Azamara Journey Cruise Review by bz: Slipped a little
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Slipped a little
Destination: Baltic Sea
Basically, a wonderful cruise.
The positives: Actual embarkation was a breeze (finding the ship was very difficult - some temporary signage would have been helpful). Entertainment for the most part was stellar. Bar service was excellent, they were always willing to make a Cosmo with Finlandia vodka so it was a no-charge drink. It was wonderful docking right near all the action in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Waramunde and Travemunde. Our cabin 6012 was kept beautifully by the team of Luis & Luis, no complaints there. I also appreciated greatly the complementary laundry facilities. We are Discoverer level, so we also had 1 free laundry bag, but it's per cabin, not per person as on Celebrity. It sure would have been nice to have that extra bag as the laundry facilities were quite crowded on our one sea day. And I'm talking at 7 a.m.
The negatives: Main dining has slipped a little. This was our 3rd Azamara cruise and we were somewhat disappointed in the food and the More service. There apparently was noro or some other virus on board so everything - I mean everything - was served to you by the waiters and that may have contributed to the long waits for service, or maybe they have cut back in staff. Hard to tell. Food was just ok, whereas the 2 prior cruises it was wonderful. We did not go to any specialty restaurants because from talking to people that had gone, they were not impressed. Several wished they'd sent their meals back.
Our cabin, 6012, was right over the theatre, some a few nights we could hear some noise, but were so exhausted from touring that it didn't keep us up.
We've gone with Celebrity in their Aqua Class and I really feel that's where we'll stay, although the Azamara itineraries are very tempting. They do a fabulous job in that department.
Our prior cruises we were impressed by the feeling of comradarie between staff members and did not get that feeling on this trip.
Disembarking was easy as we always carry our luggage off and were told we could leave at any time which worked for us. Less
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Cabin review: 6012
Standard cabin, fine for us. Located over the theatre, so occasional noise during rehearsals and performances. Nothing that kept us up.
Port and Shore Excursions
wonderful to have a tour guide, no waiting in line
Took us right thru, no waiting
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
very knowlegable guide, great explanation.
In before the museum opened, no lines, many rooms our group of 8 was the only one there.
Neva River Cruise
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Peter & Paul Fortress
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stunning inside, unbelievable park-like grounds outside.
Russian Ballet Show
our Azamazing evening, well organized, memorable. Lovely theatre, not so crazy about actual ballet, very heavily Russian, telling the story of the French Revolution. Would have preferred one of the classics.
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