Destination-Immersive Cruise Line to Sail Inaugural Australia Season in 2016
MIAMI, May 15, 2014 – Not just calling
at destinations, but truly visiting them, Azamara Club Cruises today announced
the cruise line’s annual deployment for 2016.
Azamara’s twin boutique
ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, will take up-market travelers
to some of the most intriguing locales in Australia and New Zealand, the
Far East and Southeast Asia, the Arabian Gulf, and the West Indies, totaling
204 ports of call in 70 countries.
Delivering more authentic experiences
with the cruise line’s hallmark longer stays and more overnights in ports
for night touring, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest remain in port when
most other ships have departed for the day. The ships will stay past 8
p.m. during more than 175 calls and overnight on more than 100 calls. Azamara
also will take guests on new adventures in 2016, with 44 new maiden calls
in Australia and New Zealand, United Arab Emirates and Oman, Europe and
the West Indies.
Azamara guests will enjoy extraordinary
service, fine dining and more inclusive onboard amenities, including boutique
wines, international beers and select spirits, as well as an AzAmazing
Evenings event on every voyage, an exclusive, unique, and complimentary
evening tour that showcases a destination’s distinct culture and flavor.
Guests also can choose unique, intimate and immersive experiences through
Azamara’s new Insider Access and Nights and Cool Places Land Discovery
(shore excursion) programs. Azamara Club Cruises’ 2016 full-year, destination-immersion
program is now open for bookings. For more information, please visit www.AzamaraClubCruises.com.
Destination Immersion Down Under
For its inaugural Australia season,
Azamara Quest will sail five voyages, ranging from 10- to 17-night itineraries,
which will deliver the culture and nightlife of Australia and New Zealand.
The ship will head to the Land Down Under starting with a Christmas and
New Year’s voyage on Dec. 22, 2015, from Bali, Indonesia, to Cairns, Australia,
followed by four voyages in 2016 that visit coastal cities along the Coral
Sea and in New Zealand and Tasmania.
Travelers also can combine consecutive
itineraries for an Azamara Extended Voyage that spans multiple regions
and an expansive array of destinations. For example, travelers can embark
on the Dec. 12, 2015 voyage from Singapore to Auckland, New Zealand, on
a 50-night, one-of-a-kind odyssey that delivers a juxtaposition of Indonesia,
Australia and New Zealand’s marquee ports and cities, as well as multiple
smaller ports and towns that are not accessible to larger ships, or a unique
sailing covering the very best of New Zealand, Australia, and the Far East
to the Arabian Gulf and the Mediterranean, which departs Auckland on Jan.
31, 2016, on a 107-night itinerary to Athens, Greece.
AzAmazing Asia Adventures
Azamara Quest will then sail three voyages
throughout the Far East on 13- and 16-night itineraries that visit intriguing
destinations throughout Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. The ship will
then transition in April to the Mediterranean on a fascinating voyage spanning
the Far East, the Arabian Gulf, and Aegean Sea, arriving in Athens (Piraeus),
Greece, on May 17.
In the Arabian Gulf, travelers can join
Azamara Journey in late 2016 for an exclusive 1,001 Arabian Nights round-trip
Dubai voyage – a 10-night itinerary that explores some of the most exciting
new cities in the region, featuring overnight stays in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
in the UAE, and Muscat, Oman. Combined with visits to Qatar, Bahrain and
Khasab, Oman, guests have the opportunity to deeply immerse themselves
with the many attractions in this region – from the new Guggenheim, Louvre
and Zayed National Museums in Abu Dhabi – set to open in 2015 and early
2016, to the desert fjords of the Musandam Peninsula. Azamara’s longer
stays and more overnights also provide guests the opportunity to dine at
some of the world’s finest hotels in the region, such as the Burj Al Arab
in Dubai and the Al Bustan Palace Hotel in Muscat.
Authentic Europe with Azamara
Covering the entire continent from the
Baltic to the North seas and the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, Azamara
delivers all the authentic history, cultures and flavors of Europe like
no one can. The cruise line’s smaller ships offer access that larger vessels
cannot and place guests at the heart of such jewel-destinations such as
Nice and Sanary-sur-Mer, France; Portovenere (Cinque Terre) and Amalfi,
Italy; and Chania, Crete and Patmos, Greece – to name just a few.
From late-April through September, Azamara
Journey will sail five- to 13-night itineraries, most of which can be combined
to create uniquely individual voyages of 24 nights and longer that do not
repeat a port of call. The July 3 and Sept. 9 voyages sail roundtrip from
Venice for seven nights and offer a full-day visit to the seldom-visited
Albania, plus an opportunity to visit the capital city of Tiranë. The Aug.
9, 10-night voyage from Athens to Istanbul is the perfect summer holiday
exploring the hidden jewels along the Turquoise Coast with stops at charming
Kas, Fethiye, Marmaris and Cesme in Turkey, as well as less-frequented
Sitia, Crete and Patmos, Greece. Via Cesme, guests will be particularly
enchanted by an opportunity for a night-time visit to the village of Alacati,
famous for its traditional and unspoiled architecture.
From May through November, Azamara Quest
will offer longer voyages in the Mediterranean, North and Baltic seas,
ranging from eight to 15 nights. The ship will begin its Europe season
on May 25, with the cruise line’s annual sell-out Monaco Formula 1 Grand
Prix voyage, which features a new stop in Livorno, where guests have easy
access to Florence, Pisa and Lucca. Azamara Quest will then set out from
Nice on May 30, which includes an overnight stay and dock in the city of
Seville, walking distance of the famous Cathedral. No other ship
can travel closer and, instead of a 90 minute bus ride (each way), Azamara
Quest guests also will uniquely enjoy a scenic river cruise through the
Andalusian countryside and make passage through a very narrow drawbridge
and lock just prior to Seville.
Azamara Quest will then ply the North
and Baltic seas on a series of Northern Europe voyages, the peak time for
experiencing the White Nights in Copenhagen, Stockholm and some of the
most romantic Hanseatic cities in Germany - Luebeck and Rostock. Guests
on the popular annual British Open voyage, sailing July 11, will visit
charming Isle of Man and Guernsey, as well as popular favorites such as
Dublin, Belfast and Waterford, Ireland. The highlight will be a visit
to the Championship finals of the British Open in Scotland at the Royal
Troon Golf Club. The ship’s Nov. 11 voyage will then span three continents,
crossing from Athens to South Beach with stops in Tunis, Tunisia and Huelva,
Spain – gateway of Christopher Columbus to the West Indies – and cross
the Atlantic to St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands.
Charms of the West Indies and Beyond
Throughout the spring and winter seasons,
travelers also can take in the vibrant colors and cultures nestled among
the Caribbean, The Isthmus from Panama to Mexico, and Baja California to
Los Angeles. Azamara Journey will take guests on 10- and 11-night West
Indies voyages, roundtrip from Miami, to visit idyllic islands that combine
modern chic with colonial charm. In February, the ship will transit through
the Panama Canal by day to the Pacific and provide guests the opportunity
to explore to the rain forest of secluded Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica;
the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala; the Cerro Verde National Park
in El Salvador and the lovely beaches of Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta and
Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. Travelers can choose to combine these voyages
into an exciting Extended Voyage of 33 nights from Miami to Los Angeles,
departing Jan. 27 or a 36-night return voyage on Feb. 29.
For its part, Azamara Quest also will
sail eight- to 12-night West Indies voyages from Miami starting in late-November.
On a holiday voyage, sailing on December 27 from San Juan, Puerto Rico,
guests will herald in the New Year in Virgin Gorda, B.V.I.
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. Aboard every voyage, guests are treated
to AzAmazing Evenings, an authentic, exclusive and bespoke grand event
that showcases the unexpected colors, culture and flavors of a destination
at night. Guests also can choose a range of enlightening and immersive
tour options with Azamara’s Land Discoveries (shore excursion) program,
including more intimate and fascinating experiences hosted by a local through
Insider Access, and after-dinner tours that showcase the best of a destination
as seen by night through Nights and Cool Places. On board the intimate
Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, guests receive exceptional and personal
service and fine cuisine, as well as more inclusive amenities, such as
included gratuities; complimentary bottled water, sodas, specialty coffee,
and teas, as well as complimentary boutique wines from around the world,
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.
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