Azamara Mediocre Journey: Azamara Journey Cruise Review by dbejr
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Azamara Mediocre Journey
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
The Journey, though built about a dozen years ago, looks like something out of the 50's or 60's with dated, threadbare decor like an unrestored Motel 6. The rooms are decent size but the bathrooms are so small, you have to exit them to turn around and change your mind. The balcony is small but decent and we enjoyed it, even when a crewman above dumped water on me by accident. At least he apologized, a concept mostly lost on management.
Watch out for security. Sheriff Andy and his band of ham handed Barney Fife ninjas make the TSA look like a bunch of do-nothings! Bring a pocket knife or pen knife and they confiscate it, then replace it with a steak knife twice as long. Belt buckles, coins, watches and wine corks drive them nuts, so be prepared to be felt up or wanded. Don't go by what the TSA allows, Azamara security frisks to their own tune.
Azamara brags about it's free Azamazing Evening included in the price. What the don't tell you is that if you sign up and don't go, they charge you $150.00 per person for not showing up. Our concert was three tenors. I hope next time these guys meet before they go on stage. It will help the performance. The on board entertainment is at best average.
The stewards we had were great. They kept the room clean and were very pleasent. It seems the farther down the chain of command you get, the nicer and more qualifed the staff is. Most of them almost speak English. Internet service was OK, but beware of logging on and off as they will sock you with more charges than a teen age girl with a limited text plan if you don't watch out!
The food is at best average. Think creative left overs. The waiters are attentive and well trained. The premium resturants are just a bit better than the buffet, same food, better recipe, and not worth the upcharge. The pool deck resturant has great burgers, etc. We did like the free wine and beer selections and the premium brands are reasonably priced. Room service is great, and breakfast on the balcony (despite the dousing) was very nice.
On shore tours are overpriced, when they chose to run them. Azamara runs the boat and everything else for it's own benefit, not the passanger, so don't expect what you paid for to actually happen when you expected, or at all. I do like the fact that they save on fuel by staying in port longer. It give one a chance to really explore. The time off the ship was the best time for us.
I will have to agree with their slogan "you will love where we take you," but you might want to look hard into how they get you there. I think we might look elswhere next time. Less
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