Azamara Journey in her previous livery, as seen at leaving Hamilton, Bermuda in August 2007
The ship was built in 2000 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, the sixth ship of the comprehensive eight ships "R-Class" for Renaissance Cruises shipping company and was named R Six. The ship was sold in early 2001 to the Cruise Company Invest. Due to illiquidity turned Renaissance Cruises end of September 2001 the operation and the Six R was launched mid-2003. She was then chartered to the cruise line Pullmantur Cruises and use of this under the marketing name for Blue Star Cruises (but not yet officially renamed). Since July 2005, the ship was called the Blue Dream. From 2006, the ship was used by Pullmantur. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Since 2006, the parent company of Pullmantur, transferred the Blue Dream 15 December 2008 its new subsidiary Azamara Cruises, where it was renamed Azamara Journey and since then with her sister ship Azamara Quest, the former R Seven, is used worldwide for cruises. Azamara Cruises was now renamed Azamara Club Cruises.
In 2015, the Azamara Journey and the Azamara Quest were the ships used by television presenter and biologist Nigel Marven for his UKTV documentary/travel program "Cruise Ship Adventures with Nigel Marven", during which Nigel showed areas with outstanding wildlife that can be visited in popular cruise destinations.
Features include internet, a martini bar, a casino, pool, and shopping. There is a traditional one-story dining room, Discoveries, as well as a Deck 9 buffet restaurant. The ship also features two specialty restaurants, Aqualina and Prime C.