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Pictures of Azamara Club Cruises' Ship
The Azamara Journey is a 694-passenger ship owned by Azamara Club Cruises, which in turn is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. This premium cruise line owns two of the eight "R" class ships built by Renaissance Cruises--the Azamara Journey and the Azamara Quest, which are identical. These mid-sized ships are very popular with cruise travelers who enjoy the size, which is large enough to have balcony cabins and more dining options, but small enough to have an intimate ambiance and the opportunity for staff to provide more personal service.
The Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest fit Azamara Club Cruises' destination-oriented itineraries perfectly. They can visit off-the-beaten path destinations, but still provide their guests an elegant, premium cruise experience that includes all gratuities and complimentary wine at lunch and dinner, features usually only found on luxury ships.
Let's take a photo tour of the Azamara Journey.
Where... did the name Azamara come from? What does it mean? See below the picture for the answer.
Azamara is a coined term derived from the Romance languages. Those of us who took Latin in high school will recognize blue (az) and the sea (mar). The name was also inspired by a star, Acamar. In Classical times, the star Acamar was the most southern bright star that could be seen from the latitude of Greece.
Fascinating story, isn't it? Now you can impress your dinner companions on your Azamara cruise.Continue to 2 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Grand Staircase
This grand staircase is the centerpiece of the reception area and lobby of the Azamara Journey cruise ship.Continue to 3 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Shore Excursion Desk and Reception Area
The Azamara Journey shore excursion staff were well informed and pleasant to work with.Continue to 5 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Stairwell
The mid-sized Azamara Journey has forward and aft stairwells. Each landing features lovely artwork and/or elegant mirrors.Continue to 6 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Looking Glass Lounge Bar
The Looking Glass Lounge is an excellent locale for a drink either before or after dinner.Continue to 7 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Looking Glass Lounge Dance Floor
This small floor is used for before and after dinner dancing, line dancing, and ballroom dance classes.Continue to 8 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Looking Glass Lounge
The Looking Glass observation lounge features great forward views from deck 10. It also has a nice dance floor and live entertainment in the evening.Continue to 9 of 36 below.
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This picture of the Azamara Journey provides a good look at the ship at anchor in the caldera of the Greek island of Santorini.Continue to 10 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Prime C Bar
The small bar at the entrance to the Prime specialty restaurant is the coziest bar on the Azamara Journey. I thought it had the best Cosmos on the ship.Continue to 11 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Discoveries Lounge
The Azamara Discoveries Lounge is on deck 5 next to the Discoveries Restaurant. It has the feel of an English country house, complete with (faux) fireplace.Continue to 12 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Cabaret Lounge
The Cabaret Lounge is the largest entertainment venue on the Azamara Journey. It features cabaret-style singers, musicians, and entertainers.Continue to 13 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Library/Drawing Room
When Renaissance owned the "R" class ships, everyone raved about how gorgeous the library was. I was happy to see that Azamara had not changed anything except the name. It's now called the Drawing Room.Continue to 15 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Drawing Room
The Azamara Journey Drawing Room on deck 10 is one of the loveliest libraries at sea.Continue to 16 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey Drawing Room
The Drawing Room on the Azamara Journey is a great place to read a book or just have some quiet time.Continue to 17 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Pool Deck Dinner
The two pool deck dinners on the Azamara Journey were wonderful meals, accompanied by great weather, good wine, and delicious food.Continue to 18 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Caribbean Entertainment
The Azamara Journey had two buffet dinners outside on the pool deck on our 12-night cruise--one with Caribbean dishes and the other with an international theme.Continue to 19 of 36 below.
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Although ships have to anchor and use tenders, the Azamara Journey is small enough to include off the beaten path ports in its itineraries.Continue to 20 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - eConnections Computer Room
This large computer room is used for email and for computer classes. The Azamara Journey Wifi works throughout the ship for those with their own computers.Continue to 21 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Astral Spa
The Astral Spa is forward on deck 9 and is a full-service spa, fitness center, and salon. It also has a thalassotherapy pool.Continue to 22 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Gym
The Azamara Journey has all the latest equipment and excellent exercise classes with no extra fee, including yoga, spinning, and Pilates.Continue to 23 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Windows Cafe
The Windows Cafe is aft on deck 9 and has both indoor and outdoor seating. The buffet restaurant serves three meals daily, and has a small outdoor bar.Continue to 24 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Mosaic Cafe Seating Area
The Azamara Journey Mosaic Cafe on deck 5 overlooks the grand staircase and is a busy place all day long. Live piano music fills the area in the evening.Continue to 25 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Discoveries Restaurant
The Discoveries Restaurant is the main dining room on the Azamara Journey cruise ship.Continue to 26 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Elegant Brunch in the Discoveries Restaurant
Sampling the many tasty offerings at an elegant brunch in the lovely Discoveries Restaurant is a great way to spend part of a sea day on the Azamara Journey.Continue to 28 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey Brunch
The Azamara Journey serves a sumptuous brunch in the Discoveries Restaurant on one sea day each cruise.Continue to 29 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Appetizer
This crab salad, avocado, and grapefruit appetizer served in the Discoveries Restaurant on the Azamara Journey was as delicious as it looks.Continue to 30 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey Dessert
This lovely meringue dessert served in the Discoveries Restaurant of the Azamara Journey was both light and tasty.Continue to 31 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Cooking Demonstration
The chefs did three culinary demonstrations on the Azamara Journey--one on making sushi and nigiri, the second on preparing a scallop appetizer from Aqualina, and the third on using marzipan to decorate cakes and other culinary delights. Just listening to how to make rice for sushi convinced me to continue to eat it out rather than try and make it at home!Continue to 32 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey Veranda Cabin
The Azamara Journey Club Veranda cabins have all the amenities cruise travelers expect and enjoy.Continue to 33 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Galley Tour
Even those who don't like to cook will enjoy a tour of a ship's galley. Along with hundreds of other guests, we enjoyed many delicious meals from this kitchen.Continue to 34 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Bridge Tour
It's always a treat to see the navigation bridge on a cruise ship like the Azamara Journey. These young officers were very proud of their jobs and their ship.Continue to 35 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Engine Control Room
Suite guests and frequent Azamara cruisers have the opportunity to tour the engine control room, complete with systems that monitor all the important ship systems such as the engines and navigation, electrical, water, and waste management.Continue to 36 of 36 below.
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Azamara Journey - Fire Indicator in Engine Control Room
This panel in the engine control room is so sensitive that it alerts the officers when someone is smoking in their cabin!