To answer the last first, the age groups seem to be mainly in the 40 to 60+ but not exclusively so. ......... The entertainment is much different to the larger ships who are able to put on lavish sets with a large productions on an apron stage etc. Azamara present a far more personal, cabaret style where you are almost in with the entertainers, sometimes as I found out you actually in with them, sometimes it is almost a Victorian withdrawing room style and very much just for you. Outside the Cabaret Lounge you will get to know the entertainers and the activities staff very well and they are great fun to be with, but as I say it is very different from the larger ships. .......Neil.
Thanks for that insight Neil & Ida. We have been looking at alternatives to Ocean Majesty as this is her last year with Page & Moy. Azamara sounds just what we are looking for - further questions will no doubt follow!
No problem Judith, Azamara is one of our favourites as it provides all we hope for in a cruise line. So ask away. .... Neil.
Have you been to bangkok do you know if we can get transport to visit Wat Trimit and Wat Pho? Is the food really as good as people say?
Ocean Majesty: 10,000 tons, 621 pasengers, space 16.7 sq ft per head, 2+stars (Having been on March 2008 it I might give it 2 )
Azamara Journey: 30,000 tons, 866 passengers, space 34.9 sq ft head, 4 stars (Having been on it December 2008 I'd give it almost 4+ )
They're in totally different leagues.
General comments as by Kneel & Eider.
Having sailed on Ocean Majesty five times I am familiar with the ship. My point is that Page & Moy have their last season with her this year so we shall be looking for another small ship. The number of stars awarded by someone else doesn't really interest me as everyone's priorities are different.
Azamara & Ocean Majesty "They're in totally different leagues". When I was on Ocean Majesty in March 2008 it was under charter to Voyages of Discovery. Though it looked as if it had just come out of the paint shop VoD had not knocked the product, accommodation, public rooms,service, entertainment, staffing in to shape. It was well below VoD normal standard. Space per head on Azamara twice that of Ocean Majesty. On Azamara the product was incomparably better. I hear that with Page & Moy service at least is better.
I also have heard that the ship is much better with Page & Moy. We like the house party atmosphere and that the crew have mostly been there for years and remember one's name (or perhaps that's just me!) The entertainment was re-vamped last year by the excellent Mark Bellinger and was much more to our taste, but who knows what there will be this year? We are cruising to Svalbard again so the entertainment isn't an issue as the scenery and wildlife provide all the entertainment anyone could want. I still need an alternative for next year.
Thanks Neil & Ida. That was very helpfull. We will be glad to get away from some of the larger ships idea of "entertainment".