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Sail Date: November 2015
This was our 21st cruise and our second on Azamara. We are both in our 60's and love traveling. We boarded in Monte Carlo after spending a pleasant night at the local Novotel Hotel after a 10 hour train ride from Bayeux, France. ... Read More
This was our 21st cruise and our second on Azamara. We are both in our 60's and love traveling. We boarded in Monte Carlo after spending a pleasant night at the local Novotel Hotel after a 10 hour train ride from Bayeux, France. Boarding was fairly easy and we were in our suite by 1:30 after a leisurely lunch. Service, as on our previous Azamara Cruise was fantastic throughout the cruise. Our suite was very nice and our Butler was helpful but rarely utilized. We had booked a Veranda room but got an upgrade call a few days before leaving for France and jumped on the $398 upgrade fee. Lucky us! We thought the quality and variety of food was no better than less expensive cruise lines we have recently been on. It was also not as good as our previous Azamara cruise three years ago. One night on the dinner menu was Chicken Parmigiana with a side of French fries as an entree. I have been on many cruises and eaten at thousands of restaurants in my life but had never seen that combination. Soups were generally very good. Entrees were hit and miss with a lot of misses. The Lunch buffet on deck was small and decent most days but not really reflective of a supposviely luxury cruise line. The pizza was really bad. The grill on deck by the pool put the hamburgers and hotdogs many days in steamer pots and you served yourself which left a lot to be desired for freshness. We thought the speciality restaurants were very good with great service. The complementary wine flowed freely throughout the cruise and your glass was not empty long, if at all. We did not upgrade the free drink package and were very happy with the complementary drinks. Our group of four likes to have happy hour at 5:30 or so, and many nights our favorite bar the Looking Glass would be closed or having trivia or some film/lecture. Other bars having events at this time were also a problem. Never have had this problem on any other ship. Entertainment was somewhat disappointing except for the cruise director who was very talented. We have found over the years the smaller the ship the weaker the overall entertainment. I guess that is to be expected. Disembarkation was easy. Overall this was a pleasant 9 night cruise along the Southern France coast and Spain with great service. However, I don't think Azamara at this time is worth paying double the prices of Princess, HAL, or Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
Pre-cruise This is the area that Azamara could improve on most. The booking process was easy; however, like several other folks, we were promised a shore excursion discusion if we booked at least 4 days before sailing. However, Azmara ... Read More
Pre-cruise This is the area that Azamara could improve on most. The booking process was easy; however, like several other folks, we were promised a shore excursion discusion if we booked at least 4 days before sailing. However, Azmara withdrew that offer (as is their option) without notifying us. Since we were aleady booked and paid, I do think we should have been either grandfathered into the promo or at least notified in advance that the offer was ending so that we could book our excursions. In the end, we didn't book any shore excursions and did our own thing including a private tour which if you have a group is a great option. Much better than the tour bus and about the same cost per person if you have 2 or 4 couples (check out the Cruise Critic Roll Call to form a group). As other cruisers have written on the community boards, best thing is to get a good TA and have them stay on top of Azamara. The Cruise Despite the disappointing pre-cruise experience, all is great once on-board. Check-in is easy and quick. Staff are friendly and helpful. One thing we enjoy about Azamara is the open seating in the dining room; if you are feeling social, you can sit with a group of people but if you want a more intimate dinner, you can ask for a table for two and you can show up when you want. We also dined in Acqualina twice for a small additonal fee. Food was fantastic! The Ports Another reasong why we like Azamara are the desitnations. With a smaller ship, they can get into places bigger ships can't, often right in town or very close. Even in large ports like Livorno, Azamara can pull up to the ferry dock, making it an easy walk into town. No shuttle required. Overall, a great trip and we will likely sail with Azamara again... just wish their Miami office would get their act together. Read Less
Azamara Journey Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.4
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 1.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.8
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 5.0 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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