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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
In 2008, we took our 1st Azamara Cruise in the Mediterranean, 10 cruises later, we came back to Azamara and just returned from the 12 Night Baltic Sea to London voyage. This was by far the best cruise we have taken in years. The food was ... Read More
In 2008, we took our 1st Azamara Cruise in the Mediterranean, 10 cruises later, we came back to Azamara and just returned from the 12 Night Baltic Sea to London voyage. This was by far the best cruise we have taken in years. The food was fabulous, not only in the specialty restaurants and main dining room, in the buffet as well. The stateroom and balcony were great. The bathroom a little tight, but plenty of storage. The 3 days in St. Petersburg was perfect. Highlights: Special Azamara night at the Russian Symphony Hall, The White Night Dinner, and long days in Port. Embarkation and Disembarkation was easy without waiting in long lines. The Port Locations were always close to town, except in Stockton. Shuttles were provided, is necessary. We did not attend the entertainment activities, we opted for late dinners, instead. We will return to the Azamara, it was Simply The Best! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This was out fourth cruise on the Journey. Loved the redecorating. The crew was very friendly and accommodating. Thank you for providing us with what we needed to have Sabbath services onboard. The apple tarts were delicious. Would ... Read More
This was out fourth cruise on the Journey. Loved the redecorating. The crew was very friendly and accommodating. Thank you for providing us with what we needed to have Sabbath services onboard. The apple tarts were delicious. Would have liked to have a more private setting for the services. There was a lot of noise from the bar and another reception happening. It was wonderful to meet Lek Waleska. The Azamazing Evening was a real treat. Very well organized. The Cruise Critic reception allowed us to meet other couples right away. The food was excellent and we really appreciated accommodating my husband's food allergies. The wine tasting was very good. The wine steward was very knowledgable and did a great job of explaining things to us. Our cabin steward was very thoughtful and helpful He obtained an extension cord for the CPAP machine. We made some wonderful new friends on board. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This was our third Azamara cruise and we have loved each one! The ship size is ideal for us. The ship's staff could not have been any friendlier. We dined three times in the specialty restaurants and did two of the chef's tables ... Read More
This was our third Azamara cruise and we have loved each one! The ship size is ideal for us. The ship's staff could not have been any friendlier. We dined three times in the specialty restaurants and did two of the chef's tables with wine. All were very good. Also could find no complaints with the Discoveries Restaurant. Very diverse selections. White Night was exceptional! Also enjoyed the Sunday brunch with the jazz band. Thanks to recommendations from other Cruise Critic roll call members, we booked tours in St Petersburg and Berlin with SPB Tours. Highly recommend! St Petersburg was unbelievable! So glad we had three full days there. Due to the small size of the ship, we were able to pull into the heart of St Petersburg. The weather was exceptional for the most part. Just a brief shower one afternoon. It was nice Azamara provided free shuttles from the ship into Tallin and Skagen. Made a number of new friends on the cruise. Another big benefit of the smaller ships. Nice to have a free laundry on board. Embarkation and disembarkation were both a breeze. Enjoyed so much we booked back to back cruises for next year. Counting the days! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise because we have wanted to visit St Petersburg, and we had sailed before on Azamara and have always been highly satisfied. Because we wanted to see as much as we could with as little hassle as possible, I found out ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have wanted to visit St Petersburg, and we had sailed before on Azamara and have always been highly satisfied. Because we wanted to see as much as we could with as little hassle as possible, I found out that Azamara has a private tour section. We worked with Zsofia Sarkadi and she provided us with a 3 day tour. It was a fantastic experience. The tour company that Azamara use was first rate. Our guide, Ludmilla Stepanov was as good as they come. She is an English teacher so language was no problem. During the tour, our driver would drop us near the entrance and when we finished that tour, he was always right there. We visited all the places you read about, and a bonus was a canal tour. Again this tour was conducted in English by a young lady that studies English at the University. If you would like to see St Petersburg, I highly recommend this way. It is slightly higher than the larger shore excursions, but so pleasant. The Journey's best feature is their crew. They are very friendly, and after the first day, usually know your name and your preferences. The small ship let us dock right near the town center at most of the stops, so you could just walk off and see the town. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Great itinerary for sure...and that got us back on a cruise boat (we had said never again after "doing" a few too many huge ships and resenting the lines and unhappy employees. Didn't even know until after booking about the ... Read More
Great itinerary for sure...and that got us back on a cruise boat (we had said never again after "doing" a few too many huge ships and resenting the lines and unhappy employees. Didn't even know until after booking about the special event night (which was a private concert at the St Petersburg Symphonic Hall with their orchestra) and it was a night to remember for sure. Food was well executed even in the main dining room (we did specialty dining 5 nights). Every employee seemed to love their job and want to make us feel good. We are not big into the "entertainment" and didn't see much at all (never in the "cabaret area") but prefer to linger at a later dinner. Gym is great for the size ship. Didn't use the ship's excursions as had booked private ones on our own. The convenience of a shuttle bus to Tallinn was nice. We would never even return to a larger ship. Azamara has the RIGHT size and we hope that they keep that. Unfortunately they have no cruises on the books for the next two years that "float our boat" at the right time of the year for us. But we will keep looking! PS We were surprised to see so many elderly on this cruise but it all worked. The majority of folks on this cruise were out of public areas very early. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
These were places we'd never been before. Everything was good except the choices at dinner in the main dining room. Too many fancy names for the previous nights leftovers, it seemed. Very little straightforward meals and next to no ... Read More
These were places we'd never been before. Everything was good except the choices at dinner in the main dining room. Too many fancy names for the previous nights leftovers, it seemed. Very little straightforward meals and next to no Italian pasta type meals. Also had one meal at Aqualina that was just passable. The lobster tail was rubber. Two at Prime C were good, but not out of this world. We would like to have had more things to do onboard although this itinerary kept us busy with touring most days. The staff and crew were all delightful. Especially enjoyed Tony's performance the last night with the singers and dancers....surprise ending. Also, surprised to open the deck doors to a marching band with cheerleaders welcoming us to Gdansk. Never have had a welcome to port like that! Having Lech Walesa onboard that evening was wonderful...a warm, charismatic man with a sense of humor. Not the history lecture we thought it might be. Also, the ship size enabled us to pull ahead of the many other ships at port and go right to the front and walk right off. No tendering. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We were a little worried about an Azamara cruise with a 17 and 19 year old, but we all had a great time. The service was amazing, food was very good and the staff addressed each of our on board issues (gym temp too hot, and jacuzzi not ... Read More
We were a little worried about an Azamara cruise with a 17 and 19 year old, but we all had a great time. The service was amazing, food was very good and the staff addressed each of our on board issues (gym temp too hot, and jacuzzi not open late enough). The hotel manager fixed the gym temp and kept the jacuzzi open 2 hours later one night while we were on the cruise. We would have liked it open much later every night though. The DJ and gym classes kept my kids happy on board; with the comedy shows, concert in St Petersburg and of course the fabulous night with Lech Walesa entertaining us the most. We were also lucky enough to have the personable painter Eric Waugh on board. He not only painted a scene from every port, but at each live event which was fun and entertaining to be a part of. We joined the cruise critic roll call before the cruise where we were able to get many great tips and joined in on a 3 day Russia SPB excursion with a great group of people. The roll call meet and great was fun and we got to interact (even karaoke) with a number of the people throughout the cruise. My only complaint were the 5% pompous snob cruisers on board. Whether it was to jump ahead of others to get a drink, cut the line to get on or off the ship, not willing to close the curtains an inch at dinner so the line of 10 people were not blinded by the setting sun, fighting in the laundry room etc. etc. While my kids were treated so nicely by most of the passengers (who were an average age of 65) and really all of the staff, they did get a few comments and looks from some nasty people. I am not sure if they are like this all the time or their Azamara status created this. My husband found the front desk staff to be uninformed and not much help. We also would have liked the fun DJ dancing to be earlier each night (10:30 was pretty late to get started esp. after a very somber guitarist each night). A few more shows and a better variety of daily entertainment would also have made us happier. Overall we had a great trip and we would take an Azamara cruise again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We wanted to have a taste of the British Isles and this itinerary fit the bill. We were in a V2 stateroom, and it was a typical verandah stateroom in size and furnishings. We visited excellent ports that were quite accessible because of ... Read More
We wanted to have a taste of the British Isles and this itinerary fit the bill. We were in a V2 stateroom, and it was a typical verandah stateroom in size and furnishings. We visited excellent ports that were quite accessible because of the ship's size and the often complementary shuttles. Even the departure city, Southampton, although not picturesque provided an excellent access to Stonehenge and Salisbury, both of which are well worth the visit. The remaining ports provided a taste of many cities which are famous for history and culture. The highlights were probably Dublin and Edinburgh, but all were worthy of a visit. We used a few of the ship's tours, all of which were worthwhile, but because of the ship's proximity to the city centres many were easily enjoyed on a DIY basis. The service on board, especially the food and beverage servers and room attendants, was as friendly and efficient as ever, Azamara has built a reputation of making you feel "at home". We think the food on board has improved to the point that there is little need to reserve a meal in the Specialty Restaurants. For those with food allergies, Azamara has really upped their game in providing information and suitable substitutes. We rarely attend the shows provided by the ship's troupe, but the guest entertainers were really enjoyable. Added in to the entertainment is the complementary Azamazing Evening, a superb performance on a Riverdance theme at a Dublin Theatre, and the usual "White Night" and Staff Barbecue on Deck 8. We always enjoy our fellow passengers, who are generally friendly and sophisticated travellers. Although there were 150 golfers on board as part of a package surrounding the British Open, their presence had little to no impact upon our enjoyment of this cruise. As you can tell, we are big fans of the premium small-ship experience on Azamara. And our experience on this cruise affirmed that evaluation. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We decided 2 years ago to sail the British Isles for our daughter's high school graduation gift before she went off to college. i'm glad she wanted to see Ireland! One of the nice things about Azamara is they have their ... Read More
We decided 2 years ago to sail the British Isles for our daughter's high school graduation gift before she went off to college. i'm glad she wanted to see Ireland! One of the nice things about Azamara is they have their itinerary's published 2 years in advance and that is one of the main reasons we chose it, even though it was touted as a golf cruise (and prices seemed higher than their other sail dates!) Our cruise departed from Southampton, England which we did not explore because we spent 3 days seeing London and the countryside before our cruise. The night before our sailing we stayed in Winchester, which was charming and well worth the visit, especially if one is a fan of "Last Kingdom" or Jane Austen. The boarding process was fairly smooth. We were in a suite and the ship only has about 680 guests anyway. Compared to NCL's large ships and Carnival's process it was easy. They took security very seriously which we appreciated very much. We have sailed Oceania before so we knew in advance that we looked small ships. The Journey is a nice size ship. She has lovely color schemes meant to relax. The art on board is not garish which I appreciated. The dining options are plentiful and we never had to wait for a table or suffer from long service wait times. We had a club continent suite, cabin 8069. Our Butler, Crook and his team took excellent care of us. The bed was as hard as a rock. we asked them for a foam topper and they found us one which made it better but i was so glad to get home to my bed. I was very surprised about this another cruise lines have invested in heavenly beds. I did think our carpet needed to be shampooed not because it was dirty, but because the room smelled like old skin cells! It did not bother my husband so I did not complain. The entertainment on board was pretty good. Mel Meller the comedian was hilarious and his was the only artist's name I memorized. The casino is rather small and my husband was sad there was no craps or baccarat. It was packed in there until the British Open was finished. There is a complimentary laundry room with perhaps six machines. The one time I actually attempted to check it out, I was given dirty looks by about 7 women crammed in there. I sent the laundry off as I did not have any inclination to join them. When we got off the ship for the various excursions, it was always a nice surprise when the Captain was there to see us off. The officers and crew were genuinely friendly and responsive; the best we have ever had. Halfway through the sailing the cruise director became ill and had to leave. He was quite funny - telling stories from his grandfather (perhaps because most people on the boat were his grandfather's age?) that were quite hilarious. We missed him the second half of the sailing. His wardrobe is another story... Guernsey - small, beautiful island. Would love to have had more time there but it is very tidal and I guess the tender was a problem. Celebrity Silhouette could not tender that day so they missed it! The German occupation during WWII left its mark. We did a nice ship tour but honestly there were plenty of taxis one could have hired and skipped the lines. Cobh/Cork - we had a private tour though Cork Taxi Tours. We visited the Blarney Castle, Kinsale, and the 9/11 Monument on its outskirts - very moving. We saw multiple churches and had a wonderful lunch with our guide Audrey. Holyhead, Wales - we took a ship tour to see Gwydir Castle (really a 45 room house!) with an amazing story. Read "Castles in the Air". Then we had a bus drive through Snowdonia. I heard the train tour was terrible. Avoid that for the cost the ship charges! Liverpool - my husband went to the British Open final day ($400 through the ship) we learned you could taxi there and pay $50 for what he had...I guess you have to learn by doing. My daughter and I took a ship tour to Chester & Erddig House. That was another large house with massive, gorgeous gardens. I am so glad these old pieces of history are being saved! Dublin - we had a private walking tour through Dublin Tour Guide. We had Maitiu'. He was amazing and explained so much about the history of Ireland and he took us into Trinity College and we saw the Book of Kells. Belfast - ship tour to "Live like a Stark at Winterfell" this one was expensive and fun. We dressed up like "game of thrones", visited scenes from the show, had sword fights, did archery, falconry, and met the 2 wolves and their very handsome masters from the "Game of Thrones". We also had lunch in a smoky tent! Glasgow/Greenock - we had a private tour that took us to Loch Lomond where we had a speedboat pub crawl with our very charming boat guide, Joe. I wanted to adopt him! The Loch is gorgeous and full of history! Isle of Skye - we did a ship excursion to the Eilean Donan Castle remains. It is a lot smaller than it looks in the photos! Invergordon - what a depressing little port, no taxis, nothing really here except large oil platforms in the river sucking the oil out and sending the revenues to London. I was very surprised that the only thing open was a small museum that was actually quite moving about the wars and a ship that mysteriously blew up the Natal killing 421 people. We took a tour to go to Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle remains (what an interesting history with a really great 7 minute film), ending with a drive through Inverness. Why didn't we dock in that gorgeous town? Global Economy Group should have to invest in Invergordon. It was a sad little town and this was on a Saturday! Leith/Edinburgh - use Uber or call at taxi and go explore. It is a 10 minute ride to the Royal Mile. We did 1 ship excursion - a Scottish Experience - I have to admit I cried. Maybe the wine, but the singing and dancing and wine had its effect. "Caledonia, I love you" made me cry, especially with the pictures of Scotland's beauty playing in the background. Overall, great cruise. We really got to see a lot of the countrysides in each place and met the nicest people. I would have signed up for the South African cruise in 2019, but the schedule was not out yet! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We decided to do this cruise although we have one booked for September on the same ship. We wanted to visit this area and it seemed an opportunity we did not want to miss when we saw it when on board late last year. I admit we are ... Read More
We decided to do this cruise although we have one booked for September on the same ship. We wanted to visit this area and it seemed an opportunity we did not want to miss when we saw it when on board late last year. I admit we are devoted to Azamara. We were disappointed in the lectures this time and sometimes activities were scheduled at the same time - which was disappointing. The trip was to small ports - some people did not seem to realise that it was only villages that we were visiting and seemed to expect bigger places to explore. Also the weather seemed to come as a surprise to some people but if you book a cruise to the North Atlantic surely you recognise it will be cold whatever the time of year. The specialist restaurants are our nightly choice - for the attentive service, food and views out of the big windows. The crew are always exceptional and nothing is too much trouble. We prefer not to eat breakfast but to have something from the Mosaic cafe in the suite. Lunch time on a sea day were often in the MDR as the choice was good and we prefer to be served. We enjoyed the trip - the torrential rain in the Faroes was expected; we hired a car to wander around Reyjavik and saw a lot in two days - eating and drinking in local cafes and bars and enjoying the Icelandic hospitality; in Lerwick we wandered around the town. For us the cruise met expectations and we saw places that we would not otherwise be able to visit easily. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
Our cruise from Hamburg to Copenhagen was our second with Azamara and represented superb 'value for money'. We had a suite on the 8th deck which was spacious, clean and very comfortable with friendly Butler service from Croox. ... Read More
Our cruise from Hamburg to Copenhagen was our second with Azamara and represented superb 'value for money'. We had a suite on the 8th deck which was spacious, clean and very comfortable with friendly Butler service from Croox. The food was first class in all restaurants with friendly efficient service from the staff. The 'speciality' restaurants, Prime C & Aqualina (which we were entitled to use without 'supplement' as we were in a suite) were as good as any first class haute cuisine restaurant. We did not use many of the facilities on board - the WiFi (we had a free allowance as occupants of a suite) and the internet was 'patchy' but we were in the Norwegian fjords where reception is difficult. The shows were very good for such a small ship (700) as was the 'Azamazing evening' which was a Grieg concert in Bergen. We went of two of the ships tours (Flam Railway & North Cape - both well worthwhile) but they were very expensive. In a number of places we chose to 'do our own thing' which was much more cost effective. The Captain and the Cruise Director were 'first class' and many passengers would no doubt go on this ship just because of them - their interaction was amusing and the Captain showed excellent leadership by involving himself with his staff and the passengers - even on one occasion seeing people onto the tenders and saying farewell on the gangway at the end of this cruise leg in Copenhagen. All in all we were most pleased with the whole cruise and will undoubtedly travel with Azamara again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
This was our second time cruising with Azamara and it was just as wonderful as the first time. The Journey is a beautiful ship and has been well maintained since the dry dock last year. We love the decor with it's serene color ... Read More
This was our second time cruising with Azamara and it was just as wonderful as the first time. The Journey is a beautiful ship and has been well maintained since the dry dock last year. We love the decor with it's serene color palate with comfortable furniture throughout. Many of the repeat guests have expressed missing the old decor and dislike the new design. We think that ship has totally opened up and the light colors make the cabins and public spaces appear larger. Constant care is shown all over the ship with even slightly worn carpet being replaced in certain areas. The Living Room is a beautiful space with a great bar and dance floor. The talented guitarist was a wonderful backdrop for evening cocktail hour. There are different appetizers available each night with a favorite being a gazpacho shot topped with a lobster nugget. We really enjoyed the excellent cocktail service provided by Jacques and Pavlo and the perfect martinis poured by Juliana. Azamara offers inclusive cocktails, specialty coffees, and select beer and wine in the cruise fare. You may choose to upgrade to a package that includes more brand liquor choices for a daily fee but we found that the complimentary choices included were sufficient for our needs. I will say that the wines poured each day were not of the highest quality but they were mostly drinkable. The cabin was just as beautiful as we remembered and the dreamy bed was a delight to fall asleep in each and every night. There is an abundance of storage space with a large closet containing slippers and two wonderfully plush robes. The bathroom may be small but was fine for our needs. Top this off with the excellent cabin service from Alfie and his assistant Jane, who could ask for anything more? Onto the food. Delicious choices in almost every venue with a couple of additional specials offered for dinner in Discoveries every night. This is rare, but If you should have a problem with a dish they will be happy to rectify the problem. We had a package for the specialty restaurants which included 2 dinners in Aqualina and 2 in Prime C which was later altered to 1 dinner in each because we loved the choices in Discoveries so much. The specialty restaurants are great but didn't warrant more than 1 visit to each especially because there was a problem with a filet steak in Prime C and the filet we had in Discoveries was perfect without an extra charge. That said, the appetizers, soups, salads, sides and deserts were excellent in both fee restaurants. The Dover Sole and Limoncello Souffle in Aqualina are divine. The menu in Discoveries is easily accessed on the cabin television so you can arrive at the dining room ready to enjoy the mouth watering food. How could a gnocchi in a gorgonzola cream sauce or a simple spinach and ricotta ravioli be so divine on the high seas? Both tasted home made and were scrumptious. Not every dish was a home run but the hits far outweighed the few misses. The buffet afforded bountiful choices at breakfast, lunch and dinner which every night hosted a different themed buffet like Greek, Indian, Spanish or French. We would try to have a drink at the outside Sunset Bar most nights and share a small plate of various tapas before heading to dinner. Gotta love cruising! The mostly mild weather allowed us to watch a beautiful sunset and enjoy a lovely martini poured by Jason. I must add that the specialty salads served at lunch everyday were varied and outstanding. There are other venues for food like the excellent outside Grill, which cooks food to order, or The Mosaic coffee bar where you can enjoy a specialty beverage and nosh on mini sandwiches and sweets. Room service is available as well. We found the entertainment portion of the cruise to be varied, with productions shows and featured entertainers performing most every night. The standouts in the production shows were Eric the Cruise Director and the two Russian dancers. We really enjoyed the performances of the female flautist and the male tenor, both extremely talented individuals. Unfortunately, we missed the pianist and featured female singer. There were also 2 lecturers that fell flat for us. Both of them mostly read from the slide screen not adding much more information. We did not attend the Le Club Voyage party or the Captains toast but you can't do everything. Also, the Azamazing Evening was a concert held at the Grieg Concert Hall in Bergen. The White Party was the final event to be held on the pool deck the day before the final sea day. The beautiful weather guaranteed a great evening for all in attendance. We made an appearance to look at the buffet and say hello to some recently made friends and then headed to Discoveries for an absolutely sumptuous meal. I popped up to the party after dinner and everyone seemed to be enjoying and dancing to the high energy stage performance lead by Eric. Service was wonderful all over the ship! We seem to have a problem with the host in the main restaurant on almost every cruise, but usually they seem to get nicer as the cruise progresses... that was the case yet again. Can't say enough about how much we appreciated our great cabin steward team of Alfie and Jane. They were azamazing! This was a 14 night cruise to the Norwegian fjords starting in Hamburg and ending in Copenhagen. We had a forward facing balcony which was the perfect vantage point for cruising into and out of the fjords. Our itinerary was filled with interesting ports of call. It all began with Bergen, where despite the rain we had a fun day. The day was capped off by an Azamazing evening at the Grieg Concert Hall starting with champagne, followed by a concert for Azamara passengers by members of the Bergen symphony including a pianist, violinist and a soprano, performing works by Norway's most famous and Bergen local composer Edvard Grieg. A wonderful event. Next on the itinerary was our trip to Flam. We took the excursion to the Stegastein outlook above pretty Aurlandsvagen with an incredible view over the Aurlandsfjorden, including a stop for a waffle and coffee. Next stop was our cruise down Geirangerfjord, past the seven sisters and opposing suitor waterfalls, where our captain spent at least a half hour doing two full rotations so that every passenger could get a complete view of the falls for picture taking. After tendering in to Geiranger town, we took the tour to the top of Mt. Dalsnibba, hoping for a clear look down to the fjord and the 3 ships anchored there. But alas a single cloud rolled over and we only caught a brief glimpse of the fjord; better than the last time we went up when we were encased in fog. On this day some were able to get a clear view, others none at all. We will try again another time! Other than that it was a clear sunny day. Next stop was Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands, above the arctic circle. Although we were scheduled to tender here, our captain Johannes was able to achieve access to the pier in town and we were anchored all day. Very nice! We had a beautiful day here, capped by a race to cruise into the narrow and stunning Trollfjord, ahead of another ship that was in Svolvaer at the same time, but had to tender. Svolvaer was a surprisingly beautiful small town, easy to navigate on foot. Next stop was Tromso, where we had another sparkling clear day. We decided to walk across the bridge to the Arctic cathedral for photos, and then to take the tram to the top of the mountain for the most incredible views. After walking back to town for a closer look we stopped by Mack's brewery and pub for a local beer. A fun way to end a beautiful day, before heading back to the ship. Next stop Honningsvag, the top of Norway and Europe; again a beautiful sunny day greeted us. We took the tour to North Cape which included a stop at a Sammi reindeer farm, and the scenic fishing village of Komyvaer, where we were engaged by a local guy who said you have to be tough to live there. We have no doubt about that; but on this beautiful summer day it is hard to imagine what the winters are like. We were told on many occasions by our guide just how brutal the winters are. Lots of snow, road closures. Anyway, after spending an hour and a half at the north cape and getting a slew of photos we were taken back to town where we stopped by the local King Crab House for a hearty bowl of king crab soup and of course a local beer before heading back to the Azamara Journey. Another remarkable day. Next stop Olden for a ride on Lake Olden and the great views of the glacier edging down the surrounding mountains. The final stop was Stavanger where we docked right in town! We took the excursion down the fjord to pulpit rock. A great ride with spectacular scenery including a stop for a Norwegian waffle and coffee. We got great photos of the pulpit rock and also the waterfall that boat got almost right under! After the excursion we were able to walk through old town and get even more wonderful photos. This trip was memorable for many reasons, but first because the captain kept the ship in the inland waterways as much as possible, meaning the scenery was incredible, and the time in the open sea was minimal. He also stopped at 3 small towns along the way to personally go ashore for fresh ling cod, fresh local goat cheese and fresh sweet Norwegian strawberries which were served dipped in chocolate and left on the bed one night. And also the weather was incredibly good, making for excellent photos everywhere we went. Kudos to the captain Johannes and his crew for an unforgettable cruise. They really went the extra mile to make our cruise interesting and innovative. If you can't tell, we love Azamara! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
A year ago, while sailing on the Azamara Journey, Captain Johannes stopped by my table in the coffee bar and seeing the future cruise brochure laid out on the table, he asked if I had any questions about places of interest. After ... Read More
A year ago, while sailing on the Azamara Journey, Captain Johannes stopped by my table in the coffee bar and seeing the future cruise brochure laid out on the table, he asked if I had any questions about places of interest. After expressing an interest in Scandinavia, he began telling me about his homeland and the unique opportunities available for passengers on the Journey when sailing in his homeland of Norway. Tales of stopping for fresh cheeses in his favorite village, chances for the crew to catch fresh fish in his favorite fishing spot, fresh strawberries from his friend’s farm to be served with waffles on deck, the Troll Fjord that is barely wide enough to allow the ship safe passage and room to turn around and come back out and sailing under a low hanging bridge with only inches to spare. Certainly sounded intriguing and worthy of investigation. I booked the following day and I have to say that everything the Captain had talked about was true and even more wonderful than he had told us. From the moment I arrived in Hamburg even though I was tired after travelling all night from Miami, this trip seemed to be a dream come true. We booked a room at the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski which was the original hotel where cruise passengers stayed before starting their transatlantic voyages in the early part of the century. A very elegant hotel situated on a lake and within easy walking distance of several wonderful restaurants and picturesque walking and shopping areas. It was easy to get around without the need of a cab. On embarkation day, it was a simple cab ride to the pier. As with most Azamara cruises, embarkation was a breeze. The size of the ship and Azamara’s organization make this process easy for all. Even a malfunctioning x-ray machine in the port hardly slowed down the process. Soon we were under way and the Captain made it known that he was proud of his country and provided periodic commentary to all about the areas we were passing by or things of interest that would happen along the way. It was a personal touch that is not found on many cruise ships in this day and age. Cabin 6073 was well appointed and well maintained. The cabin steward and assistant were always available and never failed to greet or inquire if there was something I needed. The cabin was extremely quiet and I never heard a noise from any of my neighbors during the entire cruise. This is important when you are travelling to the land of the midnight sun as sleep patterns get disrupted by the constant sunlight and a noisy cabin would be a drawback. Dining on the Journey as always was superb. We wanted to try a specialty restaurant but every menu in Discoveries Restaurant looked so enticing that I did not want to miss out, but we finally decided to go to Aqualina for dinner. I had the Dover Sole and it was absolutely perfect. Something not to be missed. I ended up going twice to Aqualina and was never disappointed. Most of the ports we visited were small and therefore were not big shopping ports. A few small souvenir shops and looks of picturesque views within easy walking distance of the pier/tender area. If you are looking for major shopping this is not the cruise for you. If you want beautiful scenery, fresh air and friendly interactions with the locals, this is your cruise. Stavanger in particular is a wonderful city with an historic area near the pier that is ideal to walk around and take pictures. I also tried a bike tour in this area as part of Azmara’s new “Bike Local” program which was wonderful. A fairly flat opportunity to get out in the countryside with a guide on bikes that Azamara carries on board. Not your typical excursion on a tour bus and well worth the effort. In Honnigsvag, we tried the King Crab safari which included a fast paced ride on a RIB boat to a fjord to pull up crab pots, take the catch back to a local island where the harvest was cleaned, prepared and cooked over an open fire before we stuffed ourselves with the best tasting crab ever. The tour guides were very entertaining and shared many stories of living in this remote part of the world with reindeer running all over the island. A definite must do. In Olden we did another food adventure where we rode a RIB boat through picturesque waters with a local captain to pull up crayfish (actually small lobster size salt water crayfish) that were cooked and eaten dock side after returning to the pier. Another must do tour. In all ports, the local guides were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and interested in making your visit to Norway a special adventure. All of our tours were booked through Azamara and well worth the price. Entertainment on the ship was excellent. The AZamazing evening was held in Bergen as a recital at Greig Hall and was superb. In past years this event was held on the pier in the evening which in Norway can be quite cold at this time of year so the decision to move the recital inside to the local Opera house was a good choice. The production shows were excellent and while they are not as sensational as some of the shows on the large mega ships, they are well done and entertaining. The local talent that was booked was also wonderful with a fantastic show by Kim Purling, a magician, a comic and several talented musicians and singers. Never missed a show all cruise. The team on the Azamara Journey were all exceptional and lead by Captain Johannes, Cruise Director Eric and Hotel Director Hieke. They made the entire trip more enjoyable and the team spirit at the top filters down throughout the ship. The Chef Iwan was very personable and was often allowed to go into port to purchase local fare to complement the usual offerings on board. This touch made the menus have a local feel and much more personable than most cruise ships today. After this wonderful cruise my traveling companion and I decided that once was not enough, so we rebooked this same voyage, with a few different ports and two extra days, for 2019. I guess that sums up my thoughts on this adventure. In my 31 cruises in my life time on various cruise lines, I have never felt compelled to rebook a cruise for a second try. I simply could not get enough of the experiences available to passengers on the Azamara Journey in the Captain’s homeland. I cannot wait to go back. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
This was my 4th sailing with Azamara and by far the best cruise I have ever taken. Azamara does a great job designing unique itineraries, and due to the ship's size, often calls on smaller ports not available to bigger ships. ... Read More
This was my 4th sailing with Azamara and by far the best cruise I have ever taken. Azamara does a great job designing unique itineraries, and due to the ship's size, often calls on smaller ports not available to bigger ships. Cruising the Norwegian Fjords was simply spectacular and add in the special Azamara touches, this made for a fabulous cruise. We were able to enter some very small fjords - one in particular was barely big enough for our ship to turn around. Then we stopped by some unbelievable water falls. (I am still in awe of the spectacular scenery - I have recently cruised to both Alaska and the Chilean Fjords and Norway has much more breath taking views - and Azamara gets you so close you can almost reach out and touch the beauty!). Another time the Captain stopped the ship while cruising and sent crew ashore for fresh strawberries, served the following night at turndown. Another time the Captain sent a lifeboat out to catch fresh fish which was served that night in the specialty restaurants. Then there was the AzAmazing Evening where the entire ship attended a private Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Recital at Bergen's famed Grieg Hall. We even departed with many photos of the ship in spectacular fjords - some taken by people on shore and emailed to the Captain who then made them available to the passengers - the photos are unique in that the ship was cruising or passing under bridges, a view not normally available when you are on board. This Captain was Johannes Tysse. Along with Cruise Director Eric and Hotel Manager Heike, they all worked together to provide an exceptional (and fun) cruise experience. There service was very good in all areas; the food was good (not excellent, but very enjoyable). The entertainment was excellent. The ship has been well maintained. It seems they continually replace any worn assets. This cruise we noticed many areas of carpeting being replaced after hours. The ship looked great. The cabins are on the small side, but well maintained. Azamara does not nickel and dime you to death so alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and specialty coffee are all included, even from the cabin mini bar. This cruise had wonderful shore excursions - on the expensive side in Norway but well worth it. And when you do sail with Azamara, be sure to take the Insider Tour - a behind the scene look at the inner workings of the ship. You get to meet many senior officers in their work areas. We got to spend alot of time with the Chief Engineer who was very interesting. The tours ends on the bridge with a glass of champagne. it is well worth the $79 price. Hats off to Azamara for doing what they do so well...providing a unique, fun and entertaining cruise experience. If you are tired of cookie cutter cruising, try Azamara. We were so pleased we booked Azamara's Norway cruise for July 2019 while on board. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Everything was top notch. The service was excellent. The staff remembered your preferences and were eager to please. The quality of the complimentary wine was excellent. The quality of the food in both the full service and buffet ... Read More
Everything was top notch. The service was excellent. The staff remembered your preferences and were eager to please. The quality of the complimentary wine was excellent. The quality of the food in both the full service and buffet restaurant was also excellent. The Cruise Director was an extraordinary entertainer. If he was preforming then you knew to get to the lounge early as he always preformed to a standing room only crowd. I enjoyed the lectures on the history of Norway, and my mother enjoyed the duplicate bridge. The passengers were mostly well educated upper level professionals, who were delightful. The Captain was engaging, entertaining, and always present. Thanks to the Captain, the ship was able to divert to an inside passage when the weather was creating large swells. The ship also diverted to pick up strawberries and goat cheese. The Captain conducted an Oil Rig Safari commenting on many of the oil rigs we passed. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
A Norwegian fjords cruise has been on my list for a long time, and it was a given that I would do it on the Journey with Captain Johannes at the helm, as this is his native land and backyard. He did not disappoint. Narration from the ... Read More
A Norwegian fjords cruise has been on my list for a long time, and it was a given that I would do it on the Journey with Captain Johannes at the helm, as this is his native land and backyard. He did not disappoint. Narration from the bridge on a daily basis, antecdotes about the villages and their people, readjusting the route to maintain the calmest seas and insure the best scenery...all were part of the magical experience he provided us. But for the one rainy day in Bergen, we were blessed with sensational weather, which of course added to the enjoyment. Food was exceptional in all venues; entertainment was outstanding, led of course by the best cruise director around, Eric De Gray. The singers and dancers were great, and all very personable. The White Night party (one of my favorite events onboard) was spectacular..a sumptuous buffet with fresh poached salmon delivered that afternoon, grilled lobster, and enough other entrees, salads, cheeses, sides and desserts to feed a third world country. Add to that more amazing entertainment from Eric and the cast, a conga line around the deck, a beautiful night, and you have the makings for a magical,evening. I won't go into port by port, as the previous poster covered all that beautifully, but rather will share a couple of personal experiences which I think sum up the exceptional experience that I have come to love about Azamara. First: my brand new suitcase was badly damaged by the airline on the overseas flight en route to the ship. There was a gash at least a foot long parallel to, but not in line with the stitching. I mentioned it to Heike Berdos, the hotel director, one night in hopes of getting a strap or something for the trip home. The next day the suitcase was removed from my cabin, whisked to the joiner, and two days later returned in perfect condition. I couldn't even tell on which side the gash had been! No charge, just fixed. Secondly, this was a difficult cruise for me. My husband had passed away unexpectedly in April, and I debated for weeks whether to go on this trip or not. Since it had already been paid for, and I was deep in penalties, I decided to go. Having sailed with Azamara before, I had relationships with many of the staff, so they were aware of my situation. I can truly say that the people of this cruise line become family after being with them once or twice. I was looked after every step of the way by everyone from Captain Johannes to Heike, to Eric to Rob, to Alex, to Jaison, to Lee, and the list goes on. They are all truly wwonderful, caring people, and go way beyond what is necessary to make sure you feel well taken care of. I cannot recommend this line, and particularly this ship, enough. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
We choose this cruise based on the itinerary, so we could stay onboard for the following cruise. We expected it to be good, based on past Azamara experiences, but it was unexpectedly better. Great weather, and the lengths of stay in ... Read More
We choose this cruise based on the itinerary, so we could stay onboard for the following cruise. We expected it to be good, based on past Azamara experiences, but it was unexpectedly better. Great weather, and the lengths of stay in the various ports was "just right". We loved the white night deck party, and really enjoyed the Aqualina restaurant. My wife says the chocolate soufflé was her new favorite dessert. The crew was unfailingly attentive, and friendly. Minor misunderstanding about the shuttle bus from pier to city center in Honfluer (that was not Azamara's fault). Going through the lock into the Amsterdam harbor was fascinating, but I was amazed at how long the approach from the lock to city center actually was. Location of docking in Hamburg was terrific-- very close to city hall, and the approach along the river was pretty interesting-- easy to see why Hamburg has been an important port for so long. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
Never made Barcelona or our hotel due to BA cancelling our flight ,flight was re-booked for the following morning (BA putting us up in a nearby hotel ) and we made the ship . After this initial hiccup we had a great cruise with a great ... Read More
Never made Barcelona or our hotel due to BA cancelling our flight ,flight was re-booked for the following morning (BA putting us up in a nearby hotel ) and we made the ship . After this initial hiccup we had a great cruise with a great crew and enjoyed the company of some lovely folk. Cabin was nice clean , small as others have stated but fine . Food was good with good choice . Service from the crew was exceptional including the captain and entertainment staff . We had a great time and would travel again . But will never book the transfers or hotels through Azamara as they don't provide any back up at all for this eventuality which I am sure is not unusual . On the day of our flight out I tried 4 numbers to contact Azamara to explain our predicament only to be given another number to try before being transfered / cut off, eventually getting through to inform them to cancel our transfers and hotel in Barcelona. On my return home I contacted Azamara to claim back the parts of my holiday I had paid for but not received and after 4 weeks to be told I am not entitled to a refund not even for the telephone calls which cost about £30 . Poor customer service which I feel lets down not only the customer but the crew of Azamara Journey who work so hard to make our cruise special . Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We just returned from an incredible 9 day cruise with Azamara from Athens to Barcelona. Everything from the stateroom, food, restaurants, bars, entertainment and most of all the staff was the highest quality. The stateroom was cleaned ... Read More
We just returned from an incredible 9 day cruise with Azamara from Athens to Barcelona. Everything from the stateroom, food, restaurants, bars, entertainment and most of all the staff was the highest quality. The stateroom was cleaned twice a day, the food in all restaurants first class, the entertainment amazing and the ports of call great. The staff are very friendly, and helpful with anything you desire. The captain was very cordial and informative. The main entertainer, Eric deGray was exceptional in the nightly shows. The piano bar with Ed Waters was very enjoyable every night. The ports of call were very good, very interesting and the transfers to and from down very professionally. The tour guides were very knowledgeable of each area. The actrivities on board were varied. Trivia contests every day were fun, the pool and hot tubs were just perfect. I would recommend Azamara to everyone who wishes an exceptional cruise experience. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I have broken this review into segments rather than a day by day account. Conclusion Azamara is back on track with one of the best cruises we have had Azamara transport and travel arrangements Caught flight ex NCL to spend some ... Read More
I have broken this review into segments rather than a day by day account. Conclusion Azamara is back on track with one of the best cruises we have had Azamara transport and travel arrangements Caught flight ex NCL to spend some time in Concorde room at LHR before boarding 9.25 pm flight to Mumbai. Service on board excellent and the flat bed was conducive to a good night’s sleep after a few more glasses of champagne after the few pink ones in CCR. We had heard horror stories re Indian immigration but we were met at aircraft door with electric buggy and whisked to separate immigration desks and after picking up luggage were escorted to private taxi for the hell that is Mumbai traffic. Anybody in a Tuctuc must have a death wish. I presume anybody learning to drive only learns to turn left as turning right is a nightmare. Arrived at Taj for overnight stay which was great and met a few Azamaraites who were equally bamboozled by letter from Azamara promising “a plague of locusts” or similar if we arrived at port before 12.30 pm, We then got a note saying coaches were available at 11.00am. Usual Indian chaos to get on bus but have to say boarding experience was as good as anywhere else in the world. Return journey was equally pain free although watching Indian staff unloading suitcases one by one down a ramped passenger gangway was painful. Luggage was then loaded onto airport 2 suitcase size trolleys for other day labourers to put into shed. I understand from Azamara staff that ALL supplies for this 20 day voyage were also loaded case by case up this similar gangway. I dread to think how many cases were carried up this gangway for this cruise. Why they do not invest in a fork lift truck and some grocery cages I do not know. Met at bus and directed to far left of terminal where First class passengers are processed. Usual Indian security where I was convinced soldier was reading our TA documentation upside down until baggage handler suggested he look at a separate list for our names. Taken to seating area with settees etc where staff come to you and process you. HOW VERY CIVILISED. Went to GVK lounge where snacks were available. My wife had foot massage and I also had a complimentary back massage. I am convinced that at some period he was actually walking on my back so hard was the pressure. Usual long walk to gates where the final bit of Indian idiocracy waited. To get to plane using the lifts you have to press arrivals button!!! Onboard usual First service with a good meal and some decent wines. Watched I ,Daniel Blake and Hacksaw Ridge. Both amazing films in their own way. Landed in UK and spent some time in CCRoom before the final indignity of BA flight to NCL and a Bl ... y Awful experience. Had priority boarding but my wife’s pass would not work in self boarding gates. Told by staff to wait until ALL the other passengers were boarded before they could/would do anything about it. Bad idea to say that to my wife but as I was on other side of barrier could not help but got it sorted. Got on plane to find passengers seats double booked which took some time to sort out on a full plane. 20 mins taxiing and then take off. Staff were completely disorganised . As we were in row 2 we could see discussion/chaos for ourselves. Started serving CE meals to discover they only had cutlery for 2 people!! Eventually found some plastic cutlery but doubt if they actually got to serve everybody as trolleys were only put away minutes before landing. Ship Experience Dining As we have sailed before we knew the score and booked our restaurants straightaway with Daniel and Alex. We only ate once in MDR as early dining prior to private LCV entertainment so cannot comment meaningfully. We did use Patio cafe at night on several occasions as it undoubtedly serves freshest food on ship. After all it is cooked to order. Prime C as good as ever and was able to get personalised dishes given notice. I.e. Goats cheese soufflé and halibut when I fancied a change from fillet steak. Crab cakes and Onion soup good also but I wonder how many people actually order the pheasant confit. Good to see cheese trolley on display but still a pity that it is not brought to the table with a few specialist cheeses rather than merely the standard ships cheeses. Windows buffet was fine for breakfasts in the outside area before it got too hot during the day Good to see Marmite as well as Vegemite although I was not convinced by the Indian Marmite look alike with red label. English sausages at breakfast were some of the best I have tasted on ship and the German sausages were also very good. I realise I might sound like a UKIP loving Brexitting little Englander. Brexiter certainly. Not convinced that any premium ship should be serving Shepherd’s pie even on an English themed buffet night and I understand that the Indian night dishes were not a great success speaking to some other guests. Lunch buffet was good with some really good soups (crazy in a hot climate but good nevertheless) We were able to get our preferred Riesling at all venues and meals via a discreet request. Best of Best dinner was a standout meal by Iwan which included one item covered in gold leaf. Rather a shame to think where that gold leaf was in 2 days time. I gave toast on behalf of the guests to the Fabulous 5 Captain Magnus Iwan Thomas Heike Angello Guests Finally got to identify Excited of Harpenden and Riocca but missed Uktog A great mixture of nationalities that seemed to gel together except for one couple who were famous within a couple of days for their complaints. I understand from talking to staff and other guests that this was ther first ever cruise. Why you would choose the longest cruise in the book to start with I do not know? We thought the anecdotes we heard were exaggerated until we met them dining in the Patio Cafe one night. They changed tables 5 times and complained to the chef and his supervisor for approx 7 minutes about the quality of the food. I do not intend to repeat what was said but it was unacceptable to abuse anybody in that way and they left the chef in tears. We spoke to him as well as Heike (Hotel Manage)r and Thomas (Food and Beverage Manager) to ensure that if any complaint was made then we would support the chef as the behaviour was completely unacceptable. We noticed later that Azamara seemed to have nominated Guest relations staff to sit with them at meals etc. to check their behaviour. Entertainment Usual great show from Eric as well as 2 great female singers. Firstly an American lady and finally i.e. 2 days only an English singer. White night party was good with a great conga line around the decks as normal. Eric of course finished a great cruise with his trademark skating. Amazing evening Well organised transport with snacks etc. available. Fortune tellers etc. Ports of Call etc. I am probably too old for third world countries and Dubai is probably as far as we will travel future. I cannot believe that India has 100 nuclear weapons but allows their population to live and work in such squalor!!! Firstly unless you go to a hotel or take tours there is nothing to do at most calls. We did one private tour on the Cochin backwaters and it seemed a long way to go to sit in a boat to watch people bashing their clothes in the river. Had raging row with taxi driver in Sri Lanka after agreeing $60 fare for three hours with fixer as well as driver. We were the confronted with demand for $200 to be paid via ATM in Ceylon currency. In UK it is alleged that ther is a thriving Srilankan crime syndicate which specialise in ATM Pin code stealing. It was only when we demanded to be dropped off at police station that demands were dropped. A bad taste to an interesting day. Immigration This was usually a farce. At one port we happened to be first in line to be processed after the leaving crew. It was like Lilliput Big Enders vs. Little Enders. The 6 personnel had a 5 minute discussion which appeared to revolve about whether they stamped your card or signed it first . or did it simultaneously Eventually the man with the biggest moustache got his way. I recognise they are entitled to be on the ship all day but I do not see why their wives and children should be allowed on board stuffing the buffet and blocking stairs for photographs. I guess it is part of the way things get done in these countries Standouts I do not normally try to pick individuals as ALL staff contribute to the experience but here are 2 1: Angello Housekeeping Manager. We met him an Owners suite private reception and my wife made a throw away comment about it being a pity there were no magnifying mirrors in the bathroom. On return to room after reception there were 3 different magnification mirrors for my wife to try. Followed up 2 days later with a call to see which she preferred. 2: Russian waiter Kuril who noticed our struggles to get a working salt cellar. From then on at every meal he saw us he provided a condiment pot with loose salt without prompting. Niggles. 1:As above salt and pepper shakers of either variety china or metal are simply not fit for purpose You either spend time with toothpick or take bottom off and get rice with salt. At first I thought it was restricted to outdoor area but same in MDR. They should invest in Perspex grinders so that they can work and you can see if they need filling. 2: They ran out of glass bottled free sparkling water fairly soon and I do not consider Soda water or sparkling flavoured water (label states No fruit content) as acceptable alternatives. Fortunately we had a good supply in suite. 3: I understand that standard serving protocol for serving tea is to provide a separate saucer for disposal of dunked teabag rather than have drips etc. on cup saucer but this was rarely implemented. Also I believe it would be better to have teabag dry when presented so that the individual can decide on strength of tea. First world problem I know!!! Final Conclusion Azamara is back to its best and we look forward to using our free nights soon. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was our first Azamara experience and our first visit to Australia. Fortunately we had hit some of the must do experiences before boarding (barrier reef, kola cuddle, Alice Springs) so our itinerary being significantly rescheduled by ... Read More
This was our first Azamara experience and our first visit to Australia. Fortunately we had hit some of the must do experiences before boarding (barrier reef, kola cuddle, Alice Springs) so our itinerary being significantly rescheduled by cyclone Debbie did not spoil our trip as much as it could have done. Embarkation at Sydney was so simple with about 650 passengers and some on board already doing B2B there was no waiting at all, fill in the forms, get on the ship and take a glass of bubbly, I really appreciated that we could leave our carry on bags once we were aboard and they were taken to our cabin. The size of the ship is perfect - two staircases and decks 3-11 make it so easy to get around, we had a inside cabin which was fine as there is so much space on the public decks, on several occasions we had an entire bar/lounge area to ourselves for a whole afternoon on a sea day. There was always space, in the pool, by the pool, in the buffet, at the shows, at the bar, though loungers in the shade fill up fast there were lovely big squishy chairs under cover which suited us better. There was some really exceptional food, the seafood buffet with oysters and smoked halibut stood out as did the rare lamb steaks from grilled. We eat in both specialty restaurants and Prime C was certainly our favorite. Aqualina everything looked spectacular but failed to quite hit the mark for us. The shows we saw were entertaining with a great band and cast of six talented performers who all worked very hard. If you are seeking west end style shows this is probably not the ship for you but there were some real treats such as Kym Purling a wonderful musician with an astounding life story and the Azamazing James Morrison evening. Personally I would have liked more talks and fewer trivia challenges but just my preference. What made this cruise stand out was the level of service practically every member of staff was exceptional. Drinks were replenished instantly and guest services rearranged my private tour excursions when our ports were changed. On the last evening after 18 days of gourmet overindulgence DH could not find anything in the buffet that leapt onto his plate, one of the waiters seeing he was not taking anything came over and offered to fetch him a steak - I think it says a lot about the service we had during the rest of the voyage that we were not even surprised by this offer. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
The ship and crew are outstanding in every way. Food was excellent but the specialty restaurants don't change their menu and on an 18 night cruise it can get boring. They could do more in the way of providing lectures about ports of ... Read More
The ship and crew are outstanding in every way. Food was excellent but the specialty restaurants don't change their menu and on an 18 night cruise it can get boring. They could do more in the way of providing lectures about ports of call, countries visited and culture. They had a few good speakers but there were not enough lectures. The staff keeps the ship very clean and orderly and their is a very good emphasis on cleanliness and preventing illness issues. Staff are super friendly and courteous and they appear to be very sincere; they really enjoy working together and on this particular ship. The food venues are all very good. You can satisfy any craving, be it grilled hamburgers or salad. My wife and I had the best filet and rib eye's we've ever had at Prime C. Really superb! We will take another cruise with Azamara, they have a club like atmosphere and seem to care about their customers. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Primarily for itinerary (Sydney to Auckland). The itinerary was great -- the ship not so much. I have been on about 35 to 40 cruises and maybe my expectations were too high. Some of the biggest disappointments were food was very ... Read More
Primarily for itinerary (Sydney to Auckland). The itinerary was great -- the ship not so much. I have been on about 35 to 40 cruises and maybe my expectations were too high. Some of the biggest disappointments were food was very inconsistent and main dining room very loud. Our room was only moderately clean -- example, one day the cabin was never made up, mold in the shower area and a rather nasty shower curtain, wash cloth left on the floor for 2 days (I deliberately did not pick it up just to see how long it would take!). The balcony for our cabin on one side was temporarily patched with plastic, masking tape and secured to the rail by plastic ties usually used to secure large garbage bags. Two of the excursions we had signed up for were cancelled, one excursion was about an hour late starting (waiting for the bus), which meant end of the excursion was cut short. On the positive side, Maritza (from South Africa at the Excursion desk) was extremely helpful, apologetic and most accommodating in every way -- in fact, probably the most outstanding employee we encountered on the trip. The entertainment was inconsistent with some of it being very good and other evenings very lackluster. We did thoroughly enjoy the AzAmazing evening -- one of the highlights of the trip. Also, thought the 2 lecturers were excellent and made an effort to attend all of their lectures. Other than that, the on-board options (and there were several sea days) were very limited, not well organized or thought out. I would not plan to go on another Azamara cruise as I think many other cruise lines offer much better "bang for the buck." Read Less
Sail Date: February 2017
We just completed a 19 day cruise from Singapore to Sydney from February 1st to the 19th on the Azamara journey. WE LOVED IT!!!! The cruise had 680+ which was the perfect size to get to know people. The staff was incredibly friendly and ... Read More
We just completed a 19 day cruise from Singapore to Sydney from February 1st to the 19th on the Azamara journey. WE LOVED IT!!!! The cruise had 680+ which was the perfect size to get to know people. The staff was incredibly friendly and quick to serve. My wife and I renewed our vows for our 10th year anniversary and everyone helped as we added to the basic wedding with music and our own vows. Yasmine, the concierge was a miracle worker and Steven, Christina, and Chris from the cast provided music that re-created "The Prayer" which was done at our original wedding. The mixture of sea days and ports was delightfully balanced. This was beautiful, each day brought new things and old. We also loved the fact that there was many, choices in land excursions and there were plenty of things to do on the ship each day. All in all it again was the best cruise we've Dave and Rachel Lyman Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We do not like the idea of a large cruise ship with lots of people so we chose the Azamara. The itinerary took us from Singapore to Sydney via Bali and Komodo and along the coast of Australia from Darwin. It was the right choice. From ... Read More
We do not like the idea of a large cruise ship with lots of people so we chose the Azamara. The itinerary took us from Singapore to Sydney via Bali and Komodo and along the coast of Australia from Darwin. It was the right choice. From the moment we stepped aboard it felt like home. We had a stateroom with balcony on Deck 7. There was plenty of room, lots of space for clothes and the suitcases stored under the bed. It was absolutely spotless. The bathroom was small as other people have commented but did not find this a problem. We were just tidy! There were shelves to put your toiletries and those supplied on the boat were always topped up and the towels folded and it was all very clean. It was easy to control the temperature in the room. The inter active TV was very good so you were always in touch and also each evening a paper copy of the next day's itinerary were left in your room - along with a bed time chocolate! Fresh fruit and water were also put out daily. It was easy to find your way around the ship. Sunbeds were a bit short some sea days in the mornings but were vacated as people went off to activities. There were some who persisted in saving a bed before breakfast although this was discouraged. The pool was nice but the water in the whirlpools was so hot they were not used very much. Towels were always available and were also supplied for excursions which required them. Danny and Amesh who looked after us and our rooms were great. You could eat and drink more or less 24 hours a day. The Mosaic Cafe was a favourite for a cup of tea and a cake in the afternoon and coffee after supper. We chose to eat in the Windows Cafe as I am vegetarian and found this to be the easiest option. Most of the time it was fine except on a day when everyone descended at the same time because of an event - eg. Azamara Evening. Dress code aboard is casual. Most people made the effort to be tidy in the evenings but there were a few who still went for dinner in shorts and flipflops. The cabaret was very good. The resident musicians were exceptional and along with the singers and dancers worked hard to provide an ever changing programme. Also we had various entertainers come aboard to do shows. Eric De Gray is the Cruise Director - once seen, never forgotten. He is well over 6 foot in height and is a very talented and entertaining person and you would run into him all over the ship. He was always visible but not 'in your face'. The shore excursions were all very well organised. There were no long queues for anything, no crowding and there was not need for anyone to feel they had to rush to be first in the queue. The Captain was often seen around the ship talking to people and he and his crew were friendly. We had a Pilot on board for a large part of the trip and he was very knowledgeable and gave some extremely good talks. He also chatted to people around the ship and enjoyed sharing his stories. The AzAmazing evening was not to be missed. It was held ashore in a convention centre in Cairns. It was like going to some VIP function and the canapes turned out to be a huge array of cakes, cheeses etc with drinks, tea and coffee and a very good show from genuine Aborginees. We really appreciated the fact that there was no piped music playing on the ship! What bliss. From time to time there would be some live music for maybe an hour but apart from that we were able to appreciate the peace and quiet. The only announcements were made once a day from the Captain giving us a short update and a couple of times when something urgent arose. Apart from that all information was given on your television. It did not take long to understand why people are so loyal to the Azamara Club ships and return time and time again. We did something we would normally never do - we booked our 2018 cruise whilst on board! Read Less
Azamara Journey Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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