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Azamara surprised us. We have taken 3 Oceania cruises and thought that we wouldn't find similar service levels. Fortunately Azamara surpassed our expectations - wonderful courteous staff; varied menus each night with an extensive "offered every day" selection; wines from different regions included with lunch and dinner; nice entertainment for a ship this size; friendly passengers; and one of the most visible Captains we have ever encountered! We would highly recommend this line to anyone who enjoys small ship cruising. Their 2013 itineraries are varied compared to other lines and they seem to offer overnights in more locations on every cruise. Embarking in Amsterdam was a pleasure and our bags were delivered to our staterooms which were ready around 1 pm. All of the ports were well done, shore excursions were not terribly expensive and if you pre-booked there was a 50% off discount! Most of our ports were not included in the port review section below - as they were very tiny fjord towns: Molde - where the Jazz festival was happening; Andalsnes, a tinier town further inland from Molde, Geiranger, Eidfjord, and Stavanger.A shuttle was provided in Edinburgh and wasn't necessary in any other port as were right in town. Disembarkation was the only downside to this trip. In Edinburgh there was no direction for taxis and the scene was chaotic. Aside from this, the trip was flawless!

Wonderful

Azamara Journey Cruise Review by jms

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2012
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Club Continent Suite
Azamara surprised us. We have taken 3 Oceania cruises and thought that we wouldn't find similar service levels. Fortunately Azamara surpassed our expectations - wonderful courteous staff; varied menus each night with an extensive "offered every day" selection; wines from different regions included with lunch and dinner; nice entertainment for a ship this size; friendly passengers; and one of the most visible Captains we have ever encountered!
We would highly recommend this line to anyone who enjoys small ship cruising.
Their 2013 itineraries are varied compared to other lines and they seem to offer overnights in more locations on every cruise.

Embarking in Amsterdam was a pleasure and our bags were delivered to our staterooms which were ready around 1 pm. All of the ports were well done, shore excursions were not terribly expensive and if you pre-booked there was a 50% off discount! Most of our ports were not included in the port review section below - as they were very tiny fjord towns: Molde - where the Jazz festival was happening; Andalsnes, a tinier town further inland from Molde, Geiranger, Eidfjord, and Stavanger.A shuttle was provided in Edinburgh and wasn't necessary in any other port as were right in town.

Disembarkation was the only downside to this trip. In Edinburgh there was no direction for taxis and the scene was chaotic. Aside from this, the trip was flawless!
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Cabin Review

Club Continent Suite
Cabin N2 8066
Cabin 8066 - Club suite: Very large with extra size balcony, comfortable pillows and bed; bathroom has a bathtub unlike the verandah cabins which have only a shower stall. "Rose" amenities which are quite controversial but we liked them a lot - didn't really notice any strong floral scent.

Lots of closet and drawer space; individual mini-bar with complimentary sodas & a section of other articles to be paid for. Complimentary large bottles of water; canapes each day; attentive, friendly room steward and butler.

In this suite you are offered 4 complimentary bottles (approx 185ml) of liquor - gin, vodka, whiskey & rum - all well known brands.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Bergen
    Walking distance from the ship - Bergen is a large town, but you can see most of the "sights" within a very short area. There was a huge fish market at the end of the pier and the old wooden houses still stand to the left of the pier. Lots of quaint shops here - pretty scenery.
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  • Edinburgh
    Lots to see and do in Edinburgh. An excursion really isn't necessary unless there are crowds to get into Edinburgh Castle. The Royal Mile is a great walk with shops and pubs all along the way. Princes street is where the shuttle dropped us off and it's a short walk to the castle from here - street is parallel to Royal Mile.
    A trip to St Andrews is possible from Edinburgh but we didn't do the ship's tour - not enough time included. Instead we booked through "Rabbies" and it was an all day trip - during our 2 night stay post-cruise.
    The Caledonian Hilton is used by the cruise line but we booked separately since Hilton was having their summer promotion and it was just 125 GBP per night.
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  • Flam
    The Flam raidroad dominates this tiny town. It was nice to walk around and enjoy the beautiful scenery - which is what this itinerary is all about. If you go for the shopping you will be disappointed.
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