August 2016 - Azamara Journey to Europe
We have been on several cruises over the years and when we saw the Azamara Journey advertisements with stops in a number of locations we wanted to visit we were intrigued. We eventually booked the trip after much research and a lot of help from our cruise consultant. We were offered a great deal and decided to go for it. Are we ever glad we did.
The Journey is a small ship by cruise line standards. It only hold about 600 passengers. We didn't know how nice that would be until we got on board. It was especially nice after just a day or so when the staff started having our drinks ready when they saw us walk in. They knew our names and what we liked and didn't like. It was more like being at a private club than being on a cruise ship.
When we booked the trip we didn't realize that all of our alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks would be included. We did't know that the guest laundry was convenient and free. We didn't know that we would be eating fresh fish caught that day or that we would have buffets that included lobster tails and tons of other fresh sea food. We also didn't know that tips were included unless you wanted to contribute to the "crew welfare" account or make a special gift to someone who helped you.
All in all it was billed as a great trip but we just kept finding more and more to love about it. We are looking at going again next year and can't wait to be back on board.