Up-market Travelers can Immerse Themselves in California’s Rich Winemaking Region
MIAMI, Jan. 9, 2014 – Azamara Club
Cruises is doing what it does best and immersing guests on its Coastal
California Voyage in the world-famous wine region of California.
roundtrip from Los Angeles, February 10, 2014, Azamara Quest will hug the
California coast calling on picturesque favorites such as Monterey and
Santa Barbara, before making a grand entrance into San Francisco by sailing
under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
San Francisco will serve as the region’s
gateway to renowned winemakers and delectable cuisine when Azamara Quest
remains for three full days to offer guests ample time to visit favorite
vineyards or discover new ones through exclusive opportunities.
“The breadth of programs aboard Azamara’s
California coastal voyage is representative of the culturally and destination-immersive
experiences that our guests enjoy on every voyage,” said Larry Pimentel,
president and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises.
“We’ve created a range of
onboard and shoreside programs that will delight oenophiles and enrich
their appreciation of the region’s vineyards. Our ships stay longer and
overnight more in ports to offer guests the opportunity to also join in
the vibrant nightlife of these wonderful Californian destinations.”
Onboard, guests can join in enrichment
lectures presented by experts and representatives from area-vineyards Cline
Cellars, Grgich Hills Estate, Trinchero Napa Valley, Wente Vineyards, HALL
Wines, WALT Wines and Rocca Family Vineyards. Guest also can sign up for
onboard wine tasting seminars and more intimate, hosted dinners and Chef’s
Tables for six to 12 guests.
Azamara's signature AzAmazing Evenings
event, the exclusive, complimentary evening for all guests will be held
at the historic Inglenook Winery in Napa Valley on Feb. 13. Owned by Francis
Ford Coppola, the beautiful 19th century estate will be open exclusively
to Azamara guests that evening for a rare wine tasting complemented by
canapés, cheeses, desserts and live music. Guests will be invited
to explore the wine caves, barrel room and historic photos on two floors
of the old mansion.
Additional excursions include a Wine
Maker Farm-to-Table Valentine’s Dinner; guests opting for this Land Discoveries
shore excursion, will be whisked away to Duckhorn Vineyards, Napa Valley,
for an intimate wine country dinner hosted by their winemaker.
custom designed menu prepared by a top private Napa Valley chef, who sources
ingredients from the best local purveyors, to complement their portfolio
of wines. Guests who are looking for something more in-depth can choose
the You Can Be a Winemaker Land Discoveries shore excursion, where guests
visit Trinchero Napa Valley’s luxury winery, tucked into the northern
foothills of the breathtaking St. Helena appellation of Napa Valley and
join distinguished Winemaker Mario Monticelli for a rare opportunity to
BYOB – Build Your Own Bordeaux-style blend.
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.
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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