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Azamara Journey Cruise Review by parkslopegal: Journey to Heaven!


parkslopegal
1 Review
Member Since 2009
31 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 4.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 4.0

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Journey to Heaven!

Sail Date: January 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami

This was the first cruise we've been on since Renaissance went out of business.It was deja vu getting on the Journey as it looked exactly like the R6! Embarkation was a breeze. We were in our cabin, champagne in hand, by 12:30 pm for a 5:00 pm sailing. Our cabin was almost at the very front of the ship on the starboard side. This is because we booked a guarantee, so we didn't get to select our exact location, but it was a lot cheaper that way! The cabin was well-appointed and I was surprised at how good the lighting was, contrary to reviews I had read. Our butler came to greet us, but I have to say that I wasn't impressed with his service. We barely saw him and he didn't really go out of his way for us. However, the steward who actually cleaned the room was wonderful and attentive. 

We were in cabin 7009. It's very far forward on the starboard side. The cabin is a bit small, but adequate for 2 people. We had plenty of storage space,although they could probably add an More additional dresser somewhere. The verandah was very nice but we were able to see our neighbor through the divider. We only had a neighbor on one side of us because the room on the other side had a porthole. The bathroom is small but has good shelf space. The shower is ridiculously small. The cabin was quiet even though there was some sort of work closet across the hall, but you couldn't hear anything inside the cabin. There are staterooms above and below, so no noise from casino or clubs. The only noise comes at around 6:30 or 7:00 am when they drop anchor. The vibrations are really loud, but we were already awake, so it didn't really matter. If you like to sleep in, it's a problem. Also, since the cabin is very far forward, you feel the motion from the ocean, so not a good place if you get sea sick. Luckily, we had calm seas.

The staff, overall, is exceptional. So many of them knew our names by Day 2. We were often asked if everything was OK and they went out of their way to help us. We also really enjoyed the other passengers. Most of them were interesting, well-travelled and delightful company. Although we were among the younger set (46 and 49), we felt very comfortable.

The food was good, but I wouldn't consider it great. Coming from New York City, we are bit spoiled. Prime C was excellent, Aqualina was good, Discoveries was hit and miss. I had some good meals but some really bad ones too. The wine list is excellent. The coffee is even worse than I expected. We ended up buying coffee at the Cova Cafe every day, where they make good espresso and cappucino. They really need to fix this. The ship is spotless.

The entertainment was OK - nothing spectacular, but we were so tired at night, that we didn't really care.

I would recommend highly Azamara to others. Less


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Cabin review: Azamara Journey 7009

We were in cabin 7009. It's very far forward on the starboard side. The cabin is a bit small, but adequate for 2 people. We had plenty of storage space,although they could probably add an additional dresser somewhere. The verandah was very nice but we were able to see our neighbor through the divider. We only had a neighbor on one side of us because the room on the other side had a porthole. The bathroom is small but has good shelf space. The shower is ridiculously small. The cabin was quiet even though there was some sort of work closet across the hall, but you couldn't hear anything inside the cabin. There are staterooms above and below, so no noise from casino or clubs. The only noise comes at around 6:30 or 7:00 am when they drop anchor. The vibrations are really loud, but we were already awake, so it didn't really matter. If you like to sleep in, it's a problem. Also, since the cabin is very far forward, you feel the motion from the ocean, so not a good place if you get sea sick. Luckily, we had calm seas.

Port and Shore Excursions


After a little bit of a hassle (French lady trying to get us to take a tour), we shared a cab with a couple from the ship and went to Baie St. Jean. Similar to Orient Beach in St.Martin, but smaller. Rented chairs in front of a swanky boutique hotel, where they let us use their facilities. We also had lunch there. It was pretty nice. The water is beautiful. Unfortunately, it started to rain, so we got together with some other people from the ship and headed back. Got dressed and headed out again to Gustavia. It's picturesque with loads of designer shops and nice restaurants. We were kind of tired of eating heavy meals, so we had delicious sushi. Watched the sunset and meandered back through the town to the tender. It was nice being in a port in the evening for a change.


Loved, loved, loved it. Got off the tender, hopped in an open air cab with about 8 other passengers. Paid $6 each to Trunk Bay Beach, which is public with great facilities - showers, food, chair and umbrella rentals, snorkel and other fun swim accessories for rent too. The beach is a perfect crescent of white sand and the water was warm and like glass. There are also plenty of shade trees. Spent about 4 hours there and then returned via cab (waiting at the beach) to a cute lunch place in town (forgot the name). Had mahi mahi sliders and a delicious "painkiller" drink. St. John is gorgeous. Plan to go back and stay at Caneel Bay.


Did the ship excursion on the Caribbean Railway and Brimstone Hill. The railway was fun - open air train, great views. A running commentary of what you are seeing. Lots of poverty, waving kids. We saw a lot of animals including the wild monkeys. There are accapella singers and they serve you drinks and a sweet coconut cookie. It lasts about 2 1/2 hours. Suggest you use the restroom midway through the ride because the line toward the end of the ride is really long. Brimstone Hill is interesting especially if you pay for the $5 audio guide. They didn't really give us enough time there, though. Overall, it was a decent trip but it's very expensive. We spent about an hour in the port area drinking and shopping.


Did a Cosol Tour, which we booked through the internet. Travelled with 10 passengers from Journey. It was a 6 hour tour and we saw most of the highlights - Anse Le Rey, the volcano, waterfall, gardens, banana plantation, views of Marigot Bay, etc. We were served local foods, which were good. We took a boat to Jalousie Beach between the Pitons. The boat was small and we had to wade through the water to get on it. All in all, it was quite enjoyable and well worth the $65 per person price.


Got off the tender and got in van to Orient Beach. Very European - lots of restaurants, which rent chairs and umbrellas. We camped out at "La Playa." The beach is pretty nice with lots of action - water sports and lots of topless (a few naturists). The water was OK - not as nice as other beaches. The most annoying part was the vendors that constantly come by trying to sell you beads, hats, t-shirts, etc. Really annoying. Next time we go to St. Martin, we're going to Pinel Island - I hear it's much quieter. We ate in a french restaurant near the pier. It was OK.


Loved it! This is a place for beach lovers! We did the ship excursion for $23 per person to Savannah Bay Beach. We knew that everyone was going to the Baths, so we opted for a less crowded and less strenuous beach. Savannah Beach is lovely. It's a crescent of white sand, with shade trees and stunning water and views. There are NO facilities, so it's a good idea to bring food and water. The water is really shallow and you can walk out really far and still stand up. It was a bit windy the day we were there, but that helped us keep cool. After 3 hours, we returned to the pier area where there are a handful of decent shops and a bar. It's very quiet, but really really nice. Would like to go back and stay at Little Dix Bay.

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