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Review: Azamara Journey

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Unforgettable Azamara Cruise to the Holy Land

  • By SilverTraveller Happy-Feet

    35 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • Oct 2012
  • Husband
  • Special occasion
  • Oceanview

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We do not normally holiday cruise but this was a special occasion as we are nearing our fiftieth anniversary and wanted to celebrate in a special way – and it certainly was. Azamara Journey was a smaller ship, approximately 600+ passengers, plus crew. A friendly welcome at Athens sent us sailing away to Haifa, Israel, our first port of call. Here we visited the famous terraced Baha'i Shrine & Gardens.



Found our oceanview stateroom comfortable and spotlessly clean and although being only 170 sq.ft. it was roomy enough for us. Excellent service from our steward, nothing was too much trouble. We also found this pleasant attitude from all the crew which made our dining such an enjoyable experience with delicious food and complimentary wines served at lunch and dinner. Entertainment was memorable too with first class singers, dancers, small orchestra and some other guest appearances, all making for a great end to the day. Passengers were mainly 50 plus, mostly American and Canadian, but what good company they were. We enjoyed meeting so many lovely people. The cruise destinations were well planned and the time table allowed for plenty of time on shore. Our second port was Ashdod, Israel, where we visited the famous sites in Jerusalem, the wailing wall, etc. Had an excellent guide who made the trip so interesting with his historical knowledge. The next sailing was to Paphos, Cyprus. This was our only tender, which ran smoothly, and we enjoyed the warm sunshine in this pretty resort. We then sailed into the rain in Antalya, Turkey, but this did not last for long and we had a good look around the lovely old town. Lots to do here, its the largest holiday resort in Turkey. Then a short cruise along the coast to Marmaris another large Turkish resort. We chose a lovely excursion to visit two villages and a small mosque, finally calling at Icemeler a small bay very popular with tourists. From here we sailed into Rhodes. Loved this old walled town with its quaint gift shops and restaurants. Then another hilight of the cruise was our port of call Kusadasi, Turkey, for our visit to Ephesus. It is known as the greatest outdoor museum of Turkey and it was an amazing experience to see the remains of this historical town. Concerts are still held in The Grand Theatre, which has a seating capacity of 24,000. The Shrine of the Virgin Mary is only a short distance away and it is believed she spent her last days here before her death. Finally we smoothly sailed into Mykonos,(all the sailing was smooth we sometimes forgot we were on a ship when we awoke to a different view in the morning!} This is an enchanting small Greek island but big enough to get lost in the maze of narrow streets in the main town!. Lovely blue and white houses , boutique shops and good choice of restaurants along the front with a cheeky resident Pelican. Once again we were all too soon back in Athens with the magnificent Acropolis dominating the city. Have never known time to go so quickly. We saw and did so much but at the same time felt relaxed. Our flight home was with Aegean Airways, excellent, which sealed our unforgettable time on Azamara Journey. Would really recommend these smaller, friendlier ships who look after you so well.

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  • Happy-Feet
    about 8 years ago
    Azamara really do tick all the boxes. Good to hear you enjoyed another great cruise with them. We are looking at their website and hope to book again in 2014..
  • Su
    about 8 years ago
    Our cruise on The Azamara Journey certainly didn't disappoint. We visited small ports of call in Northern Italy, many of which were reached by tender. We were thoroughly spoilt, enjoying breakfast on our own balcony each morning. Amazing Azamara!
  • Su
    over 8 years ago
    We did a similar itinary last year on The Azamara Quest, the sister ship of The journey. We have enjoyed many cruises with other companies, but none compare with Azamara. We have booked a cruise on Azamara Journey on 27th July to various ports of call in N. Italy. A real treat I think!!