Azamara Journey Mosaic 800_Cafe_&_boutiques refurb high

 Azamara Journey has recently emerged from an eight day drydock in Singapore’s Sembawang Shipyard complete with a refresh of all public spaces and staterooms plus an elegant new “Azamara Blue” exterior hull.

The second of Azamara Club Cruises’ twin boutique ships to undergo refurbishment, Azamara Journey is now ready to continue its Asia season.

A new colour palette in public spaces reflects the cruise line’s inviting atmosphere.  The refurbishment also included new carpets, upholstery and new mattresses.  Veranda furniture for suites and staterooms has been upgraded which should add to guests enjoyment while relaxing on their balcony, sipping a cocktail or two and watching the ocean.

Azamara Journey hull 400 refurbThe pool has been resurfaced and should prove to be a very popular area on the outer decks, with new sun lounges and new pool towels.

The Spa and Fitness Centre has not been overlooked during the renovations, now having a new steam room, showers and state of the art Life Fitness cardio equipment.  I am not much of a fitness fan and generally keep away from gyms when I am cruising, but this sounds so good I will have to make an exception and try this fitness centre.

Aqualina, one of the ships’ two specialty dining venues, has a new caviar and champagne bar as well as a new Chef’s Table concept featuring three wine degustation menus – Italian, French and Californian.

At Mosaic Café, the ships’ central gathering spot, guests can purchase a freshly brewed cup of bespoke coffee.

The Casino Bar was also expanded and enhanced with new furniture.

Azamara Journey, with a combination of 347 suites and staterooms, offers a European boutique hotel ambience with extraordinary service, fine cuisine and wines from around the world, plus wellness and vitality programs, all while sailing to a host of destinations larger ships cannot reach.

Inclusive amenities such as complimentary bottled water, sodas, specialty coffee and teas, as well as red and white boutique wines to accompany lunch and dinner plus shuttle transportation to city centres in ports, where available, and the included gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff are some of the reasons why Azamara Club Cruises stand out from the rest. The complimentary self-service laundry will be popular with Australian guests.  Suite guests also enjoy the additional benefit of English Butler service.

Azamara features longer stays and more overnights in port giving guests the opportunity for night touring.  Paired with the new inclusive AzAmazing Evening on every voyage, starting with the Europe 2013 season, Azamara guests will experience the nightlife of some of the world’s most exciting destinations.

Azamara Club Cruises is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, a global cruise holiday company that also owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, and CDF Croisières de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture.  Together, these six brands operate a combined total of forty-one ships with three under construction.  Sandra Tiltman

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