Azamara Journey
Azamara Journey / Azamara
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Teak Pool Deck
Teak Pool Deck / Azamara / Jenna Lyn Pimentel
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Sun Deck Double Chaise
Sun Deck Double Chaise / Azamara
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Discoveries Lounge
Discoveries Lounge / Azamara
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Discoveries Restaurant
Discoveries Restaurant / Laura Motta
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Aqualina Restaurant
Aqualina Restaurant / Laura Motta
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Windows Café
Windows Café / Azamara / Jenna Lyn Pimentel
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Club Continent Suite
Club Continent Suite / Azamara
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Azamara Journey

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

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. Although this ship was built in 2000, a 2016 renovation reimagined nearly every surface on the ship, making its cabins, pools, and dining areas feel like new. Highlights include a tapas and wine bar, as well as patio dining with extended, late-night hours.

What We Love

Snug But Comfy Staterooms: All of Journey's staterooms have been refreshed in lighter, airier colors, with textured wall treatments and comforts like luxury linens and easy-access USB ports. The one drawback in all but the suites: small bathrooms that can be a challenge for the claustrophobic.

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 guests 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 day and evening programming includes the "AzAmazing Celebrations," where every guest on the ship can participate in a party or concert on land. 

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.