Having been on many cruises with various companies we decided to try Azamara Journey as the itinerary (which is usually how we choose a cruise)was a bit unusual.We had looked at some reviews and seen they were very good and we would definitely agree.
We booked the cruise through a very good cruise agent and booked our flights and pre-cruise hotel separately(which we have done quite a few times)and there was no problems,apart from the tiring journey to pick up the cruise in San Juan,which was no different than anybody else travelling from the uk.After a night in a hotel in the old town we took a cab to the ship.
We had no wait at all at the cruise check in and were quickly on the lovely ship.
The ship and our cabin was lovely and yes the bathroom is very small but it did not cause a problem at all.The balcony was small but again it was nice to have the extra space.As mentioned in other reviews the staff are very friendly and seem to be genuinely happy in their More
work.We had a great captain (Jason) and a great cruise director Tony who seemed to be loving every minute of his working day and he was not at all overbearing and false as others we have met.He was backed up by a great team(alex especially),who provided hours of trivia and games,and along with some good professional entertainment we were kept amused.
The food was generally very good and both the windows cafe and the restaurant had good decor and ambiance(all under the control of the lovely Heike),and the free wine when eating went down well(my husband had a beer package but said he would not do it again as the wine was good).The mosaic cafe was a good place to relax and meet people,with great waiters.We loved our time aboard and also enjoyed the ports of call(we had booked a couple of ship excursions at half price before we left)and found them to be good.We did our own thing in St Thomas,Bermuda and New York and also enjoyed that.
Disembarkation was easy and relatively quick and we caught a taxi to a bag drop place in New York and went shopping before catching the train to Newark for our flight home.
We will definitely travel with Azamara again as they offer friendly ships with what seems to be happy staff,and as an extra we feel that we have met some new friend in some of our fellow passengers. Less
This is a beautiful place to visit.We had a short walk to the bus station to purchase a 2 day bus pass,which was 20 dollars per person.The buses are clean and safe(if a bit fast at time)with generally friendly drivers.We went to the naval dockyard and had a lovely time.
We docked at Manhattan and it was an easy walk into the main areas of New York.As we had been before we caught the subway to The natural history museum,where we spent a couple of hours.We also did some shopping and went to the cinema.
We ended up not docking here due to the weather,but it was no problem as the buses were still running(albeit a Sunday service due to Easter).However most things were closed as it was Easter but it was a pretty little place,and we watched the local church putting on a re-enactment of the Crucifixion which had a lot of atmosphere.We then caught the bus to Horseshoe bay and watched all the kite flying and listened to the gospel bands while walking on the beautiful beaches.
Catamaran tour was good fun and reasonable for the money paid.As we had been here before we then just walked into town and did a little shopping(avoiding all the jewellery shops),then we walked back to the ship.
We took a jeep tour that had been pre booked in the UK.The tour was was lovely but there was a strenuous hike to the top of a hill.The view at the top was not worth the climb though.The baths are stunning but you could catch a taxi to there very easily.