Discover why an Azamara voyage is so special - behind the scenes aboard Azamara Journey
With an exclusive tour of the boutique hotel at sea.
Azamara rarely dock at UK shores, as they prefer to provide guests with more time at each destination by flying them to the first port of the itinerary. Wayne from Howard Travel took advantage of the occasion and headed straight to Southampton to see why an Azamara voyage stands out from the rest...
"Straight away I saw that the Azamara Journey is such a classy ship. Sleek lines, elegant furnishings and a stylish interior create a smart, intimate space that instantly make you feel comfortable and like you are staying in a luxury hotel.
This is evident across the whole ship – I was impressed to see all staterooms and suites include 24-hour room service, fresh flowers, plush robes and slippers and the services of a stateroom attendant, completing the premium experience.
My top tip for an Azamara cruise would be definitely consider staying in one of the incredible Club Spa Suites - the most sought-after rooms on board. These amazing suites are fully equipped with modern décor, a private soaking tub and separate rain shower.
Sliding glass doors open onto a spacious private balcony, perfect for sitting back and taking in the sea breeze while enjoying white-linen room service from restaurant menus. English-trained butlers are there for your every need – and can assist with spa reservations to use the $200 complimentary credit you will receive.
Go where others can't
Looking around, I can sense you will never feel crowded in the social spaces around the ship, which have been completely redesigned and upgraded to emanate a warm, club-like ambiance. I am told the boutique ship carries only 690 passengers, which is smaller than other cruise lines.
The smaller ship size means it can visit ports of call that larger cruise liners could never reach. From a slow cruise along Croatia's dramatic Inside Passage to the breath-taking sights of the Whitsunday Islands in Australia, some of the world's most exciting - and lesser explored - destinations are uncovered aboard the Azamara Journey.
World class dining
After touring the glamorous Azamara Journey, we were seated in the elegant main restaurant, Discoveries. I’d heard from Howard Travel customers that the on-board food is incredible, and it did not disappoint. Each course was beautifully presented with a generous portion size, and all the delicious food was of a very high quality.
Sadly we then had to disembark the beautiful Azamara Journey, as it prepared for its impending departure. Back at Howard Travel in Trowbridge, I'm already browsing the new itineraries for my next trip!"
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