A big (positive) surprise: Azamara Journey Cruise Review by marenio

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A big (positive) surprise

Sail Date: December 2009
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Miami
Perhaps this was the perfect moment to cruise with the Journey: at the time when they upgraded their service to semi-luxury and before the price hike. In any case, our experience was dramatically better than what we expected from lukewarm reviews and ratings posted all over the web.

Fantastic: food in specialty restaurants, at $5 surcharge per person. We spent there almost every evening.

Great: crew, service, and the atmosphere they created. When Norwegian lost our luggage in the previous back-to-back cruise, they were extremely helpful to get it back. Food in the buffet and the main room. Cabins: not very spacious but very nicely organized and pleasant.

Ok: butler (= upgraded steward). Entertainment was ok to solid.

Not so good: excursions. The excursions director was funny and informative but the quality of some excursions was horrible. In Jamaica, the guide thought that we were on a different trip (I thought initially that she was joking). More She was not prepared and did not know what to say. So she was singing songs etc. Azamara reimbursed us for this trip though. Less

Published 04/06/10

Cabin review: 04 Club Oceanview Stateroom

Well organized, nice balcony.

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Port and Shore Excursions

The best experience: the cruise around the Acapulco's coast. The villas and the entire coastline is beautiful!

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The Columbian Cartagena does not offer too much to a visitor but everything is at least decently organized. The fortress is the highlight.

Horribly organized excursions and a poor, sad place overall. They have many beautiful spots and could have managed them better. The bay our ship was docked was fantastic.

The port is hardly spectacular but it is a a nice departure point for a trip to one of the Costa Rica's parks. The prices of souvenirs are very reasonable.

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