Review of Azamara Journey deck 9 (Spa-Lido-Pool-Sundeck)
The Sanctum Spa (open between 8 am - 8 pm) is the ship’s wellness complex operated by Steiner with Elemis Spa products and treatments. All wellness facilities are served by licensed aestheticians (skin specialists) and therapists. Most services require reservations. Additional 18% gratuity for all spa treatments will be added to your onboard account. The Sanctum Spa consists of Beauty Salon, Treatment Rooms (massages, acupuncture, teeth whitening, medispa /Botox, fillers), Reception, Relaxation / Lounge Area and Locker Rooms (male/female changing rooms with showers and steam rooms). Locker rooms are free of charge, and with shower towers (multiple massaging jets). The menu of spa services includes aroma and massage therapy (hot stone, deep tissue, Swedish, exotic treatments), acupuncture, Facial Glow (skincare and facials), body sculpting (seaweed wraps, cellulite reduction). Also offered are Spa rituals (by Elemis, half- and full-day spa treatment packages- body sculpting, facials, massages) and en-suite treatments. Spa treatments are reasonably priced (basic facial / Swedish massage - 50 min, $120). Purchasing 3 treatments is a discounted deal (10-20-30% off, respectively, the 1st-2nd-3rd treatment). Also offered are daily spa specials and discounted port day pricing.
Among the currently offered by Azamara Cruises Spa packages are “Body Sculpting Ritual” (130 min, $315, analysis, Ionithermie Cellulite Reduction, Cellulite and Colon Therapy), “Ritual of Extravagance” (200 min, $380, Tri-Enzyme Facial, Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow, half-body massage, Milk and Honey Manicure and Pedicure) and “Wellness Ritual” (220 min, $500. AromaSpa Ocean Wrap, full body massage, 2x your-choice Acupuncture Sessions).
The Sanctum Spa Terrace (bow location) is an outdoor spa deck / exclusive sunbathing area with loungers, shaded seating (daybeds, one is canopied) and a thalassotherapy pool. The spa pool is salt watered, with multiple massaging jets. The Spa sundeck and pool can be used complimentary (by Suite passengers only) or at extra cost (by lower cabin categories). Passes are charged PP (per day or per cruise) – $24 daily pass PP, and $100 PP or $160 couples cruise-long passes. On seadays only, the outdoor spa deck can be privately booked for the whole night. The Azamara’s “Nights in Private Places” package is designed mainly for couples (newlywed, celebrating honeymoon, anniversaries or other special events). At the cost of $395, the spa terrace transforms into intimate, private deck space. The package includes champagne and canapes served by the pool, followed by a gourmet dinner buffet (incl premium seafood and meats cooked to order on a hot stone grill) and private butler / waiter service. The spa pool can be used privately, as well as the locker rooms (showers). Other included amenities are luxury robes and slippers, and lots of candles around the place. A linens-dressed daybed (with curtains and a retractable roof panel) allows romantic sleeping under the stars. The private butler returns in the morning to serve a Continental (or custom-made) breakfast. The “Nights in Private Places” package can be combined with outdoor spa services. The Sanctum Spa Terrace is open daily (between 8 am – 8 pm), but closes at 5 pm when booked privately.
Salon (portside, open between 8 am - 8 pm) is a Hair Salon / Beauty Parlor offering hair cuts, coloring, styling, barbering, manicure/pedicure, waxing, facials.
Fitness Center (starboard, open between 6 am - 10 pm) is a small Gym Room with floor-ceiling windows, modern equipment (free weights, weight machines, recumbent/stationary bicycles, treadmills, elliptical trainers /all with TV capabilities). There is a separate aerobics area equipped with spinning bikes, conditioning balls, yoga mats, Here are offered complimentary classes (fitness, aerobic, spinning, stretching, strengthening, body conditioning, Yoga, Pilates, nutrition). At extra fee are available individual classes, personal training, boot camp (4-session body sculpt), body composition analysis, professional nutritional consultations.
Acupuncture Room (portside, serviced by NCCAOM certified acupuncturists, list of treatments includes pain relief and stress management, smoking, weight loss)
eConnections (portside 24-hour open Internet computers room with comfortable seating, staff assistance; hosts also Internet and computer classes; Internet packages are available for purchasing here /rates per minute or 50-90-150-240 min package prices)
Public restrooms and elevators
The ship’s Main Pool area has 1 rectangular (outdoor) swimming pool flanked by 2 Jacuzzis (whirlpool hot tubs), sunbathing area (padded chaise lounges), shaded seating area (comfortable couches, lounges), Pool Bar (drinks), Pool Grill (with alfresco seating area /wicker tables and chairs), Swirl & Top (yogurt bar). Complimentary bottled water, soft drinks and towels are provided by dedicated service staff. The pool deck is also the place for the traditional themed deck parties. The main pool and both whirlpools are open between 6 am - 8 pm.
Swirl & Top is a self-serve station with two machines for frozen yogurt and a separate toppings bar. This yogurt bar is complimentary and offers a total of 15 toppings, including chocolate chips, sprinkles, nuts, Oreo bits, fruit toppings, sauces (chocolate, strawberry), gummy bears. You can combine the buffet restaurant’s gelato bar offerings (several ice creams choices) with the toppings at the yogurt station.
Patio Grill (starboard location) is a complimentary fast-food bar (pool grill) with outdoor seating (dining tables and chairs). The bar is open between 12-noon - 6 pm and offers made-to-order pizza, pasta, brochettes, wraps, grilled-to-order burgers (incl veggie and cheeseburger), hot dogs, BBQ ribs, chicken fingers, onion rings, French fries, grilled veggies, tortilla chips, salads.
After 6:30 pm, the Pool Grill’s seating area transforms into The Patio – an outdoor BBQ restaurant (also complimentary). The Patio’s steakhouse-like menu offers barbecued meats – including NY strip loin steaks, pork ribs, lamb tenderloin, chicken kebabs, salmon steak.
Windows Cafe (aft location) is a complimentary, self-service (buffet-style) restaurant with indoor seating plus an open-air terrace (aft-deck outdoor seating area for alfresco dining). Windows Cafe is open between 6:30 am - 10 pm, and offers Breakfast (early 6:30-7 am, regular 7-10 am, late 10-11 am), Lunch (12-noon - 2:30 pm), Afternoon Tea service (3:30-4:30 pm, on portdays only) and Dinner (6-10 pm). At the buffet restaurant are always available coffees, teas, juices, water (waiter service for beverages). Breakfast menu offers hot and cold items, including pancakes, waffles, French toast, mixed pastries, cereals, fruits, yogurts, baked beans, deli meats, sausages, eggs station (made-to-order eggs and omelets), juice bar (fresh juices and smoothies). Lunch offerings include salads bar (also pre-made specialty salads with meat or seafood), deli meats, cheeses, fresh-baked breads (from the ship’s own bakery), hot entrees (lasagna, pork, chicken, salmon, vegetarian), dessert station. For lunch also open carving station (beef, pork, turkey), sushi bar, pasta/pizza bar. Dinner choices include carving meats, fresh sushi, salads bar (incl make-your-own), made-to-order stir-fry station, desserts station.
Based on the current cruise itinerary (ports of call) each evening is offered themed food / local cuisine specialties – Mediterranean, Greek, Italian, French, English, Scandinavian, Indian, Asian. Dinner menu always includes standard dishes (incl vegetarian and healthy choices) and classic desserts – fresh fruits, gelato ice creams, tarts, pastries, cakes, flavored sorbets, sugar-free items. Afternoon Tea on seadays is self-serve, complimented with light snacks (finger / mini sandwiches, cookies, filled scones).
Sunset Bar is an aft-located outdoor bar serving with drinks and refreshments the Windows Cafe’s terrace seating area. The alfresco terrace is also the place for the traditional “White Night” deck party featuring an open-air buffet and live folkloric performances.
Lido deck also has two cruise cabins (with forward-portside location) both in the new category SP-Spa Suite.