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Azamara Journey Cruise Review to Cuba

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
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Azamara Journey

4 Night Havana Intensive (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 06, 2018

Ship: Azamara Journey

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 8073

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Loved our first experience on Azamara and will definitely cruise further with them!

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food was really, really good in all areas. Breakfast buffet was fairly typical but buffet lunch was very good. Main dining room was awesome! Food available all day in one area or another. The Cafe Mosaic (Coffee lounge) was fantastic—specialty coffees all included, little noshes, even at breakfast time, available all day up to dinner time. One of our favorites!

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Not much available other than pool, spa activities, fitness center. A few trivia events—would have like more including in the evening!

Entertainment

2 out of 5
Completely unremarkable. Perhaps because it was only a 4 night cruise and 2 overnights in Havana where you could (and should!) go out for the Havana jazz/creole/local music maybe they didn’t contract with better musicians, etc. Hoping the entertainment is better on future cruises.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Fabulous!!! No “south beach” glitter; pure class instead.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Would be a 5+ star rating if not for the position of the cabin—it was the last one on starboard side in back of ship. SO noisy and windy on the cruise to Havana I could not sleep a wink, a bit better on the trip back to Miami. Also, it was below the Cafe where the breakfast buffet is serviced so every morning by 7 am or earlier we started to hear the chairs dragged along the floor of the cafe. Otherwise, the cabin was AWESOME!!!! It was the size of a large hotel room, very clean and updated, full sized bathroom, good sized balcony (1/3rd larger than a regular veranda cabin). Stocked with complementary pints of 4 alcohol varieties, butler was fantastic and very thoughtful, stewards were great. Our best cabin experience so far EXCEPT for the noise on transit and position under the cafe.

Ship tip

Try to select a good cabin location. We booked late and took the “guaranteed” cabin deal. Great price but not great cabin location given the noise issues above.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
We spent 6 days in Miami before joining the cruise, north of South Beach. The trolley up and down Collins is free and frequent and a great way to get up and back—we didn’t rent a car and used the trolley and the regular bus ($2.25 per person per trip) exclusively. Great! Not much to recommend in the northern/mid-beach area we were in (55th-75th streets), mostly condo buildings. Found Norman’s Tavern around 68th—great local watering hole and the food was really good!

HAVANA, CUBA

3 out of 5
Go for the experience and the classic cars. They are proud of the “sites” they have but they haven’t been outside of their poverty stricken country. Countryside is pretty, music in Havana is great! Otherwise, the amount of poverty is saddening.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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