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Azamara Journey

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

Azamara Journey Review and Specifications

Specifications of Azamara Journey

Year built2000  /  Age : 19
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
Crew408
Passengers-to-space ratio39
Decks11
Cabins355
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2016
Former namesBlue Dream, Blue Star, R Six (Renaissance Cruises)

Current itinerary / position of Azamara Journey

Azamara Journey current cruise is 9 days, one-way from Miami to San Juan. Prices start from USD 999 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 21 Nov, 2019 and ends on 30 Nov, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
21 Nov 17:00    Departing from Miami, Florida hotels
23 Nov 09:00 - 17:00    Labadee, Royal Caribbean Haiti private island
25 Nov 08:00 - 20:00    Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy Island
26 Nov 08:00 - 22:00    Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles
27 Nov 08:00 - 18:00    St Johns, Antigua
28 Nov 08:00 - 17:00    Basseterre, Port Zante, St Kitts Island
29 Nov 08:00 - 17:00    Virgin Gorda Island, Spanish Town, BVI
30 Nov 07:00    Arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico hotels

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.

Cabins

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).

Azamara Journey Itineraries

The below listed Azamara Journey cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Azamara Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Oct 27 9 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona Piraeus
2019 Nov 05 16 days, one-way from Barcelona to Miami Barcelona $1199
2019 Nov 21 9 days, one-way from Miami to San Juan Miami $999
2019 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Breezes Voyage San Juan $799
2019 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Journey Voyage San Juan $1199
2019 Dec 14 5 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami San Juan
2019 Dec 19 17 days, one-way from Miami to Los Angeles Miami $2499
2020 Jan 05 18 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Papeete Los Angeles $3299
2020 Jan 23 16 days, one-way from Papeete to Auckland Papeete $2999
2020 Feb 08 15 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $3699
2020 Feb 23 15 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $3499
2020 Mar 09 15 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $3499
2020 Mar 24 18 days, one-way from Sydney to Singapore Sydney $2899
2020 Apr 11 15 days, one-way from Singapore to Dubai Singapore $3399
2020 Apr 26 16 days, one-way from Dubai to Piraeus Dubai $3699
2020 May 12 9 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona Piraeus $3899
2020 May 21 5 days, round-trip Grand Prix & Riviera Voyage Barcelona $2099
2020 May 26 9 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona $2999
2020 Jun 04 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Monte Carlo Civitavecchia $2499
2020 Jun 11 9 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Barcelona Monte Carlo $3099
2020 Jun 20 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona $2699
2020 Jun 27 10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia $4099
2020 Jul 07 11 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus Venice $5299
2020 Jul 18 14 days, round-trip Black Sea Voyage Piraeus $6899
2020 Aug 01 10 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus $4299
2020 Aug 11 9 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice $3299
2020 Aug 20 9 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia $3299
2020 Sep 05 7 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus Venice $3199
2020 Sep 12 14 days, round-trip Black Sea Voyage Piraeus $7999
2020 Oct 03 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus $2599
2020 Oct 10 9 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice $2999
2020 Oct 19 8 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona $2499
2020 Nov 10 22 days, one-way from Lisbon to Cape Town Lisbon $9399
2020 Dec 02 10 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Voyage Cape Town $4099
2020 Dec 12 10 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Voyage Cape Town $3099
2020 Dec 22 15 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Holiday Cape Town $5899
2021 Jan 06 12 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Voyage Cape Town $3999
2021 Jan 18 12 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Voyage Cape Town $3999
2021 Jan 30 12 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Voyage Cape Town $3999
2021 Feb 11 12 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Voyage Cape Town $3999
2021 Feb 23 12 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Voyage Cape Town $3999
2021 Mar 07 12 days, round-trip South Africa Intensive Voyage Cape Town $3999
2021 Mar 19 21 days, one-way from Cape Town to Lisbon Cape Town $9599
2021 Apr 09 8 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon $2599
2021 Apr 17 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Monte Carlo Barcelona $2299
2021 Apr 24 7 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia Monte Carlo $2299
2021 May 07 10 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice $3299
2021 May 17 9 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia $3999
2021 May 26 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Bordeaux Barcelona $4699
2021 Jun 09 12 days, one-way from Bordeaux to Southampton Bordeaux $3999
2021 Jun 21 12 days, one-way from Southampton to Dublin Southampton $4099
2021 Jul 03 13 days, one-way from Dublin to Leith-Edinburgh Dublin $5199
2021 Jul 16 12 days, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to Southampton Leith-Edinburgh $5099
2021 Jul 28 18 days, one-way from Southampton to Oslo Southampton $7799
2021 Aug 15 13 days, one-way from Oslo to Amsterdam Oslo $4799
2021 Aug 28 11 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Lisbon Amsterdam $3799
2021 Sep 08 10 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon $4199
2021 Sep 18 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona $2899
2021 Oct 02 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus $2599
2021 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Croatia Intensive Voyage Venice $2699
2021 Oct 16 7 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus Venice $2599
2021 Oct 23 16 days, one-way from Piraeus to Dubai Piraeus $3299
2021 Nov 08 10 days, round-trip Arabia Intensive Voyage Dubai $2499
2021 Nov 18 19 days, one-way from Dubai to Singapore Dubai $4099

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