Azamara Journey Cruise Review by Harry Weiner
- Sail Date: August 2007
- Destination: Bermuda
Nice fresh fruit and flowers, robes, slippers,fridge. No alarm clock. No interactive TV yet, nor the Room Selection Menu items, which means for example you can pre-schedule to turn your room into a spa-like sensual atmosphere.
At the fire drill, my wife met an old friend who she hadn't seen in 9 years.
Took a peek at the Spa, which has a "secret" deck in the back with lounge chairs and the free T Pool.
Being our first experience on a smaller ship, we found it easy to get oriented, and it was great that we kept re-meeting people we met during the week. And the musicians, staff, and Cruise Director always made time to chat.
We liked the waiter (Filbert) we met the first night, and had no trouble being seated at one of his tables all week. And never a line (we dined around 645) The food was generally excellent, although not in a higher class than Celebrity. I thought that Celebrity has more imaginative desserts. But the Bananas Foster and chocolate chiffon pie were fantastic. The latter I didn't initially order - I sampled my wife's and ordered it the next night - luckily there were surplus. But beware the NY Strip Steak - tasteless and dry. But overall, dinner always left me with a warm afterglow..
The grill hot dogs were great, but pizza tasted like frozen fare, not like the Celebrity fresh slices. Maybe this was due to the lack of volume needed.
Since this was our first cruise with a veranda, we quickly fell in love with in-cabin breakfast.. And it saved time because we were up early to hit the beach before crowds and heat set in. We did try the breakfast buffet once - the Smoothie Bar is a welcome addition and a diverse selection on pancakes, waffles, omelettes, etc. to meet anyone's tastes.
Despite a scaled down show by large ship standards, the 7 piece orchestra, and most of the acts were enjoyable, particularly the comedienne/singer. And the Hollywood review. Didn't care for the Swing review but that's just my taste in music. The ship band, though, not as versatile as others we've heard.
The seating configuration is a bit annoying - you can easily be obstructed..so COME EARLY FOR GOOD SEATS.
Went to the first Captain's Club cocktail party, so nice to meet staff who seemed genuinely enjoying the conversation. The Captain is a teddy bear.
Its a beautifully furnished ship, lighting, art, furniture, is very tasteful and such a natural look - no glitz and smoke and mirrors needed, thank you.
Shops were pretty humdrum; didn't partake in bingo or the art auction. Enjoyed being met upon returning from the beach with cold drinks and cold towels at the gangplank.
Being our first all casual cruise, I now want to RETIRE MY TUX.
Not too many kids, and only one annoying "pressing all the elevator buttons" experience.
People still insist on reserving pool chairs all day with their towels - some things never change.
All in all, it was a week of pampering, with a crew and staff wonderfully accommodating. The earlier reported kinks seem to be dissipating. We regret that Celebrity / Azamara will be forsaking Bermuda, and Hamilton will no longer be a port for any ship once redevelopment occurs..but we would not hesitate to return to this ship if the itinerary and price is right.
Harry and Carol
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