We had a FANTASTIC trip on the Azamara Journey to the Caribbean. It was a dream vacation—–perhaps the best vacation of my life. Truly.The ship is impeccable. It is beautiful. The staff is very friendly and outstanding. The cruise director was excellent.
Our suite room was to die for. It was very large, the bathroom had a bathtub (which I used numerous times), the veranda was wonderful, and there was tons of closet space. We had a personal butler for our room, who oversaw all our needs and brought us scrumptious appetizers each day around 5 pm. Our room was furnished with 2 large bottles of alcohol and a bottle of champagne. (Not that we used the alcohol, since we had free drinks.) These were included with the suite. We also had access to the spa room for the hydro-pool and steam room, plus their nice sunning area that was more private than the deck around the pool. This came with the suite. Others had to pay for these privileges.
The entertainment on the trip was the BEST ever. The band, and especially the young director, was fabulous. We loved the shows. The main show performers were multi talented singers and dancers who did a large variety of different music. They performed about 4 or 5 evenings – 3 girls and 3 guys. I especially enjoyed the Broadway evening. One evening the show was on the deck with a fancy buffet dinner, called “White Night”.
Our favorite part of the cruise was the dancing. We had opportunities to dance every evening, which we took full advance of. There were dance instructors on board, Dave and Sunny, and they did a terrific job of teaching ballroom dance. We got quite attached to 2 other couples who enjoyed dancing as much as we did, and we all learned from each other, and practiced together a lot.
There was dancing in the upstairs bar in the late afternoon/early evening, and then there would be dancing in the main “show” room with the large band half an hour before the 8 pm evening show, and then again half an hour before the 10:00 show. Many evenings our little dancing “posse” would dance early (about 6pm) upstairs, dance at 7:30 before the 1st show, watch the first show, go to dinner, dance before the 2nd show, and then go dance with the DJ upstairs or to the piano bar. Because that didn’t leave us that much time for dinner, we would often eat in the buffet dining room. It had absolutely fabulous food. Other nights we would go the restaurant for a leisurely dinner. There were often only the 6 of us dancing in the early evening up in the bar, and we would learn new steps from each other.
On 2 or 3 evenings the Azamara staff put on a lovely cocktail and appetizer party for members of “Le Voyage Club”. Also, members of “Le Voyage” club also got a gift card of 60 minutes of free internet use, which was very nice.
The Caribbean Island beaches were wonderful, a lot like Hawaii. The weather was perfect. We did a lot of swimming and snorkeling. We went zip lining through the jungle on a cruise ship excursion. It was great fun. We had seats and could not spin on our zip line. We raced on the America’s Cup sail boat (12 meter) Stars and Stripes in a 3 boat race. Fourteen of us were the crew, with 3 professionals. It was GREAT fun. We had the boat racing along about 20 mph. This was another cruise excursion.
We were totally pampered, and it was hard to get back to reality.