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Can't say enough good about this cruise. We did get off to a bad start when about 40 of us were left out in the rain (about 20 minutes)at the Copenhagen Airport because of a problem with having a bus available. This was an issue with a contracted service, but reflected poorly on Azamara. Once we had completed the efficient embarkation process and were on board, everything went smoothly and Azamara sent all of us chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, and a complimentary cover charge at one of the speciality restaurants. What an unexpected and nice recovery!

Captain Tysse should be a model for all captains. His walk around style and interaction with cruisers and crew was something not experienced before. He knew crew members by name (not just officers). The crew really appreciated the fact that the captain knew them and spoke with them. This positive attitude showed because the service was always great and with a smile - a true reflection of the captain. He also did some neat things like a 360 turn at sunset one day to give everyone a view. Another was the day a fishmonger brought really fresh caught seafood to the Journey while we were underway in a fjord.

Dining was very good. It would have been excellent except for one or two entrees that didn't hit the high bar. The complimentary wine was excellent and was served generously - almost a continuous pour. Entertainment was much better than expected.

Norway is tremendously expensive. As an example a Burger King Whopper cost more than the equivalent of $15+. Azamara did a good job of arranging excursions so participants could choose one in the morning, come back to the ship for lunch and have time afterwords to do another excursion or sightsee on their own. Excursions were generally good but fairly pricey.

Since we sailed on this ship before when it was one of eight like ships used by a cruise line that went out of business, we knew that small size would be to our liking. Nothing much had changed. The staterooms are comfortable and well designed. Common areas are better than average.

The ultimate measure of our evaluation of our Azamara Journey cruise is that we booked another cruise on the Journey in 2012 while on-board. We have never come close to booking a future cruise while still on-board any other cruise line.

Beautiful Norway on the Terrific Azamara Journey

Azamara Journey Cruise Review by Sandcastle46

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2011
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Club Veranda Stateroom
Can't say enough good about this cruise. We did get off to a bad start when about 40 of us were left out in the rain (about 20 minutes)at the Copenhagen Airport because of a problem with having a bus available. This was an issue with a contracted service, but reflected poorly on Azamara. Once we had completed the efficient embarkation process and were on board, everything went smoothly and Azamara sent all of us chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, and a complimentary cover charge at one of the speciality restaurants. What an unexpected and nice recovery!




Captain Tysse should be a model for all captains. His walk around style and interaction with cruisers and crew was something not experienced before. He knew crew members by name (not just officers). The crew really appreciated the fact that the captain knew them and spoke with them. This positive attitude showed because the service was always great and with a smile - a true reflection of the captain. He also did some neat things like a 360 turn at sunset one day to give everyone a view. Another was the day a fishmonger brought really fresh caught seafood to the Journey while we were underway in a fjord.




Dining was very good. It would have been excellent except for one or two entrees that didn't hit the high bar. The complimentary wine was excellent and was served generously - almost a continuous pour. Entertainment was much better than expected.




Norway is tremendously expensive. As an example a Burger King Whopper cost more than the equivalent of $15+. Azamara did a good job of arranging excursions so participants could choose one in the morning, come back to the ship for lunch and have time afterwords to do another excursion or sightsee on their own. Excursions were generally good but fairly pricey.




Since we sailed on this ship before when it was one of eight like ships used by a cruise line that went out of business, we knew that small size would be to our liking. Nothing much had changed. The staterooms are comfortable and well designed. Common areas are better than average.




The ultimate measure of our evaluation of our Azamara Journey cruise is that we booked another cruise on the Journey in 2012 while on-board. We have never come close to booking a future cruise while still on-board any other cruise line.

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Cabin Review

Club Veranda Stateroom
Cabin V2 7037
Quiet, near mid-ship and located just a few steps from the front elevators and stairs.
Deck 7 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Bergen
    This is a very nice city with parts of the "old town" right at the docks. Most of the really good places places of interest such as the Flobanen Funicular, Bryggen's Museum, Hanseatic Museum, The Fish Market and the Petroleum Museum are in easy walking distance. You might consider the hop on hop off service which takes you around a larger area. A Bergen Card which provides some discounted or free admissions can be purchased across from the Fish Market, but you may not have enough time to visit enough sites to make it worthwhile. A trip to Troldhaugen, the Stave Church or Grieg's home are excursions outside of Bergen that should be considered.

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  • Flam
    This port rates a 5 ONLY if you take an excursion that has a coach ride from Voss to Flam. We took the Flam Railway (very scenic but not as promoted) to Mydral, the Oslo/Bergen Railway (OK) from Mydral to Voss and a coach from Voss back to Flam. The coach ride was great and one of highlight of the entire cruise.

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