Azamara Journey

4.3 out of 5

Overview

Azamara Journey is a small ship, carrying 694 passengers and 390 crew, and sails from Piraeus (Athens), Greece and Singapore.

Sails from: Barcelona, Spain, Miami, Florida, Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Cruises to: Europe - Northern Europe, Europe - Western Mediterranean, Europe - Mediterranean

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Wine and Tapas

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The Azamara provides a quality experience.  The ship is just the right size for us at 680 passengers (not too big, not too small).  The food was consistently excellent at all venues.  Open seating at dinner is much appreciated. The all-inclusive pricing is truly that and there was no pressure to spend more.  The staff could not be friendlier.  The captain made himself very visible and bid us a good tour each day and welcomed us back as we return.  Cruise Director, Eric De Grey, is a talented entertainer and a friendly, visible person during the cruise.  The entertainment staff , especially the 7-piece ship orchestra, is talented and energetic.  The special Azamazing Evening on shore is unique and wonderfully planned.  Azamara is an overall great cruise line for middle agers (no children-friendly facilities or events).

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Another pleasurable Azamara trip

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Probably the favorite parts of the trip was the friendly and helpful staff and the wonderful ports of call. The Christmas evening entertainment was disappointing. There were beautiful voices on board and a program of Christmas carols and popular Christmas songs perhaps with some sing-alongs interspersed would have been more much appropriate than the tacky skit. Cruise Director Erik is very talented but he needs to slow his presentations (particularly intercom announcements) down so the older passengers can comprehend the information he is imparting. Lastly, we questioned the scheduling of the White Night party - why not have it during a night at sea rather than competing with shore excursions during a night in port?

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Christmas and New Years in Indonesia

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We greatly enjoyed our Azamara cruise. They went out of their way for it to be a festive time. The service was excellent, the food was good, and the itinerary had enough diversity of shore time and at sea.

 

Some of the features in the room were showing wear, which is surprising since they just did their major refurb. But, it did not diminish our enjoyment of the cruise.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Nice Ship, Exotic Ports

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We've been on Azamara before and we like the smaller ship experience. There are no crowds, it's easy to get around the ship, and the food is excellent. The entertainment is more cabaret style than big productions, but equally entertaining. The Journey was recently refurbished so everything looked new and in good condition. The entry level suite far surpasses any mini suite we've had on other cruise lines.

 

We went to Hong Kong, Viet Nam, Thailand and Singapore. The life styles there are very different than western countries. We visited a lot of Buddhist temples and shrines. The local food is also good to try, as long as you have someone with you that can help you choose wisely. English is also not commonly spoken in Viet Nam and Thailand so having a guide fluent in English can be helpful. Singapore and Hong Kong are large modern cities where English is spoken everywhere and it is easy to get around on your own.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Interesting Ports

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Our reason for choosing the Azamara Journey cruise was ease of access to Middle East countries: Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and the UAE were our destinations. We learned a lot about the customs and traditions of the area. Since ,most days were spent in port, it was unlike a traditional cruise with lots of onboard activities.

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  • Price: $$$

  • Size: S

  • Total Passengers: 694

  • Total Crew: 390

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1.78

  • Built: May 2000

  • Refurbished: 4 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 9

  • Total Cabins: 355

  • Cabin Categories: 45

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Cruiser455
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Dec 28, 2016

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

MarieDMorrison
Contributor Level: Purser
Jun 21, 2017

This is not a cruise for small kids that need to be entertained. I think even teens would be bored. It is a great ship for adults but it isn't just "older" adults, either. Bring magnetic hooks for the walls in your cabin so that you have additional storage options.

TomRichard
Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Jun 19, 2017

All dining is "country club casual." The 60 to 70 aged cruisers tend to be well-heeled and have had their share of tuxes and ties. I loved that I never even needed the sports jacket I brought with me.

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