Azamara Journey

Former names: Blue Dream, Blue Star, R Six (Renaissance Cruises)

Azamara Journey current position

Azamara Journey current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 55.87000 N / -4.35333 W) cruising en route to GLASGOW. The AIS position was reported 2 hours ago.

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Specifications of Azamara Journey

Year built2000  /  Age: 20
Flag state Malta
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassRenaissance / R-Class
Building costGBP 150 million (USD 200 million)
Owner(RCCL) Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
OperatorAzamara Club Cruises
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)181 m / 594 ft
Beam (width)25 m / 82 ft
Gross Tonnage30277 gt
Passengers710 - 781
Passengers-to-space ratio39
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2016
Former namesBlue Dream, Blue Star, R Six (Renaissance Cruises)
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Azamara Journey Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Apr 09 8 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon $2249
2021 Apr 17 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Villefranche-sur-Mer Barcelona $1649
2021 Apr 24 7 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Civitavecchia Villefranche-sur-Mer $1999
2021 May 01 6 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia $1499
2021 May 07 13 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice $4199
2021 May 20 6 days, round-trip Grand Prix Weekend Voyage Barcelona $2949
2021 May 26 10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Dublin Barcelona $3699
2021 Jun 05 13 days, one-way from Dublin to Stockholm Dublin $5299
2021 Jun 30 16 days, one-way from Oslo to Leith-Edinburgh Oslo $6799
2021 Jul 16 12 days, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to Southampton Leith-Edinburgh $5199
2021 Jul 28 18 days, one-way from Southampton to Oslo Southampton $8399
2021 Aug 15 13 days, one-way from Oslo to Amsterdam Oslo $5369
2021 Aug 28 11 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Lisbon Amsterdam $4359
2021 Sep 08 10 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon $4399
2021 Sep 18 11 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona $4499
2021 Sep 29 14 days, round-trip Black Sea Voyage Piraeus $7499
2021 Oct 13 12 days, round-trip Greece Intensive Voyage Piraeus $4909
2021 Nov 02 16 days, one-way from Piraeus to Dubai Piraeus $4899
2021 Nov 18 19 days, one-way from Dubai to Singapore Dubai $5099
2021 Dec 07 12 days, one-way from Singapore to Fremantle Singapore $2899
2021 Dec 19 16 days, one-way from Fremantle to Melbourne Fremantle $7999
2022 Jan 04 16 days, one-way from Melbourne to Auckland Melbourne $5599
2022 Jan 20 16 days, round-trip New Zealand Intensive Voyage Auckland $5199
2022 Feb 05 17 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $7299
2022 Feb 22 17 days, one-way from Sydney to Singapore Sydney $5199
2022 Mar 11 16 days, one-way from Singapore to Tokyo Singapore $4699
2022 Mar 27 15 days, round-trip Japan Intensive Voyage Tokyo $7999
2022 Apr 11 15 days, round-trip Japan Intensive Voyage Tokyo $7999
2022 Apr 26 17 days, one-way from Tokyo to Singapore Tokyo $4999
2022 May 13 23 days, one-way from Singapore to Piraeus Singapore $5199
2022 Jun 05 12 days, round-trip Black Sea Voyage Piraeus $6099
2022 Jun 17 10 days, round-trip Greece Intensive Voyage Piraeus $4099
2022 Jun 27 12 days, round-trip Black Sea Voyage Piraeus $6099
2022 Jul 09 9 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus $3699
2022 Jul 18 12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice $3999
2022 Jul 30 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Genoa Barcelona $2399
2022 Aug 06 11 days, one-way from Genoa to Venice Genoa $3899
2022 Aug 17 9 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus Venice $3199
2022 Aug 26 11 days, one-way from Piraeus to Istanbul Piraeus $6099
2022 Sep 06 11 days, one-way from Istanbul to Piraeus Istanbul $6099
2022 Sep 24 12 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus $4999
2022 Oct 06 11 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus Venice $4099
2022 Oct 17 11 days, round-trip Greece Intensive Voyage Piraeus $4499
2022 Oct 28 11 days, round-trip Ancient Civilizations Voyage Piraeus $3999
2022 Nov 08 11 days, round-trip Ancient Civilizations Voyage Piraeus $3999
2022 Nov 19 10 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lisbon Piraeus $2999
2022 Nov 29 21 days, one-way from Lisbon to Cape Town Lisbon $7199
2022 Dec 20 14 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Holiday Cape Town $4599
2023 Jan 03 12 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Voyage Cape Town $3799
2023 Jan 15 12 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Voyage Cape Town $3799
2023 Jan 27 12 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Voyage Cape Town $3799
2023 Feb 08 12 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Voyage Cape Town $3799
2023 Feb 20 12 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Voyage Cape Town $3799
2023 Mar 04 21 days, one-way from Cape Town to Lisbon Cape Town $7299

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Review of Azamara Journey

Launched in 2000, Azamara Journey is the first of three identical Azamara Cruises R-class ships, together with the fleet mates Azamara Quest and Azamara Pursuit.

History - construction and ownership

Azamara Club Cruises is a subsidiary company of RCCL-Royal Caribbean (shipowner). Founded in 2007 as "Azamara Cruises", the company was rebranded in 2009. Azamara liners were originally built as R-Class vessels for Renaissance Cruises (company operational between 1989-2001). Other RCCL-owned cruise companies (sister-brands) are Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity, Pullmantur, TUI, Marella (UK).

Azamara Journey cruise ship

The 30,277-ton, 694-passenger cruise ship Azamara Journey was formerly sailing as R Six (Renaissance) and Blue Dream (Pullmantur).

In 2001, the vessel’s original owner Renaissance Cruises ceased operations due to liquidity. The vessel was launched in 2003, and operated by charter Pullmantur Cruises under the name “Blue Star”. In 2005, Pullmantur officially renamed it to “Blue Dream”. In 2008, the Pullmantur’s owner RCCL (Royal Caribbean) transferred it to the subsidiary (new luxury brand) “Azamara Cruises” (in 2009 rebranded to “Azamara Club Cruises”) and renamed the ship to “Azamara Journey”.

The award-winning boutique ship amazes with lots of dining options, an unforgettable spa, and wellness facilities, friendly staff always in place to help passengers and destinations that guests would love to visit.

As a Renaissance-class ship, the interior of the vessel is in Edwardian style, resembling a Transatlantic steamship from the early years of the 20th century. When you enter the ship, it looks like you have entered the "golden era". There's no multi-deck atrium - only a curving staircase that amazes you with its grace and elegance, leading to the main public room of the vessel. The ceiling has glass skylight, stained simulated, it is capped with a dome and its height is two decks.

Azamara Journey cruise ship

Azamara Journey cruise ship entered drydock on January 22, 2016, in the Bahamas. During the 5-day process, she received a host of refurbishments and upgrades, announced previously in June, as well as a technology overhaul. The brand new "Pervasive Wi-Fi" system provides faster Internet connectivity from any place on board the ship. Interactive TVs in all staterooms feature new options including live TV, movies on demand, lecturer schedules, weather updates, navigational and port information. Passengers are able to book a shore excursion through their TVs, as well as to order room service. In the Inspiration Center on Deck 4, Azamara guests are able to plan their next voyage by a 98-inch touchscreen to learn about future sailings and the ports visited. Passengers in The Drawing Room and Living Room use interactive tabletops to send digital postcards, design their own art by a Scribble app, or surf social media sites.

Cruise itinerary program

Azamara Journey itinerary program is based on Caribbean cruises leaving mainly from Miami FL, voyages to Asia (with departures from Singapore and China) and Europe (the Black Sea and the Mediterranean). When changing regions, the ship offers repositioning sailings through Suez Canal and Transatlantic crossings.


Most Azamara Journey staterooms are 175-sq.foot Balcony rooms (209). Azamara Journey has a total number of 355 cabins (of which 42 Suite, 209 Balcony, 48 Inside rooms) in 23 grades. The Wheelchair accessible cabins are 6. The largest aboard Azamara Journey is the Club World Owner’s Suite (560 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

For a small ship, Azamara Journey features plenty of options for each meal. The passengers are also encouraged to explore local cuisine when on shore. The line added a complimentary tapas bar when the ship went into dry dock in 2016. Overall, the food onboard is quite good. There are rotating themes in the buffet and the tables there are spruced up at night with soft glowing orbs. The main dining room pampers with an entree salad every night.

Follows the complete list of Azamara Journey restaurants and food bars.

  • Discoveries Restaurant (aft Dining Room, complimentary, with waiter service, open seating Breakfast 8:00 - 9:30 a.m., Lunch 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., and Dinner 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.)
  • Pool Grill (lunch-only casual dining restaurant with a fast food menu, made-to-order - pizza, pasta, burgers, fries, salads; complimentary)
  • Windows Cafe (complimentary buffet restaurant; has indoor seating and portside/starboard terraces; open between 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; offers early, buffet and late breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and casual dinner)
  • Aqualina (dinner-only specialty restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine and seafood; offers free dining for Club Suite passengers; reservations recommended)
  • Prime C (dinner-only specialty restaurant with seafood and steakhouse menu; operates at surcharge, but it’s free of charge for “Club Suite” guests; outside the Prime C there is a Wine Cellar with 8000+ bottles collection; hosts the Wine Corner evening events and offers wine-tastings and private dinner arrangements).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Because the ship focuses very much on destinations, Azamara Journey does not have as many daily activities as passengers might find on mainstream cruise ships. There are a couple of trivia sessions each day and some other pastimes, such as origami and Bridge. The Cabaret Lounge is ship's cabaret space, with risers behind, as opposed to a true theater. As the ceilings are low-slung, this space feels more cramped and the type of shows offered there is limited.

Other amenities include 24-Hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry/Self-Serve Laundromats. The Journey ship is not recommended for families with little children.

Azamara Journey cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Azamara Journey lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Le Boutique (duty-free luxury shop for bags, gifts, brand jewelry)
  • Cabaret Lounge & Bar (theatre and main show lounge for musical and show productions, cabaret performances, comedy acts; hosts the “AzAmazing Evenings” enrichment program; serves as a nightclub in the evenings)
  • Casino Luxe (also serves as sports bar)
  • PhotoShop (photo-video services, accessories, equipment)
  • The Journey Shop (convenience goods store)
  • Indulgences (luxury boutique shop)
  • Mosaic Cafe (complimentary patisserie & bar; in the evening becomes a nightclub with live music - Mosaic@Night)
  • Discoveries Lounge & Bar (Martini Bar)
  • Thalassotherapy Pool (salt water pool, part of the Spa complex; with water jets; operates at a surcharge)
  • Hair salon (Beauty Salon offering hair and barber services, manicure, pedicure, massages)
  • Astral Spa (wellness center featuring Elemis Spa products and treatments)
  • Gym (starboard Fitness Room with panoramic windows and modern equipment; also hosts various complimentary group classes)
  • Acupuncture Room (serviced by NCCAOM certified acupuncturists)
  • eConnections (24-hour Internet computers room)
  • Pool area (with an outdoor swimming pool, 2 Whirlpools, poolside bar, loungers, Tennis tables; served by Grill station; hosts themed pool deck parties)
  • Sunset Bar (outdoor bar; serves the Windows Cafe terrace area)
  • Looking Glass (observation lounge & bar with panoramic windows, sculptures made of Murano glass, comfortable leather sofas; in the evenings becomes a nightclub; serves afternoon tea with sandwiches, pastries, champagne - complimentary)
  • The Drawing Room (library)
  • Sun Deck (open-air area with sun loungers)
  • Shuffleboard (Deck Games playing area)
  • Jogging/Power Walking Track.

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Azamara Journey cruise ship is the 1st of the line's two R-class (ex-Renaissance) vessels. Her sister in the fleet is Azamara Quest. In other lines' fleets, she is sister to InsigniaNauticaRegatta, Sirena, Pacific Princess and Adonia (Azamara Pursuit since 2018).

Azamara ship Journey was ordered and operated as "R Six" by Renaissance Cruises for the period 2000-2003. After the line's bankruptcy, the ship was in the Pullmantur's fleet under the name "Blue Star" (2003-2005) and "Blue Dream" (2005-2007).

Azamara Journey is powered by four WARTSILA marine diesel engines (model 12V32E). Its propulsion consists of 2 propeller shafts and 2 fixed pitch propeller (FPP).

In 2015, both Azamara ships (Journey and Quest) were featured in the UK TV’s travel documentary “Cruise Ship Adventures with Nigel Marven”.

On February 8, 2017, Azamara Journey made its maiden visit to Australia docking in Darwin NT. The ship's itinerary  (Feb 1-19) was an 18-day cruise from Singapore to Sydney AU, and also visited Indonesia (Benoa Bali, and Komodo Island) and ports in Queensland Australia (Thursday Island, Port Douglas, Cairns, Townsville, Hamilton Island).

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