Azamara Journey docked in Sydney

The maiden arrival of Azamara Club Cruises to Australia a little over a year ago was a momentous day for the line itself, however there was something not quite right. As grand as it was to see one of its ships – Azamara Quest – in Sydney Harbour – three months later, this ship went into dry dock in Singapore for a complete and total renovation and refurbishment.

Fast forward to now and its sister ship Azamara Journey – itself identically renovated around the same time – recently made its own debut in local waters. However unlike Quest a year earlier, this time the ship was proudly sporting the results of its own multi-week renovation. The entire ship was gleaming with an elegant new look, built around a central atrium laden with marble, fresh carpet and a gold leaf arrangement on a black Victoriana-style staircase.

Aqualina, one of the ship’s specialty restaurants, had been polished up with a crisp new blue and white design. Polished wood adorns the library, which overlooks the central swimming pool area, which has also been jazzed up with a new colourful mural in the roof.

Azamara Club Cruises paints itself as a cruise line for Destination Immersion, designing its cruise itineraries in such a way that allows its passengers plenty of time in port to really get to know the world. During its second day in Sydney recently, Cruise Advice went onboard to check out the boutique hotel that is Azamara Journey.