Can't say enough good about this cruise. We did get off to a bad start when about 40 of us were left out in the rain (about 20 minutes)at the Copenhagen Airport because of a problem with having a bus available. This was an issue with a contracted service, but reflected poorly on Azamara. Once we had completed the efficient embarkation process and were on board, everything went smoothly and Azamara sent all of us chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, and a complimentary cover charge at one of the speciality restaurants. What an unexpected and nice recovery!
Captain Tysse should be a model for all captains. His walk around style and interaction with cruisers and crew was something not experienced before. He knew crew members by name (not just officers). The crew really appreciated the fact that the captain knew them and spoke with them. This positive attitude showed because the service was always great and with a smile - a true reflection of the captain. He also did some neat things like a 360 turn at sunset one day to give everyone a view. Another was the day a fishmonger brought really fresh caught seafood to the Journey while we were underway in a fjord.
Dining was very good. It would have been excellent except for one or two entrees that didn't hit the high bar. The complimentary wine was excellent and was served generously - almost a continuous pour. Entertainment was much better than expected.
Norway is tremendously expensive. As an example a Burger King Whopper cost more than the equivalent of $15+. Azamara did a good job of arranging excursions so participants could choose one in the morning, come back to the ship for lunch and have time afterwords to do another excursion or sightsee on their own. Excursions were generally good but fairly pricey.
Since we sailed on this ship before when it was one of eight like ships used by a cruise line that went out of business, we knew that small size would be to our liking. Nothing much had changed. The staterooms are comfortable and well designed. Common areas are better than average.
The ultimate measure of our evaluation of our Azamara Journey cruise is that we booked another cruise on the Journey in 2012 while on-board. We have never come close to booking a future cruise while still on-board any other cruise line.