We just returned from the Azamara Journey to the Baltic. It was a 12 day cruise which just flew by! Embarkation was as simple as it could be. The staff was extremely welcoming upon arrival and stayed that way during the entire cruise. Everyone had a smile and couldn't do enough for us.
The rooms were small as we expected but very very clean. We were well aware before the cruise of the small showers.. so we anticipated small showers.. They were small but not uncomfortable because the lighting in the bathroom was so good and every corner was immaculate which is very important to us. The decor of the cabin was just lovely and everything looked new and was kept very clean everyday by our wonderful room steward, Mohammed.
We ate breakfast up in Windows at the buffet every morning outside on the deck. The food was always fresh and hot. The waiters were very very attentive to our every need and even remembered how I liked my coffee in the morning. A couple of mornings I ordered room service at the last minute as I was too tired to go up to the buffet and the breakfast was delivered quite promptly. We loved dining in the Aqualina Dining room the best although Prime C was good also. Daniel the head maitre'd took care of our every need as far as changing and reorganizing nights. He always had a smile and enjoyed helping us..We preferred eating in the other rooms We had 2 days at sea which was really needed as the trip was so land intensive.
Re: the pool area.. It was also immaculate and the deck chairs looked brand new and were very very comfortable. The outside service regarding drinks was great although I didn't care for the bloody Mary's and the margaritas.. The wines served by the glass were just fine.. very drinkable. You could also order more selective wines at dinner if you desired.. We did once but it didn't make that much difference to us and we are pretty picky about our wine.. We did put together a wine connisseur dinner with the case master. It took place in the Prime C restaurant and it was a gourmet dinner prepared for 10. We had a great time.. the food was yummy but one of the wines they served was one that we buy at costco for $12.00 a bottle.. That was a little disappointing but we learned a lot about wines. The head chef came out and described every course and how she prepared it.
The 3 day stop in St. Petersburg was fabulous. We were very happy we scheduled that but it was extremely grueling but very important to see everything we saw. We are both in great condition but there is so much to see and learn! We booked the tour through Azamara and it was just fine. Our tour guide was terrific. Her name was Nadia. Every evening before dinner we would go the the library bar for a cocktail. The bar waiters were also very helpful and wanted to be sure we were happy with our drinks. That area is a great area as it is quiet and a nice place to meet friends for a drink before dinner. The piano music is also lovely by the boutique on level 5. He plays very nice tunes and takes requests. On the nights when we were revived from the days tours, after our delicious dinner we would go dancing where the Diamond Duo would play music from the 50's and one night when we were in Stockholm they played all Abba's tunes. It was perfect for our generation...60-70 years of age!
We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise as you can tell by reading my review so if you want elegance, fun. We feel the cruise is a notch under Silversea and 3 notches above Princess as we have been on all. We loved the fact the the age group and level of sophistication filled our needs.The food was just delicious, the itinerary was perfect .. It was a trip of our dreams!