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40 Azamara Journey Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Great trip with friends sightseeing parts of the world that we hadn't considered before, especially the Suez Canal and the Red Sea. Although a small sample, the various visits gave a good appreciation of Arab culture and Middle East ... Read More
Great trip with friends sightseeing parts of the world that we hadn't considered before, especially the Suez Canal and the Red Sea. Although a small sample, the various visits gave a good appreciation of Arab culture and Middle East politics. The smaller ship certainly allows for docking without using tenders saving time to visit the wonders of Luxor and Petra, which were incredible. Comparing and contrasting the wonders of the old world(Luxor and Petra) to those of the new world(Dubai) are just one of the reasons to take this cruise. Dining options are varied with upscale Prime and Aqualina restaurants top notch. Crew are well trained and extremely capable and versatile. Entertainment and lectures were very well done especially cruise director Eric de Gray, who not only is an extremely capable director but also an amazing performer. Lecturer John and his passion for the universe drew me to his daily lectures while at sea. Excursions were well organized except for some confusion regarding the hop on hop off bus in Dubai with length(1 day or 2 day), where to embark, outdated maps available on the ship. Otherwise the bus provided a good overview of Dubai. A trip I would definitely recommend. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Itinerary and reputation. The itinerary took us to Athens, Agios Nicoleos, Suez Canal, Safaga(Luxor), Aqaba(Petra), Salalah, Mucat and Dubai. The specialty restaurants were very good (Aquafina & Prime C), the others were just OK. ... Read More
Itinerary and reputation. The itinerary took us to Athens, Agios Nicoleos, Suez Canal, Safaga(Luxor), Aqaba(Petra), Salalah, Mucat and Dubai. The specialty restaurants were very good (Aquafina & Prime C), the others were just OK. Visibility in the theatre was quite limited as there is no grading in the seating...a lot is missed if you aren't in the front row! Mosaic Cafe has good coffee...including Nespresso but there is a charge for Nespresso..coffee is better here than other venues. Sometimes we received conflicting info on what to do/not do when ashore...do your research! The Living Room is a good place to hangout. It's quiet most of the time and you get a good view there. The Azamazing event was held in Wadi Rum in Jordan. It would have been nicer if the event was held earlier in order to appreciate the sunset. The sound and lighting for the event could be improved a lot since where we were sitting, you could hardly hear anything being said. The lighting was focused behind the dancers, it was difficult to see the dancing in the dark. It would be nice to include some snacks in order to taste some local flavours...all we had was some local bread! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We ended up with a restricted view cabin on 6. ( i dont know why) restricted view is an understatement if i could open the window i could touch the life boat that was our obstruction. A very small cabin really poor, having been on 20 plus ... Read More
We ended up with a restricted view cabin on 6. ( i dont know why) restricted view is an understatement if i could open the window i could touch the life boat that was our obstruction. A very small cabin really poor, having been on 20 plus cruise ships on various cruise lines, using inside ,sea view and veranda state rooms its the worst. Not a patch on sister line celebrity cruises as accommodation goes ,otherwise fine. The food wasnt as varied as i had hoped but pretty good, after complaining about cold plates on one occassion at dinner i am pleased to say this didn't happen again. Although we didn't go on any trips ( having dont them before) i thought they were very expensive compaired to booking independantly. I noted on what appeared to be safari? That passangers , mainly pretty elderly were cramped (6) into these small jeep type vehicles some people appeared to have difficulty getting in and out , i thought at the time they were not really suitable for elderly folk. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our fifth cruise with Azamara and our third on the same route. We chose the route twice before as one or other of us had had knee surgery and this repositioning cruise includes many relaxing sea days. The itinerary includes the ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise with Azamara and our third on the same route. We chose the route twice before as one or other of us had had knee surgery and this repositioning cruise includes many relaxing sea days. The itinerary includes the option to visit both Luxor and Petra. On the previous cruises we weren’t fit enough to take these strenuous tours, but this time we intended to, and did, ‘tick off’ both these bucket list destinations. We had stayed in Athens twice before, so decided to look for a hotel in Piraeus and we found a great one. The Phidias Piraeus is a small boutique hotel very well located close to the Zea Marina, which has an interesting range of boats from luxury cruisers to small fishing boats. The road around the Marina has many restaurants and bars, so is an ideal place to find dinner. The hotel itself was great. The receptionist could not have been more helpful. Our room was small but very tastefully decorated in a modern style and the bathroom was nice - everything was very clean. Breakfast was great, too. They took us to the port the next morning at 12 on their free shuttle, along with about 12 other Azamara passengers who were staying there. As usual embarkation was quick and easy and well before 1:00 we were on board sipping a glass of bubbly. We went straight to the speciality restaurants reservation table in Windows(buffet) to buy a 3 meal dining package for the speciality restaurants and make our bookings, then had lunch in the Patio. By 2:00 we were in our verandah stateroom (7021) unpacking. Our steward, Luis, was happy to get us some metal coat hangers to supplement the ones provided. The cabin was very comfortable, with lots of storage space. We had asked for a queen bed configuration, and bed was huge and extremely comfortable. The balcony was small but had a table and two chairs - big enough for us to sit out there. We ate most dinners in Discoveries (MDR) and overall the food was excellent. We had some main courses that were outstanding - lamb chops, surf and turf, filet mignon, lobster with scallops and shrimp risotto. Azamara generally does soups well too - favourites include red pepper soup and Thai seafood soup. There were two or three misses though - garlic soup that tasted of rubber, veal chops that were tough and Thai beef curry that tasted like stewed beef, but these were very much the exception. We usually shared tables at dinner, often with the same group of people who all went to the Discoveries bar at about the same time (7:30) and had many lovely sociable meals. We ate twice in Prime C and once in Aqualina and these were all outstanding meals. We mostly had lunch at the Patio (my husband thinks the Azamara special burger is unbeatable) and breakfast in Windows. Although we were happy with the included drinks, we felt that the quality of the wine was lower than on our last cruise, a year before. After dinner, we often went to the Cabaret Lounge to watch some or all of the show. Mostly these were song and dance shows by the ship’s group of entertainers, including the talented Eric De Gray, the Cruise Director. During our 16 nights aboard there were two guest artists - a comedian and a cellist, but we didn’t see either of them. On a few nights we ended the evening dancing to disco in the Living Room, with the DJ Marcio. On this cruise there was a good crowd up there most nights. The Azamazing Evening was, unusually, a little underwhelming! It was in Wadi Rum, which is a beautiful setting, but the entertainment was folk dancing, which was very repetitive. It was men in white robes (plus a boy) waving swords and dancing. There was wine to drink but the only food was flat bread made by a couple of women sitting at the base of the stage. As we were sitting near the back we didn’t even get to try it! It also became quite cold once the sun set, as the sky was clear. We enjoyed the sea days, as we love sitting on a sun bed on deck 11. That means that I can’t comment on the lectures, art classes or bridge lessons - we didn’t get to any of them. From Aqaba to Muscat the ship was subject to high security - there was a team of security guards onboard and all outdoor areas had to be kept dark between dusk and dawn. We had to close our curtains at dusk and not use our verandah light. Deck 9 was only accessible after dark by ‘smoker’s corner’ - but the added bonus was that the view of the starry sky was wonderful with no light pollution! As always with Azamara the service was generally excellent. Senior Officers were very evident - we spoke to the captain a couple of times, and the Hotel Director, Heike, was everywhere - directing people to buses in port, welcoming us back to the ship. The other thing that always impresses is with Azamara is the general friendliness onboard - crew and passengers alike, and this cruise was no exception. Ports:- Crete - Agios Nikolas - we went on the little blue land train. We took the 70 minute tour for €13, which went up into the hills to a view point over Elounda and Spinalonga as well as back over Agios Nikolas, then had a walk around this pretty little town. Egypt - Safaga - we took a 2 day private tour with Your Egypt Tours which included Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, a sunset felucca ride on the Nile, an overnight stay at the 5 star Steigenberger Hotel on the banks of the Nile, the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple and the Colossi of Memnon - all for $160. We also had some optional charged extras - the Light & Sound Show after dark at Karnak Temple and visits to King Tutankhamen’s and King Seti’s tomb. I loved the Light & Sound Show, but my husband found it boring. The two extra tombs were well worth the extra charge, especially Seti’s tomb - the paintings there were amazing, so fresh and vibrant. Jordan - Aqaba - we went on the ship’s excursion to Petra. A very hard day, but also well worth it. We walked for 5/6 miles on uneven ground - not so bad on the way there as it’s downhill, but hard work coming back uphill. You can pay to go in a carriage, but we didn’t fancy it, they went pretty fast and the passengers looked as if they were being thrown around a lot. The walk through the Siq is interesting as the rocks are amazing colours, then you get your first glimpse of the Treasury - the iconic building that you see in every bit of information about Petra. It’s amazing, but there is so much more to Petra - lots more carved buildings and even an amphitheatre. Oman - Salalah - we didn’t get off the ship as it was very hot (88) and the port was 25km from the town. Oman - Muscat - we took the ship’s free shuttle to The Muttrah Souq, which is huge. The main path is where all the souvenir stalls are, but it’s more interesting on the side and outer paths where there are stalls and shops selling goods designed for locals, such as shops selling abayas (Arab black dresses). We spent a couple of hours wandering around the Souq and the surrounding area. UAE - Dubai - took the ship’s free shuttle to the Dubai Mall. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We particularly wanted to revist Ephesus, Chania and Rhodes. We prebooked a small group 4wd safari with Chania Adventures and then found we were the only passengers. Nassos was a entertaining and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We particularly wanted to revist Ephesus, Chania and Rhodes. We prebooked a small group 4wd safari with Chania Adventures and then found we were the only passengers. Nassos was a entertaining and instructive driver/guide and made our day extremely enjoyable even if we failed his quizz on the life and habits of bees. In Ephesus we had a private tour by Ephesus Port Tours which was well organised with a particulary charming guide. The food on Azamara was very good and we enjoyed the MDR on 6 evenings and had an excellent meal in PrimeC on the other day. Found the Ultimate Drink package to be good value at $21.95 per day . The Azamazing evening in Chania was a triumph of organising skill by the shore excursion team. Captain Magnus made a point of being very visible around the ship and kept all guests informed on weather and sea conditions Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My wife and I were looking for something special to do for our 40th Anniversary. We cruise annually to the Caribbean but wanted something more special - so we looked at a European Cruise. We originally were looking on either celebrity, ... Read More
My wife and I were looking for something special to do for our 40th Anniversary. We cruise annually to the Caribbean but wanted something more special - so we looked at a European Cruise. We originally were looking on either celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean or Holland America but because we had a very limited window when we could travel, we expanded the search and found this cruise. We were first attracted by the itinerary but then became intrigued with the idea of cruising on a small ship. In addition, because this was a Tuesday - Tuesday cruise, we decided to spend the previous Thursday thru Monday in Paris, fly to Athens monday night, pick up the cruise Tuesday and after the cruise was over, stayed in Athens for 3 more days. The initial cost of the cruise was higher than we are used to paying but after factoring in all that is included, beverages, gratuities etc - it wasn't quite so bad. Embarkation - We had a taxi take us to the port the afternoon of the cruise and was on the ship with a drink in hand in about 15-20 minutes. Smoothest embarkation ever. Because this was our first small ship, we decided to explore the ship before our cabin was ready. Truthfully, it felt more like a boutique hotel than a cruise ship. Just 4 elevators on board - 2 fore and 2 aft but never had to wait! Our cabin was nice. The bed and pillows were the best we have had at sea. Unfortunately, the bathroom was the worst - that said we did not let it ruin our trip. I said the little things all add up and they truly do. On larger ships, when you eat at a buffet, you get your food, take it to your table and then go back for water, tea or juice. Not here! Here you get your food, go to your table and a server comes around and asks you what you would like to drink. Soft drinks, wine, rail drinks - all included. Maybe even better yet, the soft drinks are served in real glasses - not the plastic kiddie cups on other ships. The food on the ship was excellent, although we only ate in the main dining room once. The first night was a seafood buffet which was excellent. Alaskan crab legs on the buffet - not only that, the shells were already sliced open so all you had to do was take the meat out. Again a little thing that felt special. Overall the food at the breakfast buffet was very good. The variety was more than enough that i could not imagine anyone not finding something they would enjoy. We were in a different port every day so most days we ate lunch off the ship. A couple of days we came back and ate at The Patio. Again, the little things - you actually place your order with someone at the counter and go to your seat. They then bring you the food and drink when the food is ready. They also served dinner here as well and one night had grilled filet mignon on the menu. We ate twice in Prime C and once in Aqualina. Prime C was a good meal both times. Although you better like meat because if someone in the party doesn't, there is very little to choose from. Aqualina was a very good meal as well. Overall I believe the meals in the specialty restaurants were well worth the money. We bought a package which was $70 per person for 3 meals. Not unreasonable at all. Service at both was excellent. The one night we ate dinner in the main dining room, the service and food were both very good. However, one of the reasons we decided to eat 3 times in the specialty restaurants was that we didn't feel there was a great selection or variety in the main dining room. The White Night party was so much fun. The food was excellent and it was fun to see the two charcoal kettle grills being loaded up over and over again with good sized lobster tails! The band played and between the great music, great food and a beautiful evening - it was a fantastic event! The Az-amazing evening was in Crete and at first we were a little concerned as the entertainment was a pianist. My wife and I love music as much as the next person but we are not big on classical music and incorrectly assumed that was what he was going to play. WRONG! First, let me say getting to and from the venue could not have been smoother. They had to have at least 15 or 16 full sized motor coaches but all was well organized with no issues or confusion. The venue was gorgeous. Outdoors and on the water. They passed wine and champagne as well as plenty of hors d'oeuvres. THe pianist played a variety of tunes and the dancers toward the end were very entertaining as well. It was fun watching the artist Corrine Fallone work her magic and paint a piece during the concert. I wish we could have purchased it but someone else got it before we could decide. The fireworks at the end capped off a perfect evening. Excursions - normally we only use private excursions when we cruise as we do not like large group tours. Azamara told me they limit their tours to no more than 20 - 25 people. We decided that we would use Azamara tours everywhere except for Santorini. The Azamara tours, like everything else - were top notch, well organized and extremely informative. I am very happy we took them and would not hesitate to do so again. In Santorini, we went with a private driver because none of the ship's excursions covered all we wanted to do. Besides it was our anniversary and we figured we would splurge a bit. Overall, I believe I have been spoiled by all of the little things I mentioned and many more that i haven't. My wife and I have a 10 night Caribbean cruise in January with Holland America and an Alaska Cruise with Princess in July - I am definitely looking forward to them but I will very much miss all of the little things that Azamara does to make your time with them feel special. We HIGHLY recommend you consider Azamara if you are looking for that something special the big ships can't and don't give you. I know when we plan our cruise(s) for 2019, we will look to see what Azamara has first! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise because as first time cruisers we knew what we did and didn't want. Very clear that we didn't want the whole rigmarole of tipping which as far as we could see added a lot to the advertised prices. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise because as first time cruisers we knew what we did and didn't want. Very clear that we didn't want the whole rigmarole of tipping which as far as we could see added a lot to the advertised prices. We didn't want to have to dress up so no evening suits or ball gowns (unless you fancied it). Time was another crieteria, as we'd not cruised before we didn't want to be stuck on a boats for ages. However, as it turned out we loved it. We got a free upgrade as we'd booked it nearly 2 years ahead. Ok so the shower is small but really this ship isn't enormous and if you want big then this isn't really a good choice. The accommodation was very clean and tidy and I think out attendants were in there at least 3 times a day tidying and putting in the programme for the next day, delivering yet more food (chocolates at bedtime). The staff were all very friendly and said 'welcome home 'every time you came back from a shore excursion.On the dock there were cool towels and drinks awaiting and on the way out they gave you water. Entertainers we're good, we thought westend standard.Food - we mainly ate in the self service but had one dinner in the a la carte. We tried to get into one of the pay for restaurants but we were told to 'book on the day' which got a bit lost in translation -so we waited for the day we wanted and it was already fully booked! Forgot that different meanings in USA. Never mind all food fantastic and they made my mum a gluten free cake for her birthday which was really nice. The staff and the photographer put up with our changing our minds about venue and timing in good part! The only thing we thought not good was the on board lecturer, unfortunately there was a lack of knowledge in any depth, went on about a number of things which didn't really link -i.e. The renaissance and Burke and Hare! I think it may have played ok to some of the passengers but all the people we spoke to didn't go back after the first one. Never mind this was such a small detail in what turned out to be our best holiday. Thanks you azumara and the team. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Rip Off - Imagine this is a luxury cruise which charges $29.95/day for Internet Additionally, they charge $30 for the Specialty Restaurant PER PERSON We have been on several luxury and non Luxury cruises and none charged for the ... Read More
Rip Off - Imagine this is a luxury cruise which charges $29.95/day for Internet Additionally, they charge $30 for the Specialty Restaurant PER PERSON We have been on several luxury and non Luxury cruises and none charged for the specialty restaurants. We would definitely not recommend Azamara Cruise Lines to anyone. The only reason we chose Azamara Cruise Lines is because of the good itinerary which in reality has nothing to do with the cruise ship. They also charge for premium drinks. The term Luxury surely does not apply to these cruise ship or cruise Line. We hope this review helps others considering using Azamara Cruise Lines. The ship was nice and the wait staff were nice but the accomodations were poor. The view from our veranda was obstructed. We would never recommend this Cruise Line to anyone, so please consider our experience when planning your next cruise. There are plenty of other cruise lines which are far better values. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This cruise was part of a package put together by ecruising.com. starting with an 8 day land component in India commencing first in Delhi, then Agra then Jaipur and flying into Mumbai for 3 days before boarding Azamara Journey From the ... Read More
This cruise was part of a package put together by ecruising.com. starting with an 8 day land component in India commencing first in Delhi, then Agra then Jaipur and flying into Mumbai for 3 days before boarding Azamara Journey From the ease of embarkation right through to our departure in Athens 17 nights later every moment was filled with fun, relaxation, comfort, laughter and inspiring sightseeing My balcony cabin was serviced morning and night to an exceptional standard All food outlets were a standout and the food and service also exceptional eg juice bar at breakfast, ten different homemade gelato and sorbets every day, huge variety of specialty breads and rolls, endless selection of beautifully prepared fruits, salads, cheeses, deserts and really tender and delicious beef, pork, chicken and fish etc. Yum! I'm a really fussy eater and have to say best cruise food I've ever experienced Drinks were plentiful and cocktails delicious and incredibly generous! The entertainment was really enjoyable and in particular the outstanding 7 piece orchestra Lots and lots of great things programmed for every day. Endless variety. Service everywhere just couldn't be improved and one felt very spoilt and indulged always Shore excursions may seem expensive but our ports of call in the middle eastern countries of Oman, Jordan, Egypt and Israel all came with great itineries, very knowledgeable enthusiastic guides, 1 or 2 crew members and most importantly they made safety a priority in these countries so felt it important to only use the excursions organised by Azamara Journey. Coming through the Suez Canal to Cyprus was spectacular and the ship made it another fun filled event. I cannot emphasise the cleanliness right throughout the ship. Another thing that normally doesn't reach my standards. The only reason I gave fitness and recreation 4 stars instead of 5 is because the pool is very small. I usually like to swim every day but there was so much else to do it didn't really bother me. There were 635 passengers on board and 400 crew - great ratio for total indulgence. This ship is great for older couples (or singles) whose kids have flown the coop. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Great itinary and perfect weather. Just the tinge of excitement as to whether we would see pirates. We needed a relaxing cruise after a tough few weeks and this proved the best antidote to all the stress. We had been to the ... Read More
Great itinary and perfect weather. Just the tinge of excitement as to whether we would see pirates. We needed a relaxing cruise after a tough few weeks and this proved the best antidote to all the stress. We had been to the Mediterranean ports before so did our own thing but really enjoyed the new ports such as Aqaba, Oman and Dubai. Especially enjoyed going to Petra and the Azamazing evening in Wadi Rum. We found that the dining experience was greatly improved on previous cruises with better menus and choice. There was no need to use the speciality restaurants at all. Service was superb as usual. We had seen much of the entertainment shows before but still enjoyed them and the speciality acts were good. The guest lecturers were very interesting. This is not a cruise line suitable for children and no provision is made for them so we cannot comment on that aspect. What is particularly good about this line is the friendliness of the crew. It is like going home again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Did my first vacation as a Single/Solo traveler and was very impressed with how everyone aboard made me feel as though I was part of their extended family! The Captain was very visible and friendly, far more than any other Captain on ... Read More
Did my first vacation as a Single/Solo traveler and was very impressed with how everyone aboard made me feel as though I was part of their extended family! The Captain was very visible and friendly, far more than any other Captain on other cruise lines. He was always at the gangway when we were going on shore excursions and kept us up to date on what was happening. The respect that he showed for his crew and guests was excellent and this is what made this the best cruise I have taken to date. I'm sure that I put on a few pounds with the excellent food and the staff were very professional but also joked with our group when appropriate. Bar staff knew what I drank and brought it to me once they saw me arrive. The entire ship was well maintained and clean. Every crew member onboard was friendly and did their jobs beautifully. Will be booking another cruise on Azamara very soon! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Chosen based upon past history. Entertainment was very good in terms of cruise director and entertainment group. Service and friendliness of staff was excellent. Great relationship between cruise director and captain. Food was ... Read More
Chosen based upon past history. Entertainment was very good in terms of cruise director and entertainment group. Service and friendliness of staff was excellent. Great relationship between cruise director and captain. Food was good but not exceptional, including the specialty restaurants. Staff was friendly and outgoing. No issues at all with embarkation and debarkation. Some of the ship excursions were more expensive than other shore excursion alternatives. Hard to keep all at the same level. Porto Empedocle was a total bust as a stopping point. Unless you wanted to take in ruins, there was not much of interest in this port. Cruise Critic reception was good and well organized - much better than many expected. Lecturer was hit and miss - some people liked the lectures, some found them less than enlightening. Refurbishment of the ship was very much a success - public rooms, staterooms and all other areas were much more open and inviting than before. Lightening up of the colour schemes game a much 'larger' impression of the ship in general. Very successful redo by the Azamara team. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My travel agent found this for me and it had a great deal on single supplements. The service was phenomenal and the ports were really interesting. I had a wonderful time and would travel with them again for sure. I was celebrating my ... Read More
My travel agent found this for me and it had a great deal on single supplements. The service was phenomenal and the ports were really interesting. I had a wonderful time and would travel with them again for sure. I was celebrating my birthday on the trip and my steward decorated my stateroom with happy birthday stuff on the day of my birthday. The bed was one of the most comfortable beds I've slept on. My balcony was lovely and roomier than I expected. The food was fabulous and the wine selections were great every day. The entertainment was top notch and the spa was wonderful. The cruise directors paid special attention to the singles and solo travelers and made sure that they had someone to sit with at dinner every night of the cruise. I met some wonderful and fun new friends on this trip and it will be one of my most memorable birthdays ever. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We loved the Aramara experience! We've cruised with Disney, Royal Caribbean and Carnival in the past, but this was very different. The food was great and that includes the Greek buffet that was served on our sea day. So good! We ... Read More
We loved the Aramara experience! We've cruised with Disney, Royal Caribbean and Carnival in the past, but this was very different. The food was great and that includes the Greek buffet that was served on our sea day. So good! We also enjoyed the white nights event and the staff was so accommodating. At the dinner, we couldn't find an open table, so the staff went into the nearby library and carried out an oak table for us to sit at. Totally unexpected, but much appreciated. We enjoyed the azamazing evening at Ephesus as well as the guest tenor from Florence performing on the ship while docked in Venice. Listening to a beautiful voice, under the stars in a beautiful city is something I will never forget! The captain was also very visible and everyone (including the staff) seemed to enjoy his humor and presence. We are in our early 50s and we were some of the younger cruisers, but enjoyed ourselves immensely. I would definitely cruise with Azamara again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise for the ports: Venice, Sibenik & Dubrovnik Croatia, Kotor Montenegro, Corfu Greece, Taormina Sicily, Sorrento italy, and Rome. Then we looked at reviews for Azamara, which we had never heard of before, and were ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports: Venice, Sibenik & Dubrovnik Croatia, Kotor Montenegro, Corfu Greece, Taormina Sicily, Sorrento italy, and Rome. Then we looked at reviews for Azamara, which we had never heard of before, and were impressed with them, so we booked it. This trip certainly lived up to the reviews. We loved the ship, the crew, the passengers, and the ports. I would highly recommend it. Here's a review of the ship and the ports we saw: Ship: Azamara Journey; Checking in was easy and fast. The safety drill was so civilized! They sat us down in the dining room, in sections and explained the drill, but we didn't need to bring our own life jackets. Staff: Wonderful! Captain was pleasant, visible, and approachable. Concierge was amazing. She helped us to plan some logistics, and even found someone on board to fix the strap of our carry-on (which someone broke in Venice). Acupuncturist on board did a lecture and really impressed us and we each booked 3 session package (one each day), and she was amazing!! Entertainment: Not as good as big ships, but not bad. We enjoyed the shows: Main room - Cabaret Lounge:: Tony, the master of ceremonies was really good and an accomplished singer himself. Male comic was sooo funny, we actually came back for the 2nd show. Dancers/singers were good, and we enjoyed the show with them singing Broadway hits. The female violinist/comic was excellent on the violin, but my husband and I were mixed on the comedy part. Other: The DJ and guitarist in other rooms were ok Bingo: We were VERY upset that we paid $50 total to play ONE game each. In normal ships, you get to play the same card for many games. We wouldn't do the bingo again. Felt it was a rip off. The Pool: Was much smaller than other ships, BUT it was very deep at one end, and not a lot of people went in (because cruise was so port-intensive), so we always felt comfortable in it, and never felt really crowded. Chairs were very comfortable, and staff was great in coming round with drinks, etc. Food: Main restaurant and buffet cafe, and patio on deck - were good. Not much variety in main restaurant, but buffet cafe had more choices, and patio on deck had burgers, hot dogs, etc. Officers’ bar-b-que, with officers serving us one night was excellent. White party was nice. Overall, food was pretty good, not great -- and they did have gluten free choices. Other restaurants ($30 pp): Aqualina - food and service were excellent! and Prime - food very good and service ok, but not as good as Aqualina. Drinks: We had the regular free plan and were satisfied with plenty of free water and soft drinks, and house wines for my husband Fellow passengers: Mostly UK and Australians. Then Americans. Then a smattering from other countries. Very friendly. Like that the setup for meals is many tables for two, all close to each other, so easy to meet and talk to others. They always put you next to at least one other table for two, so fun meeting new people all the time. There were not many kids, but apparently more than usual, because they made a special announcement that the ship had more kids than usual, and to please prevent them from running around the deck or splashing in pool, so others could enjoy their cruise. I was kind of shocked by this (but very grateful), because we're used to big ships where they cater to kids. The Ports: NOTE - when returning to ship/tender after every port, they had cold towels and water/lemonade waiting for us. Very nice! Venice: Beautiful! Went a day early, but could have used another full day. Get a hotel on the Grand Canal, because the view is amazing! Do what everyone says and don't bother with a tour. Just walk the streets and get lost like everyone else, do a gondola ride (even though pricey), and just enjoy!! Sibenik Croatia: We just walked along the water at the port. Not much there. Heard Krka National Park (with waterfalls and swim area) is really good, But I was walking with a cane, and it was not recommended for me, so we skipped it. Maybe next time. Dubrovnik Croatia - Loved it! Morning: We pre-booked a private tour (just us in a car) with Dubrovnik Shore Tours (got great reviews from trip advisor). Tour was "Dubrovnik, panorama & Cavtat Bestseller Tour (4-4.5 hours long)" for a total of only 200 Euros, plus tip. We had to give 50 euro deposit and the rest in cash. Our guide was Ivo and he was fantastic. Evening: We did the free AzAmazing Evening from the ship and it was amazing! Saw Concert by famous Croatian Cellist Ana Rucner, in Old Town Dubrovnik. She plays in front of a movie screen, and accompanies herself on the screen. She is passionate and truly amazing. Kotor Montenegro - did ship's 1/2 day tour of boat ride to church and tour of old city. Was very hot and bus was very crowded and uncomfortable. Tour guide talked in a monotone and had no personality, but the church part was ok. Story of Our Lady of the Rock church, and the visit to the church were interesting. By the time we got back to old city and 2nd part of tour was starting (tour of walled city of Kotor), we were too hot and tired to go, and ship was docked right there, so just went back to ship. In hindsight, if we knew the walled city was a 5 minute walk from where we were docked, we wouldn't have done a tour at all. We just would have walked around the city on our own. Corfu and Taormina - Didn't get off the ship. Just relaxed. Next time... Sorrento, Italy - LOVED the Amalfi coast We booked a private tour with: Sorrento First Choice Car Service – Amalfi Coast Land Tour (Positano, Amalfi, Ravello) (8:30AM – 4:30PM) The tour was wonderful, and the ride from Sorrento to Positano and visiting Positano was the highlight for us. Soooo beautiful. We didn't stay long at Amalfi, because we also wanted to spend some time back in Sorrento at the end of the tour, but drove through and it was nice and views were amazing. In Ravella, our guide recommended a lovely restaurant and booked a table for us, outside on the terrace, overlooking the cliffs and shore. We loved it! The views back and forth to Sorrento were magnificent, and we were glad we were in a private Mercedes, rather than a big bus. Back in Sorrento, we walked around the port city a bit (loved the narrow streets and shops), and had some limoncello, and then we asked him to take us back to ship an hour early, cause I was very tired. But I've always wanted to see Amalfi coast. This tour guide was not as informative as Ivo in Dubrovnik, but he was pleasant and a great driver (which you need here), and was accommodating and answered any questions we had. He was laid back and we liked that, and didn't need a lot of history. We just wanted to soak in the amazing scenery and landscape and shore and beauty, and we saw tons of that! The only thing missing was an extra day, so we could have gone to Capri. We also heard from others that Pompeii was amazing, but I knew it was strenuous and would be too difficult for me, and I certainly don't regret what we chose to do, because seeing the coast was my priority. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I chose this ship as I wanted to be away on these dates and this cruise came up at a very reasonable rate for a solo traveller. I had also heard very good reports is Azamara cruises. The transfer from the airport was not easy. We had to ... Read More
I chose this ship as I wanted to be away on these dates and this cruise came up at a very reasonable rate for a solo traveller. I had also heard very good reports is Azamara cruises. The transfer from the airport was not easy. We had to claim our luggage twice and then had a long walk to the transfer bus in high temperatures. On arrival at the ship we had to claim our luggage again and another walk before a check in. Recommend asking for assistance if walking is not too easy. I was worn out by the time I actually got on Board. My cabin was on deck 4, outside. Very convenient. Excellent large bed. Smaller than some other cabins but ok for me on my own. Bathroom very small with small shower cubicle and shower curtain. Could not be easy for a large person. The main dining room I used every evening. Very good menu with a good choice. Food very well presented and good. Soups excellent. I normally joined the solo group but it worked just as well if you just turned up on your own. Breakfast every day was in the self service restaurant. Would not recommend the fried eggs, rubbery, scrambled eggs the same or the bacon but the other choices were very good. Lunch most days in same restaurant. Good choice of salads every day and same with desserts. Some hot dishes good but not all. Not a lot of room for a large choice. Freshly cooked burghers on pool deck excellent. The service in all was first class and could not be faulted. It seems a happy ship. The amazing evening was superb, visit to a theatre in Monte Carlo with a very good unusual trapeze show. Organisation very good and straightforward. One entertainer comedienne and magician was well worth watching but the rest was mediocre. Not a good choice if you want evening entertainment. Good choice of ports. Excursions expensive. Internet access very expensive. Loved the size of the ship and the friendliness of the staff. Would I go again. Yes if the price was right. It did not live up to my expectations but maybe they were too high. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was our third cruise with Azamara, chosen mainly for the itinerary. We stayed one night prior to embarkation at the Hilton, Athens. This was part of the package. Arrival in Athens was mid afternoon and about 35°C, so we decided ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Azamara, chosen mainly for the itinerary. We stayed one night prior to embarkation at the Hilton, Athens. This was part of the package. Arrival in Athens was mid afternoon and about 35°C, so we decided against moving away from the pool area! Transfer to the cruise terminal by coach was fine as was embarkation. The ship had very recently received new decor whilst in dry dock, which included carpets, soft furnishings and pool furniture I believe. Signs of wear are already apparent. Our room was very pleasant with comfy bed and new carpet, curtains and bed linen. Bathroom is as before - small ! There is a deep step down and the door barely opens enough to exit without some difficulty. Maintenance was very good. Dining options are varied. After two visits to the main restaurant , where the food was not particularly exciting and other diners next to us had left food too, we chose to eat mainly in The Patio. Much more to our liking and friendlier atmosphere. The White Night produced a very good spread. Minute steaks, which would put the MDR to shame. Prime C was enjoyable, but not really worth the $25 each supplement. The wine choices were okay and starting with the cruise after ours, there would be a sparkling wine offered too. Also sparkling water would be an option to still. Never mind - we missed that! Entertainment was very good or on one occasion very poor. Singers and dancers worked hard and were good. Eric the cruise director, who is 5ft. 18ins, in his words, was always impressive. Very versatile. The Captain and Eric claimed to be brothers, but Captain Johannes was possibly about 5ft. 5ins! This banter cropped up often and was funny. Eric also had a never ending string of funny " Grandad" stories! We generally received friendly service. The crew work very hard. Two in particular excelled and on the other hand two were memorable for their rudeness. We did not take any excursions as we are familiar with all but two of the ports. Not sure we would book with Azamara again, unless it was a suite with a larger bathroom. Debarkation was a muddle as quite a lot of passengers like us had late flights and Venice airport would not allow passengers in more than 3 hours before their flight! This tested Azamara's relevant crew, but in the end they arranged for us to debark later at midday. Our airport transfer was 13.30, so we had to wait at the cruise terminal until then. It was a long day to make a two hour flight back to Heathrow! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Just a few words to let you know that Azamara is still a great choice for cruise ship aficcionados. Embarkation and disembarkation went smooth. Journey is a medium size ship elegant and quiet like I like. No annoying music around the ... Read More
Just a few words to let you know that Azamara is still a great choice for cruise ship aficcionados. Embarkation and disembarkation went smooth. Journey is a medium size ship elegant and quiet like I like. No annoying music around the pool like other more popular cruise ships. Food is good and varied. Fish, steak and soup are great. Dessert could be better and I would appreciate my red wines to be served a bit colder, especially on the deck. Most of the included wines are good. Some could be selected with more care. Service is outstanding. Everybody is friendly and smiley. Room will be refurbished soon so I will not comment on that now. All the ports of call were nice. I have been in Mykonos and Santorini before but never in those small Turkish cities like Bodrum, Marmaris and (especially) Kas. Lovely places. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
THE SHIP We picked a 9 port-intensive itinerary for a 9 day cruise: Athens RT, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, & Santorini in Greece, with Bodrum, Kas, Fethiye, and Marmaris along Turkey's Turquoise coast. Because we enjoyed the ... Read More
THE SHIP We picked a 9 port-intensive itinerary for a 9 day cruise: Athens RT, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, & Santorini in Greece, with Bodrum, Kas, Fethiye, and Marmaris along Turkey's Turquoise coast. Because we enjoyed the ship's activities, food, and entertainment so much, I would definitely look for a voyage with some sea days! It is great the ship is almost entirely no smoking, reserving only a small seating section on the pool deck for smokers. And I never saw more than a dozen smokers anytime I passed by this area, even though the ship carries a bit over 650 guests. Given that the ship will be refurbished entirely (and yes the renderings look cool and sophisticated) I was delighted the Journey is still a looker. I found the Mosaic Cafe a great place for complimentary Nespresso coffee & tea with snacks mid-day. And The Drawing Room/Library was a richly appointed room like an old fashioned English club room. An excellent getaway for privacy as it seemed rarely used. I borrowed a book to read but never had the time to do so. The Discoveries Lounge outside of the main dining room also an intimate "living room" setting. For those worried about sea-sickness, on this itinerary we had smooth sailing and motion never was an issue, though a couple of the tender rides proved to be quite choppy on return to our ship. I would definitely choose this size ship for the remarkable friendliness of the crew who become like family, and would love it for a longer cruise as well. Yes, I was hiding tears upon disembarkation....which by the way is just as swift as embarkation...and at the end of the gangway saying goodbye you'll find senior officers. CASINO Never really saw too much action in the casino (except at the bar), and with only 1 roulette table, 1 blackjack table and one 3 card poker table, both DH and myself would find a craps table and a live Texas Hold-em table an enticement not found on other ships; I expect millennial future cruisers would as well. Can't say I saw the one-armed bandits getting much action either...so the space could be made available...hint, hint. PORT CALLS Even though we had long days in ports, most of them were morning departures noting moderate to strenuous walking and steps were the norm. Given the age of these historical cities, I understand you can't change the terrain. But it would have been nice to have an on-shore cooking class or art-class or even a city shopping tour for those who didn't want to board buses or walk thru ruins. I met fellow guests who appeared capable of the tours, but chose not to press their luck based on the stated activity level. For those who liked the quiet of the ship in the morning, afternoon tours would be welcome as well. Didn't know what to expect of "small tours" but it appears to only mean the bus isn't full, but still will have 30+ participants. ACTIVITIES Fitness Center: nice to have a morning stretch class, but if you are departing on an 8:45am tour, it's impossible to attend the 8am class. A small facility but appears to be sized right for the ship size as I only ever saw a few users and I was one of them on 5 mornings. I think the Spa personnel are shyer than most of the crew, and they are noticeably different in terms of friendliness. A length of cruise pass for the Thalassotherapy pool was only $99 (so $10 per day) but it was not available for guest use 4 or 5 nights after 6pm because of private use (Cool Nights in Private Places?) so it didn't make sense for me as my days were full. The hot tubs on the pool deck sufficed. Park West Art Auction: I like a glass of champagne as well as anyone and I love art, but seriously, I'm so tired of seeing these auctions on ships. I'd like to see a replacement revenue source for Azamara so they could remove them and really differentiate from all the other cruise lines who continue auctioning the same artists again and again. Bingo, Lotto, Trivia: small loyal (and competitive!) following...forming trivia teams helped in meeting fellow guests and was fun. Hint: inquire about bridge and galley tours....they won't appear on the daily schedule. Shops are small but lovely, with the normal tempting evening sale pricing. Entertainment: The Cabaret Lounge was the setting for quality Broadway type productions and guest performances both of which drew capacity crowds. Elsewhere a guitarist and pianist draw their own fans. After 10:30pm The Looking Glass becomes the disco and when we were energized enough we enjoyed dancing here. DINING I heard a wide variety of opinions, but generally the word on the ship about food was positive. Personally, my group of friends enjoyed it all: dining at Discoveries, the main dining room, themed dinner buffets at Windows Cafe, lunch at the buffet or at the pool grill. Never a shortage of beautifully prepared and assorted entrees, salads, and desserts. Our gluten-free friend always found foods to meet her needs, and she was delighted with the special attention to be sure the menu suited her tastes. I'm sure all of our waistbands are a bit more snug because there was always something tempting. It was great to walk into the dining room whenever you wanted instead of worrying about rushing to an early seating or getting hungry before a later seating. Since cocktails are included, any minimal wait was always good for an aperitif or glass of wine. When we preferred a previous night's wine with dinner instead of the featured choice (twice), one server promptly found the other wine, while the other did so reluctantly...even suggesting he couldn't serve a previous wine (wrong answer/wrong attitude). YES, I enjoyed Azamara and look forward to another Journey or Quest! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Wanted to cruise the Adriatic and Croatia.and the Greek Islands on a small capacity luxury ship. Azamara Journey fit the bill. It was wonderful. So now we are picking up the Journey in Aukland New Zealand and cruising for 16 days around ... Read More
Wanted to cruise the Adriatic and Croatia.and the Greek Islands on a small capacity luxury ship. Azamara Journey fit the bill. It was wonderful. So now we are picking up the Journey in Aukland New Zealand and cruising for 16 days around New Zealand and Australia .Can't wait! We booked before we left the ship in Athens. Loved the room service...breakfast served on our Veranda each morning! We ordered the nite before and gave the time we wanted it served. They have a great self service laundry with ironing . Which was so appreciated since we were on an 8 day land tour before boarding the ship. The wonderful blender drinks around the pool.were something we looked forward to each afternoon. The food was teriffic loved the suishi.The White night while anchored in Santorini was magical. Also the special show ashore in Dubrovnik was outstanding and so well organized. The entertainment was wonderful. Our cabin was well appointed and the King bed oh so comfortable.There were no children on board which made for a relaxed atmosphere My husband who did not like cruising is a convert! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
The purpose of this seven night cruise, our tenth on Azamara, was for some relaxation. It was a port intensive cruise with only one sea day. Only one port was new to us (Patmos). An upsell offer pre cruise allowed us to splurge and ... Read More
The purpose of this seven night cruise, our tenth on Azamara, was for some relaxation. It was a port intensive cruise with only one sea day. Only one port was new to us (Patmos). An upsell offer pre cruise allowed us to splurge and enjoy a beautiful large room at the back of the ship. The passenger mix on this cruise had a good balance between those from the USA, UK and Australia/NZ. Although we did not formally confirm this, we felt the average age was much lower than on previous Azamara cruises. At the conclusion of the cruise we opted for late disembarkation, leaving the ship at 2pm (fee $70 for 2) and from our brief observation of the incoming guests, that longer cruise seemed to have a slightly older passenger mix. Although the ship is due to go in dry dock in January for extensive renovations, we though it was in great shape and we had far fewer maintenance issues in our room than we experienced recently on Celebrity. The public areas are spotless and nothing caught our eye as being old, frayed or worn. We ate in the speciality restaurants and in Windows Cafe and throughout the cruise, everything was beautifully cooked and served. The young Executive Chef is very talented and she is adding feminine twists to her presentations. This lighter style of cooking was very much in line with the kind of meals we like. There are so many option though, you can go light, heavy, be good, be bad, you will not be disappointed. Service is Azamara's undoubted strength and again we were not disappointed. We encountered a very happy team, all working together for the benefits of the guests. Thoughtful touches by the top team set the tone - for example leaving Mykonos (which was windy) 20 minutes late to allow a concert on deck to finish and avoid the guests being caught in the crosswinds. All the officers are friendly, visible and use their time in public places to interact with all guests and not just the cursory supervisor's prowl. This style of leadership and way of managing staff really helps create the onboard experience we so love. Entertainment on board was very good. Being a seven night cruise there was a lot of standard items that had to be fitted in but it all worked. Eric de Grey is a very talented cruise director and he took part in several shows. It was great to enjoy Bruce Parker's singing again and lovely to see Eric and Bruce working with the talented cast to give us one of the best White Night Parties ever. This working and performing together came over as being natural and something all of them enjoyed doing - no prima donnas here! There is not much music around the ship, we heard a guitarist one night but do not recall hearing him again but that may be was us and where we went. Max de Fiaz was as good as ever and this time, because it was port intensive, many late night sail outs, there was no conflict of purpose in the Casino Bar which was a great venue overseen as ever by the best barman ever, Dale. Unlike previous cruises, the Looking Glass lounge had enough guests in it post show to make the after show parties enjoyable and not the painful dozen sitting around we often have experienced - I think this was as much the demographics as the DJ though the DJ played good music except on the last night when I am sure he put on some of the records to try and get us off the floor early! (Can't blame him, other nights were late nights for the staff up there!) Daytime activities were limited because the focus onboard is about the destinations and going ashore. Activities were listed, I have no idea if they were well attended. Plenty space on the various decks, I was not aware of pool chair hogs. There was very little poolside music - I liked that it was more relaxing. Bar staff were very attentive, it was very hot weather, they regularly brought trays of iced water and frozen towels round. We experienced our fourth Azamazing evening which we really enjoyed - a 45 minute classical music concert in the ruins at Ephesus. You really cannot recreate these kind of events yourself and this addition is something we really love. The logistics were great and provided you followed instructions (eg wear flat shoes) it was an easy walk to the most special venue. The sounds of the goats in the background and the stillness of the night added to the delight. One minor thing, we had taken the precaution of liberally applying insect repellant before leaving the ship and we are very glad we did. There was no guest instruction to do this, I know some people did get bitten so we have suggested this is added to the guest guidance for thus night. It maybe only happens in some weather conditions, but a be prepared hint! Because there are only a maximum of 695 guests onboard embarkation, disembarkation and tendering all were a breeze, no lines, no hassle. Thank you Captain Johannes, Hotel Director Ryzsard, Chef Monica and not forgetting little Eric and all the Journey team, it was a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
When our son announced he was getting married in Spain two years ago, we knew we wanted to add something from our "bucket list" to our second trip to Spain. We decided to add a "luxury" cruise to tick off Greece and ... Read More
When our son announced he was getting married in Spain two years ago, we knew we wanted to add something from our "bucket list" to our second trip to Spain. We decided to add a "luxury" cruise to tick off Greece and Turkey from our list. I think I read every single review about the Azamara Journey experience before I booked our cruise. I was nervous when reading that some previous cruisers thought quality on Azamara trips was deteriorating. But, the Azamara was the only cruise that fit our time-line with the wedding and I was holding my breath until we boarded! Thankfully, we did not find the negatives expressed by some! It was an AMAZING experience! As everyone says, the staff is superb! We felt pampered and we genuinely liked everyone on staff that we met. Because the cruise was after the wedding, as soon as we boarded I booked a mani/pedi it was heavenly! I also booked a massage for my husband... We ate in all the specialty restaurants at least once and the food was very good. We also booked the French Chef's Tasting Table. The food at this additional $$ event, was excellent! I can say that because my son's wedding reception was at a two star Michelin Restaurant in Ezcaray, Spain... which is why I want to say Kudos to Chef Monica and the Sommelier, David who both took the time to thoroughly describe the foods and wines served and answer any questions we had! The daily breakfast buffet's were good, I think better than most ... is the way to describe Azamara regular dining cruise food. During our cruise, the heat was almost unbearable, but always waiting at the dock or by the tender dock, after a hot day of touring, was a group of smiling Azamara staff waiting for us under a tent with cold water to drink and ice cold wash cloths to cool before we boarded again.... Did not see that with any other cruise line! I really enjoyed the AzAmazing evening in Ephesus, it was a picture perfect evening with excellent music. I mean picture perfect... I got some great shots! And, the White Party aboard the ship was a blast! Speaking of music and entertainment... for such a small ship it was EXCELLENT... Those kids put their heart and soul into their performances. You can tell they are there because they love to entertain! My favorite Land Discovery Tour was: Kusadasi Port Insider Access ~ Taste Of Turkish Country Life. I attended that while my husband visited the ruins. I so enjoyed a "Turkish" family showing us, first hand, the customs of their culture. I also was lucky to be on the tour with several Azamara Front Office folks so I was able to express a desire for more "family customs & culture" type tours... I really don't recommend Azamara for young "families"... or really the under 50 bunch. While there was excellent entertainment, it really is geared for the "older" set. I can't wait to book my next Azamara experience... I know that the ships are being refurbished so I'm sure I'll be giving it 10 Stars after my next voyage! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Our first Azamara cruise was very good, but because we have been on Seabourn and Regent cruises we knew that we were definitely not on a five star ship. Here are the major shortcomings: Food in all the buffets was not great. To get truly ... Read More
Our first Azamara cruise was very good, but because we have been on Seabourn and Regent cruises we knew that we were definitely not on a five star ship. Here are the major shortcomings: Food in all the buffets was not great. To get truly great dinners you have to pay extra for the specialty restaurants. Dinners in the main dining room were pretty good but we got a lot more great stuff on the other cruise lines. The most annoying aspect of the cruise is the endless marketing in every conceivable way to get you to spend more money; it never stops. Perhaps the most stupid way of wasting money is on the expensive alcohol packages; the complementary wines, liquors and beers are good enough for most people. Their excursions are expensive and mostly a waste of money. The entertainment was far better than we expected; definitely as good or better than more expensive cruise lines. Service was good, but nearly all the staff were clearly not as experienced as on the other, more expensive cruise lines. Azamara is clearly using lower cost personnel. The balcony was very small. And the main sun/pool deck was very crowded with very little room to get on lounge chairs. On the plus side, the tender service was extraordinary, far better than we have experienced on the more expensive lines. We were satisfied mainly because we got a great deal with reduced fare and significant on board credits. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
As first time cruisers we had no idea what to expect or how "you cruise". We deliberately chose the Azamara Journey because of its size. We didn't want to be on one of those larger liners and after seeing a couple in ports, ... Read More
As first time cruisers we had no idea what to expect or how "you cruise". We deliberately chose the Azamara Journey because of its size. We didn't want to be on one of those larger liners and after seeing a couple in ports, we were glad we chose the Azamara. The organization of EVERYTHING was great, the staff were super friendly, the food met our needs and was tasty, the ports we visited were well chosen, the entertainment was a bit cheesy but served its purposes and we met some great people that we had a lot of laughs with. We didn't book any of the shore excursions as we just did our own thing. The complimentary drinks list was more than adequate and we didn't feel the need to up-grade. We also didn't book any nights in either of the special restaurants. We could not fault a single thing, except perhaps a bigger self service laundry is needed. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was my fifth time on Azamara and it did not disappoint. My only issue is it is becoming more popular and the good deals are running out. The secret of the wonderful life on Azamara is being let out especially by those that travel ... Read More
This was my fifth time on Azamara and it did not disappoint. My only issue is it is becoming more popular and the good deals are running out. The secret of the wonderful life on Azamara is being let out especially by those that travel without ankle biters. Starting at Venice and cruising out with a wonderful commentary was fantastic. Dubrovnik was a treat and the easy shuttle ride made the site seeing easy. Around the Greek Islands the ship docked in great locations and it was only in Santorini that there was a conflict with the number of ships. The stop Kusadasi gave us plenty of time to take the Effes tour of 6 hours as well as go to the Azamazing evening back at Effes at night. The Captain changed the birth location from Lesvos to Lemnos because of the illegal immigration issues on the Island and that was a good move as far as we were concerned. Finally the sail into Istanbul was magnificent and with full commentary. The staff and food was excellent and there was no health issues at all on board you did not hear one person cough. The shows were good fun but there were so many things to do especially when we visited the many ports that items on the itinerary got left behind. If I could I would do this trip again tomorrow. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
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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