A nice time: Azamara Journey Cruise Review by Redtravel
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A nice time
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
What we did in ports:
Gibraltar ....took a shared taxi to town. Took a taxi to top of the rock, went inside the caves, saw the apes.
La Coruna...walked in the old town
St. Malo.....walked the ramparts, enjoyed the stores and quaint streets, ate lunch at a cafe
Rouen........took the express train to Paris (1 hr), ate lunch at Pompeii ( a nice cafe near Madeline which we had found a previous trip), took the metro to Muse D'Orsay, walked in the Tulleries gardens, metro to St. Lazarre train station where we went back to Rouen, ate dinner at a cafe in the old market square in Rouen
Antwerp..... took the ship excursion to Ghent for a canal ride and tour (very good tour)
London.......took the ship excursion London Panorama and Pub Lunch( very good tour)
Amsterdam.... tram to flower market, tram to Riijksmuseum, walked to the Van Loon House ( a find), walked through the antique district, tram to ship
Kiel Canal.....enjoyed watching the process of going through the locks. The scenery along the canal was beautiful. We wanted to sit on our balcony and enjoy. However, on that day we were shocked to find 2 Azamara workers on our deck scraping, painting, etc. We had not been told that this was to happen. The smell was awful and we were not able to enjoy our balcony that day. Be aware that the cabins balconies connect ..a key is needed to open them. We were not happy.
Copenhagen...disembarkment was a breeze. Taxis were easy to get. Taxis took credit cards. Stayed at Hilton. It was an excellent hotel and a short walk to the airport.
I liked the open seating, the casual dress, no lines. The food was good, but not gourmet. The coffee was poor. The choices could have been better. On a 14 night cruise, the desserts were repeated too often. Most entrees were good, but portions were very large. Specialty restaurants were a nice option. Liked Prime C better than Aquilina. Service was excellent. I missed the therapy pools on Celebrity....the outdoor pool on the front deck of the spa wasn't very good.
Would I cruise again on Azamara? Most likely....if I like the intinery and the price was right. The service was very good. Philip, the hotel director seems to really care. John Howell makes the cruise fun. Everyone smiles. People are happy.
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Cabin review: 2a
Quiet location (forward deck 7), small bathroom, good closet space, nice balcony, not much noise or vibration
Did what it said on the tin.
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