How can you not love Azamara? If you can afford it, just do it. Sure it's not cheap, but (for us at least) even the MDR (I'm picking up cruise terminology!) was excellent, and a very good quality.
The size of the ship meant we would see the same passengers, and crew, quite often, which was nice, but we could still get away and do our own thing if we wanted.
The service was fabulous, and the crew went out of their way to please. As tips are already in the fare, that was a pleasant surprise.
Captain Johannes was everywhere, we thought at one point he must be triplets, always with a smile and a fist-pump; Eric de Gray was often with him, (twins stick together), even early morning despite entertaining everyone until late each night.
The cabins weren't big but perfectly fine, and well looked after, as were we. The shore visits, many by tender, were operated efficiently and we hardly ever had a wait. Being all inclusive, we weren't given the airport security ritual every time we returned to ship, just a smile, a "welcome home", and a cold bottle of water.
As the title says, we've already booked a longer trip on Journey, Istanbul to Venice, a couple of years hence, and hope the same people are in charge when we go - can't wait to find out which is the "Azamazing evening". I'm going to guess Dubrovnik.
Just the "night before" hotel stop, but what a great buzz the city had; we felt very safe and walked from the Hilton (magic rooftop bar) to a brilliant restaurant called Oroscopo, read the tripadvisor reviews, they don't lie.
Came here decades ago, and it's not changed much except the Maltese don't love the British as much as they once did. (Generation thing!). We got the hop on hop off bus to Mdina, bought two stunning Mdina glass tumblers, and had a sandwich at a restaurant on top of the city wall where we could see half the island. Magic.
Azamaziong evening was beautifully organised and very impressive, local arts, music and tastings in an historic setting.
Beautiful - a tourist trap buut breathtaking for all that. Forget the donkeys, unless you're so inclined, and cablecar up to the top, find a nice bar with a view, and have a carafe of local wine and a souvlaki - yeah, I know it's all free on the ship, just pretend the food and wine are free and you're paying 30 euros for the view!
Loved the Viator tour to Pompeii, so cheap considering the private taxi, entrance and guide all included, great value and amazing place. Sorrento very nice too, bought a few nice souvenirs and the waterside bar did good food and ice cream to die for in a lovely setting without charging silly money. I'd go back!
More stunning scenery, a fascinating ride through the locality to a point higher anywhere in Britain but still nowhere near the top. really interesting tour, with a delicious local delicacy, We ended with an authentic pizza, and a bottle of my favourite, Nero D'Avola, on the island it comes from!