Having cruised on many lines I was looking forward to experiencing my first cruise on board the Azamara Journey.
Being part of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity I believe they are the smaller hidden gem of this company.
We embarked the ship in Barcelona in the morning with no line ups and proceeded on board. Every guest is greeted with a Welcome on Board glass of Champagne from a smiling crew member. As the ship was not leaving until 6:00 pm we had plenty of time to go back to the Marina area and enjoy the afternoon watching the boats and people.
On board it was very easy to find our way around the ship as it is 30,000 gross tons and carries 694 guests. The perfect size for getting into smaller ports that the large ships cannot.
The dining rooms and lounges have a very cozy feeling as there is wood paneled walls, bookcases and tables throughout.
The staterooms had adequate storage space for our 15 day cruise.
Dining on board in Discoveries Restaurant is open seating, so after a full day of site seeing there was no need to rush to be on time for dinner. Guest have the choice of dining on their own or joining other guests at dinner. This is a great way to meet other quests and find out how they spent their day.
Prime C and Aqualine are the specialty restaurants on board that you can make reservations for an additional fee. It is worth it to try them at least once.
Azamara is known for longer stays in port and more overnights giving lots of time to experience the city or linger over that last glass of wine or beer. This itinerary had overnights in Funchal Madeira Portugal and Malaga Spain. Most other night the ship left port between 9:00 & 10:00 pm.
On every Azamara Cruise there is a White Night. Our event was held on our second night in Madeira. Everyone comes dressed in white for a buffet dinner and the pool deck is transformed into an outdoor restaurant. The entertainment was very good with our Cruise Director Eric singing and leading a Congo line along the pool deck and upper deck.