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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Azamara Club Cruises announces 2015 voyages program

(News Release)
 
Destination-Immersion Cruise Line to Sail Australia in late 2015

MIAMI – Azamara Club Cruises has unveiled its 2015 voyages program, comprising 52 voyages, ranging from five- to 18-night itineraries to some of the world’s most intriguing destinations.


Catering to up-market travelers, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest will visit a total of 203 ports in 62 countries, destinations that have been made famous by myths and legends, history and beauty.

As part of the new 2015 program, Azamara will make 16 maiden port calls among an expansive, curated collection of culture-rich metropolises, charming colonial towns, stunning beaches and unsurpassed natural preserves in South America, the West Indies, Europe, the Far East and – for the first time – Australia.

On every Azamara voyage, guests can take advantage of longer stays and more overnights in port so they can partake of night touring and join in the authentic nightlife of a destination. Guests also can delve deeper into each destination with AzAmazing Evenings, an inclusive night tour on each voyage that provides guests with an exclusive and bespoke slice of a destination’s authentic culture and character, and a wide variety of exclusive Azamara Land Discoveries shore excursions (for an additional charge). Azamara Club Cruises 2015 voyages are now open for sale.

“Azamara Club Cruises is delighted to announce our new year of destination-immersive voyages that are perfectly suited for up-market travelers,” said Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “As a hallmark of the Azamara experience, many voyages are timed with major events and celebrations, so guests can join in the festivities. We are particularly delighted to bring Azamara Quest to Australia in late 2015 and expand our distinctive experience to a new continent.”

Throughout spring 2015, Azamara Journey will sail 11- to 18-night voyages throughout Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, the Antarctic Sound, Panama Canal, and West Indian islands to ports that larger ships cannot go. One voyage overnights at Rio De Janeiro during the city’s world-famous Carnival, where Azamara can offer prime seating in the stands of the sambadrome (for an additional charge) to witness the spectacle of competing samba schools. Azamara Journey also will make maiden port calls at Aruba and Curacao.

Travelers have a choice of both Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest for immersive Europe adventures throughout the summer and autumn seasons. Azamara Quest will sail the Baltic, North and Mediterranean seas on seven- to 18-night itineraries, some that coincide with major seasonal events, such as the 2015 British Open at historic St. Andrews Links, and the Sail Amsterdam Festival, a nautical celebration held once every five years. Azamara Journey will sail the Spanish, French and Italian rivieras, the Adriatic and Black seas, and Greek Isles on seven- to 16-night itineraries that take guests to the playgrounds of the jetset. On one voyage, Azamara Journey calls at Monte Carlo during the annual Monaco Grand Prix, where Azamara has obtained tickets for prime seating along the race route for guests (for an additional charge). Maiden European port calls include Argostoli and Delos, Greece; Tarragona, Almeria, Alticante and Huelva, Spain; Stornoway, Scotland; and Cobh, Ireland.

For its part, Azamara Quest will sail Asia voyages in the spring and winter seasons. Travelers will enjoy plenty of overnights to delve into the colorful and historic cultures of Southeast Asia, China and Japan. Osaka, Japan and Bali, Indonesia, also will be an Azamara embarkation port for the first time in February 2015. In late December, Azamara Quest will sail from the Bali Sea on a 14-night holiday and New Year’s voyage to Australia and the Barrier Reef. On this ‘immersion Down Under,’ guests will make maiden port calls at Puerto Princesa, Philippines; and Thursday Island and Darwin, Australia, as well as at Great Barrier Reef-destinations Cooktown, Port Douglas and Cairns, Australia.

Azamara Club Cruises offers distinct destination-immersive experiences for up-market travelers. The cruise line uniquely features voyages with longer stays and more overnights at ports to provide guests the opportunity to experience night touring at some of the most compelling destinations of Europe, Asia, South America, West Indies, as well as Central and North America.  On board the intimate Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, guests receive exceptional and personal service and the cruise line’s authentic, exclusive and bespoke AzAmazing Evenings events that showcase the unexpected colors and flavors of a destination.   Guests also enjoy fine cuisine and boutique wines from around the world, as well as more inclusive amenities, such as included gratuities; complimentary bottled water, sodas, specialty coffee, and teas, as well as complimentary boutique wines, international beers and select standard spirits in the ships’ bars, lounges and restaurants when open; complimentary self-service laundry; English Butler service for suite guests; and shuttle transportation to city centers in ports, where available.          

For more information, travelers can call their travel professional, dial 1-877-999-9553, or visit www.AzamaraClubCruises.com. Connect with Azamara Club Cruises on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AzamaraClubCruises, on Twitter @AzamaraVoyages or follow President and CEO @LarryPimentel. Travel agent professionals can access more information and make reservations at www.CruisingPower.com.

Azamara Club Cruises is a brand of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSX: RCL), a global cruise vacation company that also owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, and CDF Croisières de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture.  Together, the six brands operate a combined total of 41 ships with four under construction.  They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 460 destinations on all seven continents.  

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