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Having already enjoyed a Baltic cruise on Quest we were looking forward to seeing Singapore to Hongkong on Azamara Journey and we weren’t disappointed. The ship had just the right amount of Christmas decorations and tastefully done. The food and service were just as good. We ate in all the restaurants, including Aquafina and Prime C and they were all excellent. The staff are always helpful and cheery. We didn’t catch all the shows but were happy with the ones we saw. The standard of singing, dancing and professionalism from such a small cast is top notch. Personally I wasn’t a fan of the violinist/comedienne. Her playing was superb but her brand of comedy didn’t appeal. However that was just personal taste as lots of others on board raved about her. I’d have been happy just to listen to her wonderful playing. Special mention must be made of Cruise Director Eric. He does a marvelous job and works so hard. As others have mentioned, the cabins are smallish but they have everything you need and are kept spotless by the cabin crew. A few people ate in some of the street markets and had gastro intestinal illness. The ship was immediately put on extra duties. You were not allowed to serve yourself from the buffets and crew were constantly out sanitizing door handles, banisters etc. The Captain kept us constantly updated on the situation and advice on how to avoid catching any infections. For us the best thing about this small ship is it’s capacity to take you to the centre of our destinations and this was nowhere more in evidence than in Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh city. We were docked in the city rather than 2 hours down the river. This combined with extra overnights allowed us maximum time to explore. Would we go with Azamara again? For quality and value for money we probably couldn’t beat it.

Every bit as good as our cruise on Quest

Azamara Journey Cruise Review by mrs talkalot

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Club Deluxe Veranda Stateroom
Having already enjoyed a Baltic cruise on Quest we were looking forward to seeing Singapore to Hongkong on Azamara Journey and we weren’t disappointed. The ship had just the right amount of Christmas decorations and tastefully done. The food and service were just as good. We ate in all the restaurants, including Aquafina and Prime C and they were all excellent. The staff are always helpful and cheery. We didn’t catch all the shows but were happy with the ones we saw. The standard of singing, dancing and professionalism from such a small cast is top notch. Personally I wasn’t a fan of the violinist/comedienne. Her playing was superb but her brand of comedy didn’t appeal. However that was just personal taste as lots of others on board raved about her. I’d have been happy just to listen to her wonderful playing. Special mention must be made of Cruise Director Eric. He does a marvelous job and works so hard.

As others have mentioned, the cabins are smallish but they have everything you need and are kept spotless by the cabin crew. A few people ate in some of the street markets and had gastro intestinal illness. The ship was immediately put on extra duties. You were not allowed to serve yourself from the buffets and crew were constantly out sanitizing door handles, banisters etc. The Captain kept us constantly updated on the situation and advice on how to avoid catching any infections.

For us the best thing about this small ship is it’s capacity to take you to the centre of our destinations and this was nowhere more in evidence than in Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh city. We were docked in the city rather than 2 hours down the river. This combined with extra overnights allowed us maximum time to explore.

Would we go with Azamara again? For quality and value for money we probably couldn’t beat it.
BBMacLaird, CBO - Azamara Club Cruises has responded
Thank you Mrs Talkalot for submitting a cruise review. I was on this same voyage, Singapore-Hong Kong, and regret not meeting you. Or perhaps I did? We look forward to welcoming you back aboard soon!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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Cabin Review

Club Deluxe Veranda Stateroom
Cabin VX 7014
It’s smallish but has excellent storage and all the amenities you need.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    There is so much to see in such a huge city it is well worth booking a tour with a local guide. They provided the transport and took us to all the major attractions. A private tour lets you hear about life for the locals as well as taking the stress out of getting around.
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    Stunning. Like nowhere I’ve ever been. Make sure you are correctly dressed. Must have knees and elbows covered. Also need to keep removing your shoes. They are very strict. I heard of one lady who had her shoes stolen so don’t wear you Jimmy Choes.
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    The sail into port is stunning but it’s still worth doing a small boat tour to get closer and also see the Heavenly Caves which are beautiful and not nearly as strenuous as they make out. We took the afternoon trip which sailed out in daylight, gave us gorgeous sunset photos and returned to the port in darkness. Best of both worlds.
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    We found this a fascinating tour. You learn so much and there is no need to go down the tunnel if you don’t feel comfortable doing it.
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    Fabulous. Not just for plant lovers. The gardens are free if you visit early but you need to do the 2 buildings to get the full experience.
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