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Azamara Journey Review

4.5 / 5.0
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A Great Small Ship

Review for Azamara Journey to the Western Mediterranean
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PeterJV
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2015
Cabin: Club Continent Suite

This was our third cruise an Journey the last being about 3 years ago.

Embarkation was brilliant, we only paused long enough for them to register our credit card then up to the café for lunch and wine. We had a last minute upgrade (we are Captains Club Elite on Celebrity) from a standard outside to a continental suite which is about 50% larger, the balcony too, plus a butler who we hardly saw. The room was spacious and comfortable our only complaints were we were under the pool deck and our cabin 8257 was right under the pool bar seating area which was also used at breakfast time so you can get an unplanned early wake up call, disembarkation day was particularly bad as they moved all the chairs and tables just after 6am, second grumble was the location of the power outlets tucked under the worktop. Not good enough in this day and age when we all have phones & tablets to charge. Hope they sort this in the refit.

All staff are super friendly and helpful, the officers walk round and talk to you including the captain. Main restaurant food choice was not too brilliant but we ate in Prime C and Aquila on 6 nights out of 10 where the food was first rate and the service 5 star. Entertainment was not too bad, guest stars were good the main show performances can be a little hard to see. Only a guitarist and piano player around the ship, the pianist was particularly enjoyable - not too modern. We did miss the harpist from our previous cruises. We had booked three excursions, one was good, two were cancelled and the alternative offered for one was very disappointing - if it happens to you go argue with shore excursions, we got a rebate. Ship excursions seem very expensive. The sun beds had the most comfy covers I've ever experienced, perfect after too much wine at lunch:)

Cabin Review

Club Continent Suite

Cabin N1

Can be noisy first think as under pool bar. Good otherwise except for stupid location of power outlets.

Port Reviews

Malta (Valletta)

Just walked ashore and took lift to upper level, it's only 10 minutes walk and a euro so. The only way to see Valletta is on foot.

Athens (Piraeus)

We walked from our pre cruise hotel (Hilton) to the Acropolis Museum, about 45 minutes, fascinating museum could spend hours there. Ate in the Byzantine Museum café on the way back recommended.

Sorrento

Took the ferry to Capri. Beautiful island but ferry and island are expensive.

Monaco (Monte Carlo)

We walked round. Yachts in harbour make you feel like a pauper but great to see.

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