Our cruise was the 12 night Chelsey Flower Show cruise from Amsterdam to Southampton. The cruise boarded in Amsterdam Netherlands (2 days) followed by stops in Flushing Netherlands (1 day), Antwerp Belgium (2 days), Bruges Belgium (1 day), Greenwich England (2 days), Rouen France (3 days) and then on to Southampton England to depart.
This was our first cruise with Azamara and from the day we booked, back in February, we found a lot to like about Azamara. Our cruise was booked through Travel of America but we did all of our own check-in and tour bookings through the Azamara web site. A quick call to Azamara Customer Service and we were instantly Le Club Voyage members and credited with our previous cruises on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. Azamara's web site was very easy to use and check-in took only a few minutes. Pre-booking tours in each port also proved to be easy and extremely cost effective. The selection of tours to choose from was exceptional (something for every interest) and the descriptions unbelievable helpful in describing what you would see as well as how long and strenuous each tour would be (important to us since my wife can not walk very far). Finally, since we were booking early, all of our tours were half price, which resulted in a considerable savings (even though the full prices were quite reasonable).
Immediately after boarding the ship and throughout the cruise we found even more to like about Azamara. (Oh, where do I start?)
Our cabin was 7076, directly across from the Laundry Room. We were a little concerned about noise from the laundry room but that turned out to not be a problem. The cabin was small but had a nice size sitting area and balcony and was only a short walk from the elevators.
We had previously spent several weeks in Amsterdam and so chose to do the city on our own this time. With its rich history, wonderful architecture, unique modern buildings, many museums and other tourist attractions, this is a wonderful city to spend days in. Walk around the Dam Square area, visit the Rembrant or Anna Frank House, Madam Tousades Wax Museum, the Van Gogh Museum or Amsterdam Historical Museum, take a canal cruise or walk through the Red Light district. Getting around is easy, everyone speaks English, is friendly and happy to help guide you.
Renting a car and driving is easy, other then dealing with a canal every block or or two. On the outskirts, visits to the villages of Edam, Volendam and Marken are some of our favorites.
We did the Paris bus tour and lunch cruise on the Seine. Two minutes into the city and it's not hard to understand why everone falls in love with Paris. Every street brings new oowwws and ahhhhs and is more amazing then the last. There is simply too much to try and pick a favorite area, building or sight so plan on spending as much time as you can. No matter how much time you spend, it will not be enough!