisboa Prata Boutique Hotel was comfortable and well-situated for sightseeing--a 5 minute walk to Comercio Square and only a couple of minutes from the pedestrian street. We booked a tour to Sintra and a lengthy city tour through Viator and were quite pleased with both tours. A 10 minute taxi ride got us to the port on Sept 16, where we boarded Azamara Journey very quickly. We were surprised that photos were taken and our sea pass cards generated onboard the ship. The disembarkation process in Barcelona was even easier. This was by far the quickest we've ever experienced in 25+ cruises. Well done! We had not traveled on Azamara since the ships were refurbished, so we examined the ship with a critical eye. We were delighted with the result; everything looked fresh and clean. We appreciated the muted colors and smart changes that have been made, but we were also delighted to see that many features from the original Renaissance ships have been retained. The Patio was a welcome addition to evening dining. Because the cruise was relatively short, we scrambled to try to sample all the dining opportunities. The Chef's Table was wonderful--excellent wines and food from the French menu. We also enjoyed the Prime C specialty restaurant but didn't have time for Aqualina this time. We ate in the main dining room a couple of times and had very good meals both times. However, the golf schedule and several late excursions left us too tired for leisurely dinners a few nights. I generally took ship excursions in the ports, though our 2-night stay in Valencia allowed several of us to take a hop-on hop-off bus on our own for one day. Valencia was also the site for the AzAmazing Evening, which we thoroughly enjoyed at the City of Arts & Sciences venue. I was pleased with all of the excursions, though our excursion to Carcassonne from Port Vendres left late and was just a bit rushed. Though the Azamara cabins are a bit small, they offer good storage and are quite comfortable. We enjoy ships of all sizes, but I have to admit that Azamara's 30,000 ton ships are just about perfect in my eyes. Journey has almost all of the features of much larger ships but on a smaller scale. I love the fact that I can get from one end of the ship to the other in 5 minutes--and that the ship can dock in so many delightful small ports that the big ships have to pass up. From late nights in port to the enrichment and entertainment activities to the friendly officers and crew, Azamara Journey offered us a truly delightful experience. We will definitely go again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose Azamara for the small ship and also for the best itinerary immersion into the ports of call. Imagine docking right in the center of Bordeaux... closer to the center then the river cruises!! It was quite the experience to get off ... Read More
We chose Azamara for the small ship and also for the best itinerary immersion into the ports of call. Imagine docking right in the center of Bordeaux... closer to the center then the river cruises!! It was quite the experience to get off the ship and walk right up to the Place de la Bourse. The majority of our stops took us to the heart of the cities, otherwise we had a plethora of shuttles taking us right to the center like in Bilbao, dropping us off a couple of streets down from the Guggenheim museum. I was impressed by the quality of service and service excellence from all the crew members. We could interact easily and daily with the Captain and all the officers. The hotel director even ensured I was fine when I felt seasick. Giving me kind advice and finding a quiet table nearest to the center of the ship one evening. He took personal care to ensure we enjoyed ourselves regardless of the waves (the Atlantic can churn a lot, as a first time cruiser, it was though to start with, but sea bands and drugs helped). Our safety was of utmost importance and when a port of call had to be changed because Pasais' port was closed, the process was seamless. The entire crew was ultra busy making all the changes and adjustments in the background, but no one looked stressed or nonplussed about it. Very impressive. I'm not sure if the crew ever says no to anyone. We were spoiled. It was great. The food is plentiful and there is something for everyone from meat lovers to health nuts, to vegan to gluten free. Everything is fresh and there is a made to order station in every outlet. There is food everywhere on the boat, so you can never go hungry. The complimentary alcohol is acceptable (although beer selection is ordinary, they could do much better). We never felt we had to upgrade to any of the wine packages. People we talked too felt the same way too. The staterooms are on the small side (we had a V2) and the bathroom microscopic. Only one person can be in there at the same time. After a couple of days, we got used to it and it did not bother us. The bed... oh so comfortable!!!!! The mattress is firm while the sheets ultra soft. A huge fluffy comforter on top keeps you nice and cozy. Each room is individually temperature controlled, so you can have it the way you like. The embarkation and disembarkation are wonderful giving the small number of guests on board. Even the one tender we took we didn't wait at all. There was always a shuttle running is the other ports where it was needed and we never waited. VIP service all the way. I loved how the crew welcomed us home after the day. It really felt like home and for us, who generally prefer independent travels, we found ourselves looking forward to being back on board. You can also feel the pride the crew has for their ship. Many are long time employees and the company seems to take good care of them, which is very important for us. Happy crew will take care of their customers. The overall experience was very positive and I can't wait to go back in March for a part of their World Journey. 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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