Great Azamara Baltic Cruise: Azamara Journey Cruise Review by zona95
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Great Azamara Baltic Cruise
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation and Disembarkation: Embarkation was fairly smooth although a lot depended on what time you arrived. Disembarkation was a breeze.
Staterooms: We had a nice balcony stateroom. The beds and the More bedding were very comfortable. The bathrooms and especially the shower are very small but adequate.
Dining: We generally ate breakfast and lunch at the buffets in Windows Cafe. There was a lot to choose from and the food was very good. We rotated eating dinner between the main dining room Discoveries and the two specialty restaurants Aqualina and Prime C. All were wonderful experiences. The food, the presentation, and the service were excellent. The soufflEs in Aqualina were a 10+. The complimentary wines at lunch and dinner were a nice addition.
Entertainment: The entertainment was mediocre and inconsistent. Eric the cruise director performed twice and he was superb. All Inclusive Policy: We really liked the new all inclusive policy. The free shuttles at the ports were great and we hardly ever had to wait. We enjoyed the complimentary wine, soft drinks, coffee and water, and it was nice to have the gratuities included.
Ports: The itinerary was great, and we enjoyed all the ports. We did private tours with SPB in both Berlin and St. Petersburg and our guides were outstanding. We explored Warnemunde, Helsinki and Tallinn on our own. In Stockholm, we did the ship's excursion Stockholm on Land and Sea the first day which was fine and gave us a good overview. The second day we went out on our own. We used Rick Steves' Scandinavia guide book a lot and found his self guided walking tours especially helpful. We are looking forward to our next cruise on Azamara. Less