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.
Lady who talked about the barrier reef not so good - her aim seemed to be to frighten everyone.
Only went to one show - Australian/Vietnamese pianist Kym - excellent!
Did not use Dining Room. What little we did eat we ate in our cabin or in Windows Café. Food was OK but definitely not 5 star.
Only went ashore briefly at Hamilton Island & Mooloolaba so we could make phone calls to family to check on family member in hospital.
Can't comment on any shore excursions as we were not able to participate.
Missed Azamazing evening in Newcastle - again because of illness.
Debarked in Sydney with no trouble. If only the embarkation had been as quick.
We have cruised with various ships over the last few years - twice with Azamara. The first one from Hong Kong to Singapore would have to be the best cruise we have done. This last one from Cairns to Sydney the worst, & not just because we were unwell.
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