Another repeat cruise experience- excellent in 'almost' every way. Capt Johannes Thysse must be the most visible and approachable Capt afloat, as are his main officers. He is a consummate maritime expert and really enjoys his vocation. Entertainment was less than spectacular due to a change in dancers, which were absent. Nonetheless Eric de Gray is a true star and directing the musicians and singers did a great job and no one complained.
Food . A veritable flow of excellent offerings at all times to suit every palate, To avoid repetition, some new dishes should be introduced for longer voyages as this Transatlantic 2 week. Wines included are adequate, unless one is a wine connoisseur. An additional wine list is available, but at ship prices which don't offer good value. Bar alcohol is more than adequate and only top liqueurs Cognacs and Whiskies etc are charged. Cabin Butler service was impeccable. Room service was rapid and perfect. The Hotel Manageress Heike, watching with an Eagle eye ensures the ship is immaculate, and staff care for pax . Indeed all is faultless.
Upon boarding Lisbon some new crew joined. Deck restaurant service was at times chaotic for the first few days. Completing a questionnaire to highlight such matters, was responded to within hours by many staff members and of course Heike who ensured more management attention rectified the complaint/observations soon thereafter. They followed up too!
Typically small but adequate. Silent. Ship recently refurbished as the cabins which are modern, TV system works 100% receiving BBC world and CNN . enough for a voyage , Movies can be purchased. Stateroom Butler and assistant was perfect. Room service was excellent. Breakfast perfectly served on the verandah.
ships tours are very expensive often a disappointment and to be avoided
Azamara Journey due to it s convenient smaller size can dock in the heart of town. imagine a 5 star hotel on the main street .
town is very clean, safe, very friendly welcoming people. A Taxi tour (take s up to 6 pax) at $40 for 2 hours enables seeing half the island with a couple of stops. better than any expensive ships tour.
Good late night life , Women out number men by 8 to 1 or more from what we saw.
Prices are high . Coffee $6. beer $9 Pizza expect $20 .