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Azamara Journey Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Azamara Journey Cruise Review by Pengawin3

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2009
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America

The Azamara Journey is a great ship. Beautiful, stately, small. All the things we like.

Attentive service from a multi-national crew. Our bar service guys, Jose Jaimes and Alin were the best!!! Our butler, Angela (Alin's wife, I understand!) and her assistant Jose (whose wife just had twins!!) could not have done any better for us. As it is open seating in the dining rooms, we had many different servers. Roman and Daniel were superb. Hooray to the head Maitre 'de Marius. He kept me from any allergic reactions and his suggestions were spot on! Our hats off to Mags and her aunt Maria for their invaluable wine selection help. Victor and Bernard in the Looking Glass made the best drinks and took great care of us! Ron Hollywood, the DJ, was always open to our suggestions for dance music. Thank you for all the wonderful NEW music!!! Kudos to you all.

The sea days intensive itinerary was just what we needed after a hectic holiday season. The pool was always a welcome diversion. We purchased the thalassotherapy pass for the trip ($175 per couple, $99 single), but had to have them refund us around day 10 due to the pool never being warm. It WAS warm once...at 6pm!!!!! Also there was no service there. It's not very relaxing to have to get up and go to the pool bar when you want something. Why there wasn't anyone coming by regularly is beyond me.

The spa was nice tho. Steam room, two different showers, lockers, etc. All included and available to every passenger. Didn't use the gym, the stairs did me just fine. Ate all I wanted and didn't gain any weight!!! Might have lost a pound or two actually. Hmmmm.

The shows were cheesy, but in a good way. Geared to an older crowd than we. Juggler, ventriloquist, magic show, group show (singers), etc. YES, this ship does tend towards an over 65 crowd. Not a problem for us tho. (I'm 46, my DH is 39)

Sue Denning (cruise director)was a joy!!! Such a trouper, and always entertaining. Her "sidekick" Kelsie was a hoot. The orchestra was always great, and the ship's band entertained us many a day and night at the pool and Looking Glass. There was a pianist in Cova most nights that everyone loved, a wonderful harpist at the martini lounge in Discoveries that was just delightful, and a guitarist who was very entertaining.

A great cruise on a lovely small ship. Perfect for those who like long voyages with an entertaining mix from the Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, France, and the USA. No children's facilities, and that's just fine by me!

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Cabin Review

Cabin OV 4049

Tiny bathroom. Serviceable, but shower stall much too small to do anything but get aquainted with the shower curtain. Quiet location just off guest services. Beds nice and more comfortable than I expected. Storage space not well thought out. (cabin #4049)

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Puerto Vallarta

PV was beautiful! The sculptures on the malecon were a joy to behold. Just took a shuttle into town and walked our way back towards the ship. Had a little bite to eat at Las Palomas (nachos) and a beer. An enjoyable relaxing time for all. We hit the WalMart across the street for Pepsi, cigs, snacks.


Wow, has this city changed!!! It's so damned big now!!! Almost overdeveloped IMHO. Walked around. Stopped at a couple bars along the way for beers and gorgeous views. Ended up walking about 3 miles! Took a cab back to the ship. It was HOT.


Booked the DePalm Island Snorkel adventure. Bus met us at the pier for a short ride to the dock. Ferried to the island. There was a small water park, snorkel area, sea kayaks, snuba (extra fee), beer, wine, mixed drinks, soda, food included. Gorgeous white sand beach, beach loungers, palapa shade area, tons of sea life. Snorkeling was great here.

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