Azamara Journey Cruise Blog Day 7
My last full day on board Azamara Journey
Today we decided to take the opportunity to explore the Amalfi Coast. One of our party was a very enthusiastic aficionado of this part of Italy and encouraged a number of us to join her on an expedition.
We took the hydrofoil from Sorrento to Amalfi, a fast but bumpy journey. We spent some time exploring this atmospheric little town, very busy with tourists and traffic in very narrow streets.
We then took the local bus along the scenic Amalfi Coast drive, a spectacular but precarious journey with not many passing places!
We left the bus in Positano and walked down the steep hillside into the town. It was very picturesque with colourful bougainvillea adorning the rooftops below and saw glimpses of the glistening sea through gaps in the buildings. It was all quite beautiful. A quick stop at a Pizzeria gave me the opportunity to enjoy a slice of freshly baked takeaway pizza - delicious.
This whole area is well worth a longer visit in the future and I can’t wait to go back.
Although we made our own arrangements for exploring in the various ports due to our business commitments each day, I did hear from various guests how well organised and informative the ship’s tours were and they were very well attended judging by the number of coaches I saw waiting at the quayside on some mornings.
Also, on this last morning, there was the opportunity for 20 guests to accompany the chef on a shopping trip to the markets of Sorrento. There was no charge for this and I heard that it was a fantastic experience.
On our return to the Azamara Journey there was time for one last swim before we sailed away from Sorrento to the sound of the Three Tenors performing. It made for a memorable end to our last visit.
Dinner this evening was in Discoveries and this time we were given the Captain’s table but minus the Captain! This large oval table overlooked the whole restaurant and made for an enjoyable last meal together for our group.
As well as receiving fabulous food throughout the cruise, we also had good quality, complimentary wine provided with every lunch and dinner and the glasses were kept topped up very efficiently. The various wines are chosen according to the area the ship is visiting.
After dinner we went to the Cabaret Lounge for the last show with the two guest artistes performing together. By request from one of our group, Jamila performed a song that is not usually in her repertoire and dedicated it to him. He was absolutely thrilled. Just another example of how far the whole Azamara Club Cruises team go out of their way to please their guests.
After the show and a late coffee in Mosaic where the pianist was having a sing-along, we made our last visit to my colleague’s suite to sit on the wraparound balcony and talk about our experiences of the last few days.
I have enjoyed a wonderful week on board the Azamara Journey. The crew have been exceptional in providing such a comfortable, happy holiday environment. The ship is beautiful and such a perfect size, offering choices but without losing the personal touch which they are justifiably so proud of. The enhancements of complimentary speciality coffees, bottled water, wine with lunch and dinner, shuttle buses in port all add to creating a cruise where everything is taken care of with ease. The variety of entertainment provided was the best that I have experienced and this was appreciated by the number of guests that stayed up late enjoying themselves, unlike other similar sized ships that I have been on where everyone retires by 10pm.
Thank you Azamara Club Cruises, I had a great time.
(c) Janet Welsh, Senior Luxury Cruise Consultant.