This was our first time sailing with Azamara and I cannot believe we hadn't done it sooner. We wanted an interesting itinerary for Asia that would give us time in each port (not just a few hours) with overnight stops or full days and evenings and that is what decided us on taking an Azamara cruise.
The Azamara Journey is a beautiful ship, not one of these enormous modern ships but a ship that reminds you of how cruising was in the past without the stuffiness. The cabins were extremely comfortable, kept spotless and well appointed. All areas of the ship are well maintained and has all the facilities on board that you would need. There were not many children on board just a few young teenagers but they were very well catered for.
The food was excellent, an extensive menu in the open dining restaurant and if by the remotest chance there was nothing that you fancied on the menu they were extremely helpful in making you something that you did, which we witnessed on a couple of occasions with other passengers,
The service in the restaurant and the buffet was excellent. Having all your drinks and wine at meals inclusive is just marvellous and you don't feel you are putting your hand in your pocket all the time! The waiters came round all the time to refill your glass.
What surprised us the most was the entertainment. We were not expecting such high quality entertainment on a smaller ship. The shows, the individuals that played guitar in the lounges and the harpist that played in the bar before dinner were great. The entertainment staff that put on the daily activities were great fun and there was something for everyone. This is down to a brilliant Cruise Director and Manager.
Finally, the Captain was seen around the ship on most days and took great interest in his passengers. He was on the gangway to say goodbye to all the passengers when we dis-embarked which we thought was a great touch.
I have tried to think of some negatives but I just can't - so we are looking forward to our next Azamara cruise.