Small boats and I don’t usually get along very well (there was this one time with me and a whale watching cruise but that is another story) but I have a feeling that the Azamara Journey and I would get along just fine. This cruise liner is one of the baby sisters of the multi brand cruise ship organisation that is the Royal Caribbean Cruises company and one of two boutique Azamara Club Cruises ships.
The 690-guest ship (that is small in the cruise liner world) is fresh from a multi million dollar make over, with a range of new features including updated interiors, alfresco poolside dining and faster Wi-Fi internet.
As far as the interior of this boat is concerned, think Ascension (on Netflix), think Passengers (recent movie starring Jennifer Lawrence) …with out the lies, deception or the robotic barmen – this thing is pure art déco opulence, straight from a 50’s Hollywood movie… but brand new.
Despite wondering why anyone would really want to leave this floating masterpiece, the focus of the Azamara’s itinerary is on longer stays in destination locations with late night and over night stays in a number of ports so you can experience everything. With trips ranging from a week to 102 nights with some incorporating the Formula 1 in Monte Carlo and the Cannes Film festival in France, there is more than enough options to suit anyones taste.
While you are on the boat it is good to know that your inclusions cover things such as beverages, gratuities, self-service laundry, English Butler service for suite guests and shuttle transportation to city centres in ports, where available.
Check out photos from my visit below.