Cruise was very nice.
Azamara Journey (RETIRED) 571 Cruise Review to Caribbean
Sail Date: October 27, 2007
Ship: Azamara Journey (RETIRED) 571
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 9 years ago
Review SummaryWe had cruised on this ship twice before when it belonged to Renaissance Cruises, and we liked it them. The small size of the ship is an asset. Since there are only 700 passengers, once gets to know people more.
The butler and steward assigned to our cabin were very friendly and accommodating. The ship is kept exceptionally clean. On embarkation, passengers are given a health questionnaire. People who report having had certain health problems within three days of boarding the ship are interviewed by the ship doctor and, if necessary, confined to their cabin until the medical staff is sure that it is safe for them to mingle with the passengers on the ship..
We had a Sky Suite which was roomy and comfortable, with a kind-size bed and quality bedding. It had two big wardrobe closets and ample storage units. The bathroom was a good size and had a tub with shower.
There was a flat-screen TV. They offered two news channels, a sports channel, and a movie channel, besides the usual ship broadcasting channels. On an additional channel, they offered two movies that repeated all day long. The choice of movies was lousy, but one could rent movies from Guest Services as there was a DVD player in the room.
What is nice on a small ship is that one does not have to adhere to strict hours for dinner. The Dining Room was open from 6 pm to 8:30 pm, and one could choose the seating. There were two spciality restaurants on the ship. One is a steak house and the other offers mediterranean and seafod. Both had a nice atmosphere and excellent food. It was easy to get reservations at the speciality restaurant.
Food in the Dining Room and at the Buffets was excellent too, with a very varied and imaginative menu. Staff is very attentive and friendly.
A wonderful feature was High Tea. One could enjoy it at a small cafe where there was a harp player, or choose to be served in the cabin.
Room service was excellent. For dinner, one could select from the Daining Room menu, not just from the standard room service menu.
The Casino was a nice diversion.
Spa services were great, offering many treatments.
Entertainment was very disappointing. The acousitc were too loud for one thing. It was the wrong type of entertainment for a mature audience.
Some of the lectures offered were interesting.
We did not participate in ship activities.
We enjoyed the Library that had a good selection of books, even in foreign languages.
The Pool Deck was very nice, with ample lounges for relaxation.
They offered many activites and music on the Pool Deck, and of course there was always food available at the Pool Grill.
There was a running track above the Pool Deck, but since we experienced a lot of strong winds on this cruise, it was almost impossible to run up there. The Gym is well equipped and also offered classes such as yoga, stretching.
We did not participate in ship-organized tours in the ports.
Disembarkation was very long. We had to be out of our cabins by 8 AM and had to wait until 10 AM to disembark.
Food and Dining
Buffets had excellent selections and helpful staff.
It was the wrong type of entertainment for mostly senior passengers. Only one comedian/juggler was o.k.
Service and Staff
Cabin personnel did excellent job every day
Cabin / Stateroom
Ample closet space to store everything
Ports of Call
Pros: Small ship, attentive service, gourmet food, cleanliness, friendly staff
Cons: Entertainment, disembarkation was too long (three hours wait)