The reviews on Azamara Club Cruises are rather old. I am looking at a cruise on the Journey late fall this year. Anyone with current expierence on that ship--could you please post a review (long or short)? Just so it's up to date.---Thanks:-):-)
We sailed on Azamara Journey in December of '07. It was only a few months after its inception but it was one of the best cruises we've had. It was a Brasil, Argentina, Uruguay, 12 day cruise.
My wife and I love the R ships of Azamara, Oceania and the smaller Princess ships. They have a passenger capacity of 680 - 700 people but they offer almost all of the major amenities of the larger ships. There is no large production shows but the show lounge is a more intimate setting and they had some decent comedians and singers.
The thing I enjoyed most is the food. The country club casual, open seating, dining is great on a port intensive itinerary. They have two specialty restaurants, Prime C and Aqualina, and they offer excellent food that is well prepared and they use high quality ingredients. The main dining room and buffet were also very good with nothing that I didn't like. I am somewhat of a, self admitted, food snob so I feel that it's high praise.
With the changes that Azamara has made in the last year, with included gratuities, wines with meals, more overnights at embarkation, debarkation and other ports, they have moved from niche to ultra-premium. I know you will like it. Especially if the itinerary is important to you.
One hint: If you are booking a standard balcony cabin don't go for the top end. The only difference is the location on the ship.
Take care and enjoy,
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Whilie Mike;s revie is still reelvent, I agree we needed uofated reviews on these ships. I am making it a perosnal comitment to get on an Azamara ship ASAP and write us a full professional review at my first chance,
I will be on the Journey for Nov. 3rd Holy Land sailing. We are very much looking forward to this. We were on the Tahitian Princess a few years ago and loved the small ship. I believe they are even better now with more food choices etc.