2 Edinburgh (South Queensferry) Luxury Cruise Reviews

My wife and I and two other couples met in Edinburgh, where we spent three days getting over jet lag and enjoying this fun city (we highly recommend the food tour Eat Walk Edinburgh). The cruise terminal in Edinburgh was small with few ... Read More
My wife and I and two other couples met in Edinburgh, where we spent three days getting over jet lag and enjoying this fun city (we highly recommend the food tour Eat Walk Edinburgh). The cruise terminal in Edinburgh was small with few amenities, but the boarding process went smoothly enough. From the start, the Wind Surf staff were friendly and welcoming. Our cabin (one of the standard cabins, but upgraded to be on the 2nd level midship) was compact and efficient, with two porthole windows, and we found it quite comfortable. There is an elevator, but we used the stairs, which gave us a lot of exercise during the 11-day cruise. The public areas were nice, and we ate dinner a few times each in the upscale restaurant, in the main dining room, and (our favorite during good weather) on the poolside deck. We also spent several evenings in the main lounge where we enjoyed pop music (Cool Breeze band) and dancing. There was live entertainment also in a smaller bar area, but we did not go there. I enjoyed using the hot tub (there are two) and also the small pool several times. Few guests used the pool, which made it that much easier and less crowded for me. I also used the exercise room a couple of times, and it seemed to be pretty available. I did not try the spa. People seemed to enjoy the game room and my wife and I shopped in the ship store. Open deck space and lounge chairs were in short supply at times, but compared with some ships, there was adequate outdoor space to enjoy and walk around. One time in the Baltic Sea we swam off the ship's swimming area, and enjoyed that (but water temp was 62 degrees!). Throughout the cruise, staff were very nice and competent. An especially positive feature is the open door policy on the bridge and in most areas of the ship. We took a very interesting galley tour. The captain and hotel manger could not have been nicer or more open to conversation, and this set an open and friendly tone throughout. The food was very good in all restaurants onboard. Alcohol choices were good and prices comparable to restaurants at home. We chose to eat a few lunches on land, just to get a better feel for the areas we visited. We loved the choice of port stops - a good mix of cities and smaller towns. In every case the ship docked in a convenient location. The shore excursions offered by Windstar seemed to be over-priced, so we did not take any of them. Instead, we did a little advance planning and arranged tours and activities on our own, including a food tour in Copenhagen (excellent). We rented bikes in Skagen and arranged a guided walking tour in Warnemunde. We explored Oslo, Visby and Sandhamn on our own. We also purchased the two day hotel extension in Stockholm, and explored that on our own (from the Scandic Anglais Hotel, which was nice and had an excellent location). In Copenhagen and Stockholm we used the hop-on/off boats, and recommend them (but not the buses). Although the cruise was wonderful, my one suggestion for improvement is that the quality of handouts and information given prior to each port stop be more complete, more up to date, and more professional (such as using real maps, in English; and providing information about where to eat, shop, and get cash, as well as transportation tips). The port information lectures were not well done and seemed aimed at marketing the shore excursions (which is necessary, but not sufficient).   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
I have just returned from a very brief trip on the Azamara Journey. The ship was visiting Leith as part of its current cruise and Azamara Club kindly allowed Margaret to invite a few of her clients to view the ship. A group of 12 arrived ... Read More
I have just returned from a very brief trip on the Azamara Journey. The ship was visiting Leith as part of its current cruise and Azamara Club kindly allowed Margaret to invite a few of her clients to view the ship. A group of 12 arrived at the port at 8.30am and, even though we were only staying for a few hours and were not going anywhere we had to go through security and hand in our passports. As we walked up the gang-plank we were individually welcomed by the crew on duty and this was to be the norm for the next 3 hours - everybody we met, from officers to cleaners all welcomed us with a friendly genuine smile. The ship describes itself as being " select country club" and that is the impression you get from first entering the bottom stair well - thick carpets, tasteful decoration and appropriate framed pictures on the walls. The first stop was the main atrium. Nothing bold and glitzy but all tastefully decorated with lots of real wood. Within this area is a desk occupied by a local consultant who gives cruisers advice of where to go and what to look out for whilst on shore - something I have never experienced on a cruise. We were then taken around the ship to view all the public areas. Without describing everything in detail let me summarise by saying it was everything it says on the website but more-so. A large number of 2 seat tables in the open-dining MDR, where complimentary wines are served with lunch and dinner, around the pool, real wooden sun-loungers with proper upholstery, a well appointed cabaret lounge and so much more. We were taken to see an example of each of the three classes of suite, all with butler service - (maybe the World Owners Suite next time!) and 2 classes of balcony stateroom, small but very elegant. It was then into the Looking Glass at the front of the ship for a drink and canapEs before enjoying a very early lunch in the Windows Cafe. . It was all over too quickly and by 12.30 we were escorted off the ship as it prepared to sail on the 1.30 tide . We are booked on the Journey in October and if everything is half as good as we experienced in this short visit we will be very well pleased. A full review of that cruise Read Less
Sail Date August 2010

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