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31 Azamara Stockholm Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise specifically for the 3 full days in St. Petersburg. What we liked: --easy getting on board --smaller ship, easier to get off for excursions (other than first day in StP which is due to customs) and you are ... Read More
We chose this cruise specifically for the 3 full days in St. Petersburg. What we liked: --easy getting on board --smaller ship, easier to get off for excursions (other than first day in StP which is due to customs) and you are stopped as close to the city as possible, this is great --self laundry available at no cost and soap provided --entertainment was good --cabin service good, including room service available 24/7 (no complimentary drink service to rooms in our category, but there will be in 2020) --Azamazing evening was wonderful --White night party was very nice --our favourite meal was at Aqualina, followed by white night buffet and then the first night seafood buffet --the gym is very well equipped What we were less fond of: --food & service in the Discoveries restaurant was just average, we eat well and go out to great restaurants so our expectations may be set higher than for some --complimentary beverage list is very limited, even for us who are not big drinkers. White wine was terrible on a couple of days. At this cost why? I understand charging for truly premium brands and great wine for not the rest of it. --we pre-paid 3 nights at the 2 specialty restaurants, we tried to change our reservation for PrimeC as the white night party moved dates - instead of moving us they cancelled our booking and it was an argument to get a new reservation --wifi was horribly slow, we paid for the unlimited package - not worth the cost IMO --I don't know what the purpose of guest services is, not helpful when I spoke with them --one of our pre-booked shore excursions was cancelled and they only notify you onboard - you're then stuck re-booking in US $ which has an impact --we booked 2 shore excursions with the ship, enjoyed the bike tour but the other was "meh", if you know you don't like group tours then keep this in mind --disembarking was a total gong show, booked ship bus transfer to train station which is a TOTAL rip off and they were totally disorganized and ran much later than communicated to us, taxis were really not available - a handful with many waiting for them, both of our bags were tagged #21 but one was placed with the #12 bags--we were lucky to find it Excursions: --we did a private tour with Alla in StP and it was WELL worth the $$ --Helsinki is easy to visit on your own --Riga, Klaipeda are very small towns and could easily be visited on own, we went to Curonian Spit in Klaipeda and it's beautiful but I couldn't figure out how to get there without the tour --Malbork Castle (Gdansk) is beautiful but leaves little time in Gdansk itself. Gdansk could be done on your own --Ronne not much to see IMO Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because we hadn’t been in this region before and all the ports were therefore new. We weren’t disappointed. We have travelled on the Azamara line 10 times now and have enjoyed our time on board. We had a window ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we hadn’t been in this region before and all the ports were therefore new. We weren’t disappointed. We have travelled on the Azamara line 10 times now and have enjoyed our time on board. We had a window view on Deck 4, which we found more than acceptable. We are aware of the general criticisms regarding the size and spaciousness of the bathroom and shower but due to our size and stature we don’t experience any problems. We ate mainly in the Discoveries restaurant but did venture up to the Windows café whenever they had the Indian night. The décor and amenities throughout the vessel were good. We didn’t go to the entertainment as it just didn’t strike a chord with us this time, but we did enjoy the onboard pianist. It was nice to relax in the living room and enjoy the ambience. One thing that Azamara should consider whenever they are removing the casino is to enlarge the restroom facilities as I feel they are wholly inadequate (being the closest restrooms to the Cabaret Lounge) All the staff on board were extremely friendly and courteous and always said hello. The cleanliness of the public areas and our stateroom were always pristine. The senior staff were very visible and always approachable We were out most of the time so didn’t take part in any of the on board activities. My wife did enjoy the artist Jean Picton and went to her workshops on the sea days. I enjoyed lectures regarding the Tsars and St Petersburg that helped gen me up on what I would see and experience when we got there. The weather was really good throughout the voyage, the only rain being at Copenhagen and as we were going home it didn’t have the same affect. We are looking forward to our next cruise on the Pursuit. It will be nice to see the transformation the refit (in Belfast) will have had. We live close to Belfast and kept ourselves aware of the progress the ship was making whilst it was there. Ports of call Stockholm Embarkation- A nice sail away past all the islands. St Petersburg We booked a private three day intensive tour of all the important sites with TJ Travel before we left home. It was a full on experience which we enjoyed immensely and felt that it was great value for money. We would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who wished to understand St Petersburg’s role in Russian history. We certainly had a great time! Helsinki We just stepped off the ship as it was right in the centre. Did the open topped bus and enjoyed the little market at the waterfront. Riga Another port were we docked right by the centre of the old town. We just walked across the road we were there. The architecture was very interesting and the people friendly. We enjoyed our day there. Klaipeda Another port easily accessed from the ship, and a local folk group was there to greet us. A lot of metal pieces of public art to enjoy as well as numerous sculptures scattered throughout a public park. We had our White Night party in Klaipeda and were entertained again by the folk group, this time on the ship – a real coup! Gdansk We got bussed in to the old city. Again very interesting to see the pictures of the city as it was just after the war and how it looks now rebuilt in the same style as before. We had our Azamazing evening here. We were entertained in the Philharmonic Hall to an evening of music by Fyrderyk Chopin played on the piano by Rafael Lewandowski and accompanied on the violin by Karolina Piatkowska- Nowicka. An amazing evening of culture rounded of by a firework display. We certainly won’t forget that evening in a hurry. Ronne The best day for weather on the cruise. The sun shone all day. It was a nice peaceful little town to walk through, the architecture of the old houses being particularly appealing. This was a very pleasant and relaxing way to end our cruise. Copenhagen A very wet day to disembark and not a particularly pleasant dock, but Azamara had advised us earlier regarding the facilities and had suggested that we avail ourselves of transfers something that we had already done as part of our package. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We cruised the Baltic ports at the end of June on Journey. Previously we had sailed on Quest in Feb 2016, both ships being identical helped in navigating our way around. Both ships have been upgraded since and I was slightly disappointed ... Read More
We cruised the Baltic ports at the end of June on Journey. Previously we had sailed on Quest in Feb 2016, both ships being identical helped in navigating our way around. Both ships have been upgraded since and I was slightly disappointed that the BEIGE look in the cabins dominated, the heavy chairs in the dining room were ridiculously heavy and I needed help in getting closer to the table to eat. The Cabin stewards were wonderful and so helpful especially when i fell ill with sea sickness. My cabin steward brought me three cans of ginger ale and was so concerned about my well being. All crew were polite and willing to help. Food in the dining rooms was good, the speciality restaurants had gone up in price from $30 to $40 per person since we last cruised with Azamara. To be honest they were nothing special and I think the meals in Discoveries were far better. As for the entertainment, well, we didn’t bother as there was nothing to inspire us to go see and from the comments of other passengers we were correct in doing so. Surely, when docked in St Petersburg for three nights local Russian dancers could have been brough on to provide entertainment. The same in Tallin as we were in port until 10am. Cruise tours, no matter which line you travel on are always over priced. We booked a three day tour with Alla tours in St Petersburg which was excellent. So sad to say but, I think the luxury has gone out of Azamara and this worries me because we have a Christmas/NY cruise booked at the end on 2018 Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because we hoped it would be more luxurious, being the highest quality line that Royal Caribbean became but it was not. I would describe this as better than Celebrity (also RC) but not on par with Seaborne or other ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we hoped it would be more luxurious, being the highest quality line that Royal Caribbean became but it was not. I would describe this as better than Celebrity (also RC) but not on par with Seaborne or other similar ships. The food was decent. The speciality restaurants were not worth the money. The best place we ate was the Patio which was outside. A small menu but you can bring out food from the Cafe, which was decent. My main issue is that dinner ends early and you can’t get food after 9:30 other than room service. Many other cruise lines have a later night option. That would have been nice (if not expected). The rooms are small. The bathrooms very small. We had a veranda. Upgrade to the suite. Easy decision (which we did not make and should have). A suite on the ship is equivalent to a normal sized cabin on other cruises. We stayed on 7097. The main issue was that the service door was outside our room and we heard the door opening all of the time. Stay away from the service door for housekeeping. Laundry room has approx 8 machines. We managed to do laundry 3 times during our 12 night cruise. It can be crowded so plan accordingly. Usually best is if you get back from touring before the ship departs. Avoid the sea day. Three days in St Petersburg was nice. We used a private company (Alla Tours) for our tour. The ship excursions are not worth the money. Bigger complaint was that we stayed until 10:00 pm in Tallin — a total of waste — but left Amsterdam and Coppenhagen but 5:00 pm. That was absurd. We chose a smaller ship to stay later in port. This was a huge planning mistake. Also in Belgium, the trains were on strike. Azamara knew this but made no efforts to arrange for transportation to Bruge. Many people were stuck waiting for city buses that were far too few. Azamara should have arrange for buses — even if at a discount rate — into Bruge. Many people rightly commented that this was an example of how Azamara missed the opportunity to be a quality line. In the end, the trip was good but not luxurious. Better than a 2,000 passenger ship but there are other options for small ships too, like Wind Star. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
As first-timers on Azamara Cruises, my husband and I chose this ship primarily for its port-intensive itinerary and passenger size of ship (less than 700 guests). Embarkation and check in were a breeze - it probably took us 30 minutes in ... Read More
As first-timers on Azamara Cruises, my husband and I chose this ship primarily for its port-intensive itinerary and passenger size of ship (less than 700 guests). Embarkation and check in were a breeze - it probably took us 30 minutes in total from time of arrival at port to getting to the cabin. The ship itself was beautiful, well-kept and clean. Our room club verandah stateroom was well-maintained and our cabin attendants were wonderful. We were pleased that we spent the extra money to get a room with a balcony, and spent a fair amount of time on it when we were in our room. The bathroom is tiny but well cleaned, and you get used to the size. Fortunately we had quiet neighbors on either side of us which made for an even better experience! There was a sufficient amount of dining options to choose from. We ate mostly in the Windows Cafe for dinner - great selection to choose from, and also tried both specialty restaurants once each, as well as the MDR a couple of times. Quality of the food was fine for the most part, and we really enjoyed the Aqualina restaurant. Windows Cafe is buffet style, so with that comes food that may be lukewarm at times. Because the itinerary was port-intensive, we did not partake in too many on-board activities, and when we did it was mainly the daily afternoon trivia contests. Nighttime entertainment was okay - I believe a few of the acts were new to the ship - so it was a bit hit and miss in terms of quality. I'm sure they will work out the kinks as time goes by. The ports themselves were great, with the exception of Amsterdam, which we found quite grimy (cigarette butts and trash everywhere). The only excursion we signed up for was a three-day one through a local operator in St. Petersburg, which was tiring but fantastic. Otherwise, we prefer to explore on our own and the small size of the ship meant we were able to pull right into the city center of most ports and walk into town. Above all, we found the staff and crew extremely delightful, and always with a smile on their faces and willing to assist however they can. Thank you Wilson and Raymond for keeping our room immaculate! Alicia the Cruise Director was always full of energy, and is also a great singer/entertainer. We would definitely sail on Azamara again if the right itinerary came along. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was my second cruise, both with Azamara. I'm not sure how I venture to another company to make a comparison as Azamara is just delightful. We spent 4 days in Stockholm before boarding which was excellent, such a beautiful city. ... Read More
This was my second cruise, both with Azamara. I'm not sure how I venture to another company to make a comparison as Azamara is just delightful. We spent 4 days in Stockholm before boarding which was excellent, such a beautiful city. We found our cabin to be very comfortable, clean and well looked after by our lovely room attendants. Dining onboard is very good. Lots of options and the specialty restaurants and Chef's Table experience are well worth indulging in. The ports were all excellent, even the little town of Skagan where the local bands played on the dock as we sailed out. The ship docks so close to the destination cities you literally walk off the ship and you're in town. We only did Azamara shore excursions in St Petersburg and while they are a little pricey we would highly recommend the "meet a local" tour. A small group of us had afternoon tea with a delightful lady in her family home where she happily chatted about life and answered our questions. It was a great insight into the similarity and differences of life. Without a doubt the jewel in the crown for Azamara is their staff. Every single person you encounter from your room attendants to the Captain are open, friendly and totally engaged. The senior staff are very visible and interact freely with guests, always happy to chat and answer questions. I believe it's the human factor that creates a sense of loyalty to Azamara. I look forward to them adding a New York to Montreal route so I can book my next cruise with them. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was out fourth cruise on the Journey. Loved the redecorating. The crew was very friendly and accommodating. Thank you for providing us with what we needed to have Sabbath services onboard. The apple tarts were delicious. Would ... Read More
This was out fourth cruise on the Journey. Loved the redecorating. The crew was very friendly and accommodating. Thank you for providing us with what we needed to have Sabbath services onboard. The apple tarts were delicious. Would have liked to have a more private setting for the services. There was a lot of noise from the bar and another reception happening. It was wonderful to meet Lek Waleska. The Azamazing Evening was a real treat. Very well organized. The Cruise Critic reception allowed us to meet other couples right away. The food was excellent and we really appreciated accommodating my husband's food allergies. The wine tasting was very good. The wine steward was very knowledgable and did a great job of explaining things to us. Our cabin steward was very thoughtful and helpful He obtained an extension cord for the CPAP machine. We made some wonderful new friends on board. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our third Azamara cruise and we have loved each one! The ship size is ideal for us. The ship's staff could not have been any friendlier. We dined three times in the specialty restaurants and did two of the chef's tables ... Read More
This was our third Azamara cruise and we have loved each one! The ship size is ideal for us. The ship's staff could not have been any friendlier. We dined three times in the specialty restaurants and did two of the chef's tables with wine. All were very good. Also could find no complaints with the Discoveries Restaurant. Very diverse selections. White Night was exceptional! Also enjoyed the Sunday brunch with the jazz band. Thanks to recommendations from other Cruise Critic roll call members, we booked tours in St Petersburg and Berlin with SPB Tours. Highly recommend! St Petersburg was unbelievable! So glad we had three full days there. Due to the small size of the ship, we were able to pull into the heart of St Petersburg. The weather was exceptional for the most part. Just a brief shower one afternoon. It was nice Azamara provided free shuttles from the ship into Tallin and Skagen. Made a number of new friends on the cruise. Another big benefit of the smaller ships. Nice to have a free laundry on board. Embarkation and disembarkation were both a breeze. Enjoyed so much we booked back to back cruises for next year. Counting the days! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise because we have wanted to visit St Petersburg, and we had sailed before on Azamara and have always been highly satisfied. Because we wanted to see as much as we could with as little hassle as possible, I found out ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have wanted to visit St Petersburg, and we had sailed before on Azamara and have always been highly satisfied. Because we wanted to see as much as we could with as little hassle as possible, I found out that Azamara has a private tour section. We worked with Zsofia Sarkadi and she provided us with a 3 day tour. It was a fantastic experience. The tour company that Azamara use was first rate. Our guide, Ludmilla Stepanov was as good as they come. She is an English teacher so language was no problem. During the tour, our driver would drop us near the entrance and when we finished that tour, he was always right there. We visited all the places you read about, and a bonus was a canal tour. Again this tour was conducted in English by a young lady that studies English at the University. If you would like to see St Petersburg, I highly recommend this way. It is slightly higher than the larger shore excursions, but so pleasant. The Journey's best feature is their crew. They are very friendly, and after the first day, usually know your name and your preferences. The small ship let us dock right near the town center at most of the stops, so you could just walk off and see the town. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
In 2008, we took our 1st Azamara Cruise in the Mediterranean, 10 cruises later, we came back to Azamara and just returned from the 12 Night Baltic Sea to London voyage. This was by far the best cruise we have taken in years. The food was ... Read More
In 2008, we took our 1st Azamara Cruise in the Mediterranean, 10 cruises later, we came back to Azamara and just returned from the 12 Night Baltic Sea to London voyage. This was by far the best cruise we have taken in years. The food was fabulous, not only in the specialty restaurants and main dining room, in the buffet as well. The stateroom and balcony were great. The bathroom a little tight, but plenty of storage. The 3 days in St. Petersburg was perfect. Highlights: Special Azamara night at the Russian Symphony Hall, The White Night Dinner, and long days in Port. Embarkation and Disembarkation was easy without waiting in long lines. The Port Locations were always close to town, except in Stockton. Shuttles were provided, is necessary. We did not attend the entertainment activities, we opted for late dinners, instead. We will return to the Azamara, it was Simply The Best! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
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
Great itinerary for sure...and that got us back on a cruise boat (we had said never again after "doing" a few too many huge ships and resenting the lines and unhappy employees. Didn't even know until after booking about the ... Read More
Great itinerary for sure...and that got us back on a cruise boat (we had said never again after "doing" a few too many huge ships and resenting the lines and unhappy employees. Didn't even know until after booking about the special event night (which was a private concert at the St Petersburg Symphonic Hall with their orchestra) and it was a night to remember for sure. Food was well executed even in the main dining room (we did specialty dining 5 nights). Every employee seemed to love their job and want to make us feel good. We are not big into the "entertainment" and didn't see much at all (never in the "cabaret area") but prefer to linger at a later dinner. Gym is great for the size ship. Didn't use the ship's excursions as had booked private ones on our own. The convenience of a shuttle bus to Tallinn was nice. We would never even return to a larger ship. Azamara has the RIGHT size and we hope that they keep that. Unfortunately they have no cruises on the books for the next two years that "float our boat" at the right time of the year for us. But we will keep looking! PS We were surprised to see so many elderly on this cruise but it all worked. The majority of folks on this cruise were out of public areas very early. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
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
This was our second trip with Azamara; we were on the Journey last year. We are 2 Senior women who travel together quite a bit. We like the size of the ship. The renovations done were very nice. On both of our Azamara cruises embarkation ... Read More
This was our second trip with Azamara; we were on the Journey last year. We are 2 Senior women who travel together quite a bit. We like the size of the ship. The renovations done were very nice. On both of our Azamara cruises embarkation and disembarkation ran smoothly. We stayed in a hotel in Stockholm for 4 nights before getting on the ship. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The cabin is very comfortable; we get a balcony because we love having breakfast on the balcony. We are pretty light packers but there is plenty of room for all of our things to be put away. The service is very good; our cabin crew was always so friendly and enthusiastic. I would say 98% of the staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Just to get our only shortcoming out of the way; we have not been impressed by most of the food at Aqualina; not to say it is bad, but really would not go out of my way to eat there. Just not so called supreme dining. Otherwise the food is good. Our new favorite spot was The Living Room; on our last trip we enjoyed the space for a cocktail before dinner and to watch sailaway. It was an underutilized beautiful spot. Now they have tapas at 5PM and we could enjoy those and a cocktail for dinner on occasion. It has become quite popular. There is less entertainment than on larger ships but we usually enjoyed any that we watched. We usually like port info classes, but on this cruise the gentleman giving the classes was not as enjoyable as most. We enjoyed all of our ports this trip; we did do Azamara excursions in each port. We disembarked in Copenhagen and also spent 4 nights in a hotel; we enjoyed our time there, in spite of the rain. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
My family of 3 adults joined 2 other couples for this first time Azamara Quest cruise and Baltic location. We thoroughly enjoyed the casual dining experience, the uncrowded buffet halls, the no-long-lines off the ship at port, the many ... Read More
My family of 3 adults joined 2 other couples for this first time Azamara Quest cruise and Baltic location. We thoroughly enjoyed the casual dining experience, the uncrowded buffet halls, the no-long-lines off the ship at port, the many lounge chairs on top deck, the uncrowded small public seating areas, and the ease of embarkation in Stockholm and disembarkation in Copenhagen. Taxis are plenty, and location of port closer to city. The shows and presentations were more cozy feeling, like a cabaret style, hence a laid back atmosphere. But because we did so much exploring at port everyday, we were so tired to watch all the evening shows. We did not try the 2 specialty dining halls, where you pay extra for meals. Why? when there's so much to select from already. And having lunch at every port where we docked was a great way to experience the local cuisine, really a treat. Pre-cruise, we stayed 5 nights at centrally located Frey's Hotel by near the Stockholm train station. Post-cruise, we stayed 4 nights at Strand Copenhagen near Nyhavn Harbor. Both hotels were about 25 min taxi drive from ports. The ship was totally upgraded at dry dock in April 2016, so we had the pleasure of staying on a new and spanking clean ship. Our room was lovely. The only hitch we had was the room was not what we expected. We did reserve the right veranda unit for 3 adults, per website details, via our cruise agent at Cruise.com. However, during the remodel, the unit was set-up as a room for 2 adults. So the sofa bed was missing! The solution was to bring in a roll-away which made for less movement for 3 adults. The large double chair blocked our access to balcony, so we hurdled and tripped our way to veranda regularly. I brought it to the attention of the cruise manager, and after her apologies, received a nice voucher discount for next Azamara booking. Hence my 4 - star review. We did our independent tours at each port, thanks to Rick Steves guide book. The only port where we pre-scheduled a private 3-day Insider Tour was in St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the main reason for selecting Azamara is the 3-day docking at St. Petersburg. We did not reserve any land excursions with Azamara. What we did make sure not to miss was the Azamazing Evening in downtown St. Petersburg, a symphony performance. Lovely, lovely, lovely. We also pre-booked thru Mikhaelovsky Theater a ballet show " Swan Lake ", and made arrangements with Insider Tour for transportation to and from theater. Definitly worth watching, simply fantastic. Would we book Azamara again? Definitly yes !!! Can't say enough about the staff, so very helpful and friendly. Giri, our room attendant was fantastic, assembling the roll-away and cleaning up our mess daily. The wait staff at all the dining areas were so friendly, and they recognized us everytime we dropped in. The service and staff on the ship is what Azamara cruise company got going for them. Truly a treat! I could get used to this small ship style, our whole group agreed in unison. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose this cruise line because we had sailed with it the year before and had enjoyed it so much. We like the smaller size ship with fewer passengers thereby giving it a more intimate feel. Also gratuities and complimentary drinks ... Read More
We chose this cruise line because we had sailed with it the year before and had enjoyed it so much. We like the smaller size ship with fewer passengers thereby giving it a more intimate feel. Also gratuities and complimentary drinks are included so your know where you are so to speak when you commence the cruise. However, the standard of the complimentary wine list for 2016 was not as good as last year. As an example of this, there were no Australian or New Zealand wines available on any day and many Californian ones. The crew from the Captain downwards were marvellous and we could not fault them - welcoming, friendly and attentive. We feel that this cruise line suits people who want a quieter time enjoying talking and mixing with each rather than attending big variety shows - they did have evening entertainment but not on a large scale. The itinerary of this cruise is quite demanding as 4 of the 10 days involved very early starts and late evenings. The food in all restaurants was good but the MDR could supply more vegetables with dishes rather than having to ask for them every time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Basically, a wonderful cruise. The positives: Actual embarkation was a breeze (finding the ship was very difficult - some temporary signage would have been helpful). Entertainment for the most part was stellar. Bar service was excellent, ... Read More
Basically, a wonderful cruise. The positives: Actual embarkation was a breeze (finding the ship was very difficult - some temporary signage would have been helpful). Entertainment for the most part was stellar. Bar service was excellent, they were always willing to make a Cosmo with Finlandia vodka so it was a no-charge drink. It was wonderful docking right near all the action in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Waramunde and Travemunde. Our cabin 6012 was kept beautifully by the team of Luis & Luis, no complaints there. I also appreciated greatly the complementary laundry facilities. We are Discoverer level, so we also had 1 free laundry bag, but it's per cabin, not per person as on Celebrity. It sure would have been nice to have that extra bag as the laundry facilities were quite crowded on our one sea day. And I'm talking at 7 a.m. The negatives: Main dining has slipped a little. This was our 3rd Azamara cruise and we were somewhat disappointed in the food and the service. There apparently was noro or some other virus on board so everything - I mean everything - was served to you by the waiters and that may have contributed to the long waits for service, or maybe they have cut back in staff. Hard to tell. Food was just ok, whereas the 2 prior cruises it was wonderful. We did not go to any specialty restaurants because from talking to people that had gone, they were not impressed. Several wished they'd sent their meals back. Our cabin, 6012, was right over the theatre, some a few nights we could hear some noise, but were so exhausted from touring that it didn't keep us up. We've gone with Celebrity in their Aqua Class and I really feel that's where we'll stay, although the Azamara itineraries are very tempting. They do a fabulous job in that department. Our prior cruises we were impressed by the feeling of comradarie between staff members and did not get that feeling on this trip. Disembarking was easy as we always carry our luggage off and were told we could leave at any time which worked for us.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Our party of two couples booked Azamara Journey for a Baltic cruise because we wanted an upper tier cruise line, and because Journey was scheduled for three days in St. Petersburg which would allow us to do a one day trip to Moscow on the ... Read More
Our party of two couples booked Azamara Journey for a Baltic cruise because we wanted an upper tier cruise line, and because Journey was scheduled for three days in St. Petersburg which would allow us to do a one day trip to Moscow on the middle day. Journey provided us a good, but not great experience and allowed us to take our Moscow excursion, which was great. Consequently, we essentially met our objectives. As a point of reference, our comments on our Azamara experience are in the context of a comparison with Seabourn, where we have previously cruised, and where we are booked again. Our embarkation process was anything but smooth. Even on the morning of embarkation we were on the internet from our hotel (Marriott Courtyard Stockholm, very good) trying to locate the exact berth of Journey. We ultimately determined the Terminal, but not the berth, and set out on a taxi search for the ship. As Club Suite guests we were advised we would have (early) Priority Boarding. We arrived at the embarkation point just before noon and found ourselves at the end of a line of between 50 and 60 passengers standing in the sun. Based on the cabin numbers showing on the luggage tags there was no differentiation between Priority Boarding passengers and any other. The total boarding process took a bit over thirty minutes, proceeding through three or four different stations, all in the sun. Unlike boarding on other lines, there was no effort to separate passengers by alphabet into smaller more manageable groups. The whole process left a great deal to be desired. On boarding we were a bit put off by the aggressive process to sell liquor/beverage packages and photos. While the cruise is advertised as "inclusive", everything from sparkling water to most wines to call brand cocktails was a chargeable upgrade. While that is to be expected with top end beverages, other lines include quality spirits, wine, and Pellegrino in their standard beverage offerings. In fairness, the beverages offered "in suite" were of a higher quality, but limited. The ship and onboard facilities were in good condition, but somewhat dated compared to other lines (probably reflecting the R-Ship heritage). Our Club Suite (N-2 Category) was very nice, but smaller than a Veranda/Balcony cabin on Seabourn Odyssey. Our Club Suite Butler, Angelo, and his assistants Rayner and Dennis, were most attentive and helpful. We avoided the 5th deck main restaurant, but dined in Windows and the two specialty restaurants. The specialty restaurant Maitre de', Alex, and some of the staff (Maria and Roy) were particularly good. We ate in the specialty restaurants fairly often, and on one evening, after they discovered both couples were celebrating 50th anniversaries on this cruise, the staff presented a special cake dessert. We had several lunches at the pool grill, which was also good. The Pool Grill area would have greater seating flexibility if more square 4 person tables were used instead of the large round 6 or 8 person tables now used. Overall the food, while good, was not exceptional. In the specialty restaurants, the "Starters" were often more memorable than the entrees. Positive comments are warranted on two other items. The ship experienced a bit of an outbreak of nurovirius, and immediately took effective measures to control further spread. They did this quite well, and without severely inconveniencing other passengers. Secondly, as a long time Naval Officer, I was greatly impressed with the Captain, his manner of interacting with the passengers, and his ship-handling ability. He was most personable, and did a great job. The Azamara Evening in St. Petersburg turned out to be an outstanding event. We were taken to a local performance hall and presented with an evening of ballet. Even though I am not personally a fan of ballet, the setting and performance were exceptional, and the logistics went off without a hitch. All was good! Overall, our cruise experience was good, but failed to convey the personal attentiveness and amenities offered by Seabourn.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This was so much nicer than the mega ships we've sailed on in the past. Everything was top notch. The cabin was not huge but there was plenty of storage for all our stuff and the cabin was kept very neat and spotlessly clean. The food ... Read More
This was so much nicer than the mega ships we've sailed on in the past. Everything was top notch. The cabin was not huge but there was plenty of storage for all our stuff and the cabin was kept very neat and spotlessly clean. The food was good, not gourmet but very good especially in the specialty restaurants. Food presentation was excellent as was the service. The entire staff was friendly and professional. Although we engaged a private guide in St Petersburg the shore excursions offed by the cruise line were well organized and there were several options in each port. Our 3 days in St Petersburg was the highlight but I can't imagine visiting this city with 48 fellow cruisers on a motor coach. We used Alex's Tours & Travel and it was fabulous and easy! There were just 6 of us in a spacious private car with an amazing guide who knew everything about everything. And the cost was no more than the ship's shore excursion. Embarkation and debarkation were very easy and went smoothly and quickly. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This was our 4th Azamara cruise; our first on Journey. The embarkation process was as efficient and friendly as ever. It was the earliest our stateroom has been available: 1:30. For us, the experience on board was as superb as it has ... Read More
This was our 4th Azamara cruise; our first on Journey. The embarkation process was as efficient and friendly as ever. It was the earliest our stateroom has been available: 1:30. For us, the experience on board was as superb as it has always been: Food: we judged that this was the best set of menus we have had on an ACC ship. My wife has minor dietary issues and, aside from one night, those concerns were handled in the best manner possible. We enjoyed the MDR (Discoveries) so much we felt no need to reserve nights in the Specialty Restaurants. Service: Initially food service was a little spotty in the Windows Café but, by 3 days in, those issues disappeared. Because of a lengthy period of "Noro Rules", the time during which self-service in the buffets was allowed proved to be somewhat limited. Despite the extra effort involved, the staff rose to the occasion and maintained their friendly and helpful demeanour. In Discoveries, the main restaurant, we had very attentive staff. Our room stewards were, perhaps, the best we've have. Several minor issues were dealt with immediately and in an impressive manner. Entertainment: Never a strong suit of Azamara, we felt this was the best entertainment we'd enjoyed on this line's ships. Consequently, we made an extra effort to attend a number of performances. Ship's Condition: Although a somewhat older ship the Journey, as usual, was in immaculate condition. Although the staterooms are smaller than many of the newer vessels, we actually admire and appreciate the layout and efficiency of our balcony cabin. Ambience: Azamara has a policy of encouraging informal and friendly interaction between crew and passengers. This cruise was no exception. Also contributing to that friendly atmosphere were our fellow cruisers, in general a most friendly and sophisticated group. Itinerary: This itinerary is a bit different for ACC, in that it visits many of the typical ports of a Baltic cruise. However, it does provide 3 days in the remarkable St. Petersburg and the ship berths in a more downtown location than many other larger ships. Also, in our German ports, we also enjoyed special presentations of German music. Our complimentary Azamazing Evening of ballet at the Mikhailovsky Theater was outstanding. Not to be missed. Conclusion: We have sailed on 5 different cruise lines, and Azamara is now always our first choice despite the premium we pay in fares. However, if your preference is large staterooms and impressive public areas, as well as many of the diversions offered on newer and grander ships, you might well be disappointed. It offers a much more intimate experience.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This was our 5th cruise with Azamara in less than 4 years. We can find nothing bad to say about this cruise, but overall it seemed flat. The crew was friendly but seemed focused on their jobs more than on previous cruises where we felt ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with Azamara in less than 4 years. We can find nothing bad to say about this cruise, but overall it seemed flat. The crew was friendly but seemed focused on their jobs more than on previous cruises where we felt that we had made friends with some of the crew. Service in Windows Cafe was perfect. In the past, it's seemed to be a bit lack luster, but this time the wait staff was always around to offer drinks, clear dishes, etc. We had a similar level of service in Discoveries, however instead of being seated with the same waiter every night we were moved around so we didn't get a chance to develop a rapport with our waiter. The food and service in Discoveries was excellent and outshone the food and service we had in Aqualina. Our stateroom attendants were incredible - our room was always spotless and always made up within minutes of us leaving our room. This is the first Azamara cruise we've taken since it's included some liquor in the price of a fare. We noticed that there was hardly any bar service around the pool, or in the Cabaret Lounge in the evenings. If you wanted a drink, in most cases you needed to get it yourself. This is a disappointing change from previous Azamara cruises. Entertainment continues to be a disappointment on the ship. Our last cruise (Antarctica - on the Journey - January 2012), the entertainment was much better and we felt that Azamara had finally invested in this part of the cruise experience. However, we did not feel that this was the case on this cruise. We heard another couple refer to the Azamara Singers as the Azawful Singers! A couple of the dancers were very talented, but were brought down by the rest of the cast. The 2 guest performers each had 2 shows, and were repeats from previous cruises. Lectures and guest speakers are one of the reasons we have liked Azamara, but on this cruise they all seemed to be scheduled during the dinner hour. Peripheral entertainment was really lacking. There was no poolside entertainment (even on the one sea day we had) and the piano player has been moved to a lounge just outside the casino that makes the main area of the ship very quiet. These changes really made the ship feel quiet, and led to us to not feeling any of the excitement and cruise feel that we look enjoy. We had been expecting a complete overhaul of the ship when it went into dry dock late last year. However, we were told that the budget for that had been compromised because of the engine fire and the generous payouts. Some of the public areas have been refurbished and the mattresses have been replaced, but the cabins are in dire need of updating - for example, the carpet in our stateroom was stained and very worn and the sink was chipped. Azamara seems to be evolving as a cruise line and every cruise we notice changes - some are for the better, some are not improvements. It seems with a few tweaks Azamara could be first rate ship that everyone could consistently rave about. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
My wife and I are in our 70's and have been cruising since 1972, when we took our first cruise on the "Loveboat" We generally pick our cruises based on the itinerary and although we cruised the Baltic Sea more than 25 years ... Read More
My wife and I are in our 70's and have been cruising since 1972, when we took our first cruise on the "Loveboat" We generally pick our cruises based on the itinerary and although we cruised the Baltic Sea more than 25 years ago, we decided to visit that area of the world again. We booked back to back cruises, the first one from Stockholm to Copenhagen with stops in Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallin, Warnemunde, Kiel and Travemunde in Germany and the second leg from Copenhagen to Dublin, Ireland with stops in Eidfjord, Norway, Lerwick, Scotland, Akureyri and Reyjavik, Iceland and Isle of Man. The boarding process was smooth; We were provided transportation from our hotel in Stockholm to the pier and were on board within 15 minutes of arrival. Lunch was served when we arrived and our suite was available at 2:00 o'clock. An hour later our luggage was delivered to our stateroom. The Azamara ships were recently refurbished and for their age are in splendid condition. We booked a suite on deck 8 for this cruise because we find the standard staterooms a bit too small for our taste. This was our seventh cruise on Azamara for two reasons: Their "choice air" arrangements are very convenient for us. We have found their air much better than Regent Seven Seas for example. With Regent we had to get up at 5:00 AM to get to their flights, with Azamara our flights left late mornings and arrived early evenings. The second reason is that they make you feel like family; when we boarded, the first person we met onboard was one of the dancers in their shows, who remembered us by name from a previous cruise on the "Journey". That you don't find very often. Our suite came provided with a butler and our butler, Mevin could not have been more helpful with making specialty dining room reservations (which are complimentary for suite guests) and serving us breakfast in our cabin. He also kept our champagne on ice at all times. Most mornings we had breakfast in the "windows café" which serves breakfast buffet style and has a terrific selection of everything you could possibly want for breakfast including eggs prepared to your liking. The main dining room, "Discoveries" is not as noisy as many ships we have sailed on and, again the service is very attentive and the food delicious. Our favorites, however, are "Aqualina" and "Prime C" their specialty restaurants. Unlike many other ships we sailed on, we never had a problem getting the reservation we requested. We dined in each of the specialty restaurants at least five times. The menus were varied enough to suit our tastes and the presentation and service were always top notch. The Cabaret lounge, while not as opulent as some ships, is intimate and the shows were very good. Their singers and dances, which include our cruise director, Russ were outstanding and we enjoyed many of their Broadway productions. They also brought in a concert pianist and several comedians and singers. Their productions are not as lavish as many other ships but we thought their entertainment was very good. Their orchestra was outstanding! The staff could not have been nicer and attentive. They truly make you feel like a family. That's why we love small ships. Debarkation was smooth; we did not have to get up at an ungodly hour. Had a leisurely breakfast and were off the ship by 9:30 AM for a bus transfer to our hotel in Dublin. We will definitely sail with Azamara again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
We enjoyed this cruise immensely. We enjoyed 3 days in Stockholm prior to setting sail and 2 days post cruise in Copenhagen. We really enjoyed the small, luxury feel to the ship. The public areas were lovely, the restaurants & bars ... Read More
We enjoyed this cruise immensely. We enjoyed 3 days in Stockholm prior to setting sail and 2 days post cruise in Copenhagen. We really enjoyed the small, luxury feel to the ship. The public areas were lovely, the restaurants & bars were also lovely...always with gracious greetings from maitre d's, servers and barmen. Embarkation and disembarkation were effortless. We never had a wait for anything...dining...always a table. We dined 5 evenings in the 2 specialty restaurants, and they were both on par with any fine dining restaurant in a major city. The food and service were exemplary. We enjoyed the caviar & champagne service at Aqualina...really special...caviar while in Russia...how special! The Dover Sole at Aqualina and the Lamb & Filet at Prime C were both exceptional. The main dining room, Discoveries, was also terrific...we enjoyed every meal that we we had there and also at Windows Cafe...all first rate & delicious. Pool bars, piano bars, restaurant bars, cabaret bars were all enjoyable & all with very attentive service. Our stateroom on the 7th floor was lovely & well-appointed. The balcony was so very nice...we had breakfast delivered to the stateroom on most mornings. Our housekeeping staff was without fault...service 2 times per day. We booked all shore excursions on-line with the Azamara prior to sailing. All of them were terrific...well managed, great guides, transportation etc. The weather was just wonderful, and the itineray was so very special...a part of the world that we had wanted to visit for some time. We loved the entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge. Russ Grieve is a terrific entertainer and Cruise Director...each evening's entertainment was so much fun! The AzAmazing Evening at the ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia was SO special! A red carpet arrival to a fabulously restored Russian ballet theatre. The ballet was so enjoyable and also with a champagne reception at intermission. Well done Azamara...such a lovely evening! Very special and very memorable...thank you! The staff was all just so attentive. We were greeted genuinely...always in hallways, public areas, exiting and boarding the ship...by staff, managers and the cruise director...very hospitable! We had a terrific cruise...and enjoyed every minute of it. Azamara does a great job of delivering a high quality product with an all-inclusive experience...wine, cocktails, gratuities, etc. There will always be the people for whom "the ice cream is too cold" or "the water is not wet enough"...ignore the pining of these types...and enjoy Azamara...we did! Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
My husband and I recently returned from the 6/27 Baltic cruise on the Azamara Journey. Overall, I enjoyed the cruise very much. Now I will tell you what I liked and didn't like. My biggest complaint was the guest relations desk. ... Read More
My husband and I recently returned from the 6/27 Baltic cruise on the Azamara Journey. Overall, I enjoyed the cruise very much. Now I will tell you what I liked and didn't like. My biggest complaint was the guest relations desk. At any time, there was only one attendant serving a line of guests. But the bigger problem was that I received incorrect information each and every time I asked a question. Other guests told us they had the same problem and then we overheard still other guests complaining that guest relations was either always wrong or simply did not know. The worst of this occurred when I tried to book transportation from our debarkation point in Copenhagen to the airport. Note that I called Azamara several times before the trip to try to get this information, but was told that guest relations would be glad to arrange it. I needed to leave the ship at 5:00AM. Guest Relations told me that cabs should be waiting at the pier and that it would be no problem. (By the way, when we finally did leave the ship, there wasn't a cab in sight). I wasn't really comfortable with that because I had no way of knowing whether that was really going to be the case based on previous misinformation. I asked if they could arrange a taxi in advance so that I could be sure. They said they could and the price they quoted me was "between $70 and $80", she was not sure, but it would be more expensive than if I simply went out and grabbed a taxi on my own, which would cost between $70 and $80. (Wait, does that sound correct? One would be more expensive, yet the prices quoted were the same??). So I said that yes, I would like them to arrange a taxi and gave her my room information. She said that she would bill it directly to the room. Fine. The next day, I was chatting with another couple, who had received different information. Both annoyed, we went together to Guest Relations and spoke with the 'manager', who informed us that the information that we both received was incorrect. She confirmed that yes, an independent taxi would be between $70-$80, but that they could not call one for us in advance. They COULD, however, arrange for a private car to pick us up and that COULD be billed to our room and would be exactly $137. Also, it would be big enough for the 4 of us so that was perfect. Yea! I received a confirmation letter in my room (the other couple did not), informing us that our car had been arranged and to please meet him at Guest Relations at 4:45 so that he could personally escort us out. We were not even surprised when he never showed up. At 5:00 we simply walked off the ship, very annoyed with the whole customer service process. Towards the end of the cruise, my husband contracted the norovirus, despite all of our attempts to sanitize and not touch handrails, doorknobs, etc. He became violently ill, too sick to even go down to the medical office, so he self-quarantined for the day. I stayed out of the room for the entire day. That evening, I asked the stateroom attendant if he would kindly open the sleeper sofa so that we were not sleeping right next to each other. He told me that it was not a sleeper sofa and that it could not be opened. Wrong. We opened it ourselves, only to find a soiled sheet (looked like someone urinated on it). Rather disgusting. Finally, booking a cabin on the 8th floor directly beneath the pool area is a mistake. At about 5:00 AM every morning, they would start dragging the deck chairs around, I guess to clean. It sounded like a freight train was going through our cabin every morning. In the evening it is often rearranged into a cocktail table setting, so around 10:00 PM you are again subjected to what sounds like lead weights being dragged and dropped above your head. Don't count on going to bed early or sleeping late. In addition, if you do sleep late the housekeeping crew starts banging the doors next door and making a lot of noise to wake you up. Early one morning, the crew was actually WELDING something across the hall and sparks flew out and hit me as I walked by! Aside from the above, I actually really did enjoy the ship and the cruise. I liked the size, the decor, the friendliness of the staff, and the food was excellent, equivalent to the specialty restuarants on Celebrity. I really enjoyed the poolside buffets since the weather was so nice and the food was good. I never waited for a drink and I was helped with mostly anything I needed. I liked that there are tablecloths on the tables at the dinner buffet and that waiters will carry your food to your table for you. I love the plaid, wool blankets on the outdoor chairs, nice touch. I liked that the wine, soda, water, etc. was included, as well as the shuttle service into port and the gratuities. I hate being 'nickel and dimed' so this was a refreshing change. Our room was pretty and clean, the fresh fruit, which they replenish each day is a nice touch. That said, some of the public areas (11th deck and pool) seemed a little 'tired' but I was told that the ship is scheduled for an overhaul in January. If you are planning on using the complimentary laundry facilities, good luck! It's like war in there! People guarding the machines etc. I do enjoy the midsize ship. It was so easy to meet and chat with other people and we really had a nice time. We also seemed to be following the Celebrity Eclipse around the Baltic. I was surprised that they were docked so much closer to the cities than we were in many cases. I was told that one of the advantages of the Azamara smaller ships is that you can usually dock right in town. This was not the case. I would consider travelling on Azamara again. We have taken 2 previous Celebrity cruises and 2 RC and we really liked this cruise the best. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Prior to this cruise, our most recent trips were on Oceania (2 times) and on the Norwegian Epic (twice) in a penthouse suite. We thoroughly enjoyed all the cruises. But when we had to put off our next Oceania to 2013 due to travel ... Read More
Prior to this cruise, our most recent trips were on Oceania (2 times) and on the Norwegian Epic (twice) in a penthouse suite. We thoroughly enjoyed all the cruises. But when we had to put off our next Oceania to 2013 due to travel problems linked with olympics in London, she suggested we do Azamara. And I'm glad she did. From the moment we stepped onto the ship, till the moment we departed, we felt cared about by the crew. CABIN - The small size of the cabin and bathroom didn't bother us that much since we had sailed twice before on the old Renaissance cruise ships with Oceania. FOOD - My wife and I thought the food was excellent. Because we spent so much time in the evenings off the ship, we only ate in the steakhouse one night and in the main dining room 3 nights. Two of the other nights they had dinner on the deck, and it was incredible. And even though I hate buffets, especially for dinner, the dinner buffet in the upstairs restaurant was excellent. Now, I didn't eat that much of the heavy stuff, but between the buffets here and the ones on the deck, I had escargots 3 times, which thrilled me no end. We didn't use room service at all. I don't drink wine, but my wife enjoyed the free wine with meals. ENTERTAINMENT - This was a pleasant surprise. We had gotten used to so-so entertainment on the smaller ships, but this group was great. Dean, the cruise director, made the cruise even better with his great humor and terrific singing voice. CAPTAIN - I have to make a comment on Captain Johannes. He was a regular guy - someone you just love to be with - and with a great sense of humor. NEGATIVE - My only complaint is that getting signed up for internet the first 2 days was a fiasco. The computer guy was there only a few hours a day, and people were really getting frustrated. It got so bad that I had to help. I don't think they understand that many (most?) of the passengers are older and not that computer savy. So having someone who I thought was only OK (and that might be generous), working a few hours a day was not good. But we did enjoy it so much that we have booked the Antarctica cruise from Buenos Aires in January. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
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