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3 Azamara Journey Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

We (family of 4 including parents and 2 adult children) were on the Journey in May 2018 for the Greek Islands to Italy 8-day cruise. We chose this cruise as we had previously done this itinerary, and wanted to return with our children as ... Read More
We (family of 4 including parents and 2 adult children) were on the Journey in May 2018 for the Greek Islands to Italy 8-day cruise. We chose this cruise as we had previously done this itinerary, and wanted to return with our children as adults. We were blessed with wonderful weather and we were very happy with the ports. This was our second cruise with Azamara We were very happy with the service and the attention we received from the crew. The cabin stewards, the bar personnel and the waitstaff were friendly, fun and very accommodating. We requested the same waiter every night in Discoveries and an effort was made in order to make this work for us. The senior staff was very visible and interactive, which I very much appreciate. They really seem to love their jobs and take very seriously their obligation to take care of their guests. Unlike some previous reviewers, we quite enjoyed the food on board! We found there to be great variety both at the buffet and in Discoveries, and were very happy with our selections; we liked the different chef’s recommendations as well as the locally flavored dishes (fresh tuna was offered on a few nights and was delicious every time!). We had a special dinner for LCV members which was excellent. 3 of the 4 of us drank the “house” wines—we are casual wine drinkers and could always find one of the 6 available (2 whites, 2 reds, 1 rose, 1 sparkling) which satisfied us each day. There seems to be some dissatisfaction regarding the entertainment on board. The live trio who appeared nightly in the Living Room was great, although the atmosphere early in the evening is low-key in that space. I was the only one of the 4 who attended performances in the Cabaret Lounge: although I am not an opera fan particularly, I found the opera singers quite good and enjoyed the performances; I also liked Eric the cruise director’s show. The live entertainment on White Night was very good. I was pleased with the entertainment provided, but this is not a priority for my husband and I. My 20-something daughters wished that the nightlife was a bit more lively. The gym is very nice and they offer a large number of classes, given the small number of passengers and the port-intensive itinerary. We purchased the unlimited internet package. The Wifi was a little slow, but not awful. It really did not cause me to complain--I have had much worse on a ship. Ports/Excursions: (Theme: leaving the main path, wandering, eating and drinking) We tendered at many of the ports. The tenders run continuously and there is not a long wait for a trip to shore or back to the ship. Mykonos: Took the ship excursion to Elia Beach-4 hours. Great beach, provided with umbrellas and chairs, beach has a bar and restaurant. Very happy with this--efficient and convenient (some folks take the buses to the beach but we didn't want to risk it). Wish it was 1 hour longer. Mykonos town is very picturesque but we didn’t feel that we needed to stay there for hours. Kusadasi/Ephesus: Took the ship excursion Turkish Landscapes: Wildlife, Flora and Fauna. Brought us to a national park and a mountain "town" which we really loved, but was unexpected. The town consists of about 50 homes high up in the hills which are beautiful--it is not a "town" as one would think, with shops, and restaurants. It is isolated and quiet. It is a very interesting and meditative experience. Two guides were wonderful. Kusadasi itself was a little tough to negotiate, with lots of aggressive merchants.The Azamazing evening was at Ephesus and was really wonderful and inspiring; there was no food or drink allowed at the event through no fault of Azamara but that did not diminish the impact of the performance or of seeing Ephesus at night. Rhodes: Crowded port with many shops/carts full of merchandise, from tchotchkes to high end jewelry. It felt very commercial. We got off the beaten path and had lunch on the outskirts of Old Town (Kerasma), then walked one of the less-crowded streets. Found a wonderful shop with handmade olive wood items on Pythagoreas street. Wonderful day! Santorini: Saw Fira and Oia with the help of a private guide (Santorini Private Tours). Had a great lunch, tour and wine tasting at the Venetsanos Winery; enjoyed the Atlantis Bookstore in Oia. Love it here! Taormina: shared a (van) taxi up to Taormina which was 40 Euro total. Walked the crowded street, walked up to the theater. Basically walked and stopped for drinks and snacks all day--this was a short day in port. Amalfi: Took the ship excursion boat to Positano (this was a big boat with 50-75 people, not a small motorboat) where we walked to the top, shopped, walked down, sat in a cafe by the beach, then motored back to Amalfi. In Amalfi, the church is beautiful, we found a wonderful paper shop, and had a great lunch at Taverna Buonvicinio Embarkation and disembarkation were quick and painless, as was the muster drill. All in all, we are enthusiastic and satisfied Azamara cruisers, and this cruise reinforced that. We like the long days in port, and the ease of getting on and off the ship, packaged in a casual, relaxed and friendly atmosphere which we love. It very much suits our approach to life and travel. We will definitely be back with Azamara! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We sailed from Piraeus on the Journey to Paros, Patmos, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Rhodes, Cyprus and Israel. I could only come up with one little complaint! Only one! The internet connection was so slow that I was unable to complete any ... Read More
We sailed from Piraeus on the Journey to Paros, Patmos, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Rhodes, Cyprus and Israel. I could only come up with one little complaint! Only one! The internet connection was so slow that I was unable to complete any communications or connect with my personal email in 15 min. I mentioned it and they gave me 15 minutes complimentary. This was unexpected and a pleasant surprise. This was by far the happiest cruise experience of my life. I have taken many cruises and none can compare. A majority of the waitstaff were very friendly, always smiling and all were extremely attentive. The Capt. Johannes was seen daily, always out and about making sure things were going well for his passengers. We were so pleased with the food choices in the Discoveries (buffet) dining room that we only ate in the formal dining room twice. They featured a different cuisine each night. We loved sitting outside on the back deck of the ship enjoying the fantastic and delicious assortment of the daily fare. The entertainment was very good in spite of the small cast. Eric de Grey, the cruise director, was a hoot...I won't spoil the surprise for you....(stilletos!). His hairstyle looked like he used a Cuisinart hand blender to style it! And it never even blew in the wind...LOL! There was hand sanitizer at the entrance to all restaurants and they almost MADE you use it! You were squirted with it upon embarkation from every port. Great idea! But it got to be a little tiresome when your hands are full and you need two hands to rub the stuff in. Oh well, it's better than having a ship full of sick people. The beds were super comfortable. Felt so good to sink into and feel the motion of the ocean lull you to sleep. The cabin had plenty of storage with space under the bed for the empty luggage. The bathrobes provided were super heavy. I could barely wear it without breaking a sweat. Need to provide something a little lighter for us lightweights! We used the free laundry machines about halfway through the cruise which turned out to be what everybody else had in mind. Need to plan that a little better next time. They had a guest hypnotist who was pretty average. They had a cellist perform and we really enjoyed him. The vocalist, Anne, who is married to the drum player in the band is so talented. Having free drinks is a nice feature to this cruise line. They offered different wines each day, so you had the opportunity to sample many wines from around the world. I only gained two pounds on this cruise because of the healthy choices that were always available. I only visited the gym once, but my husband frequented the gym and actually lost a few pounds on the cruise....guess I'm the one who found them! The Azamazing Evening in Ephesus was spendid! We sat in an ancient amphitheatre and listened to a stringed orchestra as the sun went down and the lights came on to illuminate the fantastic ruins of the ancient city. What an evening..I had a very hard time getting on the bus to go back to the ship. The thing I appreciated the most about this ship was the size. Because it is smaller, it can go to places off of the beaten path. I will surely book another cruise on Azamara in the future. It was pretty near PERFECT! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Booked a cabin for myself and my wife and another cabin for my stepdaughter, son-in-law and granddaughter who turned 15 on the cruise. Embarkation was quick and very efficent. The smoothes one I have experienced. Our cabin was very ... Read More
Booked a cabin for myself and my wife and another cabin for my stepdaughter, son-in-law and granddaughter who turned 15 on the cruise. Embarkation was quick and very efficent. The smoothes one I have experienced. Our cabin was very confortable, quiet and cabin attendents were very helpful, friendly and efficient. We booked late because had booked with Star Clipper but this cruise was cancelled due to ship being placed in drydock sobecause of late date, had limited choice in cabins on the Journey. The ship is beautiful and with the small number of passengers, it never felt growded. I did not have to wait more than 30 seconds for an elevator in the whole seven day! Food was very good with many different selection each evening and wait staff superb in being so welcoming and resourseful Thank you Viktoria! There were also special evening dinners such as Mediterranean Night which was served on the pool deck. All of the crew were very friendly from the captain on down and we greatly enjoyed the cruise director, Eric DeGray's humor and performances. Shore excusions were well managed. We were moved from ship to buses, etc., smoothly and also back on ship quickly. Azamara provides a free shore excusion on each cruise. We were treated to a classical performance in a former Greek outdoor theater in Ephesus. Amazing! Supposedly only the second time in 2000 years that a performance had been held in this theater. The dinner staff sang happy birthday and provided a birthday cake to my granddaughter on her birthday on (our last night on board) which I know is not unusual on a cruise but what I noticed most about the Journey's staff, was that they were genuinely fiendly throughout the cruise. What was most important for me was that each of my family members would have an educational, stimulating and enjoyable experience and they did! This along with the ships friendly crew, is one reason I am looking at the Journey's sister ship for a Black Sea cruise next year.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Azamara Journey Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.4
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 1.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.8
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 5.0 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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