Great itinerary and enjoyable cruise: Azamara Journey Cruise Review by helenls

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Great itinerary and enjoyable cruise

Sail Date: February 2013
Destination: Asia
Embarkation: Hong Kong
The cruise had a number of positives: A great itinerary with overnights in many ports and 2 overnights in Bangkok. Very reasonably priced ship excursions with generally competent tour guides and well thought out tours. Hard working cabin attendants and usually accommodating waiters. Friendly, personable and highly visible officers, cruise director and captain. We liked the 4 days at sea and the practice of seating people at larger tables, in order to meet and socialize with fellow passengers. Much of the entertainment was enjoyable, especially the singers, dancers, orchestra and guitarist. Embarkation and disembarkation were very efficient and painless. Disembarking at each port was also handled quickly and without problems. The ship also obtained the visas for Vietnam (for a fee).

The negatives: The veranda cabins and bathrooms are looking shabby and need some major updating. Makeup/shaving magnifying mirrors are not standard. We had a pipe break that leaked water and a More cabinet door come off its hinges. Both were promptly repaired, but the ship is showing its age. The food quality was very uneven and does not match that of Oceania. Some of the main dining room food is excellent, but little is outstanding. The buffet was fine for breakfast and lunch but was less appealing for dinner, with dried out food and lackluster choices. All of the desserts were excellent. We ate at the speciality restaurant, Aquilina one time. The food was very good, but we would prefer not to have to pay the extra charge. Oceania, my comparison experience, does not charge for the specialty restaurants. Being constantly photographed was very annoying and in my opinion, cheesy. It is something Oceania does not do. My biggest complaint is about the laundry room. It is totally inadequate to accommodate all of the passengers on a 17 day cruise. Machines were broken and never repaired. Too much time was spent waiting to use the machines that were operating. The bottom line: I would cruise on Azamara again only if the itinerary was unique and especially appealing. The future plans to offer free liquor is not an incentive for me, nor is raising the price of the ship excursions or special evening events. Less

Published 02/28/13

Cabin review: V18037 Club Veranda Stateroom

veranda cabin 8037: quiet location with no noise from the pool deck or other cabins, midship location, not next to elevators or staircase.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Wat Po (Reclining Buddha Temple)

We saw the major Bangkok tourist sights and markets on a private tour during the 1 full day and 2 partial days in port.

Hoi An Walking Tour

Enjoyed a second day partly in Hoi An. It is a picturesque,walkable, enjoyable place. The first day was on a private tour.

City Tour

Enjoyed seeing traffic crazy, frenetic Hanoi but the long ride both ways was excruciating. The tour buses have seats built for smaller Asian bodies. Maybe someone can devise a faster way to visit Hanoi from a cruise ship

Halong Bay

Cruised Halong Bay on a junk for 5-6 hours and made stops to visit caves and a pearl farm.

City Tour

Many of the shops were closed due to Tet. The only interesting sight was the old post office. It would have been nice to have seen more of the old colonial buildings and notable neighborhoods. We should have taken the Cu Chi Tunnels tour.

Mekong Delta Cruise

This was an excellent tour except for the portion in the small rowing boat. Boat access and egress were tricky and difficult. There were also no life preservers or safety precautions.

Great port with many options. We had visited before, so we went to Macao and the New Territories this time. Also, we revisited the Jade Market, Temple Night Market and took the old tram through Hong Kong.

We took a private tour of the island with stops at interesting sights and beaches.

Night Safari

Don't waste your time on the Night Safari. It was a big disappointment. We saw many wonderful things in Singapore after the cruise ended.

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