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Azamara Journey Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Azamara Journey

17 Night Panama Canal Holiday (Miami To Los Angeles)

Sail date: December 19, 2019

Ship: Azamara Journey

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7042

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Review summary

This was our first cruise on a small ship but we will definitely do it again . Would recommend it to anyone except families with young children . Azamara clients tend to be middle aged to seniors .

Embarkation

5 out of 5
A breeze

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Excellent choice of food in all eateries. Hot plates used throughout which was refreshing these days . The Brunches were probably some of the best we have experienced .

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Apart from the lectures we didn’t use the entertainment. However we took part in the White night which was great fun brilliant atmosphere.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
The music and entertainment around the public spaces was very good and not to intrusive.

Children's Programs

Senior citizens travelling as a couple

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Every member of staff was pleasant and happy to serve you and make your experience be a good one .... from food to drink to you cabin .

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Absolutely spotless .... lots of hand sanitizers around and cloths to open toilet doors with bin appropriately placed for disposal.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Nothing to criticise .....fresh flowers twice during the cruise ....daily clean and towels and bedding changed appropriately. Yes bathroom is small but we managed perfectly. Cases fitted under bed and I took magnetic hooks for the cabin stored hats & bags ect.

Ship tip

Cut back on luggage launderette on deck 7 was very useful. Keep dress smart casual.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
South Beach perfect location for pre cruise stay. Found it expensive with City Tax on top of gratuities ect.

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5
Used Hop on Hop off bus given it took 90mins to travel the route .... we ran out of time to utilise the stops as there was a 30 min wait in between next bus. It was Jan so we lost the light early . We also had a problem with our pick up from the port and ended up having to pay 20$ to get to the first pick up point .

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Truly amazing..... didn’t know what to really expect but the 6 hour transit gave us lots of viewing/photo opportunities.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Very easy port to exit took a taxi into the old town and walked along the pedestrianised seafront . Very relaxed shopping and eating places . Took a bus back to port that was fun .

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

4 out of 5
Took an excursion booked with travel agent before leaving along with Hop on Hop off bus in Cartagena . Wouldn’t do this again there was a change of time when the bus was leaving and six passengers were informed and we weren’t leaving them sitting on the bus for an hour . They were not well pleased and created an atmosphere. The visit to Antiqua old town was okay but involved visiting a jade outlet not our idea of fun especially when the town was buzzing with market stalls . In the afternoon we visited the Hot Springs which was a novel experience being plunged from extremely hot pool to ice floating pool with two others in between at varying temperatures. Lunch which was included very basic at the Hot Springs .

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

3 out of 5
Not impressed with what we saw . In fairness we didn’t take an excursion and chose to walk of ship and mooch on our own . Didn’t stay off long the port area around the front was littered and not very welcoming.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5
Loved San José del Cabo took a bus and shopped and had lunch . It’s a thirty minute bus ride and 10/15 min walk from the bus stop it worth the effort..... the coastline is amazing would love to go back for a holiday. Got a taxi back to port 35$ plus tip . Cheaper than the tour which took you to a glass blowing factory .

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

4 out of 5

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Smooth just a short wait in a queue undercover waiting to get into customs hall. It was early morning so it was a bit nippy hanging around outside .
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