I wished to report back to you on my recent cruise on the Azamara Journey…June 4 , 7 nights round trip Rome. I have copied all the staff here at Athlone with my report as well.
I did sail on the Journey the first year Azamara was operating, and was totally impressed with everything and it was an excellent experience; since that sailing I have booked a few of my clients on the line and they have come back exceedingly happy. This trip I just returned from even surpassed my first experience!
I love the size of the ship and as you know the ship is the mirror image of the Quest and also two of the Oceania ships. The ship is lovely and clean, the staff is outstanding. With the wine now being Included at Dinner and Lunch…it is a wonderful touch and it is not an ordinary “plonk” but yet the wines change by the day and are from all parts of the world. The wine flowed freely. The food was exceptional in the Main Dining Room… as good as Crystal and any top notch restaurant in Victoria or Vancouver. The Staff in every area of the ship could not do enough for us; always with a smile… as the gratuities are included in their fares now…they are not looking for an extra hand out…however, our cabin steward did receive extra from us, as did a couple of our other favourites. We did take in Aqualina and Prime C (alternate restaurants), during the week; with the extra $ 15 per person…it was well worth every penny! And here again we left extra due to the exceptional service and cuisine..Fine Dining at it’s best!!
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Dear Larry Pimentel,
I have been wracking my brain to come up with the superlative of "WOW" and even that doesn't begin to express the incredible experience of Azamara. I could go on for pages, but will just touch on a few overall impressions....
1) The Azamara Journey was filled with Very Happy Guests - many of them multiple repeaters - which speaks volumes for a cruise line that is so young. Many people noted the continuing improvements over the past year - the complimentary coffee at the Mosaic Cafe being a big one. Pettus and I kept our ears and eyes open and we did not hear a single criticism - not even one - in fact quite the opposite - everyone was overflowing with compliments on everything - the ship itself, the food, the spa, the activities, the crew...which brings me to -
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A. Azamara Club Cruises® voyages have a resort casual dress code. This means there are no required formal nights, but guests who prefer to dress in formal attire are always welcome to do so. We only ask that guests refrain from bare feet, tank tops, ball caps, bathing suits, or jeans in the dining room or specialty restaurants.
A. Dining on Azamara follows an open seating policy, meaning you can dine when and with whom you like. This allows for more tables of two and four and an atmosphere for intimate dining and getting to know new friends. In our two onboard specialty restaurants, reservations are highly recommended. Specialty restaurants are complimentary for suite guests and require a $15 per person surcharge for guests in Club Veranda, Oceanview or Interior staterooms.
This is our 10th cruise and by far the best we have experienced – including Silversea, which was considerably more expensive.
The best cruise dining we’ve had in Windows and the dining rooms.
An amazing range of onboard activities and entertainment, equal to that of much larger ships.
A delight full mix of nationalities among the crew, service that actively looks for opportunities to accommodate the passengers and heighten their cruise experience.
Officers are always visible around the ship.