Azamara Journey Overview

 
Azamara Journey
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With its boutique-hotel appeal, upscale dining options, and unique Destination Immersion program, Azamara Journey lives up to the cruise line's reputation for contemporary elegance and engaging travel experiences. While cruisers can enjoy traditional onboard amenities, such as Journey's small casino and its full-service Sanctum Spa, the ship's true focus is on the destination. Avid learners will appreciate Journey's enrichment programs, which include culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, and port-of-call lectures, with many designed to offer insights into the destination countries.

Shipboard entertainment centers around vibrant, cabaret-style shows, including Come Sail Away; Jump, Jive and Swing; and Just Dance. Live entertainment is also available at 54 Below at Sea, an intimate Big Apple-style lounge where guest performers may include musicians, magicians, comedians, and ventriloquists. For travelers who wish to stay active, the ship offers a fitness center, jogging track, and an assortment of head-to-head tournaments, such as ping-pong, darts, and soft archery. Journey also provides ample opportunity for cruisers who wish to engage in retail therapy at the ship's signature shops.

Itineraries and Departure Ports

With longer stays in port, country-focused itineraries, and exciting shore excursions, cruisers on Azamara Journey can immerse themselves in the exciting regions they're visiting. Journey's size also allows access to ports that larger ships can't reach. The vessel sails to a multitude of inspiring destinations worldwide, with itineraries that take it to Europe, the Caribbean, Australia, and the Middle East, including specialty voyages, such as a 10-night Northern Capitals voyage, a 12-night British Isles golf-themed trip, and a 9-night European wine and cuisine tour.

This ship is best for: Offering in-depth explorations of exotic lands and stops at less-traveled ports, Azamara Journey appeals to cruisers looking to fully engage with the culture and customs of the places they're visiting. Journey's Destination Immersion program supplements onshore excursions with customized dining options and onboard experiences, including expert talks on subjects related to the ship's ports of call.

You should know: Journey's destination-focused cruises won't appeal to families seeking an active at-sea experience. Travelers with children  who want varied entertainment, activity, and dining options should explore offerings on cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, that have larger, newer ships.

Activities on Azamara Journey

From yesteryear beats to a celebration of dance and a musical voyage around the world, Journey features a variety of vibrant, Cabaret-style shows. The entertainment continues at 54 Below at Sea, which offers magic, comedy, and music in an intimate Big Apple-style lounge setting. When possible, Azamara Journey also brings local talent onboard for special performances that give cruisers a taste of local culture and music.

For travelers who prefer to court Lady Luck, Journey includes a small casino, where cruisers can play the slots or enjoy a round of blackjack. The ship also boasts a full-service spa, several bars and lounges, and a variety of enrichment programs, including destination-focused expert talks on topics such as wildlife conservation, sustainable agriculture, and insider tips for enhancing onshore visits.

Ship Highlights
  • The Sanctum Spa
  • Cabaret-style shows, including Come Sail Away; Jump, Jive and Swing; and Just Dance
  • Discoveries Lounge and Bar
  • eConnections 24-hour computer room
  • Looking Glass observation lounge and bar
  • Jogging track
  • Pool area with an outdoor swimming pool, 2 whirlpools, and a bar
  • Destination-focused enrichment programs
  • Aqualina Italian restaurant
  • v54 Below at Sea lounge
  • Prime C steak and seafood restaurant

Cabins

From basic Club Interior staterooms to luxury suites, Journey's elegant accommodations offer travelers the amenities of a boutique hotel. Refurbished in 2016, all cabins feature comfortable cotton sheets, French toiletries, a large-screen TV, minibar, and a writing desk. Picture windows fill Club Oceanview staterooms with natural light, while Club Veranda staterooms include private, furnished balconies. Most cabins have two twin beds that convert easily to a queen, and some staterooms provide a sofa bed to sleep additional family members. Suite guests enjoy even more perks, including formal butler service.

In 2020, Azamara will add a new class of cabin: Club Veranda Plus staterooms. Cruisers who choose this option will experience all the perks of a Club Veranda stateroom plus enhanced amenities, such as priority embarkation, free internet, and complimentary specialty dining one night of the cruise.

Dining

As part of Azamara's Destination Immersion program, restaurant menus feature cuisine from ports of call, spotlighting exclusive, local flavors and fresh ingredients at Discoveries Restaurant, the ship's upscale main dining room. For al fresco dining, The Patio is the place to be. At dinnertime, it offers exclusive Destination Immersion options. For casual fare, cruisers can visit Windows Cafe for nightly themed dinners, which are often inspired by visited regions.

Azamara Journey also offers several specialty venues, including Aqualina, which serves up authentic Italian recipes with pasta made from scratch. Mouthwatering steaks and seafood are on the menu at Prime C, and cruisers enjoy exquisite views through the restaurant's floor-to-ceiling windows while dining. Both specialty restaurants also offer vegan menus. Reservations are recommended.

Azamara Journey Ship Stats

  • Price:
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  • Size: S
  • Total Passengers: 694
  • Total Crew: 390
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 1.78
  • Built: Jan 2000
  • Refurbished: Jan 2014
  • Number of Decks: 9
  • Total Cabins: 355
  • Cabin Categories: 45
  • Gross Tonnage: 30,277
  • Length: 593
  • Beam: 95

Ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.4
  • Children's Programs 2.6
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.7
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.9
  • Entertainment 4.0
  • Food and Dining 4.5
  • Onboard Activities 3.8
  • Service and Staff 4.8
  • Ship Quality 4.6

Cabins

355 cabins and 45 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
5.0
(4 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 167 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $270/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
2.3
(18 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 173 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $296/night
Balcony Balcony
3.9
(58 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $385/night
Suite Cabin Suite
5.0
(10 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 398 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $556/night

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Absolutely wonderful trip from beginning to end by jglass9398

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Great trip except for the one excursion inMalaga. There is no other cruis line better than Azamara.

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Phenomenal Greece Cruise by detglenn

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Absolutely enjoyed our Azamara Intensive Greece cruise. This was my first cruise with Azamara. I will definitely cruise Azamara again. I highly recommend Azamara. The service was superb!

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Trans Atlantic cruise by JKMT

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We love cruising on smaller ships. It doesn't compare to the 'herding' feel on the larger ones. This was our second Azamara trip & noticed some changes I don't love. They're phasing out the casino for more rooms. Right now there aren't any dealers, just computer dealers, which is not fun at all. And you rarely see the ship photographers anymore. I personally enjoy them taking pictures for purchase. Apparently most don't since they're so few & scarce. I personally felt the overall experience on the Quest was better.

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Cruiser455
Dec 28, 2016

Most passengers were in their 60's and 70's. They have no activities for small children.

ekaufman
Jun 26, 2016

Leave the kids at home and take someone special with you. Make sure you like to eat, and not on a diet when you step on this boat.

2slots
Jul 09, 2016

This is not a cruise for younger couples.

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