A sophisticated alternative to a noisy mega ship, Azamara Journey — with just under 700 passengers — provides excellent service, plenty of room on the pool deck, and public spaces so quiet that they can only be described as meditative. A 2016 renovation reimagined nearly every surface on the ship, making its cabins, pools, and dining areas feel like new. Highlights include a new tapas and wine bar, as well as patio dining with extended, late-night hours.
What We Love
Comfy Cabins: All of Journey's cabins are freshly redone in lighter, airier colors, with textured wall treatments and comforts like Frette linens and easy-access USB ports.
No Lines: Even at capacity, the ship never feels crowded — not at peak dining hours and not during disembarkation.
Lovely Spa Pool: The Sanctum Spa’s pool deck, which is accessible to all suite passengers but also available to everyone else for a nominal fee, has a soothing mineral water pool and expansive ocean views.
Impressive "Theme" Dishes: Whether it’s Turkish, Indian, or British, the rotating theme cuisines at the buffet are authentically prepared — and consistently delicious.
Best Known For
Small Ports: The ship’s compact size allows it to access more remote ports, such as Oaxaca and Crete. At some, you’re likely to be the only cruise ship in town upon arrival.
Evening Tours: The ship often stays in port after sunset, so guests have the opportunity to tour destinations at night. Special evening programing includes the "AzAmazing Evenings" program, where every guest on the ship can participate in a party or concert on land, and "Nights and Cool Places," which grants after-hours entry to museums and cultural sites.
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Who It's Best For
Couples: Twosomes in their 50s, 60s, and 70s who come in search of romance and relaxation — and maybe an off-the-beaten-path port with a little light adventure — will feel at home on Journey. Kids and party animals will likely find themselves bored.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Remote Ports Are Just That: Outside of the ship’s planned shore excursions, you’ll have to work harder to keep yourself entertained — and find the local action — in some of Journey’s more far-flung destinations.
Onboard Entertainment Is Low-Key: On sea days, guests flock to lectures and the sign-up sheet for card games fills up quickly.
Laura Motta is a New York City-based writer for ShermansCruise and the director of publishing for ShermansTravel Media.
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Azamara Journey at a Glance
- Line: Azamara Club Cruises
- Class: R
- Number of Passengers: 696
- Ship Size: Medium
- Launch Date: 2000
- Refurbish Date: 2016
- Australia and New Zealand
- Baltic Sea
- Chobe River
- East Asia
- Eastern Caribbean
- Eastern Mediterranean
- Middle East