We were so looking forward to this cruise as we had travelled on the Azamara Journey previously and had thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This recent cruise was a different kettle of fish and not high on our list of good experiences. The embarkation was a debacle. It was very hot & humid in Cairns and standing waiting in line for 2 hours was not a good start to the cruise. When we finally boarded we were directed to our cabin.
We had booked cabin 8008 but this was changed to a junior suite 8050 - good start! The cabin we were allocated was excellent & Ravin our butler was very helpful in explaining everything. The ship is easy to move around & is setout exactly the same as the Journey. After eating a fairly ordinary meal in the Windows Café we retired for the night. The next morning we both woke with very bad colds & felt very seedy. Unfortunately we never really felt well for the rest of the cruise and spent most of the time in our cabin.
We did attend a couple of the lectures - Lectures about Russia & Putin were excellent.
Cabin excellent. The only fault we found was cramped shower. Husband is 2 metres tall &could not stand up in shower. I found it hard to step up in to bath. We believe the refit will change shower over bath to walk-in shower. This would be good. Airconditioning hard to adjust & mostly too cold
Spent the day in Cairns before boarding ship. Lovely city.