With a smaller size and tasteful décor evocative of the 1920’s, the Azamara Journey creates a comfortable, country-club feel as soon as passengers step on board with its dark panelling, grand staircase, and domed skylight.
The ship’s lack of flashy, theme-park attractions coupled with well-designed passenger flow allows for an intimate, tranquil atmosphere, perfect for mature couples seeking an at-your-own-pace cruising experience. However, although Journey’s vibe is one of relaxation, a wide variety of dining spots, a cabaret, and a casino are only a few of the features which ensure that the more active passenger will find plenty to do on their voyage.
The ‘Deluxe’ grade of the ship along with a considerable breadth of cabin and suite pricing options allows passengers to experience several aspects of a luxury cruise line at an affordable cost.
- Passenger Capacity: 694
- Port of registry: Malta
- Tonnage: 30,277
- Draught : 6.0 metres
- Beam: 29.0 metres
- Maximum speed: 18.5 kts
- Air conditioned and stabilized
- Maiden Voyage: 2000 (2007 as Azamara Journey)
- Passenger Decks: 9
- Lifts: 4
- Officers and Crew: 390
- On-board casino with gaming tables and slot machines
- Celebrity Cabaret entertainment venue
- Golf driving net and shuffleboard court
- The Looking Glass observation lounge
- Five Bars
- Jazz/Piano Lounge
- Boutique C on-board shop
- Outdoor Pool and two whirlpools
- On-board Internet access
- Gymnasium and Jogging track on upper deck
- Discoveries—main dining room with open seating
- Windows Café with indoor and outdoor seating
- Two speciality restaurants Prime C (steak and seafood) and Aqualina (Mediterranean)
- Butler service in all cabins and suites
- Balcony Cabins 249
- Suites 42
- Special Needs 6
- Total Cabins 338 (inc. balcony, suites and special needs above)
- Average Cabin Size 15.3 sq.m (165 sq.ft)
Gareth Davis - Producer says...
Azamara Journey is a mid-size ship, around 700 passengers, so it’s perfectly suited for holiday makers who aren’t interested in an all-singing all-dancing floating resort. That doesn’t mean there isn’t any choice; there are five bars and four restaurants. The food is of a high standard but I wouldn’t describe it as out of the ordinary, even in the two speciality restaurants serving steaks and Mediterranean cuisine.
There’s a period feel to the ship which many will like; lots of wood panelling and swirly carpets summoning up the spirit of the 20s and 30s. The pool isn’t huge but the pool deck is attractive, and a great place for the evening buffets and dances that are held on deck. There’s also a surprisingly well stocked library.
What sets this ship apart from others I’ve experienced is atmosphere. A cruise on-board Azamara Journey is designed for those who like to socialise on holiday and build up a rapport with the crew who are universally acknowledged to offer fantastic service and make you feel very special. This isn’t really a ship where you can crawl off and hide. To do that, you’d need something a lot bigger.
Cheryl Baker - Presenter says...
Azamara Journey is an elegant ship, large enough for plenty of amenities and restaurants but small enough for intimacy and friendliness. There are several benefits with a cruise on Azamara Journey.
For starters, it can access ports that the bigger ships cannot. Secondly, it regularly moors in ports of call for one or more nights, giving you more time to properly enjoy your time in port.
Another bonus is that house wine is included with your meal and, I must say, the food on board is wonderful. Although Azamara Journey is not Adults Only, I would recommend it to couples who are looking for a cruise that is more refined, rather than a 'whistles and flutes' all-action family cruise.