Having read numerous forums regarding Azamara Journey cruises, I hadn't spotted any criticisms - everyone seemed to give glowing reports! We signed up for a CruiseCritics Meet and Mingle party and with more than 25 others doing the same the party was confirmed.
With flights and a pre cruise stay in Barbados arranged by Azamara, we had a late morning transfer to the ship. Despite there being 78 fellow travellers in the hotel, by transferring us in coaches for about 20 people, the registration procedure at the port was painless with only a short queue to contend with. By 11.45 we were sipping our welcoming glass of bubbly, and being advised that our rooms would be ready by 12.30 (which they were!)
A quick trip to the pool deck revealed a small pool with two jacuzzis. The loungers were all substantial teak ones, with thick cushions and white towelling covers, as well as towels - no need to sign them in and out as on other ships we have been on.
Handy location for guest services, and lifts. Quiet, no vibration, and little movement when the ship rocked or rolled.
Window was unobstructed. Bed was large and comfortable. Good hanging space in wardrobe, but drawers were limited size (for shirts).
Some great excursions to be had - whether directly through the ship, or though local services found at the port.
Never ventured into town - seemed a busy area.
Beautiful but very expensive. Lovely beach just 10-15 mins walk from the landing area (we were tendered ashore), but again prices high ($20 for a sun lounger if required)
We landed in French Marigot, though nicely presented, the quality of shopping did not compare to the Dutch Phillipsburg.
With 7 large ships (incl Oasis of the Seas) in Phillipsburg it was somewhat busy (22,000 day trippers!). There are some great jewellery shops and deals to be had.
Some racing in the America's cup boats in a great experience (and you don't have to be sailors)
Another fantastic port of call.
Easy access to taxis for a 7 min, $4 ride to The Baths at Devil's Bay. We arrived about 10.30 and the area was heaving, but thinned out very nicely just after 11am.
Others on the ship enjoyed the scenery on trips around the island (on land or sea). The sea excursion took them near to Richard Branson's islands (not certain whether it included Necker which is also nearby)