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Prices/Day: $415 USD
Passengers: 694
Crew Members: 408
Length: 592 ft
Tonnage: 30,277

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Journey Editor's Review

Best For People Who Want

Smaller ship convenience with the amenities of a mid-size luxury brand. Butler service in every stateroom, port-intensive itineraries and alternative dining options.

Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer

Larger ships with plenty of onboard activities; extensive children's facilities, big casinos, elaborate stage shows, short sun-soaked itineraries.

Onboard Experience

These ships put their focus on providing the guest with ultimate comfort while taking the ship on unusual destinations. Stateroom amenities including butler service, plush bedding and furniture and spacious bathrooms are accompanied by fine dining and onboard enrichment in the form of lectures and demonstrations. But these are not ships where you will idle away your time on sea days wandering between the pool and the steam room. More likely you will use your stateroom to recover from exhausting shore excursions followed by sumptious meals and then soon to bed.

Suite passengers are given a slate of comfort conveniences such as complimentary soda and bottled water in the room's mini-bar, plus complimentary wine by room service at any time. Generous portions of Elemis bath products are included.

Cuisine

The onboard cuisine has been improved dramatically since management by Larry Pimentel and his capable second in command Edie Bornstein came aboard in early 2010. Suite guests are allowed to dine in either of two alternative dining restuarnats at any time with no additional charge. For the rest of the guests the cover charge is $15 per person.

Wine is always complimentary onboard for lunch and dinner, with a red and a white wine both coming from a collection of unusual "boutique" wines from unusual places such as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, etc. Each night, the two wine selections come from similar regions. If the wine is not to the liking of the customer, which is rare (these are not "2-buck Chuck" brands), then other complimentary wines are offered. There is also an extensive list of special wines available for additional fees.

Restaurants

The main dining room, Discoveries, features open seating, meaning you can dine whenever and with whomever you please, and the promise of stellar nightly selections not to be missed. Examples of entrees include gulf shrimp with cognac and garlic or a filet mignon with black truffle sauce.

There are two alternative restaurants on board; Aqualina, with the focus on seafood, and Prime C with the focus on steaks and chops. All of the dining rooms feature complimentary wine (red or white) plus an extensive wine list available. Cuts of meat from these alternative restuarants are U.S. Angus aged 24 days before service.

Service

The obvious service distinction with Azamara is the inclusion of butler service with every cabin who is generally available to do the special favors a room steward would not do. Want to have a cocktail party for friends in your cabin? The butler will arrange for the champagne and hors d 'ouevres. Want to book a shore excursion or get a reservation in the special restaurants? Just tell the butler what you want, no forms to fill in or lines to wait in. Want a full dinner from the dining room menu served course by course in your stateroom? The butler will do it.

Tipping

Gratuities are included in the cruise fare. This covers all service personnel, including the waiters and head waiters who look after guests in the dining rooms; housekeeping staff; and butlers and stateroom attendants.

Entertainment

options are simple yet diverse musical offerings that range from upbeat dance bands to intimate piano bar entertainers. The showcase theatre features a talented cast of musicians as well as a host of variety entertainers. There is a small casino with some slots and a few table games like Blackjack, roulette and "Let it Ride." No Craps tables.

Cabins

Inside cabins are the smallest at 158 sq. feet. Features include two lower beds convertible to queen size; flat-screen television; refrigerator with mini-bar; thermostat-controlled air conditioning, direct-dial telephone and voicemail; desk; in-room safe; hand-held hairdryer.

Outside staterooms are 170 sq. feet, have either portholes or big picture windows. Features include two lower beds convertible to queen size; flat-screen television; some with sofa bed; refrigerator with mini-bar; thermostat-controlled air conditioning; direct-dial telephone and voicemail; desk; in-room safe; hand-held hairdryer. All category 07 staterooms have a panorama window with an obstructed view. All category 08 staterooms have a porthole instead of a window.

Veranda cabins are 175 sq. feet, plus a 45 sq. ft. balcony. Features include a queen size; floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors; sitting area with sofa bed; private veranda; flat-screen television; refrigerator with mini-bar; direct-dial telephone and voicemail; desk; in-room safe; two hairdryers, one in the bathroom and another at the desk. A complete assortment of complimentray bath products from Elemis comes in every bathroom.

Sunset Veranda staterooms are 175 sq.ft with verandas ranging from 46 to 64 sq. ft. Features include two lower beds convertible to queen size; floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors; sitting area with sofa bed; private veranda; flat-screen television; refrigerator with mini-bar; thermostat-controlled air conditioning; direct-dial telephone and voicemail; desk; in-room safe; hand- held hairdryer. Veranda measurements are approximate.

Sky suites with private balconies are a roomy 266 sq. feet, plus a 60 sq. ft. balcony with two chairs and a table. Features include two lower beds convertible to queen size; floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors; sitting area with sofa bed; bath tub; private veranda; flat-screen television; DVD/CD player; refrigerator with mini-bar; thermostat-controlled air conditioning; direct-dial telephone and voicemail; desk; in-room safe; hand-held hairdryer.

Royal Suites range from 440 to 501 sq. ft. with verandas ranging from 105 to 156 sq. ft. Features include separate living room; floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors; master bedroom with two lower beds convertible to queen size; convertible sofa bed; master bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower; guest bathroom; private veranda; flat-screen television; DVD/CD player; refrigerator with mini-bar; thermostat-controlled air conditioning; direct-dial telephone and voicemail; desk; in-room safe; hand- held hairdryer.

Forward suites have direct sight lines of the rope deck on the front of the vessel. And if you're in a forward cabin on Deck 6, you'd better hope you like the orchestra that performs (and rehearses!) in the Cabaret Lounge, as you're right above it, and will be hearing a lot of them!

The Penthouse Suite is 560 sq. ft. with a 233 sq. ft balcony. It features a separate living room; floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors; master bedroom with two lower beds convertible to queen size; convertible sofa-bed; walk-in closet; dressing room with vanity; master bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower; guest bathroom; private veranda; flat-screen television; DVD/CD player; refrigerator with mini-bar; thermostat-controlled air conditioning; direct-dial telephone and voicemail; desk; in-room safe; hand- held hairdryer.

All suite guests recieve complimentary chilled soda, bottled water and two bottles of hard liquor at no extra cost. A chilled bottle of champagne is set in the room before embarkation. Complimentary wine is available by room service at any time.

Fitness/Spa

In keeping with the Celebrity Spa style, the ships have an Aqua Spa with Thelassotherapy pools, hair salon services, aerobics, and gym and acupuncture services. The Spa is all the way forward on deck 10 for panoramic views of the sea while working out. Suite guests are also given complimentary access to this thermal suite throughuot every cruise.

Children's Facilities

There are no children's facilities onboard.

Attire

The dress code is always resort casual with no scheduled formal nights. Formal attire is welcomed if the guest desires to wear it. No bare feet, tank tops, caps, bathing suits, or jeans are allowed in the dining room or specialty restaurants. Additionally, no tuxedo rentals will be available onboard.

Examples of resort casual attire include sportswear, shorts, casual dresses, skirts, and pants in light fabrics such as linen, cotton, silk and wool gabardine for the women. For the men the line recommends sportswear, golf shirts, shorts, pants, and a sportcoat if desired, (but not required) in light fabrics such as linen, cotton, silk and wool gabardine.

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