I have just returned from a very brief trip on the Azamara Journey. The ship was visiting Leith as part of its current cruise and Azamara Club kindly allowed Margaret to invite a few of her clients to view the ship.
A group of 12 arrived at the port at 8.30am and, even though we were only staying for a few hours and were not going anywhere we had to go through security and hand in our passports.
As we walked up the gang-plank we were individually welcomed by the crew on duty and this was to be the norm for the next 3 hours – everybody we met, from officers to cleaners all welcomed us with a friendly genuine smile.
The ship describes itself as being “ select country club” and that is the impression you get from first entering the bottom stair well – thick carpets, tasteful decoration and appropriate framed pictures on the walls. The first stop was the main atrium. Nothing bold and glitzy but all tastefully decorated with lots of real wood. Within this area is a desk occupied by a local consultant who gives cruisers advice of where to go and what to look out for whilst on shore – something I have never experienced on a cruise. We were then taken around the ship to view all the public areas. Without describing everything in detail let me summarise by saying it was everything it says on the website but more-so. A large number of 2 seat tables in the open-dining MDR, where complimentary wines are served with lunch and dinner, around the pool, real wooden sun-loungers with proper upholstery, a well appointed cabaret lounge and so much more.
We were taken to see an example of each of the three classes of suite, all with butler service – (maybe the World Owners Suite next time!) and 2 classes of balcony stateroom, small but very elegant.
It was then into the Looking Glass at the front of the ship for a drink and canapés before enjoying a very early lunch in the Windows Café. . It was all over too quickly and by 12.30 we were escorted off the ship as it prepared to sail on the 1.30 tide . We are booked on the Journey in October and if everything is half as good as we experienced in this short visit we will be very well pleased. A full review of that cruise