Azamara Journey trip - 4th to 11th June 2011
Melanie Knibbs – 16-06-2011 – Azamara - Journey
Azamara Club Cruises have two identical 30,000 tonne ships which were built in 2000 and refurbished in 2007 when they became the Azamara Journey and Quest. They can each accommodate around 700 guests based on double occupancy. I had expected the age group on board to be very similar to Oceania, but there were more young middle aged than retirement plus. There was a mix of nationalities on board, including a fair amount of UK guests. It is as you would expect very elegant, but also very relaxed and friendly. The service level was very high.
No children were present on board apart from the Captains small son.
There is one main pool area with padded wooden beds, which are a little close together and no tables between to separate them. Although the area was never full of people and there was also additional space to sunbathe on the Sun Deck.
The main dining room ‘Discoveries’ is open seat dining for breakfast and dinner, but was closed for lunch. As you enter there is a bar area to enjoy a pre dinner drink before you dine. Desert and opera under the stars had been planned for one evening, but it rained and had to be moved back inside.
The self-service Windows cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Some areas are live stations where the food is made to order like stir fry and pasta. I had breakfast on my balcony every morning and the amount of options available was vast. Two other dining options that are available at an additional cost of $15 per person are: Aqualina has a menu inspired by the Mediterranean; Prime C is a traditional steak house. We managed to dine in both speciality restaurants and they were both very good, as was all the food on board. Both are free to suite guests.
Just away from the pool area is the Pool Grill serving grilled specialities and salads. The officers were around to serve ice cream one afternoon and a barbeque buffet another. All staff and officers were very friendly and accessible.
Mosaic Cafe on deck 5 served complementary speciality coffees and light bites. The range was changed throughout the day to suit the time of day from being breakfast snacks to cocktail snacks. It was a popular hub of the ship with everything from Quizzes to cabaret entertainment.
A gin and tonic costs $6.00 (Bombay $6.00 + free tonic + no service charge). The boutique white or red wines served with lunch and dinner were very good and if you didn’t like the wine served that day, but you did like yesterdays, you could ask for that. Other wine is available but the wine included was very good. Unlimited soft drinks and selected bottled waters are included
I had a V2 club balcony stateroom. The room was of a good size at 215 square feet including balcony.
The bathroom had a single shower and was of standard size but Elemis toiletries are provided
The mini bar was stocked with free and unlimited soft drinks and water.
We were able to view some other grades of accommodation including a Club owners suite, which one of our group won at bingo including his own butler for the week. As the ship was not full two upgrades to suites were included as bingo prizes on the first two days.
Journey also has a spa with Thalassotherpy pool, acupuncture, casino, two small boutiques, internet cafe, movies under the stars and theatre.
The entertainment is excellent and the cruise director Eric is very popular and provides some great shows.
The Looking Glass night club was very well attended by a good number of guests.
Gratuities are included and complementary shuttles in most ports.
There is a free self service laundry and they even provide the soap powder!