Azamara Journey Cruise Review by Josi56
- Sail Date: February 2017
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
- Cabin Type: Club Veranda Stateroom
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!
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There was no noise from engines or anything.
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