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!!
Loved the included Coffee Bar…always Cappuchinos...whatever for no additional cost! Bottled Water in the cabins…and free bottled water when you leave the ship and return at the Gangway. These are nice touches… we never felt nickled and dimed!
We were invited to Dine one evening with the Chief Engineer and some other guests, which was a lovely evening.
Every Port a shuttle was included to the main centre...and while were in Taorimina Sicily ...a full coach from the coast up the town… Oceania was in at the same time as us and I noticed that their passengers had to pay for Taxi’s to get up to the town !!
So wonderful to not have continual announcement thru the day…and only live Music around the Pool… Our 20 year old daughter was with us, and we were surprised that there were many her age on board…the Disco was fun and lively for them..she had an excellent time!
Azamara Club Cruises is an excellent experience and rivals Oceania…
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