Azamara Journey Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

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5 out of 5

Extraordinary Experience & Excellent Cruise

Sail Date: June 03, 2014

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

First, it was timed to be in Normandy for D-Day.  We had veterans on board, which added to the emotional power. We had a D-Day party in Cherbourg that featured big bands and local people dressed in period clothes.  More importantly, the mayor attended to express his appreciation for the American contribution to their liberation and to salute our paratrooper veteran with a certificate. Probably not a dry eye in the place. - The ports were all excellent destinations, and we had plenty of time to do our own things as we choose to be independent travelers. - The food was excellent, and we love having unlimited and included wines, chosen by the ship.  These were just fine. -  All the crew and service people were friendly and helpful, from the captain on down.  Of course the president/ceo of Azamara was on-board for this sailing, which may have added a special luster to our experience. 

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
You do have to tell your waiter if you like your salmon medium rare.
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
We didn't see many but enjoyed what we saw.
Destinations and Excursions
St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Wanted more time here. We walked around town and to the castle, looking at the boats etc. We didn't have enough time to visit the W.W. 2 museum.
Cherbourg, France
We walked to the statue of Napoleon and passed the city hall. We saw a memorial plaque to the soldier/officer who liberated the city, weeks after D-Day. We walked around the special garden and then had a lovely lunch along the quai.
Honfleur, France
The second day, we went to the Normandy beaches and to Bayeux. We'd seen the tapestry before . Met a friend from home for lunch!!
Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France
Visiting the castle and walking the ramparts. The castle art museum was surprising and good. The collection was comprised of donations from wealthy 19th century French collectors, so spanned many areas. The best fish restaurant in town was not open as it was Monday. Anyone who's seen "The Invisible Woman": the death certificate for the still-born baby was from this town.
Dover (London), England
We thought we we'd whizz through the castle and thence to Canterbury, but we walked up the hill, toured the underground tunnels where they planned the Dunkirk rescue, climbed a tower, had lunch etc., and that was the splendid day. The visitor bureau volunteers met us at the bus shop in town and were VERY helpful.
Amsterdam, Netherlands See the earlier entry.

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