Azamara Journey Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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4-6 cruises

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4 out of 5

Better than expected

Sail Date: December 23, 2015

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Embarkation was very easy, food was really superb, live entertainment was wonderful, service from staff was absolutely way above expectation, especially Luis and Reynaldo who took care of our Stateroom! Anton the guitarist was a joy to listen to daily. Christmas celebration was really enjoyable and the New Years Eve party around the pool was very memorable!! The ice sculptures were a great touch and the rest of the guests were simply enjoyable to be with. The Amazing evening on shore in Cartagena, Columbia was a bonus touch for everyone!! The New Years Day Captain's brunch was a culinary delight as was the Caribbean Night Pool Party. I just wished we had spent one day less in Aruba and a day more in Columbia. Going through the Panama Canal was an amazing experience and totally glad we experienced it. 

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Cabin / Stateroom
Attendant Luis and his assistant Reynaldo were simply amazing and seemed to know exactly when we needed or wanted something. They spoiled us completely with their attention to detail and anticipating our very wish. Nothing was too much or too little for them to do for us...always with a smile and always friendly and yet professional. They even decorated our stateroom and left us a beautiful card wishing us a Happy 42nd Wedding Anniversary!!
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarking was VERY easy, disembarking had some hiccups and having to go ashore in Puntarenas, Costa Rica and sit for hours in a hot Customs building waiting for them to get organized and finally deigning to stamp everyone's passport was very uncomfortable and not a pleasant experience.
Ship Quality
Layout was good and everything was very clean and well maintained
Destinations and Excursions
Loved the destinations but some Excursions were not the greatest.
Onboard Activities
Could offer a few more variety especially during the daytime.
Children's Programs Travelled as a couple did not use this feature.
Entertainment
Eric the head entertainer was in a class of his own, the singing Divas ere very entertaining, the younger singers Marcos, Natalie and Ms. Munroe were very pleasing.
Service and Staff
GREAT service and amazing staff!
Food and Dining
Quite a variety and definitely five star quality!
Miami, Florida
Willemstad, Curacao
Unfortunately when we docked all stores were closed on Boxing Day. We walked along deserted and silent streets on the waterfront.
Oranjestad, Aruba
The Steelpan band from the Island that played the night at our pool party was very good.
Cartagena, Colombia
Really liked what e saw unfortunately we did not get enough time to see much as we docked around 2 p.m. and had to be ready for the Amazing evening at 6 p.m. Hired a taxi to drive us around sightseeing but would have loved to have had an extra day in this port!!
Panama Canal Transit
An experience of a lifetime!!! Having an on board knowledgeable commentator through it all was a great idea.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Customs refused to come aboard to stamp passports and having to sit for more than an hour in a hot and humid room waiting for them to get organized and stamp passports was not an enjoyable experience. They did not even offer an apology to the seniors in wheelchairs or with walkers.

Tip

The Amazing evening in Cartagena, Columbia was a wonderful bonus for all guests. Ivaan the Pianist performed solely for us and the official greeting by young ladies wearing white and showering us with white rose petals was an experience!



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