Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff included
Boutique house wine at lunches and dinners included
Specialty coffees and teas, and one brand of bottled water are included
Up to $250 onboard account credit included, courtesy of TheCruiseLines.com
TheCruiseLines.com exclusive: Select departure dates feature a concierge host, with a bon voyage cocktail party and one shore event included
Resort casual attire - no formal nights
Destination rich itineraries, with overnight or late night stays in many ports
Speciality shore tours such as a walk down memory lane in Liverpool with the “In the steps of The Beatles” tour; a private demonstration of chocolate flavours in Dubrovnik; a “Theatre A La Carte” evening in London; Croatian liqueur tasting in Zadar; an Imperial Russian Court evening at Tsarskoye Selo in St. Petersburg; an evening gondola serenade in Venice. Additional charge applies to shore tours.
Azamara Included Values
+ value-added Azamara extras!
♦ Destination Immersion - longer stays in port and often overnight stays
♦ Azamazing Evening - one exclusive evening ashore event on every voyage
♦ FREE gratuities
♦ FREE bottled water, sodas, specialty coffees and teas
♦ FREE fine wines and standard spirits in bars, restaurants, on deck
♦ FREE shuttle service to/from select ports
by Ralph Grizzle. An award-winning travel writer, and recognized cruise ship expert.
Note: This video is for the Quest, a sister ship to Journey.
Azamara Journey is the kind of intimate, midsize ship you hardly see anymore in the cruise world, carrying just 694 passengers in a cozy, comfortable, traditional setting. You won’t find any big, flashy waterslides or other theme-park-style attractions here, and that’s really the point: On Azamara Journey, cruises are all about relaxing, socializing, and seeing the world. It’s like spending a week or two at your own little floating country club, where you’re always bound to bump into someone you know.
The ship’s design is very easy to navigate, with public rooms clustered on decks 5, 9, and 10. At deck 5 midships, on the upper level of the atrium lobby, a warm, inviting cafe makes an ideal meeting place, serving snacks and specialty coffee and tea 18 hours a day, and offering quiet music at various times of day. Forward on the same deck, the Cabaret Lounge is big enough to seat about half the passengers onboard for small-scale floor shows, guest entertainers, late-night movies, bingo, and other activities. There’s also a casino with a big-screen TV in one corner, tuned to sports.
Deck 9 forward is taken up with the ship’s spa and gym complex, where you can take a complimentary Pilates, spinning, yoga, or abs class; get a massage or a more esoteric spa treatment like laser hair removal or acupuncture; soak in a thalassotherapy pool; have your hair done at the salon; or just work out. Outside, the pool deck has one small pool and a pair of hot tubs surrounded by super-comfortable wooden deck chairs. One deck up, there’s the Looking Glass observation lounge for dancing and cocktails, plus the Drawing Room, a clubby little space for piano music, conversation, and maybe a nice scotch on the rocks.
The ship has four main dining options. On deck 5, the main Discoveries Restaurant works on an open-seating basis and has a nice, wood-paneled bar just outside its maitre d’ station — a perfect place to meet your friends before dinner. On deck 9, Windows Cafe offers standard buffet selections and a few nice extras, like a fresh juice bar and a pancakes-and-waffles window. On deck 10, two specialty restaurants sit side-by-side in the stern. On the port side, Aqualina offers a Mediterranean menu and Mediterranean decor. To starboard, the Prime C steakhouse is done up with classic wood paneling.
The majority of Azamara Journey’s staterooms are Club Oceanview and Club Veranda cabins. At about 175 square feet, they’re not huge, but are nicely appointed, with wood-tone furnishings, sitting areas, flatscreen TVs, and writing desks. Both the bathrooms and the closet space are on the small side.
Travelers with a few more bucks to spend can step up to the Club Continent suites, which are a roomy 266 square feet and offer a 60-square-foot balcony and a bathroom tub. Top-of-the-line Club World owners’ suites and Club Ocean suites offer have separate bedrooms and living rooms, huge balconies, and master baths with whirlpool tubs and separate shower.
Journey was originally built and launched for Renaissance Cruises back in 2000, but she got a $20 million refurbishment and redesign when she was taken over by Azamara, so she barely shows her age.
The Azamara Journey is a comfortably sized deluxe ship with large ship amenities. This elegantly charming ship offers every luxury you would expect, from the open seating dining to the full service spa.
An Azamara specialty is to include extra values, such as wine served with lunch and dinner, complimentary bottled water, sodas, coffees and teas - including specialty coffees and teas. In many ports, complimentary shuttle buses will take you into the center of town. Azamara prices also include all housekeeping, dining and bar staff gratuities.
Year Built 2000 ♦
Ship's Class: Journey Class ♦
Year Refurbished 2007 ♦
Country of Registry Bahamas ♦
Tonnage 30,000 metric tons (a volume measurement, not weight) ♦
Length 594 ft - 181 m ♦
Cruising Speed 18 knots ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 694 ♦
Passenger Decks 9 ♦
Officers and Crew 390 ♦
Officer's Nationality Greek ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International ♦
Passengers to Staff Ratio 1.77 to 1
Total 355 ♦
Suites with Balcony 42 ♦
Oceanview with Balcony 199 ♦
Oceanview without Balcony 88 ♦
Inside 26 ♦
Accessible Cabins (all categories) 6 ♦
Azamara Club Cruises' cabins are elegant, with thoughtful and comfortable design. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, cotton bathrobe and slippers, refrigerator, satellite TV programming, tote bag, complimentary use of binoculars and umbrella, and complimentary room service. All suites receive butler service.
TV with music channels ♦
In-Cabin Movies ♦
In-Cabin Internet Access ♦
Private Safe ♦
Dining in the main restaurant is open-seating. Azamara Journey also features the specialty restaurants Prime C and Aqualina. Specialty dining is complimentary for suite guests every night, with a minimal charge for stateroom guests. ♦
Open Seating Dining allows you to be seated any time the Discoveries main dining room is open ♦
Complimentary wines are served with lunch and dinner ♦
Specialty Restaurants: Aqualina, Prime C ♦
Casual lunch and dinner is served at the Pool Grill ♦
There is no traditional 1st and 2nd sitting on Azamara cruise ships ♦
There are no formal nights - atmosphere is always resort casual - no jackets required ♦
24 Hour Food Service Available
Bars and Lounges ♦
Card Room/Game Room
Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pool ♦
Fitness Center ♦
Outdoor Fitness Track
Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦
MedSpa Services ♦
Sauna or Steam Room ♦
Beauty Salon ♦
Fitness Assessment ♦
Health and Nutrition Evaluation
Children and Teens
There are no organized activities for children and teens
Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦