We do not like the idea of a large cruise ship with lots of people so we chose the Azamara. The itinerary took us from Singapore to Sydney via Bali and Komodo and along the coast of Australia from Darwin.
It was the right choice. From the moment we stepped aboard it felt like home.
We had a stateroom with balcony on Deck 7. There was plenty of room, lots of space for clothes and the suitcases stored under the bed. It was absolutely spotless.
The bathroom was small as other people have commented but did not find this a problem. We were just tidy! There were shelves to put your toiletries and those supplied on the boat were always topped up and the towels folded and it was all very clean.
It was easy to control the temperature in the room. The inter active TV was very good so you were always in touch and also each evening a paper copy of the next day's itinerary were left in your room - along with a bed time chocolate! Fresh fruit and water were also put out daily.
It was easy to find your way around the ship. Sunbeds were a bit short some sea days in the mornings but were vacated as people went off to activities. There were some who persisted in saving a bed before breakfast although this was discouraged. The pool was nice but the water in the whirlpools was so hot they were not used very much. Towels were always available and were also supplied for excursions which required them. Danny and Amesh who looked after us and our rooms were great.
You could eat and drink more or less 24 hours a day. The Mosaic Cafe was a favourite for a cup of tea and a cake in the afternoon and coffee after supper.
We chose to eat in the Windows Cafe as I am vegetarian and found this to be the easiest option. Most of the time it was fine except on a day when everyone descended at the same time because of an event - eg. Azamara Evening.
Dress code aboard is casual. Most people made the effort to be tidy in the evenings but there were a few who still went for dinner in shorts and flipflops.
The cabaret was very good. The resident musicians were exceptional and along with the singers and dancers worked hard to provide an ever changing programme. Also we had various entertainers come aboard to do shows. Eric De Gray is the Cruise Director - once seen, never forgotten. He is well over 6 foot in height and is a very talented and entertaining person and you would run into him all over the ship. He was always visible but not 'in your face'.
The shore excursions were all very well organised. There were no long queues for anything, no crowding and there was not need for anyone to feel they had to rush to be first in the queue.
The Captain was often seen around the ship talking to people and he and his crew were friendly. We had a Pilot on board for a large part of the trip and he was very knowledgeable and gave some extremely good talks. He also chatted to people around the ship and enjoyed sharing his stories.
The AzAmazing evening was not to be missed. It was held ashore in a convention centre in Cairns. It was like going to some VIP function and the canapes turned out to be a huge array of cakes, cheeses etc with drinks, tea and coffee and a very good show from genuine Aborginees.
We really appreciated the fact that there was no piped music playing on the ship! What bliss. From time to time there would be some live music for maybe an hour but apart from that we were able to appreciate the peace and quiet. The only announcements were made once a day from the Captain giving us a short update and a couple of times when something urgent arose. Apart from that all information was given on your television.
It did not take long to understand why people are so loyal to the Azamara Club ships and return time and time again. We did something we would normally never do - we booked our 2018 cruise whilst on board!
The cabin was a reasonable size with very comfortable large bed. Lighting was good and and all linen was in good condition and very clean. There was plenty of cupboard and hanging space. The bathroom was compact, clean and perfectly adequate. It was well insulated and you did not get any noise from other cabins. We did however smell smoke from someone who was smoking on a balcony in spite of the no smoking rule.
There was no noise from engines or anything.
It was raining for part of our tour. We were taken by bus to the old fort and to the cemetry. It would have been possible to walk and there was very little information given. I did not see the point of going to a cemetry.
Sadly the weather was rather wet for this trip. I would have liked to have had more walking. We took short walks along sterile paths to look at some waterfalls and termite mounds.View All 20 Litchfield Park Reviews
We went by bus from the whaf at Benoa. It was rather disappointing as there was not much to see. The local guide was quite good but we did not get near the to temples. We went to a cultural garden which was quite pleasant and then taken back to the coach via a rather tacky souvenier shop.View All undefined undefined Reviews
We went by coach to the river and then boarded a boat which took us down the river and out to the sea to cross to the island. Our group were the only ones on the boat and the island. The crossing was about 45 minutes and tea and coffee were available if you wanted it. The island was quite nice and lunch was provided. Stinger suits were provided for snorkellers. Viz in the sea was poor and there was not very much coral to be seen and few fish.View All undefined undefined Reviews
We boarded a catamaran restricted to our group only. We boarded from our ship. The crew were pleasant and helpful. Stinger suits were provided at the platform. Only people from our group were on this platform.. Safety boats were in operation and spotters in the water and on the platform to ensure safety. Showers were available. Lunch and refreshements were provided.View All undefined undefined Reviews