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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this cruise due to ports we were visiting for the first time. It was our first Azamara cruise on a smaller ship. We have cruised with Princess and royal Caribbean on our previous 9 cruises without too many complaints. We Just ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to ports we were visiting for the first time. It was our first Azamara cruise on a smaller ship. We have cruised with Princess and royal Caribbean on our previous 9 cruises without too many complaints. We Just loved the ship size, we agreed that it was such a relaxed feeling for both passengers and crew. The service was great, a big thanks to all the crew for enhancing our vacation experience... thanks to Pitoon in the casino bar for your professional service, cheers mate! As has been described many times the azamazing evening and white night were fantastic events. We will definitely cruise Azamara again in the future thanks to all crew from chefs to cleaners for service with a smile. Surprisingly we found the food to be an equivalent quality to previous cruises, but not as many choices. All in all really good food. We really enjoy eating in the dining room, but was disappointed when themed buffet style food was offered in both the dining room and the buffet at the same time. Why remove the dining room choice? If I wanted buffet food I would go to the buffet? Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Positives Friendliness and service from the crew especially Dave at Discoveries for breakfast and Julius in Spirits Bar and other locations. Visibility of the captain and other senior crew members. I am sure the captain was wishing ... Read More
Positives Friendliness and service from the crew especially Dave at Discoveries for breakfast and Julius in Spirits Bar and other locations. Visibility of the captain and other senior crew members. I am sure the captain was wishing passengers a good day as we left the ship at every port we docked at. Food was generally very good, especially the speciality restaurants and the chef’s table, but we had no complaints about the food in Discoveries. Booked the dining package and speciality dining as soon as we boarded with no issues. Entertainment provided by Eric de Gray who was excellent and the other entertainment staff was very good. We attended most late shows and enjoyed them all. The exchanges between Eric and captain Johannes were amusing as were Eric’s grandad stories. AzAmazing Evening with Incanto Quartet in Livorno was excellent and very well organised. Size of the ship was great, nothing felt too far away compared to the other larger ships we have sailed on. Enjoyed the included coffee and snacks available at Mosaic Cafe. Generally bar service was very good and we had no issues with getting cocktails or drinks using the included spirits. We tendered at 3 ports and very rarely had to wait a long time for a tender boat in either direction. Closeness to the city at several ports of call, especially Porto Ferraio and Trapani. Oceanview room was adequate and Paulo our room steward was very friendly and efficient. Embarkation and debarkation were efficient both at start and end of cruise and at ports of call. Friendliness and courtesy of fellow passengers with very few exceptions. Living Room was very nice and the food which was served (especially the tapas) was a nice touch. Negatives Missed not having a balcony (our choice) but it was only one floor up to deck 5. Not being able to walk a full circuit of the ship on deck 5 and it was often closed off in the middle at both sides. Apart from the Windows cafe, unable to get a sea view from the back of the ship which I had enjoyed on other cruises. Other comments We are in our early 50s and whilst not the youngest on the cruise we were definitely at the lower end of the age range. White Night was very busy and queues to get food were quite long and slightly chaotic at times but the local Sorrento Mozzarella and tomatoes was a nice touch. Some of the included white wines were not to our taste, we stuck with included red wines which were generally good. We only had 1 sea day, so it was a very port intensive cruise, not sure how I would have felt if we had more sea days. Regretted missing the Indian night at the buffet because we booked Aqualina on that night because the smell was amazing. For speciality dining only times which seemed to be available for us to book were 18:00, 18:30, 20:00 and 20:30. We only booked private excursions so had no experience of Azamara excursions. I would have no hesitation to sail again on Azamara for the right price and itinerary. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My husband and I booked this trip for our 20th anniversary. We did a lot of research so I felt like I knew what to expect. We embarked in Rome after flying in two days earlier to spend a bit of time in the city. Embarkation was an ... Read More
My husband and I booked this trip for our 20th anniversary. We did a lot of research so I felt like I knew what to expect. We embarked in Rome after flying in two days earlier to spend a bit of time in the city. Embarkation was an absolute breeze. We arrived in the middle of the lengthy window for arrival and it took us only minutes to check in and walk aboard. The room was available right away. We had booked a picture window room with a sleeper sofa hoping that the sofa would give us a bit more space. Well, the room was tiny, the sofa was only an armchair that folded out to a single bed. When I went to ask at the front desk about the sofa they said that it does fold out therefore it is a sleeper sofa. I complained that that was misleading because we wanted the sofa to be able to sit together. The cruise was fully booked, there were no other rooms for us to be switched to that actually had a true sofa. They did end up switching out the armchair for something a tinge bigger, more like a small loveseat and that was the best they could do. The room itself was small but very well organized. There were lots of drawers and plenty of hanging space in the closet. We were able to easily unpack two weeks worth of clothes and stuff and slide the suitcases neatly under the bed. I especially appreciated that there were several shelves in the bathroom, three over the toilet, plus countertop, under the counter and in the shower storage spaces. The shower was small but doable for everything except shaving my legs. I ended up turning the showerhead towards the wall, opening the curtain and putting my foot up on the sink in order to shave. After settling in we explored the boat, overall we were impressed. The ship could definitely use a bit of cosmetic maintenance (lightly peeling wallpaper and some uneven paint in our room specifically), but the overall feel is elegant comfort. The size was perfect (about 600 guests), big enough to include several dining spaces, a spa, pool deck, living room and library etc. but small enough to not be packed with people and long lines for everything. We knew we didn't want a megaship with tons of families and massive buffets. We also aren't big nightlife people, no need for discos and a huge casino. While Azamara doesn't forbid children, they also don't encourage them. We have three at home, and we were looking for a grown up get away. We knew that we are a bit younger than their main clientele and we decided that was fine, we were happy doing our own thing. I would say the target audience for this line is empty nester - healthy retiree. There were definitely some older and some younger but we were some of the youngest on board in our mid-late forties. I also wanted to make a note that Azamara welcomes same sex couples, which I think is awesome. My brother is gay and he has told me that he and his husband avoid certain places because of prejudice and even potential violence. There were at least a handful of same sex couples on board and there was a nightly mixer for the LGBT community. The food on board was very good. We generally breakfasted at the buffet, had lunch at the pool deck patio restaurant and had dinner in the main dining room. You could get pretty much any breakfast food you could think of and many that I don't consider breakfast at the buffet. They had a station that did waffles, pancakes and french toast, and a second station that did eggs and omelets made to order. They also had a carving station with daily specials of roast pork, or beef or turkey, etc. There were both hot and cold buffet stations with fruit, yogurt, pastries, cold cuts, sausage, bacon, all kinds of eggs, beans, you name it. One server manned the several toasters serving toast, bagels, muffins etc. There were also several kinds of fancy coffees and fresh squeezed juice and smoothies. My husband found the lunch buffet a bit overwhelming and too tempting to just over-do everything so we usually lunched on the patio. They had a nice selection of burgers, wraps, and skewers along with a small salad bar. Dinner in the main dining room was very nice. While they do have a minimum standard for dress (no shorts, tanks, bathing suits, baseball caps, etc), they don't expect formal wear. Long pants and a collared shirt for my hubby and a sundress or nicer capris for me were no problem. The menu had several standards that were always available and then a rotating menu of daily options. You could tell that they made a point of always having a meat, a poultry, a fish, and a vegetarian option on the menu. While not vegetarian myself, I have several family members that are so I always note when places are vegetarian friendly and Azamara definitely is, even noting when items are vegan. We did not order any of the special drink or dining plans and we were perfectly happy. Azamara considers itself all inclusive and as long as you don't need high end name brand alcohol in your drinks you will be fine. Every day they feature two red and two white wines. You can also get all sorts of mixed drinks, etc. We particularly liked having a pina colada while out by the pool. We looked at the specialty upcharge restaurants and they didn't seem so much better than the main dining room. My one tiny complaint about the main dining room is that I think they try a bit too hard to be "fancy", especially in the naming of their selections. The entertainment on ship was not our priority. We only went to one evening show, the White Night production. Eating out on the pool deck with everyone dressed in all white was fun and the food staff really outdid themselves but the musical part of the show was definitely a bit underwhelming. We didn't take part in any of the planned activities and entertainments other than one lecture during our sea day which we did find very informative. We were mainly here for the ports and wanted nothing more than relaxation while onboard. We did each get a massage at the spa which was heavenly. Probably our only big complaint about the ship itself was that the wifi was awful to non-existent. We had specifically booked a package that included wifi and we didn't get it working until more than halfway through the trip and even then it was slow and spotty. Just as an FYI, the wifi doesn't work well with Windows 10 computers or any microsoft browsers. We needed to download chrome to even be able to log in and this took two different staff members help and a trip to the IT specialist. While researching options for this trip, the itinerary was one of, if not the most important, driver for our decision to book. My husband had never been to Italy and I hadn't been in years so we wanted to see all the highlights. We did a mix of cruise excursions, privately booked excursions, and just going off on our own. In general our first choice was to book privately because the cruise excursions were extremely expensive across the board but we still did do several because we either couldn't find another option or we were worried about timing and logistics for a specific port. We really appreciated having two days in northern italy and two days in the south. Probably the best stop was either Livorno (the gateway for pisa and florence) or Amalfi while the least interesting was Elba. I was pleasantly surprised by Sardinia, we very much enjoyed seeing the neolithic site there, the countryside was very pretty, and the fact that the excursion included a light lunch of local favorites was welcome. Overall, this was a wonderful trip. We felt that we were pampered and well taken care of by the entire staff. Our steward knew our name and always greeted us in passing after only our first meeting. The food service staff did their jobs with a smile. While it seems a bit silly, it was sweet to be greeted with a "welcome home" by the security team at the end of each day's excursion. The captain and other high level crew were very visible and willing to stop and chat. There were a lot of little touches that were really nice like the fact that they provided umbrellas at the docking point on a rainy day or beach towels if you were at a beachy port. There were always cool towels and water and punch at the dock. I had told them we were celebrating our anniversary when I booked and on our actual anniversary the room was decorated with streamers and a sign. I would definitely consider another cruise with Azamara. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We are experienced cruisers. We are not drawn to the large “resort” ships, except with our grandchildren. Increasingly we are selecting our cruises for the itinerary. The Azamara Journey was a 9 day Italy “intensive” itinerary with ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers. We are not drawn to the large “resort” ships, except with our grandchildren. Increasingly we are selecting our cruises for the itinerary. The Azamara Journey was a 9 day Italy “intensive” itinerary with major stops for Florence and Pompeii, and other stops in smaller ports- suitable for a smaller ship. This was a major reason we selected a smaller ship. The on board service was exceptional, delivered with genuine care by the staff. Little things- like a mid cruise comment card (with real follow-thru by ship department heads) made the whole trip enjoyable. The food was notably better than our past experiences. We had no waiting in the open seating main dining room and never had trouble finding an available clean table in the cafe. The 700 passengers were never the cause of undue lines or delays. The ship was clean and in good to excellent repair. My wife and I enjoyed ourselves and will be back. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise because of the Florence, Monte Carlo, and Barcelona destinations. The Monte Carlo Grand Prix was the main event. The ship as always was great....okay, showers are tight but I think everyone knows that before they board ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Florence, Monte Carlo, and Barcelona destinations. The Monte Carlo Grand Prix was the main event. The ship as always was great....okay, showers are tight but I think everyone knows that before they board the ship.....get over it. The bottomline is the crew, the officers, and, even more importantly, the fellow passengers were wonderful. The officers were very present throughout the cruise and the emphasis and training of Azamara staff on crew service was obvious. We were on the Azamara last August in St. Petersburg, Russia and needed cosmetic improvements have been performed and were also very obvious...nice. I would like to compliment the Captain, Safety Office, and crew for their world-class effort to safely bring passengers to the Monte Carlo Grand Prix although the seas were very rough and tenders were required. I have 40 years military experience and the tender execution in Monte Carlo was first rate. The food and beverage service was perfect. The Prime C restauranrt included local produce and treats such as Oysters on the half shell and Oysters Rockerfeller. The veal was among the best I've had and I have dined in ten Michelin one star and higher restaurants in the past year. Prime C is the best restaurant on the ship and well worth the additional charge. Service is perfect. The Aqualina restaurant is also very good and well worth a visit. The white night was great and the effort invested in making the evening exceptional was obvious. The white night food and entertainment was much, much more than I expected....from lobster to crepes, stir fry to grill there was somethibg for everyone. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise because as first time cruisers we knew what we did and didn't want. Very clear that we didn't want the whole rigmarole of tipping which as far as we could see added a lot to the advertised prices. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise because as first time cruisers we knew what we did and didn't want. Very clear that we didn't want the whole rigmarole of tipping which as far as we could see added a lot to the advertised prices. We didn't want to have to dress up so no evening suits or ball gowns (unless you fancied it). Time was another crieteria, as we'd not cruised before we didn't want to be stuck on a boats for ages. However, as it turned out we loved it. We got a free upgrade as we'd booked it nearly 2 years ahead. Ok so the shower is small but really this ship isn't enormous and if you want big then this isn't really a good choice. The accommodation was very clean and tidy and I think out attendants were in there at least 3 times a day tidying and putting in the programme for the next day, delivering yet more food (chocolates at bedtime). The staff were all very friendly and said 'welcome home 'every time you came back from a shore excursion.On the dock there were cool towels and drinks awaiting and on the way out they gave you water. Entertainers we're good, we thought westend standard.Food - we mainly ate in the self service but had one dinner in the a la carte. We tried to get into one of the pay for restaurants but we were told to 'book on the day' which got a bit lost in translation -so we waited for the day we wanted and it was already fully booked! Forgot that different meanings in USA. Never mind all food fantastic and they made my mum a gluten free cake for her birthday which was really nice. The staff and the photographer put up with our changing our minds about venue and timing in good part! The only thing we thought not good was the on board lecturer, unfortunately there was a lack of knowledge in any depth, went on about a number of things which didn't really link -i.e. The renaissance and Burke and Hare! I think it may have played ok to some of the passengers but all the people we spoke to didn't go back after the first one. Never mind this was such a small detail in what turned out to be our best holiday. Thanks you azumara and the team. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
The Cruise was good, the ship is tired, the staff were great but they were no better than our experiences on Celebrity. In fact we felt the dining room staff on Celebrity were more attentive. The drinks policey did not really fit in with ... Read More
The Cruise was good, the ship is tired, the staff were great but they were no better than our experiences on Celebrity. In fact we felt the dining room staff on Celebrity were more attentive. The drinks policey did not really fit in with us, the wines were flat bottomed and cheap, we upgraded to the ultimate package but still had to pay $$$ for a port, which to me is ridiculous. The included drinks does not include any decent whiskey or gin. The wine glasses are cheap and small which I believe is because they offer free wine. If you upgraded to a wine package you were given proper wine glasses (Riedel) otherwise you needed to ask ??? The rooms were small as was the shower we knew this beforehand however the balcony will probably be a deal breaker for us. They are not private you can clearly see people on the next balcony. Room service was fantastic and you can always get a bed by the pool. Maybe this was because of the cruise, the other cruisers were very friendly, however all this wow the officers are ever present didn't see. My overall view is that I just don't get this Azamara are the best you will ever get. It was a great cruise but we always have a great cruise on Celebrity and didn't really see any difference in our overall enjoyment. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Embarkation in Civitavecchiar Italy was painless and quick. Upon entering the ship, which we were handed champagne we were also greeted by many "welcome back" by the some of the staff who remembered us from our last sail on the ... Read More
Embarkation in Civitavecchiar Italy was painless and quick. Upon entering the ship, which we were handed champagne we were also greeted by many "welcome back" by the some of the staff who remembered us from our last sail on the Journey in April. First stop Sorrento, which we easily made after the Captain announced that other ships were docking in Naples because they couldn't come in. Sorrento, Taomino, Chania were all tender ports. No problems at all with the tender boats, very quick and efficient. Two days in Agaba, Jordan, with the first night being the "Azamazing Evening." The idea and execution of getting the entire ship to a remote desert location went extremely well. We were greeted with wine or soft drinks along with some "nibbles". The entertainment put on by the Boudin's was nice, it just needed to be varied. It was 2 hours of watching the dancers do basically the same dance to basically the same tunes. I think most of us anticipated that we watch a variety of men and women dancers. We were handed pieces of homemade bread as we watched the women in the front make this bread throughout the evening. The setting was beautiful under the stars in the dessert and upon our return to the ship were greeted with champagne and music very nice touch that Azamara is known for. The next day we took the ship's tour to Petra, went very well. A fantastic tour, great guide and lunch was included at a nearby hotel. We had some free time to explore on our own, wonderful experience. Two Oman stops, Salalah & Muscat at both locations used the ship tours. I would have to say the tour in Muscat was much better, only because there is more to see. Last stop Dubai arrived in they afternoon. The Captain treated us to a panoramic arrival so we could see the skyline in it's entirely. Fantastic job, created a sailing in party--wonderful. The evening's ship tour of Dubai, not so wonderful. The tour was basically, "look how much money Dubai has", "we are the biggest in the world", etc. The brief time could have been better spent, than waiting in traffic. I would suggest not visiting the outer parts of the island on this tour. We missed our trip to the Souk due to the long time it took to visit highest building in the world and waiting in the horrendous traffic 5 p.m.. We were very late in returning to the ship most of us were grumpy and tired. We were very pleasantly surprised to find out Azamara had set out a late night buffet for us, so very thoughtful and appreciated. The food was great both in the MDR and Windows Cafe and the Patio. One evening had dinner at the Pation wonderful candlelight dinner, afterward a walk around the deck in the dark we were treated to some wonderful star sightings. Azamara has list of inclusive beverages, they have added two whites and two red wines to each day's selection, very nice. They have made some nice changes in the ship in re-decorating, very calming. Unfortunately, the clingy shower curtain remains in the stateroom shower. This is one trip, I do consider as a trip of a lifetime because it included Petra. The staff/crew of the Azamara made it extra memorable as well. Azamara has without question the most friendly, outgoing, attentive staff ever! We were also lucky to have Captain Johannes and Eric our cruise director, both the best in the industry. All the staff/crew from the cabin stewards to the Captain are approachable and they seem to all enjoy their jobs and work together as a family who genuinely like each other and the guests. They definitely know the concept of teamwork. Azamara is definitely our favorite cruise line. The attention to detail, the extra touches, great ports and the all inclusive trip, make it the best way to travel. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Embarkation was speedy but there was no food available and we had missed lunch. The patio area was not open at about 3.30 pm when we boarded despite indicating it was in "Pursuits" Crew were helpful and accommodating. ... Read More
Embarkation was speedy but there was no food available and we had missed lunch. The patio area was not open at about 3.30 pm when we boarded despite indicating it was in "Pursuits" Crew were helpful and accommodating. Service with a smile. Dinner in the dining room was very good in terms of quality and choice. Breakfast and Lunch in Windows cafe was a little repetitive and no sushi offering at lunch. We did not eat in Windows nor use the other 2 restaurants (Aqua and Prime)any evening.. Ports were interesting Entertainment was poor. We don't go to shows preferring music while we have a pre or post dinner drink or coffee. Guitarist and piano player were both poor and repetitive.. Can't comment on the shows as we don't do shows. Wifi is expensive and poor. Azamara need to address this as it could be a deal breaker for us TV entertainment is extremely poor. We were on-board for 17 days and films from 1st week were repeated on the second week. Some cruisers spend time in their cabin and like to relax and watch a film, not so on this ship. Offering was really poor unless you wanted to pay for a film. Some passengers don't want fancy shows but prefer quieter entertainment. Communication in "Pursuits" needs to be a bit more forward thinking e.g. "no bus into port a Salalah" needed to be communicated well ahead of the night before we docked. This resulted in a rush to book a tour for those that wanted to go ashore after 4 nights at sea. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We stayed in a Club Continent Suite on deck 8. Very nice cabin, but no sofa - just a chair, so much smaller than the suites we were used to on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. The room was always kept well cleaned and the fridge ... Read More
We stayed in a Club Continent Suite on deck 8. Very nice cabin, but no sofa - just a chair, so much smaller than the suites we were used to on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. The room was always kept well cleaned and the fridge well-stocked. They even kept the ice bucket full! However, it is the service that Azamara provides that is the star. Bartenders, cabin stewards, waiters, and entertainers all go out of their way to get to know you and your preferences. We loved how they would have a drink or a coffee ready for you right as you walked up to the bar. The very first cruise I have been on where the CAPTAIN is out almost everyday engaging the passengers. We enjoyed a night at Chef's Table with the Hotel & Restaurant Manager and he went out of his way to visit with us every time we saw him about (even on the Bedouin Dunes Dinner Excursion!) The entertainment is VERY limited - but HUGELY talented so be prepared to be WOWED even with the limited offerings. They had beginning bridge lessons with Vic that was an experience I had been looking for most of my life. The food was okay. I have a gluten allergy and I was thankful that I brought some boxes of protein bars as I would have gone hungry a few times as they were not able to accommodate my needs. I got pretty tired of Tuscan bean soup and Greek Salad! The specialty restaurants were especially bad. Since we were in a suite, we were able to book a table there every night, but I couldn't really eat anything at the Italian one and there were no starters available gluten-free at the steakhouse, so we only went there a couple of times. The entire ship came back late for dinner after the AZamazing Evening, so everything was buffet - even in the dining rooms. They had NO gluten-free options at all! My husband complained to the Maitre D' and he did offer to have the kitchen prepare something, but it would have taken quite a bit of time, so I refused. We loved that everything was included. No daily tip, no exorbitant drink prices, no mad rush sales on the pool deck. Terrific! We also purchased an unlimited Internet package that was great! We were blocked in Jordan, but even in the open waters we got good service and I even streamed Netflix at night! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Great itinary and perfect weather. Just the tinge of excitement as to whether we would see pirates. We needed a relaxing cruise after a tough few weeks and this proved the best antidote to all the stress. We had been to the ... Read More
Great itinary and perfect weather. Just the tinge of excitement as to whether we would see pirates. We needed a relaxing cruise after a tough few weeks and this proved the best antidote to all the stress. We had been to the Mediterranean ports before so did our own thing but really enjoyed the new ports such as Aqaba, Oman and Dubai. Especially enjoyed going to Petra and the Azamazing evening in Wadi Rum. We found that the dining experience was greatly improved on previous cruises with better menus and choice. There was no need to use the speciality restaurants at all. Service was superb as usual. We had seen much of the entertainment shows before but still enjoyed them and the speciality acts were good. The guest lecturers were very interesting. This is not a cruise line suitable for children and no provision is made for them so we cannot comment on that aspect. What is particularly good about this line is the friendliness of the crew. It is like going home again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Did my first vacation as a Single/Solo traveler and was very impressed with how everyone aboard made me feel as though I was part of their extended family! The Captain was very visible and friendly, far more than any other Captain on ... Read More
Did my first vacation as a Single/Solo traveler and was very impressed with how everyone aboard made me feel as though I was part of their extended family! The Captain was very visible and friendly, far more than any other Captain on other cruise lines. He was always at the gangway when we were going on shore excursions and kept us up to date on what was happening. The respect that he showed for his crew and guests was excellent and this is what made this the best cruise I have taken to date. I'm sure that I put on a few pounds with the excellent food and the staff were very professional but also joked with our group when appropriate. Bar staff knew what I drank and brought it to me once they saw me arrive. The entire ship was well maintained and clean. Every crew member onboard was friendly and did their jobs beautifully. Will be booking another cruise on Azamara very soon! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
My travel agent found this for me and it had a great deal on single supplements. The service was phenomenal and the ports were really interesting. I had a wonderful time and would travel with them again for sure. I was celebrating my ... Read More
My travel agent found this for me and it had a great deal on single supplements. The service was phenomenal and the ports were really interesting. I had a wonderful time and would travel with them again for sure. I was celebrating my birthday on the trip and my steward decorated my stateroom with happy birthday stuff on the day of my birthday. The bed was one of the most comfortable beds I've slept on. My balcony was lovely and roomier than I expected. The food was fabulous and the wine selections were great every day. The entertainment was top notch and the spa was wonderful. The cruise directors paid special attention to the singles and solo travelers and made sure that they had someone to sit with at dinner every night of the cruise. I met some wonderful and fun new friends on this trip and it will be one of my most memorable birthdays ever. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Chosen based upon past history. Entertainment was very good in terms of cruise director and entertainment group. Service and friendliness of staff was excellent. Great relationship between cruise director and captain. Food was ... Read More
Chosen based upon past history. Entertainment was very good in terms of cruise director and entertainment group. Service and friendliness of staff was excellent. Great relationship between cruise director and captain. Food was good but not exceptional, including the specialty restaurants. Staff was friendly and outgoing. No issues at all with embarkation and debarkation. Some of the ship excursions were more expensive than other shore excursion alternatives. Hard to keep all at the same level. Porto Empedocle was a total bust as a stopping point. Unless you wanted to take in ruins, there was not much of interest in this port. Cruise Critic reception was good and well organized - much better than many expected. Lecturer was hit and miss - some people liked the lectures, some found them less than enlightening. Refurbishment of the ship was very much a success - public rooms, staterooms and all other areas were much more open and inviting than before. Lightening up of the colour schemes game a much 'larger' impression of the ship in general. Very successful redo by the Azamara team. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Wanted to try a short cruise and the destinations of Sicily and Malta were places that we had not been to before. The ship is classed in todays world as small ( 600 passengers) but this made it easy to find your way round and meet the same ... Read More
Wanted to try a short cruise and the destinations of Sicily and Malta were places that we had not been to before. The ship is classed in todays world as small ( 600 passengers) but this made it easy to find your way round and meet the same people.We spent 3 days in Rome before the start of the cruise which was well worth doing. Everything about the cruise was very good, dining, entertainment and service. We had a Veranda stateroom which was furnished very well although slightly small. The shore excursions were very well organised but slightly expensive. The wifi and internet were expensive on board ship so used the wifi at the ports we stopped at. The crew and staff were very attentive with nothing being too much trouble for them. The captain was very approachable and was often around when we were leaving the ship for excursions and during part of the evenings entertainment. He would often make suggestion about when was a good time to be on deck ie. when entering Valletta in Malta for the views from the ship. We would definitely travel with this company again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
My husband and I liked the idea of cruising to Venice, Croatia, Montenegro and Corfu. We had a wonderful time. We sailed with friends from the UK who we met in Galapagos in 2005. The staff was outstanding and the captain was a very ... Read More
My husband and I liked the idea of cruising to Venice, Croatia, Montenegro and Corfu. We had a wonderful time. We sailed with friends from the UK who we met in Galapagos in 2005. The staff was outstanding and the captain was a very personable guy, always mingling with guests. He actually sat down with us at dinner one evening, very interesting gentleman. The first couple of ports were quite interesting and different, but after that the towns started to run together, started to look alike; the old city with the fortress wall, etc. but the cruise overall was fantastic. The only downfall was the size of the shower. You had to turn around in it in order to get your total body wet. I swear it was 2 feet by 2 feet. And don't try to shave your legs ladies, it won't work. The food was out of this world and our favorite waiter, Mohammed was excellent. Loved those 2 cruises! We did a back to back which was the greatest yet. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We have heard so much about Azamara Club cruises that we were thrilled at the opportunity to take this cruise. From the moment that we entered the ship we felt welcomed. The ship is not the most luxurious decor but it was clean and ... Read More
We have heard so much about Azamara Club cruises that we were thrilled at the opportunity to take this cruise. From the moment that we entered the ship we felt welcomed. The ship is not the most luxurious decor but it was clean and bright and comfortable. We had an outside cabin on the 4th floor Cabin#4033. It was sufficient for 2 people the usual put together bed and a couch with desk and chair. I would say that what sets Azamara apart is their staff. The ship stewards were attentive and efficient. My husband especially liked the complementary shoe polishing. The food was excellent we ate in the complementary dining room and at lunch we ate at the pool grill. We didn't go to any of the specialty restaurants. We didn't see the need. On two nights there were marvelous buffets set up poolside. There were roasted pigs at one and the other night which was called White Night where everyone dresses in white there was a surf and turf barbecue. The entertainment was a little different than the usual fare. One night a wonderful tenor from Naples sang in Italian. The cruise director and the crew entertained us with popular music poolside another evening. On two of the nights the cruise singers and dancers put on variety shows. There was always a DJ later in the evening. A piano player/singer was usually in one of the bar areas and there was some theme for the day corresponding with our stops. Of course there was the Azamazing evening which on this cruise was a concert with soloists in a medieval Cathedral in Mdina Malta. All of the crew were exceptionally friendly and solicitous and surprising called us by name and knew what our preferences were. I would definitely recommend Azamara to anyone who wants to enjoy a wonderful cruise where you feel special and are able to experience the culture of the ports you are visiting. We stopped in Italy, Sicily and Greece. There were on board lectures about the ports and locals on the ship at each port to assist with maps and advice for those passengers who wanted to explore on their own. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
First time with Azamara, this trip was offered for a long weekend fri-mon from Rome, travelling to St Tropez and Portofino, as it's only 2 hours away from Gatwick we thought why not, something different. after a early morning ... Read More
First time with Azamara, this trip was offered for a long weekend fri-mon from Rome, travelling to St Tropez and Portofino, as it's only 2 hours away from Gatwick we thought why not, something different. after a early morning flight, we arrived onboard around midday, to be greeted with a cold class of champagne and a very lovely lady was asking us about our flight was we ok etc.we had plenty of time to explore the ship and get our bearings, not hard as its a small ship, we have cruised many times, from large 4000+ down to 1800 passengers, so this was very small for us. We had a light lunch which was lovely and then laid around the pool, our luggage arrived around 2pm which was great, had a fab first day onboard, plenty of frozen cocktails around the pool and great deep mattresses on the sun beds with lovely plush towels, our evening meal was in prime c and had a great meal with good wine and very good service. The stop sat morning was St Tropez we didn't rush off enjoyed the sunshine around the pool, then went ashore around 2pm, lovely just walking around this port, our evening meal we went to the main dining room, very good selection lovely table in the window, and good wine once again. Sunday morning stop was in Santa Margarita for Portofino which was just lovely, got off early around 8.45am so we could have a walk around then still enjoy the sun later around the pool deck. Our evening meal was in Aqualina which was just amazing the service from Michael was just great, I've never seen so much skill in taking my Dover sole off the bone, he was a very happy server, the wine was fab, overhaul it was our favourite for the food, decor, service and wine. Our departure was very organised as we thought the captain was very well spoken and clear with his announcement, it was also loud to hear wherever you were aboard. So our overhaul verdict on this ship was very good The only downside I would say are; The cabin bathroom had a shower curtain which drives me mad, but as it was only a long weekend I could put up with this, if I was using it for 7-10 days plus, I would go stir crazy as the shower was very small, I'm not a large person but anyone bigger then myself I think would have struggled.also the balcony needs re painting also dirty doors and furniture. The entertainment was pretty poor, not a lot went on in the evenings, we had the onboard team doing music from the movies which was very avagrage. Also they had a magician/comedian called Mandy, she was struggling with the audience and I felt a little sorry for her, didn't find her very funny and her magic left a lot to be said. Again as this was a short taster cruise for us, I wouldn't like to think how I would feel after a week or longer, so for us if this is the quality of entertainment then we would struggle. And I would agree with other reviews regarding children, I would. NOT take babies, toddlers or teenagers on this cruise, stay home and let the older people enjoy this ship ages from 45 plus I would say. We may look into going again on this ship next year for 7 days plus. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Having cruised with Celebrity (regularly) and Royal Caribbean we were curious to see (what we perceived to be) the most luxurious cruise line from the RCL stable was like, and this taster cruise was a good chance to experience it. Sadly it ... Read More
Having cruised with Celebrity (regularly) and Royal Caribbean we were curious to see (what we perceived to be) the most luxurious cruise line from the RCL stable was like, and this taster cruise was a good chance to experience it. Sadly it didn't live up to our expectations. From the shambolic main dining experience to the odd assortment of cabin furniture, we were left unimpressed. The website says that the ships have been 'revitalised', unfortunately apart from very impressive sunbeds there are many areas that appear to have only a cursory touch-up. The cabins are a mis-match of furniture and themes, with the original (shabby) wardrobes sitting alongside a modern chrome chair, two different bedside tables and a coffee table that must have been original. Beware of the shower, it is miniscule with a shower curtain that minimises the space further. We had to ask for the blackened caulking to be repaired. The balcony had no privacy and needed a little tlc. With the ongoing issue of hygiene on cruise ships Azamara need to think about installing doors that do not require a handle - for example to get to and from the hot drink station there is a door which was frequently shut requiring you to sanitise your hands whilst holding your hot drinks. Not sure which demographic Azamara are aiming for with their brand, with dining and entertainment so structured. I appreciate that this cruise line can get you to more ports than larger ships and that this was just a 'taster' but we will not be sailing with Azamara again. Celebrity is a lot more fun, the food is better, hygiene thought out, clearly defined ambience and altogether it has nailed its market. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
The Journey is our favorite ship and this was our fifth cruise on her. The price was very good, under $5000 for a balcony cabin for two. The reason we love Azamara is that they go out of their way to make passengers feel at home. ... Read More
The Journey is our favorite ship and this was our fifth cruise on her. The price was very good, under $5000 for a balcony cabin for two. The reason we love Azamara is that they go out of their way to make passengers feel at home. It's hard to explain, but almost as if you have a friend with a yacht who has invited you to stay for while. Your fellow passengers are usually well-traveled adults (children not encouraged) from many countries. We enjoyed their company and came home with email addresses of some very nice people. We arrived in Rome Aug. 7 with hotel reservations and transfers we booked ourselves. Hotel Farnese is what we would call a B&B. It is in a lovely, residential part of the city, but easy walking to areas for shopping and restaurants. Great staff, but only CNN in English on the TV. They arranged drivers for us wherever we wanted to go. Driver picked us up at the airport and took us to the hotel (55 euros). We took a tour to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. Word of caution: Rome is very hot during the day in the summer and tourist destinations are very crowded. May is better. Embarkation was very easy. Our driver took us to Civitavecchia (155 euros). It is about an hour from Rome. We chose doing hotel and drivers on our own as the option the tour line offered was much more expensive. As usual, the staff was welcoming and friendly. We were delighted to find that some of the staff remembered us from previous cruises. We arrived at about 1:30 and rooms were available in about half an hour. For those who don't know this cruise line, tips, most drinks, specialty coffees, teas and all the bottled water you can drink are included in the price. It may seem more expensive up front, but when you figure in all you get, it's a bargain. You can ask to have the mini fridge stocked to your liking -- free. The ship has just (January) emerged from drydock after an extensive refurbishing, so everything is new and up to date. The cabin has plenty of storage, with very good mattresses and linens and new interactive TV. Wifi is available all over. Ours was free because we have many points with the cruise line. It is quite fast for a cruise ship. The main dining room is very good, with varied choices each night. There are also two alternative restaurants and the pool grill, which transforms into another free restaurant at night, as well as themed buffet dinners. Buffet is also open for breakfast and lunch, of course. In some ports, the chief chef, Monica, goes in to town to get local produce, etc. and prepares special feasts on deck. This was a port intensive cruise, so light on onboard activities, although I had plenty of trivia . My husband enjoyed the gym, too. I took advantage of the spa for excellent massages. The pool is small, salt water and for dunking, not swimming. You enter by ladder. This is a small ship (600 passengers), so no big shows, but the 5 entertainers they had did a great job. As for other acts, they brought on a tenor in Italy for an evening of opera, a violinist/comedian and a magician. We also had an Azamazing Evening in Barcelona at a flamenco show. This type of excursion is a free feature of the cruise line that is included in almost every cruise. And there is the White Night. Sometime toward the end of the cruise, the pool deck is decorated, tables are set up, all the passengers wear white, the chefs cook al fresco and there is music and dancing. It is so much fun. Service is a hallmark of this line. If you want something, ask for it. My husband saw the chef on deck (all the officers are available often) and mentioned that on previous cruises he had enjoyed the pecan pie. It was available at the buffet the next day. If you want something and they have the ingredients, they will try and get it for you. On a previous cruise, my husband mentioned that he liked a shrimp cocktail every night. He had it, even when it wasn't on the menu. Because we had worries about terrorism, we tended to stay with ship tours this time, although we have done private ones on other cruises. We didn't want to wander off by ourselves. We took a bus tour in Monaco that also went to Nice, where we saw the memorial at the beach for those killed by the truck driver. That is why, when the ship stopped in Marseilles, we opted for a tour to Aix. Barcelona was lovely, but we stopped on Assumption Day and a lot of things were closed. Would we go again? We have booked the Journey's sister ship, Quest, for a cruise in October, from New Orleans to Miami. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose this cruise because of longer stays in ports and the fact that smaller ship allows you to connect with people. While we did connect with people (we met some really nice ones!), the ship skewed about 10 years older than we are ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of longer stays in ports and the fact that smaller ship allows you to connect with people. While we did connect with people (we met some really nice ones!), the ship skewed about 10 years older than we are (we're in our mid 50's with a child still at home). We'd probably wait 10 more years before going on another Azamara cruise for just this reason. The staff for the most part was very accommodating. There were a few notable exceptions, and I hope they take action. The cruise would have benefited from more activities to do during the day at sea. It also would have been great to have fans in the fitness room! All in all, though, it was a very nice cruise. Using the CruiseCritic roll call feature was very helpful in setting up some offboard excursions prior to sailing. We definitely recommend that feature! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We were in Civitavecchia 3 years ago. The new port gate is pretty far away from the old one. You have to take the port bus from the old gate to the parking lot then take the ship's shuttle to the ship. Check in was easy and we ... Read More
We were in Civitavecchia 3 years ago. The new port gate is pretty far away from the old one. You have to take the port bus from the old gate to the parking lot then take the ship's shuttle to the ship. Check in was easy and we were upgraded to a balcony cabin. The cabin is small compare to Celebrity but with lots of storage space. The shower area is a joke. I am 5' 9 and is difficult to move around let alone a 6 footer. Food was hit and miss. Lack of variety especially breakfast. The smoothies and juices were nice touches. Pool side BBQ was excellent,lots of fresh seafood and fruits. We even had papaya,apricot and cherry.We went to the buffet for dinner most of the time. The Asian night, Indian night and Spanish night were excellent We were taken to a flamingo show in Barcelona during the amazing evening. The show was only about half an hour but really enjoyable .. We took 2 excursion with the Journey. One to Monserrat and the other to Drach cave. They are expensive but very good. The other port we just DIY. This was the first time we experience a small ship and we like it very much. No line for food, drink and no need to wait for lift. All the staff worked hard and doing their best to help. we highly recommend Azamara if the itinerary is good. If there was a better variation in the breakfat and the shower area is bigger, I would rate this a 5star Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
I chose the cruise because it had an amazing solo supplement price on a cruise with ports I had been longing to see again. Good decision!! I had sailed on this ship several years ago. When I stepped on board I just stopped and said ... Read More
I chose the cruise because it had an amazing solo supplement price on a cruise with ports I had been longing to see again. Good decision!! I had sailed on this ship several years ago. When I stepped on board I just stopped and said "wow!" Beautiful ship. Great service. Fun activities like dinner parties on deck with incredible singers. Many options for dinner. Great room service for breakfast before all those tours. I sat on the veranda and watched the sun rise painting every building in gold. Wine was pouring all day. I'm more of a vodka drinker, no problem. I traveled solo but quickly made friends. But please don't offer the escorts to me!!!! That's not what I want and I found it insulting to be asked. I'm suffering from jet lag One European voyage from US. CA. may be enough for a year but I'm clutching the voyage info and I will appear again. Thank you to all the staff I was well taken care of. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose this cruise because we were asked to cancel a previous cruise with Oceania which was over-booked! We had a problem finding a cruise at such a late date. We thought that Azamara would be a good bet as it is supposed to be a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were asked to cancel a previous cruise with Oceania which was over-booked! We had a problem finding a cruise at such a late date. We thought that Azamara would be a good bet as it is supposed to be a 6-star cruise ship, having previously been on Oceania and Seabourn we had great hopes but unfortunately were were disappointed. The stateroom and especially the bathroom were very small fora 6-star ship and although staff were very pleasant we felt that there was not enough information available regarding port visits. We did not book any excursions as they were extremely overpriced and decided to explore on our own. The food was slightly disappointing and I had to return a meal twice, once because the shellfish was not cooked (dangerous) and secondly, because the lamb was so tough it was inedible. There was no room in the small swimming pool. People were just sitting around the edge chatting (no room to swim!) and loungerAzsamara were always fully occupied and placed so close together it looked like sardines in a tin! Overall, a disappointing holiday.. Read Less
Azamara Journey Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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