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We choose this cruise because of the amount of time that would be spent in Cuba. This was our first cruise on Azamara, and only our third cruise overall (previous cruises were on Regent and Ponant. We liked the small size (690 passengers) of the Journey. We thought our cabin (Club Continent Suite 8064) was excellent - large, plenty of storage, adequate sized bathroom. Only minor complaint was the room chairs were not particularly comfortable. We thought the food was generally very good. We ate in the two specialty restaurants 2 nights each and thought the food was excellent - we felt these restaurants were better than the specialty restaurants on our Regent Cruise. We were somewhat disappointed in the shore excursions. While some were good, they often felt long and repetitive. We booked one private excursion and wished that we had done more that way. In spite of all the concerns the literature seems to indicate, it is very easy to find private companies on the internet that provide much better and less expensive tours than those arranged by the ship. We used a company called CubaOutings and had an excellent tour of Havana with them. We did not attend the enrichment lectures because we heard from other passengers that they were not interesting. The entertainment was fair and was what we expected from this size ship. The cruise director Alicia did a wonderful job and was a talented performer as well. The entire crew was excellent --- friendly and efficient.

Good In Depth Visit to Cuba

Azamara Journey Cruise Review by FMG66

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Cuba
  • Cabin Type: Club Continent Suite
We choose this cruise because of the amount of time that would be spent in Cuba. This was our first cruise on Azamara, and only our third cruise overall (previous cruises were on Regent and Ponant. We liked the small size (690 passengers) of the Journey.

We thought our cabin (Club Continent Suite 8064) was excellent - large, plenty of storage, adequate sized bathroom. Only minor complaint was the room chairs were not particularly comfortable.

We thought the food was generally very good. We ate in the two specialty restaurants 2 nights each and thought the food was excellent - we felt these restaurants were better than the specialty restaurants on our Regent Cruise.

We were somewhat disappointed in the shore excursions. While some were good, they often felt long and repetitive. We booked one private excursion and wished that we had done more that way. In spite of all the concerns the literature seems to indicate, it is very easy to find private companies on the internet that provide much better and less expensive tours than those arranged by the ship. We used a company called CubaOutings and had an excellent tour of Havana with them. We did not attend the enrichment lectures because we heard from other passengers that they were not interesting.

The entertainment was fair and was what we expected from this size ship. The cruise director Alicia did a wonderful job and was a talented performer as well. The entire crew was excellent --- friendly and efficient.
BBMacLaird, CBO - Azamara Club Cruises has responded
Thank you FMG66 for the cruise review. So glad you enjoyed the Azamara Journey cruise to Cuba! Hope we can welcome you back soon.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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Cabin Review

Club Continent Suite
Cabin N2 8064
Large, plenty of storage, great butler service and amenities, plenty of hot water, good shower, although it would leak onto the floor a bit.
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