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This was our second time with Azamara and we liked being back. We decided on this sailing because it was with Azamara and this particular itinerary: India and Burma were new to us and we loved visiting both (despite of Indian-made challenges in Chennai). Coming back to Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore were a treat, too. This was our first sailing since refurbishments and we liked the (mostly cosmetic) updates, although I think they didn't go far enough. The public areas were refreshed and lightened up, but the layout and the atmosphere were still pretty much the same and lacked the contemporary vibe (see cabin review below). The dining on Azamara is always fun, varied and even gourmet, especially at The Chef's Table, Aqualina, and Prime C. The additions of tapas and caviar bar are a plus as well and I was pleased to see the expanded selection of wines. Can't comment much on entertainment as we only saw one show (the comedienne/magician was very good); however, the activities team wasn't as good this time around. The quizzes, bingo, etc. left us underwhelmed and we didn't have as much fun as the first time a couple of years ago with a different activities team. Excursion options are plenty and varied, although not inexpensive. We enjoyed our day in Yangon very much and found the tour company and our guide excellent. The free Azamazing Evening was a highlight of the trip and well worth attending. We also booked a market tour and cooking class in Penang and enjoyed it very much. It was a low key affair (no A/C, no cook books or aprons to take home), but it was delicious. We did other ports of call on our own. The service on Azamara is top notch. From cabin stewards to dining room and spa staff, we we treated like royalty and lacked for nothing. One of the reasons we booked the Journey was because of the people we met before and we saw again this time. I like Azamara for its all inclusive cruises where one is not nickel-and-dimed for everything from sparkling water to sparkling wine. Their dining, enrichment and excursions are good, the clientele is interesting and the staff are amazing.

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Azamara Journey Cruise Review by DMTraveller

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2016
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Club Veranda Stateroom
This was our second time with Azamara and we liked being back. We decided on this sailing because it was with Azamara and this particular itinerary: India and Burma were new to us and we loved visiting both (despite of Indian-made challenges in Chennai). Coming back to Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore were a treat, too.

This was our first sailing since refurbishments and we liked the (mostly cosmetic) updates, although I think they didn't go far enough. The public areas were refreshed and lightened up, but the layout and the atmosphere were still pretty much the same and lacked the contemporary vibe (see cabin review below).

The dining on Azamara is always fun, varied and even gourmet, especially at The Chef's Table, Aqualina, and Prime C. The additions of tapas and caviar bar are a plus as well and I was pleased to see the expanded selection of wines.

Can't comment much on entertainment as we only saw one show (the comedienne/magician was very good); however, the activities team wasn't as good this time around. The quizzes, bingo, etc. left us underwhelmed and we didn't have as much fun as the first time a couple of years ago with a different activities team.

Excursion options are plenty and varied, although not inexpensive. We enjoyed our day in Yangon very much and found the tour company and our guide excellent. The free Azamazing Evening was a highlight of the trip and well worth attending. We also booked a market tour and cooking class in Penang and enjoyed it very much. It was a low key affair (no A/C, no cook books or aprons to take home), but it was delicious. We did other ports of call on our own.

The service on Azamara is top notch. From cabin stewards to dining room and spa staff, we we treated like royalty and lacked for nothing. One of the reasons we booked the Journey was because of the people we met before and we saw again this time.

I like Azamara for its all inclusive cruises where one is not nickel-and-dimed for everything from sparkling water to sparkling wine. Their dining, enrichment and excursions are good, the clientele is interesting and the staff are amazing.
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Cabin Review

Club Veranda Stateroom
Cabin V1 7030
We stayed in a veranda stateroom (7030) and liked the new headboard, linens and soft furnishings, but the rest felt 'same old'. If Azamara is to stay competitive, they need to go further and upgrade the cabinetry as well, but most of all, perhaps sacrifice a few staterooms in order to provide better bathrooms that allow you to turn around whilst you shower and to include tubs and better finishes. For the price of Azamara cruise, other companies in the similar category offer newer and larger spaces, which I think is a must for a cruise of this length.
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