Azamara Journey Cabins

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Jeannine Williamson

Azamara Journey is a ship designed primarily with couples in mind; cabins are roomy enough for two people, but even some of the suites (notably, Club Continent Suites) will feel tight with a third person. Staterooms are divided into four basic types: inside, oceanview, balcony and suites, with 70 percent falling into a balcony or higher category.

Refurbished in 2016, which saw the addition of two new Spa Suites, the ship has a total of 355 cabins across five decks with the pair of Spa Suites situated in a secluded enclave high up on the pool deck. Out of 329 outside cabins, a total of 243 have verandas. There are six accessible cabins; two interior, two oceanview and two balcony.

Cabins are decorated in neutral shades of cream, gray and beige, giving the rooms a crisp, modern look. Only the cherry wood writing desk, closet and bar cabinet are leftovers from the pre-2016 decor.

What to Expect in Rooms on Azamara Journey

All cabins on Azamara Journey, regardless of category, come with a 40- to 55-inch flat-screen TV, writing desk, two bedside tables, two European and two North American outlets, mini-bar with complimentary soda and beer, safe and a hand-held hair dryer. All cabins have two USB chargers; in all non-suite cabins, they can be found underneath the reading lights on each side of the bed. Most cabins feature two beds that can convert to one queen-size bed, and many also have sofa beds. TVs have some international stations, a movie channel and an interactive menu through which you can learn about shore excursions, view your onboard balance and browse the day's dining room menu.

Amenities in all cabins include Egyptian cotton bed linens, terrycloth bathrobes and slippers, welcome fruit basket, free Azamara-branded tote bag and an umbrella and binoculars for use during the sailing.

Suites and Balcony Cabins on Azamara Journey

The 200 Club Veranda cabins outnumber all other cabin types on Azamara Journey. Standard Club Veranda cabins are 175 square feet, with 40-square-foot balconies, while Vernada Plus are the same size inside but have larger balconies up to 64 square feet. A handful have sofas that convert into beds.

The 46 suites, divided into four categories, lead in with the deck 8 Club Continent Suites which measure 266 square feet with a 60-square-foot balcony. Closets are the same size as in balcony rooms, but storage space is expanded with a long bank of deep drawers. There is a larger sitting area and TVs are 55 inches instead of 40 inches. Port-side Club Continent Suites have a bathtub and sofa bed; starboard cabins have a shower (with glass door) and an armchair.

Added during the 2016 refurbishment, Azamara Journey's two spa suites are on deck 9 in a private corridor next to the spa. Measuring 357 square feet, with 53-square-foot balconies, they have over-size bathrooms with double sinks, a glass-enclosed whirlpool bathtub and separate shower with rain head and two body jets. Other amenities include a walk-in closet and piped-in spa music on demand.

The four Ocean Suites, situated forward on decks 6 and 7, range from 440 to 501 square feet with spacious 233-square-foot balconies. They are true suites with a master bedroom, separate living room, walk-in dressing room with vanity and ample closet space. The master bedroom features a king-size bed, 40-inch flat-screen TV and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors leading to the balcony. The living room has a 55-inch flat-screen TV and sliding glass doors that also lead to the balcony. The marble master bathroom has a tub and shower and there are loungers on the large balcony.

The six Club World Owner's Suites, located aft on decks 6, 7 and 8, measure 560 square feet with 233-square-foot balconies. These suites have all the same features as Ocean Suites.

Benefits for suite guests include butler service, priority check-in and departure, free dining in specialty restaurants, complimentary garment pressing of two items, afternoon canapes, welcome bottle of sparkling wine and a generous wet bar. VIP perks for passengers in the Ocean and World Owner's suites include complimentary access to the spa deck, priority seating at the AzAmazing Evening, a private cocktail party and a "best of the best" dinner, held in the ship's Drawing Room once per cruise, with the captain and officers.

Cabin Bathrooms on Azamara Journey

Bathrooms for all cabins (with the exception of suites) are on the small side, with a storage ledge under the sink, a couple of small shelves above the toilet, a magnifying makeup mirror (If you're short you might have to stand on your tip-toes to use it) and a tiny shower with a curtain. Ceramic floor tiling mimics wood flooring. There are wheelchair accessible bathrooms in the six designated accessible cabins.

Cabins to Avoid on Azamara Journey

If you are a light sleeper avoid the midship cabins on Deck 4 which are close to the main stairwells, elevators and concierge desk. Similarly, the cabins situated forward on the same deck are beneath the cabaret lounge. Midship cabins on Deck 8 are beneath the pool deck, and while Azamara does not attract many children, there could be some noise. Midship oceanview cabins on Deck 6 have obstructed views due to lifeboat stations. Alternatively, check out our favorite cabins below

Cruise Critic Room Picks

Budget: If you're going for an oceanview cabin book 6004, 6005, 7006 or 7007. They are bigger than the rest at 200 square feet, and the same size as a balcony cabin when combined with its balcony.

Splash: The two Spa Suites have an exclusive vibe as they're set alone next to the spa and right next to the pool deck. Get up early to watch the sunrise and you'll likely have the deck to yourself.

Splurge: The spacious World Owner's Suites occupy a prime spot overlooking the aft of the ship and come with an impressive array of perks.

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