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22 Jun  2024  10 nights  INT
  • 22 Jun 2024 10 nights INT

    $7,598.00 Regular Price
    $1,139.70Sale Price

    10 nights departing June 26, 2024

    Azamara ❘ Azamara Journey

    Brochure Inside $7,598

    Our Inside $2,245

    Interline Rate $1,100

    You Save 86%

    Brochure Oceanview $7,798

    Our Oceanview $2,681

    Interline Rate $1,250

    You Save 84%

    Brochure Balcony $20,204

    Our Balcony $3,961

    Interline Rate $1,550

    You Save 92%

    Brochure Suite $33,996

    Our Suite $6,799

    You Save

     

    Vibe:

    It is intimate but never crowded, stylish but relaxed, and has no formal dress codes.

     

    What’s Included:

    All meals

    All tips paid

    Standard beer/wine/spirits

    White Nights - Signature Deck Party

    Signature cultural events ashore on select itineraries

     

    What’s Not Included:

    Taxes

    Shore Excursions

    Specialty restaurants

     

    VERANDAH PLUS additional amenities:

    Complimentary Internet (120 minutes or 25% off the unlimited Internet package) per guest

    One free bag of laundry service per stateroom every seven days

    One night of complimentary specialty dining for two, every seven days

    Priority embarkation and debarkation

    Complimentary in-room spirits

     

    Signatures:

    Small fleet, only 4 ships, small ships only 700 pax, big on inclusions.

    A signature of Azamara itineraries is that they always try to stay longer in ports, often with an overnight stay. This is a huge point of difference in small ports like Dubrovnik or Santorini, which can be overrun if many ships are in port.

     

    Azamara offers great itineraries with a heavy focus on the Med, Greek Islands, and Croatia. Any voyage that sails to or from Venice will invariably include Croatia and Dubrovnik.

     

    Demographic Best Suited To:

    Azamara is a great introduction to small ship cruising for those who have sailed with the larger mid-range ships of Royal, Celebrity, and Princess.

    At 5.5 stars, they are the bridge between mid-range and top-end 6-star lines, with much lower price points.

    Invariably, once people experience small ship cruising, they find they can't ever go back to bigger ships.

    The demographic tends to be younger than the high-end 6-star lines.

    Although lacking the kid's clubs of bigger ships, Azamara may be worth considering if your kids enjoy high-end hotels and resort pools—especially with port-intensive itineraries around the Med, where you will often be off the ship.

     

    Bigger bang for your buck

    As they include standard drinks and tips, which run approximately $100 per day on other mid-range lines, they are $700-1000 better value on 7- and 10-day voyages.

     

    Closest Competition and How They Differ:

    The closest in terms of product, size, and pricing is Windstar.

    They, too, have small ships, up to 300 pax, and offer similar itineraries.

    The biggest difference is that Windstar does not include standard drinks and gratuities in its fares. However, Windstar offers an ALL-IN option of drinks/tips/wini/mini-bar for $89 extra per day.

    This makes Azamara a better value proposition than a comparable Windstar fare, which equates to an added value of $623 over 7 nights and $890 over 10.

    Likewise, if you compare Azamara against mid-range lines, you would need to find a cruise-only fare at $1100 to equate to the value of a $2000 fare on Azamara that includes drinks and tips.

     

    Cabin selection notes/tips.

    Inside - same size as other cabins without the balcony

    Ocean view - avoid Category 8 which are obscured cabins, these can be almost totally obscured by lifeboats.

    Avoid Ocean View Guarantee cabins as you will end up with cabins no one else wants, and these will invariably be Category 8, Obscured.

    Balcony - V3, V2, V1 - standard balcony cabins, all the same size and all but identical.

    There are no obscured balcony cabins.

    V3 will be forward, aft, on lower decks

    V2 are better-positioned

    V1 will have the best position but, again, are the same.

    Avoid the cabins that look out over the bow, they can be noisy as these have a closed metal instead of glass balcony railing.

    The best PLUS cabins are the aft-facing V1 cabins, which look out over the wake.

     

    But the biggest advantage is these are wider and have larger footprints. Hence, the bathrooms are much bigger than standard cabins, which have very small cabins and shower curtains, that cause some consternation, but seriously you are only in your shower a few minutes a day.

     

    Entertainment

    Being a small ship, entertainment is limited. However, as they run very port-intensive trips with late-night or overnight stays, I'd rather be ashore in Dubrovnik and Santorini than watching a show onboard.

     

    Dining:

    Specialty restaurants

    There are two, at a small additional charge of about $50

    Aqualina - Italian

    Prime C - Steak House

    These are great, but if your budget is tight, the food in the main dining room, the deck grill, and the buffet is really great, and you won't feel you are missing out.

    They also run a chef's table for about $99 per person.

    Afternoon Tea

    It was a nice surprise and something many overlooked.

     

    The Fleet:

    Click through to view photos and videos of all cabin categories, restaurants, public areas, and deck plans.

     

    Journey

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    Dining

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    Entertainment

     

    Review/Photos

    Pursuit Norway

    • A note about pricing.

      Our prices, like most online retailers, including VTG, are not live, only indicative.

       

      We do everything possible to ensure pricing is accurate when they are uploaded every Sunday.

       

      However, pricing in the cruise industry is no different from airfares. Prices can go up and down based on availability and can change, or indeed sell out, in the time it takes you to refresh your screen.

       

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