Azamara Journey Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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5 out of 5

Best Cruise EVER

Sail Date: September 29, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

We had a FANTASTIC time on this trip.  The crew of the Journey reminds me of what cruising used to be.  Impeccable service delivered by happy crew.  Most important, and lost on the other guys, is the ATTITUDE of the ENTIRE staff.  Never an excuse (and really never a reason for one).  Ship is clean and neat.  The decor could use an "update" in style (kinda oldish for me).  Ports of call were UNBELIEVABLE.   This is NOT a party ship.  All live entertainment and bars were closed a bit past 11pm.  A main show, guitar player and piano man who both had overdone sound tracks to cover for their playing.  But because the ports were SOOOOO intensive, we really did not care.

Would go again in a flash.  The included drinks (and boy did the drinks flow - and WITHOUT ANY signature needed), and included tips really make this line compete quite affordabally with other higher end lines.  

Easy on and easy off.  Very few lines for anything.  Food was top notch, all the time.

AND..... ATTITUDE (listen up other lines) was positive, happy, upbeat, and NO EXCUSES or B.S. - ever!!!

Happy to answer specific questions.  This was our 15th cruise on 8 lines.

Cabin / Stateroom
PERFECT location. Great view at all ports. No noise. Easy access to dining. Used the elevator for the pool and sun deck.
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Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Get to the Acropolis entry when it opens. It will still be crowded, but it will be better. Get a hotel on the train line away from the old city, you can save a bunch of money, and get a better hotel.
Ashdod, Israel
The Kotel is a great thing to see, but make reservations MONTHS in advance.
Haifa, Israel
If you want to see the temple, and you do, get there before noon.
Paphos, Cyprus
Skip the long trip to ruins. Just stay in port and enjoy the ruins.
Kas, Turkey
Take a boat trip to the sunken city. We used a local company for 1/4th the cost of the cruise line for 5 hours, including a lunch.
Lindos, Greece
Patmos, Greece
Rent a scooter and see the WHOLE island. Only $20 for all day. Make sure to see the Convent Of Evangelismos (better than St. John's) and the house of Simandiri.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Be prepared to walk walk walk. Don't get a cab that wants to wait. This could take 3-4 hours. Hire a cab just to get you to the entry (top one) and then get another, at the exit, to take you back.
Dikili, Turkey
Good place for a rest and Turkish Bath
Istanbul, Turkey


Book thru a TA, they have some great incentives for Azamara

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