Azamara Journey, one of two ships owned by Royal Caribbean’s Azamara Club Cruises, got a makeover while in dry dock in the Bahamas in January, then sailed into PortMiami Sunday before embarking on a Panama Canal cruise.
The two-week makeover didn’t involve any structural changes, although two spa suites were added next to the Sanctum Spa, bringing the ship’s guest capacity to 700.
Overall, the ship got a brighter and more contemporary feel, with new carpets, lighting and fabrics. The Pool Grill was transformed into The Patio, with white tablecloth al fresco dining in the evening, sometimes with live music.
Azamara hopes the redesign will broaden its appeal to younger guests. The line’s target demographic is couples age 45 and up.
The ship, built in 2000, was one of the now-defunct Renaissance Cruises’ “R ships.”
Its sister ship, Azamara Quest, also built in 2000, will go into dry dock in Singapore in April for a similar overhaul.