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Our second Azamara cruise, and only our third cruise in total - so not old hands at this yet. We wanted warm weather (our first cruise in October was not blessed with such!), and boy was it it warm... hot actually... but it was July in the eastern Med. And the Journey was a lovely haven to return to after a hot day at port - great air conditioning ensuring comfortable nights. The ports visited were enjoyable - no other cruise ships present - one of the features that you come to expect from Azamara - small ports of call that big boys can't get into. Food was great - we ate in Discoveries every evening bar the White Night Buffet and the Indian Buffet in Windows. The Indian buffet was brilliant - curry freshly cooked by a delightful chef. Breakfast we took in Windows, enjoying sitting outside, and once in our room. Room was immaculate, well looked after quietly by Lyric and Rinto. The entertainment was great - superb shows, well performed, with great live music, not canned. Eric the cruise director was superb! What an amazing influence he has - infectious humour, mixed with top class performances - singing, and roller blading!! Magician was good - saw him on the previous Azamara Quest cruise, and Craig Dahn was superb pianist. All the crew were so friendly, attentive, and welcoming - a real treat. For us the only downside was the heat - nothing about the cruise itself - simply we booked for a silly time given we are not sun lounge lizards. The Azamara evening was great - just right length - and in a beautiful location - and was a genuine insight into Cypriot music and song. Transfers were well organised. Inclusive flights were disastrous, with a connection at Frankfurt each way - on the way out we left Heathrow arriving with 20 minutes to make our connection - and whilst we did ....just as last on the place to Athens... our bags did not.... luckily we had a night at the Athens Hilton before the cruise included so our bags caught up. On the way back we made the independent decision to fly back direct from Istanbul to Heathrow as we could not risk missing the connection (only 45 minutes allowed for this!). Not cruise related directly but it was booked by Azamara - so next time we will insist on direct flights.

Another great cruise on Azamara; Eric the cruise director was brilliant!

Azamara Journey Cruise Review by Smaragd Flyer

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Our second Azamara cruise, and only our third cruise in total - so not old hands at this yet. We wanted warm weather (our first cruise in October was not blessed with such!), and boy was it it warm... hot actually... but it was July in the eastern Med. And the Journey was a lovely haven to return to after a hot day at port - great air conditioning ensuring comfortable nights.

The ports visited were enjoyable - no other cruise ships present - one of the features that you come to expect from Azamara - small ports of call that big boys can't get into.

Food was great - we ate in Discoveries every evening bar the White Night Buffet and the Indian Buffet in Windows. The Indian buffet was brilliant - curry freshly cooked by a delightful chef.

Breakfast we took in Windows, enjoying sitting outside, and once in our room.

Room was immaculate, well looked after quietly by Lyric and Rinto.

The entertainment was great - superb shows, well performed, with great live music, not canned. Eric the cruise director was superb! What an amazing influence he has - infectious humour, mixed with top class performances - singing, and roller blading!! Magician was good - saw him on the previous Azamara Quest cruise, and Craig Dahn was superb pianist.

All the crew were so friendly, attentive, and welcoming - a real treat.

For us the only downside was the heat - nothing about the cruise itself - simply we booked for a silly time given we are not sun lounge lizards.

The Azamara evening was great - just right length - and in a beautiful location - and was a genuine insight into Cypriot music and song.

Transfers were well organised.

Inclusive flights were disastrous, with a connection at Frankfurt each way - on the way out we left Heathrow arriving with 20 minutes to make our connection - and whilst we did ....just as last on the place to Athens... our bags did not.... luckily we had a night at the Athens Hilton before the cruise included so our bags caught up. On the way back we made the independent decision to fly back direct from Istanbul to Heathrow as we could not risk missing the connection (only 45 minutes allowed for this!). Not cruise related directly but it was booked by Azamara - so next time we will insist on direct flights.
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Cabin Review

Club Veranda Stateroom
Cabin V1 7021
Starboard forward side cabin, good balcony, and usual shower room etc. Fine. Not near service doors so very quiet. Would stay again in this one.
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