Azamara Journey Cruise Review to Europe

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5 out of 5

Fantastic voyage

Sail Date: August 29, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

The cruise was great.  Azamara is an amazing cruise line, with little extras added in as the cruise progresses. The cabin stewards are thorough, helpful and friendly, and willing to go out of their way to fill your needs.

The amazing evening was an outing to Ephesus, to experience a local string orchestra play for us at the Odeon, an ancient amphitheater. We sat in the ancient seats and listened to the orchestra play a diverse mixture of music.  Truly magical, to be able to experience such an unexpected evening.

Another treat was a cookout with fresh fish that the dining crew procured locally for us.  Fresh fish, out of the water that morning, cooked over the open grills on the upper deck.  I am spoiled for any supermarket fish ever again.

Another treat was fresh lobster procured locally and grilled for us.  These are the extras that Azamara provides that make it a memorable cruise experience.

The self-service laundry is a huge bonus.

Cabin / Stateroom
Excellent, although there was a smell of mold in the bathroom. Comfortable bed.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
I only took one excursion, and that was to Murano. In Turkey, the vendors and store keepers were very aggressive, which was a detriment, but not the fault of the cruise line.
Onboard Activities
There was a lot going on, so there was no reason for anyone to be bored.
Children's Programs Not applicable
I didn't attend any shows, as I was exhausted from the days activities. I was told that the shows were very good. The entertainment on the deck and in the lounges was nice, the singers and musicians adding to the ambiance of the areal
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Loved just walking around the old city, and experiencing life as it was hundreds of years ago. Ate grilled sardines in a local restaurant. Yum.
Again, just walked around looking at old places. The merchants in town are very aggressive, so don't stop and look in the windows.
Don't miss John's cave. It will help if you can be there when there are few tourists, so you can get the feel of the mystical aura. Check the hours if you go alone - it closes part of the day.
Santorini, Greece
I just walked around. Didn't realize that you had to take the cable care (five euros each way) or go up by donkey or walk. The churches are magnificent in all of the places we went
Again, I experienced the old city, bought some souvenirs from friendly vendors. The ice cream is delicious.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Delicious fresh fish for lunch, followed by an ice cream cone before reboarding the ship
Hvar, Croatia
Optija, Croatia
More "modern" than the others . Beautiful park to stroll through.
Venice, Italy
To the airport and home.


A cruise for relaxation. Not a cruise for people who want constant entertainment and activity, Azamara is more subdued. A great cruise to unwind and experience foreign countries, delightful cuisine, and meet new friends.

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