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9 Azamara Europe Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We had wanted to visit St. Petersburg for some time and this cruise offered 3 days to explore and were not disappointed. Embarkation was easy despite the weather. Cabin was complete with birthday ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We had wanted to visit St. Petersburg for some time and this cruise offered 3 days to explore and were not disappointed. Embarkation was easy despite the weather. Cabin was complete with birthday balloons and was well located. Dining was pleasant in Discoveries restaurant though sometimes felt the menu was a little limited. Windows café was nice when sitting outside (weather permitting) however the choices were sometimes limited and the drinks service could be a little slow during the evening. A huge advantage and a major reason we chose this ship was the smaller size which allowed for a more intimate feel throughout and the berthing locations were very close to the city centres. We met some wonderful people on board during dining times and on our excursions and due to the smaller size of the ship we were lucky enough to bump into them often. Overall we had a fantastic time, met some wonderful people, visited some beautiful cities and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We are a party of 6 and have just spent a week on Azamara Journey from 02/08/2016, sailing from Venice to Rome via Croatia, Montenegro, Corfu and Sicily. The refurbishment of Azamara Journey in January 2016 does not hide the age of the ... Read More
We are a party of 6 and have just spent a week on Azamara Journey from 02/08/2016, sailing from Venice to Rome via Croatia, Montenegro, Corfu and Sicily. The refurbishment of Azamara Journey in January 2016 does not hide the age of the ship, but it does make it a pleasant combination of nostalgic, old ship elegance and contemporary touches and convenience. Save for one issue (see the cabin review below) we had an enjoyable cruise. The crew were fantastic. They could not have been more helpful or concerned for their passengers. Our group ranged in age from 17 to 79 years. The older (50+) members of our group were representative of the majority of passengers and enjoyed the ship. We would counsel against taking children on this ship. Young children are not really tolerated (there were several reminders issued to keep them in check) and our 17 and 19 year olds found the ship too small and very dull. The itinerary suited us on this occasion. We were expertly tendered into 4 out of 6 ports in the lifeboats. The organised excursions seemed typically expensive and there were not that many of them. That said, we were happy with being tendered into most ports and exploring on or own. The on-board shops are small and are not a big feature of the Journey and whilst they did hold the usual "not-to-be-missed blow out stock clearance" sale, the range and quality of the goods on offer were disappointing. The main evening entertainment takes place in a cabaret lounge and is only OK. The public areas are very quiet indeed after about 10.30pm. However, we made our own fun as a group and enjoyed playing cards by electric candlelight when they switched off the other lighting in the card room at 10.30pm! The cost-inclusive arrangements for food and drink were welcome and refreshing. The food was fine, but not fine dining. We dined in all of the eateries on the ship, including both speciality restaurants. We would recommend Prime C, which was a cut above the rest. A hint in relation to "White Night" on the pool deck - if you go to this, go early, as the barbeque is great, but it is chaotic and there is nothing like enough seating available. So, all in all, for passengers who can either make their own entertainment or for passengers who prefer a gentle, restful experience, the Journey is great. However, see our comments on cabins 6057 and 6059. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We loved this cruise mostly because of the ports of call. The cabin was great as was our cablin attendant, Andre. However the food is only mediocre and the majority of the crew do not seem very happy. They force a greeting but seem put ... Read More
We loved this cruise mostly because of the ports of call. The cabin was great as was our cablin attendant, Andre. However the food is only mediocre and the majority of the crew do not seem very happy. They force a greeting but seem put out when you ask for anything. We had four 18-20 year olds with us and they were treated quite poorly by the crew. Our friend's cabin attendant would knock on the door and immediately open it without waiting for a response multiple times daily just checking in on them until we told him not to do so. Instead of staggering the times that the restaurants are open, they all close at the same time but you can always get room service 24/7 so it's not a real problem but it was kind of a bummer. My daughter ordered chicken parm one night in the dining room and one of the breasts was totally raw. When we told the server, he simply asked if she would like another. I asked to speak to the chef who came out and was kind and blamed one of the chefs. Luckily my daughter did not get sick from it. The next day they sent chocolate strawberries to our room. I would probably not cruise with Azamara. I don't think it was worth the money, nor is it comparable to an Oceania cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was an outstanding cruise! We picked this cruise for 2 reasons: the itinerary and our previous pleasant experiences with Azamara. We were not disappointed. We were traveling with friends; this was their first cruise in many ... Read More
This was an outstanding cruise! We picked this cruise for 2 reasons: the itinerary and our previous pleasant experiences with Azamara. We were not disappointed. We were traveling with friends; this was their first cruise in many years. They were also very impressed and pleased. The refurbished Quest is gorgeous, particularly the re-purposed Living Room. I think it was our favorite place on the ship. Everything was top notch: the crew, the cabin, the food, the service, the ship. From the minute we embarked in Stockholm until the time we disembarked in Copenhagen, things went well. We are fairly experienced cruisers; this was our 14th or 15th cruise (including river cruises). So, we knew what to expect. We don't usually attend the shows; honestly, we don't think they are very good. However, the comedian/magician was terrific! We ran into him at one of the bars a couple of days later and got to chat with him. We don't use the casino. Our only "beef" with the cruise was the shore excursions. Generally, we don't find them to be worth the money and it's such a hassle being "herded" into the Cabaret Lounge to wait for our number to be called. We signed up for the extended shore excursion in St. Petersburg since Azamara provided the required visa. The excursion was okay, but not great, and the palaces and museums we visited were VERY crowded. At the other ports, we did the sightseeing on our own, thanks to a very good Rick Steves book on Baltic Ports. Another shore excursion, a Jewish tour of St. Petersburg, was cancelled. We found out after we boarded that it had been cancelled, but later learned that it was cancelled weeks before the cruise began, when we would have had the time to make other arrangements. Next time we cruise, we will be more serious about arranging private tours in lieu of the ship's excursions. We wish that we would have arrived in Copenhagen a day before we disembarked, so we could have seen the city. Luckily, we had arranged to stay at a hotel for 2 nights after the cruise; otherwise, we would have missed Copenhagen completely (some passengers went directly from the ship to the airport for their flight home). I would have preferred an overnight in Copenhagen instead of Travemunde, which didn't have much going on. We didn't go to Berlin, but were able to find things to see and do in the Warnemunde area. But back to back port calls in these 2 small towns were redundant. We had a veranda cabin on the 8th deck. Only problem is that we were under the pool deck and smoking area, and we heard chairs being moved (a "scraping" sound) during the night. Future passengers should be mindful of cabin location. Food was really good, and Acqualina and Prime C were both excellent. We also liked the new tapas bar in the Living Room. Azamara is very generous with complimentary spirits and there were many opportunities during the day and night for "liquid refreshment." The weather was very variable; future passengers should take note. Most days were pleasant and a light jacket sufficed, but there were a few rainy, miserable chilly days when I wished I had a warmer jacket. We stayed in Stockholm for 2 nights before the cruise, and 2 nights in Copenhagen at the end of the cruise. In both places, we arranged for our own taxis to/from the port terminal without any problem. We picked hotels that had gotten good Trip Advisor reviews. Passengers were very friendly. We had a good mix of Americans, Canadians, British, Aussies, and people from New Zealand. Most were well-traveled. The fitness center is quite good and has a good variety of equipment. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Ship much older than one would think. Interior tries to intimidate the luxury of by gone days. 1). RECEPTION Check in at port excellent and quick. At reception it stated that the ship was full and no cabins were available to be ... Read More
Ship much older than one would think. Interior tries to intimidate the luxury of by gone days. 1). RECEPTION Check in at port excellent and quick. At reception it stated that the ship was full and no cabins were available to be changed. This was totally untrue. Upon reaching our cabin which was to be shared by two ladies we found it to be extremely small and dark and in no way suitable for a 12 day cruise. We returned to reception and as by magic another cabin materialized which obviously we had to pay for single occupancy then. 2). RESTAURANTS Open seating in main dining room which was comfortable also gave you the opportunity to meet other guests. On first night waiter came to table (when eventually full) to offer red or white wine with no knowledge of what was in the bottle. On only one evening did the waiter know or bother to explain what wine was on offer for that meal. The food was extremely poor and very badly presented. Even the menus looked like they had seen better days. Should one want any vegetables with your meal it was necessary to order these separately. Windows self service cafe gave good choices for breakfast. Nevertheless, while in port one day we had an invasion of flies. No preventative equipment to keep the flies of the food was available and the poor staff were left just using tea towels to try and swat them away. Most unhygienic. 3). DAYS OUT Excursions very expensive and tended to run over time. 4). ENTERTAINMENT Resident entertainment team good but visiting acts where at best third rate. 5). CASINO Was like a morgue with no atmosphere and no encouragement to play. 6). SHOP Well stocked and obviously over priced. 7) SHIP'S NIGHT OUT We we invited to a concert on land which was organized by the entertainment staff of the ship, This was short but enjoyable and involved an hour on a coach to spend 30 minutes at the concert. But well done for trying something different. 8). BAR The inclusive drinks package cocktails had no explanation as to what they actually contained and yet if you were to pay for a specialty cocktail then full details of what it contained were listed. 9). DAILY ACTIVITIES These were very limited unless you wished to go on a organised tour. 10). EXTERIOR AND POOL AREA. Plenty of lovely comfortable sun beds but swimming pool far too small for a swim. Merely ideal for a dip to cool off. 11). GYM Well equipped and open nice and early. Although some keep fit classes where offered early morning these were very limited. 10). TYPE OF GUESTS There were a large number of travel agents on board which in my opinion says they are trying hard to promote this ship. Average age 60 plus. 12). My overall view of this ship is that it does not compete well for the modern cruising needs of guests. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We are just back from a wonderful cruise on the Azamara Journey from Venice to Venice cruising Croatia, leaving Venice on the 5th June. It was our second cruise with Azamara Journey and was thoroughly enjoyed, staff and service excellent ... Read More
We are just back from a wonderful cruise on the Azamara Journey from Venice to Venice cruising Croatia, leaving Venice on the 5th June. It was our second cruise with Azamara Journey and was thoroughly enjoyed, staff and service excellent and places visited wonderful. Two things I would like to draw your attention to and would like some feedback on are: the first cruise we did (Greece 2013) we had an internal cabin and decided to spend the extra this time and have an ocean view – it was a total lifeboat view and a much smaller room and bathroom than we’d had with the internal cabin. So disappointing and I really felt I’d been ripped off – you cannot advertise and charge extra for an ocean view and large window when the whole window is totally blocked by a bright orange life boat. I understand that you need the lifeboats but then those cabins must be categorized as internal as you have no light or view anyway so it’s the same as an internal cabin. Or categorized as lifeboat view cabins. You really are cheating people by charging them extra for an ocean view and all they see for seven days is an ugly orange lifeboat. We really felt we’d been duped and heard a few other people complaining about the same thing when we went to the safety talk on the first day. Our other complaint was the charges for the internet – really a ship of this caliber should offer free wi fi – if not in the cabins then definitely in one or two communal areas. To have to pay 9 USD for 15 minutes of weak, slow internet was ridiculous and not what you’d expect on a ship like this when even 3 star hotels in Italy offer good fast free wi fi. The majority of the clientele are older and probably wouldn’t even use it anyway – you didn’t see many people walking around with phones or I pads. One seriously expects free internet on a ship like this. All in all food wonderful, staff outstanding, organization fantastic and a great cruise – we will definitely be back but not to pay extra for a life boat view!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This cruise left from Venice and sailed through Croatia and Montenegro. Service was very good but the ship itself needs major refurbishment which I know will happen next year. The food in the specialty restaurants was good but the main ... Read More
This cruise left from Venice and sailed through Croatia and Montenegro. Service was very good but the ship itself needs major refurbishment which I know will happen next year. The food in the specialty restaurants was good but the main dinning room was average at best. The officers are very visible which is nice to see. We did one excursion through the the ship in Split which was not very good. After leaving Split, we made a stop on the way to Trogir and had wine and some snacks. There were several buses and it was very crowded and enough seating for about a third of the guests. In Montenegro, we booked our own excursion on the boat Monty B for a half day sail and highly recommend doing this. In Hvar, we also did a private tour that was amazing. The email of the company is privateguidesteam@gmail.com. Our guide's name was Ana and she was delightful and informative. We did a cruise on the Quest to Greece a few years ago and thought it was better. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was our first Azamara cruise having sailed with both higher and lower grade ships. The first few days were dissapointing due to poor service --waiters seemed overwhelmed There was an outbreak of nova virus which did not help either. ... Read More
This was our first Azamara cruise having sailed with both higher and lower grade ships. The first few days were dissapointing due to poor service --waiters seemed overwhelmed There was an outbreak of nova virus which did not help either. Cabins and public areas need refurbishment, shower curtain was scruffy and shower room tiny!! There needs to be far more outside seating as we always had to wait for a table and always share. Food was also very limited choice, slightly better in evening. Prime C was as we would have expected generally fine dining. Entertainnment was very good with a good choice of shows to suit everyone. We spoke to many guests who said service had deteriorated and also the Quest far better. The positives ---the White night and Azamazing evening , also the beautiful stops especialy Kotor. Would we return ? yes but only if they charge prices comparable to other liners they maintain they are superior to? Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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