We chose this cruise because of itinerary, price and previous experience on Azamara Journey. We flew to Athens where we had an overnight stay in the Sofitel hotel at Athens airport. After breakfast next day we returned to the airport to get our private transfer to the port of Piraeus. The taxi dropped us off at the cruise terminal where we were swiftly checked in but because we were early, we had to wait approximately 30 minutes before we could embark (Azamara provided coffee and soft drinks in the meantime).
We had an obstructed view cabin on deck 6 which we were quite happy with. We had plenty storage and although the shower is tiny, we knew this from past experience. Our cabin stewards kept the room clean and tidy.
We always had breakfast and lunch in Windows cafe and we thought the standard of food was quite good with plenty of choice for everyone. We do think that there is room for improvement with the service as sometimes it wasn't up to standard. We didn't use any of the speciality restaurants and had our dinner in Discoveries. We were satisfied with the standard and choice of food there and also the service.
We encountered difficulty on a few occasions when we tried to order cocktails using the complimentary spirits. On one occasion I was told I would have to pay for an American Mule cocktail because Ginger beer was not included in the complimentary drinks. Ginger beer is a soft drink the same as Coke or Sprite etc!! I asked for it in a different bar on a different day and got it with no problem with the included spirits. I think some of the staff need more training with regard to the complimentary drinks package. The cocktail menu should be much clearer and list the ingredients of all cocktails and not just the ones that cost extra.
We enjoyed most of the shows in the theatre but felt that the Three Aces band in the Living Room lacked variety. We really enjoyed the Greek dancers that came on to the ship and entertained us when we were in Rhodes. The Azamazing evening in Dubrovnik was spectacular (apart from tendering back to the ship afterwards).
Ports and excursions
We enjoyed all of the ports apart from Igoumenitsa which was very disappointing. It is clearly just a ferry hub and not a cruise destination. I can't understand why Azamara chose this port when we were so close to Corfu which would have been a much better option.
At the start of the cruise our first port destination (Spetses) was changed because of bad weather but this was understandable and no fault of Azamara.
We didn't do any of Azamara's excursions as we think they are grossly overpriced and prefer to do our own thing.
We would probably cruise with Azamara again, even although there were some issues, as we do like their smaller, friendlier ships and itineraries.
Mykonos is lovely but was very busy with five cruise boats in port.
We have been to Rhodes before so just wondered through the old town and had lunch in a Taverna.