Azamara Journey Cruise Review by fudgbug: Overnight to Bagan was worth the trip
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Overnight to Bagan was worth the trip
We spent 4 nights in Hong Kong then flew over to Singapore for a two night stay that we booked on our own at the Mandarin Oriental. The service throughout the hotel was outstanding and the location within walking distance of Marina Bay, Skypark, Gardens by the Bay, and other sites was perfect.
We chose this cruise for the itinerary that took us for 3 nights to Yangon, Myanmar, overnight in Phuket, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
The port that we could have done without is Belawan, Sumatra, Indonesia as the bus ride from the port to Medan was one and a half hours each way with really nothing to see other than piles of garbage. The palace, Great Mosque, museum were nothing special.
This was our 3rd cruise on the Journey and our second with Captain Johannes Tysse and his "twin brother", Eric DeGray as Cruise Director both of whom we really enjoy for their sense of humor.
Embarkation was real easy with no wait. Disembarkation from the ship was easy More with the exception of the long, long, long lines from the ship to Singapore Customs and you can't blame the cruise line for that.
Activities on board were adequate and nothing special.
Entertainment: I'm very hard on comedians and I don't care for magicians. We did enjoy the production shows.
Service throughout the ship was very good with special thanks to Slavko from Serbia and Agnes from China in Discoveries Restaurant for making each meal a dining experience.
Dining in Aqualina, in our opinion, was worth the $25 each as the service and food was outstanding. Service in Prime C was outstanding, but the food nothing special.
You could always find something for breakfast in the Windows Café even if you could not find a place to sit. The same goes for lunch.
The Pool Grill had some great hot dogs and I don't usually eat hot dogs!
Our cabin 7036 was clean and comfortable and the complimentary laundry appreciated.
The AzAmazing evening in Yangon started well with vendors and finger foods and crafts, but when one moved on to the evening, the food was cold, you couldn't see what you were eating, nor could you see the performance unless you were at the very front.
The highlight of this cruise was the overnight excursion to Bagan at $700 pp. I can't say that we've ever seen so many pagodas, temples, and monasteries all in one place with all of the gold leaf, plate or paint. The sites were awesome. The Aureum Palace Hotel was a total surprise and a 5 star experience. www.aureumpalacehotel.com. If you go, bring cash as the hotel does not take credit cards and be sure that your US$'s are crisp and issued after 1997 and has the right size head and bring your swim suit as the pool is beautiful.
Overall, we enjoyed the itinerary and the onboard experience did not disappoint. Less
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Cabin review: 7036
7036 is close enough to the elevators and quiet.
Port and Shore Excursions
Take a taxi to the Marina area and visit Gardens by the Bay where you could spend a full day. There is a fee to visit the Cloud Forest. A trip to Skypark and the viewing deck on the 56th floor is worth a visit.
Dinner & Traditional Culture Show
Dinner was cold and one couldn't see the performance unless you were at the absolute front.
Definitely worth a visit.
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