Azamara Journey (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Caribbean

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Cruise was very nice.

Sail Date: October 27, 2007

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

We 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.

Pros: Small ship, attentive service, gourmet food, cleanliness, friendly staff

Cons: Entertainment, disembarkation was too long (three hours wait)

Recommends Azamara Journey (RETIRED)? Yes!

Entertainment was disappointing. Acoustics were too loud.
It was the wrong type of entertainment for mostly senior passengers. Only one comedian/juggler was o.k.
Ship Quality
very strict health check on embarkation is valuable to avoid having many passengers come down with an illness that someone brought onboard
Food and Dining
Eating in the dining room was like eating at a gourmet restaurant every night. Great selection of dishes and high quality of food. Very creative dessert menu. Eating at the speciality restaurants was exceptionally good
Buffets had excellent selections and helpful staff.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had a Sky Suite which was very comfortable, with wonderful bedding, and a King size bed. Nice size of bathroom too, with tub.
Ample closet space to store everything
Service and Staff
Very friendly and accommodating. Officers chatted with passengers. Captain gave daily reports on weather and sailing conditions.
Cabin personnel did excellent job every day
Cristobal, Panama
Stopping at that port was a waste of time. To see the poverty in the city of Colon is devastating. We took a taxi to the Panama Canal and watched a freighter go through the locks. We had sailed through the Panama Canal on a previous cruise, so it was not new to us. Panama City would be interesting, but it would have been an all-day trip, which was not an option for us.
San Andres Island (Isla San Andres), Colombia
Very long tender journey to the island. Lots of poverty. Island is not used to cruise ships. Small section in downtown had nice shops and hotels. Locals charged too much for taxi drives to town or to a beach. A group of us found a local bus that charged 50 cents and got us to where we wanted to go downtown. On the way back I asked the driver to drop us off at a nice sminning beach, and he did.
Hamilton, Bermuda
Very charming and picturesque. We enjoyed the extended stay there. Lots of historical sites. Good for walking. Good shopping. We took a ferry to one point and then the public bus back. Public transportaion is very good.
Cartagena, Colombia
Lots of hisory. Many forts and other monuments in the old, walled in city with very picturesque narrow streets. Interesting museoums. Old town has section with luxurt boutiques but they were closed due to a Holiday.
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
The park is lovely and offers many types of water sports. Most beaches were good for swimming. Interesting walking tours. Lunch buffet provided by the ship is excellent. Everything is clean, and locals are friendly.
Santa Marta, Colombia
Some interesting museaums, but otherwise the town does not offer much. Lots of poverty.

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