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Trip Report Travel Report for Azamara Journey - Asia Cruise

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I have just returned from my first cruise. My aging mother wanted to go on a cruise and couldn't manage on her own due to macular degeneration and recent surgery. She asked me to go along with her as her carer.

We chose the Azamara Journey 14 night cruise starting in Hong Kong, going through Vietnam, Bangkok and ending in Singapore. The dates fitted our needs and the sea days and the port days were nicely balanced. The destination wasn't the main drawcard, I had been to all the ports prior but Mum hadn't so that was OK.

We were extremely impressed with the Azamara Journey, the whole experience was very very positive. The 'family' feeling on the boat is great, you are made to feel welcome by everyone at all times. The staff are genuinely friendly and willing to help in any way they can. The cabin (we took a suite/regular) was spacious, clean and I enjoyed the larger bathroom and how it was appointed. The regular bathrooms looked very basic to me. Everything was super clean and there was everything you needed.

The food was great, I am not a great buffet person so we didn't eat many times in the Windows Cafe perferring the Discoveries Restaurant and because we had a suite we were allowed to eat in the signature restaurants for no extra charge. They were very good but I don't think they were top notch standard, yes the service was terrific but the food whilst good wasn't terribly inovative or exciting.

The activities were fine, I am still not sure about racing from one of the end of the boat to the other to catch the next trivia/game but Mum was happy to do these activities as she couldn't read.

Their on board excursions were also very well organised. We used them twice and both times were most happy. The other excursions I had organised privately so it was good to have the combination.

The entertainment was also of a great standard, the cruise director was very much involved and his enthusiasm and guidance showed amongst his 'team'. The shows were a great length, just long enough.... they don't offer the 'great extravaganza' but what they do is very good. They mixed it up with comedy, dance, singing, magic show etc.

I particularly liked the size of the boat - the main reason for choosing Azamara. They fit about 650 people on board, a really good number. No waiting in lines for anything, plenty of space around the pool if you wanted to sit and read etc.

I am still not a converted cruiser - but this fitted our bill perfectly and I would highly recommend Azamara to anyone.

Schnauzer

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