Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Venice were new travel locations for my husband and I. We always enjoy Azamara cruises. Food is great, and the size of the ship is perfect. You don't walk miles to get to things and you meet lots of like minded travelers who we became friendly with. All inclusive with gratuities included and good wine with dinner is vey appealing. Entertainment is not big and flashy. It's more in a cabaret style with a few very talented musicians and dancers. The only real weakness is in the lounge musicians. Instead of playing creative music highlighting their talents they play pop karaoke style back ground music. The late night dancing is also a little disappointing (disco and disco disguised as Latin and Motown), to be fair, most of the cruise is age 60+ and in bed by 11pm. We will remain faithful to Azamara as long as they go places we would like to travel to.
This trip was a great introduction to the countries on the Adriatic Sea, but with no sea days, we were exhausted. I wish we had styled overnight in one of the Croatian ports to give us a breather or allow for longer excursions into the countries.
Response from BonnieM, CBO - Azamara Club Cruises
The cabin size is adequate. It is far from large but we are used to this size cabin having previously traveled on Azamara Journey several times. The bathroom shower is tiny but you can always go to the spa to use a larger shower if you find it frustrating.
This is an easy city to get around. Get directions to a tobacco shop near the port and buy a one day unlimited Vaporetto (ferry boats) ticket and get a good map that include Vaporetto stops. Go to the Doges palace early in the day.
Not much to do in Hvar if not on a tour. We went to the one church open while we were there and bought wine at a local market. It would have been nice if the ship had offered a trip to one of the local vineyards. There were taxis, but they were very expensive.
Bus tour and boat trip was scenic but not terribly exciting.
Enjoyed the tour at the farm where olive oil pressing was demonstrated.