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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We had a wonderful cruise again. we embarked in Hong Kong jan 19th and were a bit anxious about the weather enroute. We had heard that the previous cruise was hit by lots of bad weather coming up from Singapore to Hong Kong. First we ... Read More
We had a wonderful cruise again. we embarked in Hong Kong jan 19th and were a bit anxious about the weather enroute. We had heard that the previous cruise was hit by lots of bad weather coming up from Singapore to Hong Kong. First we were pleasantly surprised by Hong Kong. A lovely place and we got around a lot during our two days pre-cruise. Weather was at it's best for january and we had temperatures around 20 degrees which is very acceptable. Embarkation at 11.30 was quick, and we got our stateroom (8010 within a few hours First leg to Halong Bay was calm and we even had a fair amount of sun. In Halong Bay we had a private tour to Bai Tu Long Bay with small junk for six people. It was an 8 hour cruise to a very calm and not-so-touristy area of Halong Bay. Next stop in Danang we did a ship's excursion and was very pleased with that. Moving on to Saigon we only had 8 hours in port and we just did a private tour with Zoom in the city itself. No time for anything more. We wish we could have stayed overnight in Saigon, and maybe Azamara should just do this itinerary a 14 days to accomplish that. Bangkok was a nice stay with two nights and almost three days in port. Azamazing evening was on the arrival day and was, as always, a spectacular experience. Sadly we missed the White Night on the next day.- Many people chose not to be on the ship that evening. When in Bangkok we want to see Bangkok, so IMHO this White Night should be moved to another evening. Koh Samui is just a short stop. We did no Land Discoveries and just had a short trip ashore. We tendered to Nathon on the west coast . Just a small town with a few shops. We thought it was obvious to tender into Bophut or Bangrak on the north shore as this is a more touristy area with lot of resorts and plenty of things to do shoreside. This is, however, probably a decision that lies with local port authoroties. Singapore was our last port and we bought a Land discovery with hotel drop-off. Perfect for us this time, as we got a nice sightseeing and got dropped off on the doorstep to the hotel afterwards. On board experience: We love it. The crew is fantastic and the food was fabulous in all venues. We bought the four table tour for Speciality restaurants and was more than content with that. We also had a fantastic Rijstaffel,- all set up un Sunset Bar. We didn't go to all the shows as we tend to dine late and stay long. We did see a few and the cast is really good. Max played in the casino Bar so we had most evenings there. Lectures were intersting and a lot of activities during the day. Being from near the north pole we chose to stay in the pool area when we could, and the weather was very nice,- almost all of time. Some chilly hours in Halong Bay, and a few showers one afternoon. Apart from that we had mostly sun, interupted by some high clouds. We were lucky compared to the previous cruise. We are always happy to come "home" on Azamara. The officers and crew of the Journey are always top notch. I cannot point out anything negative with this ship. Would we choose this cruise again? YES. We would do it tomorrow. We had a fantastic cruise. just give us a night in Saigon as well. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
I am 25 yr old, traveling alone, and on my first ever cruise. Couldn't have been more impressed with the Azamara Journey. There isn't one single category (crew, amenities, food, security, rooms, atmosphere, activities, land ... Read More
I am 25 yr old, traveling alone, and on my first ever cruise. Couldn't have been more impressed with the Azamara Journey. There isn't one single category (crew, amenities, food, security, rooms, atmosphere, activities, land excursions, etc.) that I can criticize. I was the youngest solo traveler on the ship but was far from forgotten! The crew took time to get to know me and it wasn't long before I was being called by name everywhere I went and they had my food/drink preferences down. There was a large variety of land excursions at each port, and a lot of activities put together by Taylor (activities manager) for those remaining on the ship. Entertainment on the ship was excellent! Eric (cruise director) is VERY GOOD at what he does. The ship's officers, including Captain Johannes, were out and about getting to know the guests which, to me, is very important. The food was outstanding on all levels, from snacks in the cafes, the buffet, and all the way up to fine dining in Prime C and Aqualina. Cleanliness and presentation of the facilities and staterooms was excellent. All in all, Azamara blew me away. I did zero research on the ship before booking this cruise, but from here on out Azamara is the only ship I will choose. Every guest I met on the ship were all experienced cruisers and said Azamara is by far the best. Already booked my next cruise for November on Azamara Journey! Cheers! :) Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We have sailed on Journey a number of times and it gets a lot like home every time. I guess familiarity with the ship and many of the crew gives you a good feeling, and you get to feel even more welcome. Singapore was a one day ... Read More
We have sailed on Journey a number of times and it gets a lot like home every time. I guess familiarity with the ship and many of the crew gives you a good feeling, and you get to feel even more welcome. Singapore was a one day experience but we have been there many times. Great city where everything just works like clockwork. Our boarding at Harbourfront went like a charm but it would be an improvement if you could check your baggage with the agent earlier. Many, like us, fly into Changi on red eye flights arriving around 7:00am at the pier. If you don't know the drill about lugging your luggage up to the Ferry desk and paying to check it there you can be stuck sitting around with it for around 3 hours. Weather didn't help this cruise but it was still a great itinerary, Have done all thew ports except Ha Long/Hanoi before so we organised our own thing in the others. Missed Ko Samui due to local flooding. The central docking a Klong Toey in Bangkok and the shuttle bus service made it almost a good as having a city hotel for walking around. The Malls and shopping areas are a great place to buy good quality things a reasonable prices and the Markets are fun. First day in Saigon we used the shuttle bus to do the market and walk around the CBD, The Azmazing Evening was very good but up against tough competition if you have done the one in Yangon. Second day we hired a car and driver for a group of 6 and had a great day around the sights at our own pace for a very economical price. Da Nang was a similar deal having pre-hired a car and driver we went to Marble Mountain and on to Hio An. again able do do things at our own pace including a boat ride, a great lunch and a visit to the food markets. Our driver then gave us a tour through the country and around the highlights of Da Nang. Did the ship organised Boat tour in Ha Long Bay and then the bus tour to Hanoi on the second day. Great tours but glad we were on a ships tour coming back from Hanoi as the traffic made us 2 hours late getting back holding up the ship. We still got our hot chocolate on the tender pier though. Docking in HKG and off loading went well and the Island city is as much fun as ever, if a lot more expensive each time we visit. Azamara achieves a great balance between excellent service and a laid back friendly vibe. The crew really do enjoy looking after you and in return you get to be friendly in return. Win Win. The inclusive drinks are good enough unless you want something special and the fact that you are not constantly reaching for your card adds to the enjoyment, Food and service are great without ever being pretentious. Entertainment is very good and all the officers are visible, friendly, approachable and very professional. Looking forward to the next time we can come home to Journey Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We love Celebrity Solstice Class ships and have cruises on them exclusively for the past 3 years, however we wanted to try their sister brand Azamara's smaller ships. We had read some excellent reviews plus in general reviewers raved ... Read More
We love Celebrity Solstice Class ships and have cruises on them exclusively for the past 3 years, however we wanted to try their sister brand Azamara's smaller ships. We had read some excellent reviews plus in general reviewers raved about the great crew. So a good opportunity came up on their Singapore to HK cruise and we jumped on it. Boarding in Singapore was fast and painless. We were greeted with excellent sparkling wine upon boarding the ship and started to explore the ship while we waited the OK to go to our cabin. With the recent upgrades to their ships most things looked new and fresh. We went to the Cafe to get lunch and found the selection limited compared to a larger ship but the quality was very good. We liked the seating because it was aimed at couples or groups of 4. When we got the OK to go to our stateroom we found it to be smaller than what we had on celebrity but quite nice. The storage was not as convenient as on the larger Solsice Class ships but adequate. The bathroom was quite compact but nice. Overall we were pleased with our room. We normally sign up for unlimited Internet to keep in contact for business and friends. The Wifi was good but slower than Celebrity's new Xcelerate. The restaurants were all quite good. The main dining room ( Discoveries ) was nice and the food was very good. The specialty restaurants ( Prime C and Aqualina ) were both excellent. We loved Prime C for superb steaks, T-Bone, NY, etc. Aqualina had great pasta and small lobster tails plus fish and one steak offering ( small.... ask for two ) which were excellent. However by far our favorite place to eat was the Patio Grill between the pool and the Cafe. More casual, semi-outdoors but covered and great food. A more limited menu but we loved what they had to offer. Entertainment was exceptional considering the smaller stage and non-stadium seating arrangement. The contract singers and band were excellent. The guest entertainers were also superb. The Cruise Director ERIC was outstanding as a host and also as a singer/entertainer. The Captain was always seen around the ship and quite friendly to everyone. The Journey's crew were all very friendly and helpful trying to make sure you had a great Azamrara experience. The weather did not cooperate with our cruise however. We had to skip Koh Samui in Thailand due to floods. Bangkok the first day was good but the second was rained out. HCMC, Vietnam was good & quite hot, Danang was rainy and Halong Bay was mixed with the first day clowdy and the second rainy. Seas got a bit rough on a couple days due to the stormy weather and many people suffered from the motion. But bottom line is Azamara Journey is an excellent ship, with an excellent crew, very good food and excellent entertainment. We are already looking for our next Azamara cruise adventure! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
After a somewhat rocky experience a year ago on Azamara Quest out of Kyoto, we decided to give the line another try and signed up for the Singapore-Bangkok-Vietnam-Hong Kong cruise. Second time proved well worth while. Prior to the ... Read More
After a somewhat rocky experience a year ago on Azamara Quest out of Kyoto, we decided to give the line another try and signed up for the Singapore-Bangkok-Vietnam-Hong Kong cruise. Second time proved well worth while. Prior to the cruise we spent a week in Siem Reap, Cambodia, exploring the area. Well worth the time. After overnighting in Singapore, we headed to Bangkok. On this trip the city was over-run with mainland Chinese tourists and Thai citizens mourning their recently passed-away King. Sites were beautiful, but overwhelmed with crowds. We hired private tours, which helped a bit, but still very crowded. Next few stops were in Vietnam, which was cancelled last minute on last year's visit in order to have more time for the ship refitting. Vietnam was outstanding! Again, we hired a private guide, so we could cover more areas more quickly. Had a wonderful time in Ho Chi Minh City, and a great day visiting the Mekong Delta. Wonderful people, markets, food. And traffic much less and more organized than Bangkok. Next stops were Da Nang and Hoi An. At this port we signed up for the Azamara Hoi An land excursion which included a cooking class and tour of the old city. Very nice! Then on to beautiful Halong Bay, with the cruise finishing up in Hong Kong. We were in cabin 8043, which is a suite. Very nice. Internet vastly improved: worked quite well even in our cabin. I am a professional photographer, and was able to back up photos to the "cloud" without incident. All in all, a great trip with fun port stops! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We were warmly welcomed to the Journey and after such a long flight we were very happy to find the all the comforts of home and the pleasing improvements recently made to the staterooms. We settled in for our 13 day adventure and the ... Read More
We were warmly welcomed to the Journey and after such a long flight we were very happy to find the all the comforts of home and the pleasing improvements recently made to the staterooms. We settled in for our 13 day adventure and the first order of business was some rest. Unfortunately due to severe storms and flooding we were advised by Captain Magnus that were were not able to call out on Ko Samui which was disappointing but we felt appreciative of the direct communication and information made available to us that we knew it was the right decision, definitely one difference between the small ship and larger ship. We were able to catch up on sleep during what turned out to be some rough seas during the first couple of days. The ports of this initinerary were all fascinating and the fact that we were able to sail up the Saigon River and into the heart of the city was the main reason we chose Azamara for this part of the world. Sailng past life on the river was memorable, and the fact that each port was so accessible due to the complimentary shuttles was appreciated. In contrast to the major cruise lines who nickle and dime with the necessity overpriced shuttles. The Azamazing evening was spectacular and the care taken to ensure a positive guest experience was appreciated. We really enjoyed the Vietnamese ports which were colourful, frentically paced and offered some wonderful excursions. We booked all our excursions through the ship and shore excursion staff very helpful in suggestions for the tour we booked when we disembarked at Hong Kong. Azamara offers an excellent tour of the highlights where they store your luggage and end with dropoffs at either hotels or Airport. We found this to be an excellent alternative for our first ever visit to Hong Kong. Our guide Wing was incredible. The dining room, buffet and all food was exceptional. We enjoyed all meals and the wine flowed during lunches and dinners..it was wonderful. This was our 6th cruise with Azamara and we have to note that they keep on getting better and better. When they say Welcome Home, they mean it....there were many times throughout the trip were were acknowledged in special ways either by personal greetings or special brunch or cocktail events. i guess our only complaint during our holiday would be the less than cooperative weather, but it didn't stop us from enjoying this exotic destination. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND AZAMARA....and look forward to being spoiled on another cruise in the near future. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We wanted to get away over the New Year and this cruise was available. We have previously travelled with Royal Caribbean on bigger ships and wanted to see what a small ship would be like. After booking, we had visited the ship for a ... Read More
We wanted to get away over the New Year and this cruise was available. We have previously travelled with Royal Caribbean on bigger ships and wanted to see what a small ship would be like. After booking, we had visited the ship for a morning when it was berthed at Southampton. Our impressions were good and we looked forward to trying it for real. We flew out on Boxing day, with American airlines, changing planes at Philadelphia. This was not ideal as we had to fly from Heathrow, yet live 20 minuted from Gatwick. However, The flights were great-both left on time and were shorter than scheduled. Transfers and accommodation the Embassy Suites, was perfect and at midday we were taken to the ship. Quest is a lovely ship to be in-really delightful. Perhaps not a beauty from the outside-especially with the blue hull (a matter of taste). Everything was first class, in our opinion. We had a meal in the Windows Cafe-quite an exceptional buffet -and then left the ship to grab a taxi for a tour of San Juan. When we got back we toured the ship to get a feel of it and liked what we saw. Mostly understated quality. In the evening we had a meal under the stars, behind the Windows Cafe- really first class. Mind you, it then began to rain, but after we had finished. We ate in Discoveries for most of the other evening meals-and it is very good. The food was, to our palate, great-and the service, quiet and effective. What made it so good, was our fellow passengers would swap experiences with us over dinner-we were normally next to either American or Canadians-all lovely people. One couple waited until we had our wine and then toasted our health to introduce themselves. Mosaic Cafe is a lovely cafe, serving great snacks-not too big, but tasty. Coffe is good as well. Our cabin was a forward Verandah on deck 7. It was lovely-comfortable beds, looked great and the verandah was big enough for us to have breakfast in when we had a shore excursion. The shower is small and has a curtain-which does not bother me but I do understand it might irritate some people. My wife used the spa for daily work outs and praised the staff-I used the crosstrainer which was fine. I like the fact that the jogging deck is around the pool, so that one stays part of the ship.The swimming pool is small-no real swimming in it-but the loungers are comfortable and generally available. Turning to entertainment, this was something that we thought may be lacking when compared to larger ships. We were both right and somewhat wrong about it. Some of the shows were good-others not quite so good. Our Cruise Director is very good at his job and has a great manner. However, when he fronted a show, his songs were re-arranged to suit his vocal range. He would be better to support the singers rather than front. Dancing was terrific-there were superb and there were good-but enjoyable for all that. We enjoyed the music and dancing in the Living Room, on deck 10. This is a lovely open space that changes character throughout the day. The dance floor is good, and it hosts a DJ session every night (The Abba Night was particularly good, if crowded) As New Years eve was whilst we were aboard, it was combined with the White Party event-and, from our perspective, was the best New Year we have had. Food, music, dancing and a wonderful sense of fun-it had it all. The Azamazing Evening was on Antigua and, again, was a fantastic event. We had a police escort from the ship to the Governors Residence and some rally good local canapés and rum punches, plus the best Steel Band I have heard and a local singer and band that took our breath away. We enjoyed all the Islands-St Martin, St Barts, Antigua and St Kitts. Unfortunately, the tour we had booked on St Barts was cancelled and we had to miss our tour in Virgin Gorda as we could not leave the pier at St Kitts in time to reach the island, so had to miss it completely. The two tours we actually got, were on Antigua and St Kitts and both were fun, good value and showed us a side of the Islands we would not have seen. Wandering around St Martin and St Barts was equally enjoyable, but probably not so informative. Finally, the staff and service onboard could not have been better. Everyone was pleasant and we wanted for nothing. So, in short, Azamara will certainly be one of the cruise lines that we would happily use in the future. There are advantages in larger ships, but there are certainly advantages in travelling with Azamara. Our choices will be destination driven. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
The chance to take a last minute Christmas and New Year cruise with our adult children round trip to Indonesia from Singapore was too tempting to refuse. What better way than a Christmas Cruise to let our kids know what we've grown to ... Read More
The chance to take a last minute Christmas and New Year cruise with our adult children round trip to Indonesia from Singapore was too tempting to refuse. What better way than a Christmas Cruise to let our kids know what we've grown to love and appreciate about Azamara and keeps us returning. Embarkation was a quick process and we seemed to be on board in no time. Initially there had been some inconsistent information circulating prior to the cruise about the location of the departing terminal. Fortunately I'd had a heads up on this through Cruise Critic and had got my information sorted before we left home. Some guests were not so lucky having been advised of the incorrect departure point but in the end no one missed the ship. It was also a little disappointing that the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle was scheduled right on the departure time of 6 pm from Singapore. Again fortunate that someone had experienced this previously and alternate informal arrangements were made for a meet and mingle the following sea day as most people elected to see the sail away from Singapore. Our initial concerns for our kids about having a younger cohort on board to socialise were allayed when we discovered there were 33 guests in the 18-30 age group travelling either on their own or with their extended families. In my opinion with such a variety of ages (along with some younger family of senior officers) did largely contribute to the festive feel of the ship, particularly when Christmas/New Years is often a family time. We witnessed many new friendships form and even ourselves were re acquainted with guests, officers, staff and crew we'd met on previous cruises. This is what we find wonderful with the small ship experience. I saw many occasions where couples or singles on their own were included in larger groups which we think is fairly 'typical' of type and demeanour of Azamara guests. There is of course ample opportunity to be, eat or relax alone if that's what you choose. The holiday seasons decorations, festivities, activities and food made for a memorable trip. Having been on both the Quest and Journey since the refits the ambiance of The Living Room and how much it is now used is pleasing, it has such a great feel about it that it just feels 'right'. Kudos to the bar servers there as they are wonderful and it's always a great start to the evening to see their friendly happy faces. The Tapas is interesting, tasty and varies daily. A welcome addition could maybe be that one of the vocalists sings quietly (in the background and on alternate nights) thus providing some variety to the early evening entertainment rather than just the piano and guitar player, as done on the Quest. We were very glad to see the departure of Park West. The Christmas Pantomime, written by Eric and narrated by Captain Magus was a hoot! We've seen all the production shows before, for the first timers they are entertaining. It would be nice for them to be updated at some stage but understand the cost and manpower involved in changing the line-up. Guest entertainers and guest speakers were good to great depending on your likes and preferences. The food was consistently great, the Windows evening Buffets featuring a variety of cuisine (though I'm not a big lover of buffets) is interesting and tasty. Discoveries continues to provide great evening meals and there many memorable meals were eaten there amongst our family and new friends. It is pleasing that there is a nightly Chef's recommendation from the Windows that reflects the cuisine being served there. Brunches held in discoveries continue with the high standards as does Prime C and Aqualina. The few small requests (food, recipe’s, ships tours, caffeine free diet coke) that we had were dealt with in a friendly, helpful and professional manner. This is another trademark of Azamara that we've grown to appreciate, love and are thankful for. I won't go into the size of the cabins, we don't have a problem with them or the bathrooms. It is what it is, but I appreciate that the bathroom size is a challenge for some larger people. Ports of call: Hey it's Asia, third world country and all. Glad we went and saw but there's not a lot that would draw us back to that area. Krakatoa was nice, however we were a bit far away from it to get a real appreciation of just the impact that is left from its legacy. Semarang and Bali were extremely busy, especially on the roads. Komodo and especially Pink Beach were great, with the snorkelling being the standout activity/experience of the trip. We were surprised at the cost of the shore excursions being Indonesia but fortunately because there was four of us most places we did our own thing by taxi and car knowing all our tourist dollars were benefiting the locals. Finally we are in still in awe of how well Azamara deliver their service in a happy, friendly and professional manner. Congratulations to all involved, you rightly have a product you are to be proud on. God knows how some of the staff find it easy to tolerate those few guests who stand in line and forget their manners. Well done. Disembarkation was slow through Singapore immigration but that is no way a Azamara issue. In reflection of the time it took to be processed we are conformable in the knowledge that Singapore remains one of the safest places in the world to visit. We have another three Azamara cruises booked for this year (2017) and countdown eagerly to each one and the time we return to a 'welcome home'. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2016
We were looking for something different for the Christmas break, and sailing round exotic locations like Bali and having the opportunity to see Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat seemed an opportunity too good to miss! After ... Read More
We were looking for something different for the Christmas break, and sailing round exotic locations like Bali and having the opportunity to see Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat seemed an opportunity too good to miss! After sailing with Celebrity, we were really looking forward to experiencing what sister company Azamara had to offer, and were not disappointed! The smaller ship and friendlier onboard experience were great, and the ship was a definite step up from Celebrity. We were initially worried that the smaller ship would mean that there was a distinctive lack of facilities, but this was not the case. The onboard entertainment was not the same as we have seen before, because the Cabaret Lounge does not compare to the theatres on larger ships, but the entertainers onboard were terrific and worked so hard. The only disappointment with the our onboard experience were the speciality restaurants. Whilst not as expensive as other lines, they were also less "special", with lacklustre service being the main issue. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2016
We love Azamara and so the ship and the crew are great. We liked the destinations and so chose this and the following cruise. We were not disappointed but would have gladly missed Port Blair to get extra time in Yangon. Port Blair ... Read More
We love Azamara and so the ship and the crew are great. We liked the destinations and so chose this and the following cruise. We were not disappointed but would have gladly missed Port Blair to get extra time in Yangon. Port Blair was dirty, smelly and there was nothing to see. The currency crisis did not help although we were lucky enough to have enough cash to take a tuk tuk round the island which was interesting and more pleasant than the town. We organised our own tours and sometimes were met by friends who live in Asia and were our guides - so missed 2 Azamazing evenings. The staff are always great - the butler was the best we have had and knew what we needed before we realised that we wanted something! We ate mainly at Aqualina and Prime C - we find Discoveries noisy. The menu always has special on it so even with b2b we found plenty of choice as well as favourites. To be able to walk off the ship into city centres in some instances is great - a real bonus. On the second leg from Singapore to Hong Kong we missed a lecturer telling us about the ports as Michael on the first cruise had been brilliant - even recommending restaurants in KL etc. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary - we wanted to see Vietnam and Thailand. The cruise starting in Hong Kong and ending in Singapore was a bonus. If you are looking for a cruise with lots to do onboard or for families with small ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary - we wanted to see Vietnam and Thailand. The cruise starting in Hong Kong and ending in Singapore was a bonus. If you are looking for a cruise with lots to do onboard or for families with small children - this may not be the ship for you. It's a quiet and classy ship with outstanding service, but not a lot of the activities the mega-ships have. As I said - we chose the cruise for cities it was going to And the ability to get closer to the main cities than larger ships was a big difference. As as example - larger ships are a few hours from Bangkok, where the Journey was maybe a half hour from the city (more with traffic) The entertainment (and cruise director) were first rate - I did not expect a ship with just over 600 passengers to have the quality of shows that they provided. The main dining room was better than any other main dining room we've been on (though Aqua Class on Celebrity may be a bit better), and many passengers chose to go to the dinner buffets - where a different country's food was offered each evening. The specialty restaurants were fine, with good service, but I'm not sure they are better than the main dining room. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We originally only planned one cruise this year, and chose Azamara for an August cruise from Venice, through Croatia and the Amalfi coast to Rome, because of it's wonderful itinerary. We had never heard of Azamara before that, and ... Read More
We originally only planned one cruise this year, and chose Azamara for an August cruise from Venice, through Croatia and the Amalfi coast to Rome, because of it's wonderful itinerary. We had never heard of Azamara before that, and loved the cruise and everything about it -- ship, room, food, service, ports, etc. One month later, my husband got an email from Azamara highlighting this Asian cruise and said "We have to go. It's the cruise of a lifetime!" I originally thought he was crazy since we already did our "big" vacation in August, but eventually, he talked me into it, and boy am I glad he did! Our August cruise was 7 ports in 7 days, and while wonderful, was tiring not to have time to rest before the next port. This cruise was 13 days, but it had 4 days at sea in between, and more overnight stops, so the pace was easier. We started in Hong Kong (loved it. It also reminded us a lot of NYC, where we live, but it had the best fried rice and bar-b-que pork we ever had.) Day 2 was at sea, which was great. Then we had 2 nights at Halong Bay -- the most beautiful bay area we've ever seen. On day 1 we did the ship's tour to Hanoi (it was a 12 hour tour, with 3+1/2 hours each way and 5 hours in Hanoi itself). We're glad we did it, but wouldn't go through it again -- too much travelling back and forth. On day 2, we did a ship's tour of Halong Bay. Magnificent! I skipped the cave, because it was 200 steps (too much for me), but my husband went and took great pictures. If you're physiclaly able, you should visit the cave. Day 5 - We got a private tour guide to visit Da Nang and Hoi An. Her name was Xuan Tu, and she was amazing. Her contact info is xuantu2111dn@gmail.com and I would highly recommend her. She was adorable and had a very bubbly personality, and was an excellent guide. She took us to a special tea room in Hoi An, run by people who could not speak, and it was an amazing experience. She found other unusual places to take us, like a Vietnamese sandwich place that Anthony Bourdain raved about. It was fantastic! Day 6 was at sea. Day 7 was Ho Chi Minh City (still called Saigon by the locals), and again we hired a private guide. Her name was Diem Kieu (charming_tourism@yahoo.com), and we got her through Bao Loc (privatevietnamtourguide@yahoo.com.vn). We opted to do the Meking Delta boat tour, rather than the Saigon city tour, but Diem Kieu managed to show us both places. She was excellent. Very warm, and friendly and kind, with a true love of her city and her people. Day 8 was at sea again -- a welcome day of relaxation! Days 9, 10, 11 we docked at Bangkok: Day 9 - we did the Azamara free "Azamazing Evening" - a free ship's tour, where we went to the ancient city at night, which was spectactularly lit up, saw a private show of Thai dancers and boxers, and then had a candle-lit ceremony where we lit candles and set them off on the water to "float away" our negative thoughts/experiences. The evening was truly amazing. Day 10 - we did a private tour of Bangkok with "Chob@thaitourguide.com" and chose Ms. Joy from their huge array of tour guides, based on past reviews. We chose well. Ms. Joy was a joy to work with, going above and beyond, when we asked if she could find us something for bug bites, and helping my husband print and scan and email something he needed to do for a client. And she bought us a souvenir "longtail boat", to remember our boat trip with her. Ms. Joy's contact info is enjoy_tick.tock@hotmail.com With Joy's help, we visited the Grand Palace and grounds -- with each building/setting more beautiful than the next, and the flower garden. Day 11 - we did another tour with Ms. Joy and saw the Railroad market, which I would highly recommend. This market existed for a long time. Then the railroad came and insisted that the train needed to go where the market was, and the market people refused to move. So the railroad built the tracks in the middle of the market. So 4x/day when the train comes through, the people get a warning signal, and must move the produce, etc. off the tracks, wait for the train to leave, and put it back. It was amazing to see. In the afternoon, we saw the floating market, which was really neat. Day 12 - was 1/2 day at Ko Samui, Thailand. We just walked around the port a bit and had a relaxing time. Day 13 was at sea -- a welcome, relaxing day (except for having to pack to leave the boat the next day. Day 14 we arrived at Singapore, and left the ship with 1/2 day ship's tour of Singapore, which I would highly recommend. In Singapore, we would recommend the Orchid Gardens in the Botanical Gardens, and the Zoo. We did the "Night Safari" at the zoo, which shows the nocturnal animals all lit up, and included the Asian buffet, which was excellent. So we chose this cruise, again because of the itinerary, but also because we already knew we loved the ship and the crew and everything else about Azamara. They are a first class company! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Great ship and really helpful team on board. Our room stewards introduced themselves and kept ours rooms in tip-top shape throughout. As we met each member of the crew they were all bright and smiling, always willing to help. We ... Read More
Great ship and really helpful team on board. Our room stewards introduced themselves and kept ours rooms in tip-top shape throughout. As we met each member of the crew they were all bright and smiling, always willing to help. We explored the ship and gradually found the many different lounges. The food was of a high standard throughout our cruise. We found it ideal to have resort casual dressing in the evenings rather than needing a DJ. Also included tips reduced worries. The included booze was totally adequate. There is a full programme of lectures during the cruise with some particularly interesting speakers. There is a full list of Azamara Land Tours - but they are a bit pricey so choose carefully. We tended to do our own thing at the places the cruise stopped which was mostly fine as there was a shuttle but to the centre of places. We were disappointed with the Azamara Amazing Evening - this was really hyped up. But we were way at the back of the audience so could not see or hear. The food at the event was poor - so make sure you eat on the ship before going on land We will be going on an Azamara cruise again Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
I chose the Spice Route II from India to Singapore, via Andaman Islands, Burma, Thailand, and Malaysia, because this cruise offered, at least for me, rather exotic, unusual ports of Chennai (Madras), Port Blair, Yangon, Patong Beach, ... Read More
I chose the Spice Route II from India to Singapore, via Andaman Islands, Burma, Thailand, and Malaysia, because this cruise offered, at least for me, rather exotic, unusual ports of Chennai (Madras), Port Blair, Yangon, Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand, George Town, Penang, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. I was also traveling solo, and Azamara had a solo traveler special for this particular itinerary. I'd probably never have the nerve or courage to visit India on my own, but because I had to catch the Journey in Madras (Chennai), I ended up spending four wonderful days in India, traveling around to see ancient sites, temples, and colonial landmarks. During the cruise, there were no disappointments. Port Blair, Andaman Islands was so beautiful, Myanmar was especially a highlight to me, a fantastic experience, it was great to see the country before it changes, as like Cuba it is beginning to open up to outside world. I loved the market place in Bago, the pagodas, the colonial architecture, the Strand Hotel, etc. I didn't think I'd be interested in Phuket, but once we got there, I had a great time in beautiful Phang Nga Bay, and really enjoyed the Indonesian fishing village built on stilts adjancent to Koh Panyi island. Georgetown, Penang was a great destination, the ship docked right in the UNESCO heritage site, so we could just walk off the ship and explore the sights on our own. Kuala Lumpur was amazing, and the Discoveries Desk and tour guide helped me to connect at lunch time with a Malay friend so we could enjoy lunch together during my land excursion. The food, the service, the crew, the fellow passengers were all great. The cruise director hosted a special get together early on in the cruise for LGBT folks, and as a result I made new friends. Finally, I initially booked an interior stateroom for this cruise, but after two upgrades, one free, and one for a modest price increase, I ended up in a Club Veranda cabin - very nice surprise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
It was for us the Fourth time on Azamara (AZ). The service on Azamara is excellent, friendly, and personal. We were well taken care of.The smaller cruise ships do not feel crowded and getting seats in the bar or around the pool is never a ... Read More
It was for us the Fourth time on Azamara (AZ). The service on Azamara is excellent, friendly, and personal. We were well taken care of.The smaller cruise ships do not feel crowded and getting seats in the bar or around the pool is never a problem. The food was very good. We had a good time, highly enhanced by a group of extremely friendly passengers. We did not eat in any of the specialty restaurants. The all inclusive options were very good and we prefer the more laid back style of the outdoor and buffet restaurants. I wish that Internet will be included in the price of the cruise. There are a variety of activities on board.on this cruise were all excellent.We did also shore excursions in different destinations. The best was in Oman ,the capita city Muscat is not a very large city and so we were tempted to just do the touring on our own when our ship pulled into port. In researching Muscat we came across Life Time Tours and decided to do a tour with them based on the reviews and the reasonable cost. We are so glad that we did this.They have good guides can speak different european Langueges. The tour was excellent and our tour guide, Ali, very personable and accommodating. He got us to the Grand Mosque early so that we had plenty of time to tour it before it closed to the public for the day. Be careful, it closes quite early. The mosque turned out to be one of the most beautiful that we have seen.......and we have visited quite a few including the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. The Grand Mosque is a must see!!!! Plan your time accordingly. Highly recommend Life Time Tours. On time, no surprises and an excellent tour. So we enjoyed every thing Thank you Azamara Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
We thought the cruise was a dream! We had the back suite 6088 - and it was VERY nice. Our butler, Crook, was absolutely excellent. The food was great. We purchased the Adore Package so that internet and restaurants would be part of the ... Read More
We thought the cruise was a dream! We had the back suite 6088 - and it was VERY nice. Our butler, Crook, was absolutely excellent. The food was great. We purchased the Adore Package so that internet and restaurants would be part of the deal (DEFINITELY would do that on any cruise). The first few days we were sleeping... it had been a long year. But the days after were great. All of the stops - Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Chennin were all amazing. The wine-filled Chef's Table was great. The nights in cool places in Cochin was the BEST! I would definitely recommend anyone take this cruise. It was our first trip to India and we LOVED it, and it was our first trip on Azamara and we LOVED IT! The one thing that I found that was missing (and maybe it's because it's a small ship), was the sales to join other cruises. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We chose this cruise so we could visit India Maldives and Sri Lanka. Going by Azamara was great as we love sailing with this company. Also we figured we would more likely become sick travelling by sea than on land. Mumbai was a great ... Read More
We chose this cruise so we could visit India Maldives and Sri Lanka. Going by Azamara was great as we love sailing with this company. Also we figured we would more likely become sick travelling by sea than on land. Mumbai was a great eye opener for what was to come in India did a ship excursion to the dalla-wallahs ,train ride then onto the laundry dhobi ghats. great place to watch 22 million people. Goa own arranged shore excursion not as busy and more beaches and relaxed. Coochin organised tour with fellow cruise critics excellent sailing on the Backwaters of Alappuzha. Great Azamazing evening with the ship. lots of different activities other than drinking and eating. Had our palms read, a sketch of our faces an hand tattoo which is just starting to fade now.(2 weeks later). Next stop Maldives - What a picturesque spot snorkelled off a back of a catamaran with another couple from cruise critic very in expensive $65 US each for 6 hours sailing and snorkelling with lunch included.Remember to keep on applying sunscreen. Will come back again Sri Lanka - What a wonderful place and private tour with 7 couples from Cruise Critic TUK TUK SAFARI- Is an excellent and well run company with happy and great drivers and tour guide. It was the little things like having cold water, beer, coconut juice (fresh) peanuts cold wash towels, taking us to get fresh mango juice and many more things. We will definitely visit this place again and do a night tour with TUK TUK SAFARI. Chennai was a nightmare to get off the ship but once we sat and waited an hour on the bus and got to our hotel it was easy to adapt to the mad crazy drivers. really enjoyed visiting Manmallapuram - very unique and wonder in stone. A must see. Azamara Journey is an easy to get around but although there is only 600 passengers we found that by the end of 2 weeks we had not seen some passengers until the last day. We love this size ship. Our services onboard was excellent and nothing was too much to ask for from the crew. This was the first trip with Azamara that they allowed Bridge tours and engine room tours which was an eye-opener. Cooking demonstrations was great, dinning in all restaurants were of high quality food and waiters always willing to please you although their gratuities have already been paid for before we get on-board they were just great always smiling. we did a lot of reading and when I had finished my book we visited the ships library and borrowed another 2 from there. the captain and senior officers are always mingling with the passengers and taking questions when needed. The only disappointments is the repeat of shows from previous cruises which we choice sometime to miss. Enjoyed the Indian Buffet on pool deck and always the white night. Brunch is also a pleaser in Discovery. We love the whole Azamara Experience and feel like family oncer onboard. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Our holiday started in Dubai, then we were at sea for three days. Our first port of call was Mumbai, we then cruised the coast of India and had an amazing time! In addition to India we visited the Maldives and Sri Lanka. We enjoyed it ... Read More
Our holiday started in Dubai, then we were at sea for three days. Our first port of call was Mumbai, we then cruised the coast of India and had an amazing time! In addition to India we visited the Maldives and Sri Lanka. We enjoyed it so much that we have just booked a similar trip but taking in the Seychelles as well. On our original trip we felt we didn't make the most of our shore excursions and are looking forward to remedying this in April and May. We couldn't fault the Azamara Journey, everything about it was first class! The ship is so clean. The Crew can't do enough to make you holiday memorable. There is so much to do on the ship I cant believe there isn't something for everyone. The food was delicious and plentiful! Lots of mouth watering healthy options too, I cant wait to climb aboard again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
This was the first time sailing on Azamara and we were very impressed. The cabins are very comfortable but the balcony was smaller than we expected as it was not big enough for a couple of sunbeds. Saying this the sunbeds on deck were ... Read More
This was the first time sailing on Azamara and we were very impressed. The cabins are very comfortable but the balcony was smaller than we expected as it was not big enough for a couple of sunbeds. Saying this the sunbeds on deck were very comfortable and there were plenty of them. The staff are absolutely fantastic and nothing is too much trouble. With drinks and gratuities included we found the price very reasonable. The food was very, very good and it was always served with a smile. French Onion Soup, Steaks, Lobster were some of our favourite meals. The entertainment was quite good and the entertainment team excelled with a great 'white evening' (the best party we have had onboard any ship and we have been on lots) and the azamazing evening was wonderful. We were disappointed the stop at Kuda Bandos was cancelled but trusted the excursion team when they suggested getting a boat to one of the islands. We decided to do this and were taken to what I can only describe as a building site, not really what you expect in the Maldives. I wish we had been given better advise as we would just have stayed onboard and saved our money. We feel as though the excursion team really let us down by not doing their homework properly. The cruise it self was around southern India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives and apart from the Maldives we were absolutely fascinated by all the different places we visited, the traditions, the people, the buildings, even the noisy, hairraising traffic were unforgettable experiences. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
The dates fit into our schedule.The food was very ok on this ship. Not bad, not great. Too many people at the buffet lines and tables. MDR too physically crowded. The shows were fabulous. Momma Mia was Broadway quality. The shows were ... Read More
The dates fit into our schedule.The food was very ok on this ship. Not bad, not great. Too many people at the buffet lines and tables. MDR too physically crowded. The shows were fabulous. Momma Mia was Broadway quality. The shows were great.The cabin was a good size with a nice seating area. There was plenty of storage for 2 people. Also we enjoyed our excursions specially in country of oman with the best tourism Company there ( Lifetime-tours),Oman was my third stop on a four country vacation and I immediately fell in love with this country. At first I could not put my finger on why, but I think it was the heart of the people that made this place special. Ahmed, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and professional. He spoke with a certain pride about his country and I could see why. He took great care to make sure we had a great time and he altered the tour a bit due to my disability to make sure I could still experience a Wadi, but just not a challenging.Also the excellent service and organisation we had with this agency.Finally it was everything beautiful and relaxing. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Embarkation in Civitavecchiar Italy was painless and quick. Upon entering the ship, which we were handed champagne we were also greeted by many "welcome back" by the some of the staff who remembered us from our last sail on the ... Read More
Embarkation in Civitavecchiar Italy was painless and quick. Upon entering the ship, which we were handed champagne we were also greeted by many "welcome back" by the some of the staff who remembered us from our last sail on the Journey in April. First stop Sorrento, which we easily made after the Captain announced that other ships were docking in Naples because they couldn't come in. Sorrento, Taomino, Chania were all tender ports. No problems at all with the tender boats, very quick and efficient. Two days in Agaba, Jordan, with the first night being the "Azamazing Evening." The idea and execution of getting the entire ship to a remote desert location went extremely well. We were greeted with wine or soft drinks along with some "nibbles". The entertainment put on by the Boudin's was nice, it just needed to be varied. It was 2 hours of watching the dancers do basically the same dance to basically the same tunes. I think most of us anticipated that we watch a variety of men and women dancers. We were handed pieces of homemade bread as we watched the women in the front make this bread throughout the evening. The setting was beautiful under the stars in the dessert and upon our return to the ship were greeted with champagne and music very nice touch that Azamara is known for. The next day we took the ship's tour to Petra, went very well. A fantastic tour, great guide and lunch was included at a nearby hotel. We had some free time to explore on our own, wonderful experience. Two Oman stops, Salalah & Muscat at both locations used the ship tours. I would have to say the tour in Muscat was much better, only because there is more to see. Last stop Dubai arrived in they afternoon. The Captain treated us to a panoramic arrival so we could see the skyline in it's entirely. Fantastic job, created a sailing in party--wonderful. The evening's ship tour of Dubai, not so wonderful. The tour was basically, "look how much money Dubai has", "we are the biggest in the world", etc. The brief time could have been better spent, than waiting in traffic. I would suggest not visiting the outer parts of the island on this tour. We missed our trip to the Souk due to the long time it took to visit highest building in the world and waiting in the horrendous traffic 5 p.m.. We were very late in returning to the ship most of us were grumpy and tired. We were very pleasantly surprised to find out Azamara had set out a late night buffet for us, so very thoughtful and appreciated. The food was great both in the MDR and Windows Cafe and the Patio. One evening had dinner at the Pation wonderful candlelight dinner, afterward a walk around the deck in the dark we were treated to some wonderful star sightings. Azamara has list of inclusive beverages, they have added two whites and two red wines to each day's selection, very nice. They have made some nice changes in the ship in re-decorating, very calming. Unfortunately, the clingy shower curtain remains in the stateroom shower. This is one trip, I do consider as a trip of a lifetime because it included Petra. The staff/crew of the Azamara made it extra memorable as well. Azamara has without question the most friendly, outgoing, attentive staff ever! We were also lucky to have Captain Johannes and Eric our cruise director, both the best in the industry. All the staff/crew from the cabin stewards to the Captain are approachable and they seem to all enjoy their jobs and work together as a family who genuinely like each other and the guests. They definitely know the concept of teamwork. Azamara is definitely our favorite cruise line. The attention to detail, the extra touches, great ports and the all inclusive trip, make it the best way to travel. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We stayed in a Club Continent Suite on deck 8. Very nice cabin, but no sofa - just a chair, so much smaller than the suites we were used to on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. The room was always kept well cleaned and the fridge ... Read More
We stayed in a Club Continent Suite on deck 8. Very nice cabin, but no sofa - just a chair, so much smaller than the suites we were used to on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. The room was always kept well cleaned and the fridge well-stocked. They even kept the ice bucket full! However, it is the service that Azamara provides that is the star. Bartenders, cabin stewards, waiters, and entertainers all go out of their way to get to know you and your preferences. We loved how they would have a drink or a coffee ready for you right as you walked up to the bar. The very first cruise I have been on where the CAPTAIN is out almost everyday engaging the passengers. We enjoyed a night at Chef's Table with the Hotel & Restaurant Manager and he went out of his way to visit with us every time we saw him about (even on the Bedouin Dunes Dinner Excursion!) The entertainment is VERY limited - but HUGELY talented so be prepared to be WOWED even with the limited offerings. They had beginning bridge lessons with Vic that was an experience I had been looking for most of my life. The food was okay. I have a gluten allergy and I was thankful that I brought some boxes of protein bars as I would have gone hungry a few times as they were not able to accommodate my needs. I got pretty tired of Tuscan bean soup and Greek Salad! The specialty restaurants were especially bad. Since we were in a suite, we were able to book a table there every night, but I couldn't really eat anything at the Italian one and there were no starters available gluten-free at the steakhouse, so we only went there a couple of times. The entire ship came back late for dinner after the AZamazing Evening, so everything was buffet - even in the dining rooms. They had NO gluten-free options at all! My husband complained to the Maitre D' and he did offer to have the kitchen prepare something, but it would have taken quite a bit of time, so I refused. We loved that everything was included. No daily tip, no exorbitant drink prices, no mad rush sales on the pool deck. Terrific! We also purchased an unlimited Internet package that was great! We were blocked in Jordan, but even in the open waters we got good service and I even streamed Netflix at night! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Great itinary and perfect weather. Just the tinge of excitement as to whether we would see pirates. We needed a relaxing cruise after a tough few weeks and this proved the best antidote to all the stress. We had been to the ... Read More
Great itinary and perfect weather. Just the tinge of excitement as to whether we would see pirates. We needed a relaxing cruise after a tough few weeks and this proved the best antidote to all the stress. We had been to the Mediterranean ports before so did our own thing but really enjoyed the new ports such as Aqaba, Oman and Dubai. Especially enjoyed going to Petra and the Azamazing evening in Wadi Rum. We found that the dining experience was greatly improved on previous cruises with better menus and choice. There was no need to use the speciality restaurants at all. Service was superb as usual. We had seen much of the entertainment shows before but still enjoyed them and the speciality acts were good. The guest lecturers were very interesting. This is not a cruise line suitable for children and no provision is made for them so we cannot comment on that aspect. What is particularly good about this line is the friendliness of the crew. It is like going home again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Did my first vacation as a Single/Solo traveler and was very impressed with how everyone aboard made me feel as though I was part of their extended family! The Captain was very visible and friendly, far more than any other Captain on ... Read More
Did my first vacation as a Single/Solo traveler and was very impressed with how everyone aboard made me feel as though I was part of their extended family! The Captain was very visible and friendly, far more than any other Captain on other cruise lines. He was always at the gangway when we were going on shore excursions and kept us up to date on what was happening. The respect that he showed for his crew and guests was excellent and this is what made this the best cruise I have taken to date. I'm sure that I put on a few pounds with the excellent food and the staff were very professional but also joked with our group when appropriate. Bar staff knew what I drank and brought it to me once they saw me arrive. The entire ship was well maintained and clean. Every crew member onboard was friendly and did their jobs beautifully. Will be booking another cruise on Azamara very soon! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
My travel agent found this for me and it had a great deal on single supplements. The service was phenomenal and the ports were really interesting. I had a wonderful time and would travel with them again for sure. I was celebrating my ... Read More
My travel agent found this for me and it had a great deal on single supplements. The service was phenomenal and the ports were really interesting. I had a wonderful time and would travel with them again for sure. I was celebrating my birthday on the trip and my steward decorated my stateroom with happy birthday stuff on the day of my birthday. The bed was one of the most comfortable beds I've slept on. My balcony was lovely and roomier than I expected. The food was fabulous and the wine selections were great every day. The entertainment was top notch and the spa was wonderful. The cruise directors paid special attention to the singles and solo travelers and made sure that they had someone to sit with at dinner every night of the cruise. I met some wonderful and fun new friends on this trip and it will be one of my most memorable birthdays ever. 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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