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Azamara Journey Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Azamara Journey Cruise Review by travelfun001

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2018
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea

We chose this cruise specifically for the 3 full days in St. Petersburg.

What we liked:

--easy getting on board

--smaller ship, easier to get off for excursions (other than first day in StP which is due to customs) and you are stopped as close to the city as possible, this is great

--self laundry available at no cost and soap provided

--entertainment was good

--cabin service good, including room service available 24/7 (no complimentary drink service to rooms in our category, but there will be in 2020)

--Azamazing evening was wonderful

--White night party was very nice

--our favourite meal was at Aqualina, followed by white night buffet and then the first night seafood buffet

--the gym is very well equipped

What we were less fond of:

--food & service in the Discoveries restaurant was just average, we eat well and go out to great restaurants so our expectations may be set higher than for some

--complimentary beverage list is very limited, even for us who are not big drinkers. White wine was terrible on a couple of days. At this cost why? I understand charging for truly premium brands and great wine for not the rest of it.

--we pre-paid 3 nights at the 2 specialty restaurants, we tried to change our reservation for PrimeC as the white night party moved dates - instead of moving us they cancelled our booking and it was an argument to get a new reservation

--wifi was horribly slow, we paid for the unlimited package - not worth the cost IMO

--I don't know what the purpose of guest services is, not helpful when I spoke with them

--one of our pre-booked shore excursions was cancelled and they only notify you onboard - you're then stuck re-booking in US $ which has an impact

--we booked 2 shore excursions with the ship, enjoyed the bike tour but the other was "meh", if you know you don't like group tours then keep this in mind

--disembarking was a total gong show, booked ship bus transfer to train station which is a TOTAL rip off and they were totally disorganized and ran much later than communicated to us, taxis were really not available - a handful with many waiting for them, both of our bags were tagged #21 but one was placed with the #12 bags--we were lucky to find it

Excursions:

--we did a private tour with Alla in StP and it was WELL worth the $$

--Helsinki is easy to visit on your own

--Riga, Klaipeda are very small towns and could easily be visited on own, we went to Curonian Spit in Klaipeda and it's beautiful but I couldn't figure out how to get there without the tour

--Malbork Castle (Gdansk) is beautiful but leaves little time in Gdansk itself. Gdansk could be done on your own

--Ronne not much to see IMO


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Cabin Review

Cabin Can't remember 7121

We chose this room based on a friend's advice and it had a larger balcony. It was nice to relax as we left ports and to sit and relax (not that there's that much time to do so).

Very little to no ship noise but my hubby could hear to fellow in the next room snoring.

Liked it enough that we put a deposit for a cruise in 2020 and chose this cabin again.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Stockholm

We stayed 2 nights prior to boarding. Nice architecture, we had a fantastic dinner at a restaurant called Portal.

Private Tour

Amazing - we customized our private tour ... our favourites:

--treasure room at Hermitage; Faberge Museum; Impressionist paintings at General Staff building at Hermitage

--we visited Peter & Paul fortress; Hermitage; Catherine Palace, Peterhof, St. Isaac's, St. Isaacs, Spilled Blood and Yusupov (important historically but I would skip this one)

--I would also skip the Neva River cruise

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Helsinki

Can cover the highlights in the day - our stop here was very quite long. We had an amazing dinner at a restaurant called Chapter. We were in port on a Friday and the Museum of Architecture has an architectural walking tour - meeting point at Senate Square and 10 euro each - very informative

Bike Tour

Enjoyed our bike tour, our local guide was very good and shared lots of info. Liked the stop at the market.

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Klaipeda

We did a ship tour to Curonian Spit - lovely to see but I'm reminded why I don't like doing tours. Why is there always a couple of people who think it's OK to be late or to try to change the intin?

Malbork castle tour with the local guide was very informative, a bit long for me but it's an amazing castle. We really didn't have enough time in Gdansk and the city tour was pretty light.

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