Very nice Cruise: Azamara Journey Cruise Review by AvastMate
Overall Member Rating
Very nice Cruise
Destination: Middle East
Embarkation: Mumbai (Bombay)
State rooms were consistent with other cruises except there were lots of hangers for a change. The mini bar should have been stocked with drinks that were included in the price rather than More pay for drinks. The balcony was okay but often not usable due to blackouts for the transit through pirate alley. The additional armed security brought on for the passage though pirate alley did give us a warm and comfortable feeling. What could they improve: The spa treatments that were included in our membership level were a real disappointment. I must admit, they seemed rather petty in this regard. The future cruise officer was aloof and didn't appear interested in our business so we didn't book a future cruise on board. Our biggest disappointment was the cancellation of the stop in Egypt. We really wanted to get the Valley of the Kings. Some passengers openly speculated that Azamera knew long in advance that they were not going to Egypt but kept to them selves until after the cancellation date. Perhaps this is true because we would have cancelled.
What did they do right: everything else.
The Norovirus was a pain in the butt, however the crew made every effort to minimize the spread. After all, we just came from India.
In conclusion, this was probably the best cruise we have yet enjoyed and we would like to travel Azamara again. Great staff, relatively good food, okay land tours and interesting people. Less
Cabin review: 7079
Standard balcony cabin. Period.
Port and Shore Excursions
Petra Walking Tour
Wadi Rum Walking Tour
Book your own tour. This one included a visit to "At the Top" at which the line-ups were so long the balance of the tour had to be truncated to make up the time. The tour guide's English was not up to reasonable standards. The ship should have docked at Dubai rather than Fujairah to reduce the bus travel time. A complete waste of money given that it was an expensive tour.
The ship docked in Eilat but this wasn't on the drop down list of ports. We had to bus to Jerusalem. A four hour trip one way on a substandard bus. The seats were tiny and way too close together. It truly made for a very long and uncomfortable day. The tour group was too large and the guide, who was very good, spent too much time trying to keep track of us, especially in the very crowded Old City. It was interesting but I would not do it again. It would have been nice if they had offered aircraft flights for the run to Jerusalem.