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I had great expectations for the Azamara Cruise in South America but I came away very disappointed. I must say, that with the exception of two waiters in the café, the service was exceptional. The officers made themselves very visible and they were unusually cordial. I thought I would like the small ship experience but I did not. There were not enough activities going on in the ship. I realize that they had no control over this but the casino and the stores were closed most of the time because we were not far enough out at sea. I am not a big gambler but I would have played the slots some of the evenings. I also missed the constant live music that you find on the large ships. The food was excellent. I did eat in the Prime C and the Acqualina most evenings where food and service was impeccable. I was also delighted when I came home and had not gained any weight. We met some people that we enjoyed. Most were very experienced travelers, very loyal to Azamara, financially comfortable but not any more interesting than anyone we met on Celebrity cruises. I have read reviews where cruisers said that they brought their own toilet paper because it was superior to what was on the ship. I wonder if they have figured out yet that that may have been the cause of the plumbing problems aboard the Journey. We had to tender in most of the ports because there are not many large docks in South America. This would be the same problem for any ship that visited these ports but it did put a bit of a damper on leaving the ship. At least for now, I am booking my future cruises on the larger, more modern ships.  

Much prefer the large ships

Azamara Journey Cruise Review by NorthJerseygal

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2014
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Club Continent Suite
I had great expectations for the Azamara Cruise in South America but I came away very disappointed. I must say, that with the exception of two waiters in the café, the service was exceptional. The officers made themselves very visible and they were unusually cordial.
I thought I would like the small ship experience but I did not. There were not enough activities going on in the ship. I realize that they had no control over this but the casino and the stores were closed most of the time because we were not far enough out at sea. I am not a big gambler but I would have played the slots some of the evenings. I also missed the constant live music that you find on the large ships.
The food was excellent. I did eat in the Prime C and the Acqualina most evenings where food and service was impeccable. I was also delighted when I came home and had not gained any weight.
We met some people that we enjoyed. Most were very experienced travelers, very loyal to Azamara, financially comfortable but not any more interesting than anyone we met on Celebrity cruises.
I have read reviews where cruisers said that they brought their own toilet paper because it was superior to what was on the ship. I wonder if they have figured out yet that that may have been the cause of the plumbing problems aboard the Journey.
We had to tender in most of the ports because there are not many large docks in South America. This would be the same problem for any ship that visited these ports but it did put a bit of a damper on leaving the ship.
At least for now, I am booking my future cruises on the larger, more modern ships.
 
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