Azamara’s Crew Has Been Everywhere: These Are The Ports They Love Most

Tuesday, July 02, 2019
By Azamara

We’re lucky to have the best crew at sea working onboard the Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey. They’re a big part of why guests love cruising with Azamara.

Azamara voyages are for those who love travel – and our crew loves to travel as well! They’ve been practically everywhere and relish the opportunity to step onshore and do a little exploring.

We asked our globetrotting crew to tell us their all-time favorite port. You may be surprised by the answers!

Sydney, Australia“After 29 years of sailing, there have been many highlights – from Petra, to Easter Island, and Pitcairn. But, Sydney, Australia is still my #1 sail-in. Most ports, including Manhattan, San Francisco, or London grow bigger as you approach them. But in Sydney, you see nothing but sea until you turn to starboard once past Manly. Then, and only then, do you see the Opera House, Bridge, and Circular Quay. It’s a breathtaking moment no matter how many times you do it, and, of course, the city itself is an inspiring one with so much to see & do.” – Tony, Cruise Director

Venice, Italy“In Venice, I had the opportunity to eat good pasta and pizza and the chance to visit friends.” – Reynaldo, Assistant Stateroom Attendant

Mykonos, Greece“My favorite port is Mykonos! I love the Greek Islands. I love to rent a scooter in Mykonos and travel the island, going from beach to beach. The shopping is fantastic.  The streets are charming and great to get lost in. The food is extraordinary and the people are so inviting. The beaches are pristine and range from small, intimate, and traditional to fun, commercial and a real party. A really great destination for the free-spirited!” Eric, Cruise Director

Kotor, Montenegro“Just a few steps away from the ship, Old Town provides a variety of restaurants  to enjoy a good lunch or dinner, then step    into one of the clubs  to dance and unwind the stress of the job.” – Richard, Chief Housekeeper

Sorrento, Italy“I love the beautiful scenery upon arrival to Sorrento and sailing around the coast to Amalfi. It’s easily accessible and there are many dining, sightseeing, cultural and shopping options.” – Theo, Fin. Controller

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil“I would have to say one of my favorite ports of call is Rio. With the beautiful looking beaches and the wonderful views of the Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, this has to be in my eyes one of the most beautiful destination on Earth. So I put Rio forward, in my eyes, as my top destination.” – Lee, Activity Manager

Chania, Crete“The best gyros for less Euros.” – Cajetan, Payroll Purser

Bangkok, Thailand“Bangkok is great for shopping, and there’s a variety of restaurants with excellent food. It has good nightlife, with great bars and clubs to chill out and relax.” – Luis, Stateroom Attendant

Osaka, Japan“My favorite port is Osaka. I love the Japanese culture, language, food and architecture. Osaka is the gateway to Kyoto, a.k. the thousand year capital, full of temples and history. I loved staying three days in Osaka.” – Melissa, Documentation Officer

Hamilton, Bermuda“In Bermuda, you can enjoy excellent beaches, great Caribbean cuisine, and splendid nightlife to dance and have fun.” – Davis, Assistant Stateroom Attendant

Sorrento, Italy“One of the best pizzas at Pizzeria da Franco, walking distance from the pier. It has the best shopping options, and is easy to drive along the Amalfi Coast and visit Pompeii.” – Tiago, Concierge & Group Events Coordinator

Chania, Crete“One of my most favorite ports of call is Chania in Greece. I love it because by the bayside you can see and feel the atmosphere of the old city, and then behind these beautiful landmarks you can also discover a very modern town.” Robert, Band Master

Sydney, Australia“Sydney has the most beautiful harbor to sail into by ship, and a very wide variety of excellent dining, sightseeing, cultural and entertainment options. The local people are very friendly and welcoming. Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the most famous pride events in the world. There’s also an excellent wine country, active excursions, and famous, amazing beaches!” – Rob, Guest Relations Manager

Mykonos, Greece“Super souvlaki at Tasty Saki’s!” – John, Guest Account Purser

Seville, Spain“Sailing on the Guadalquivir River is amazing. Azamara’s ships are one of the largest ships that sail up the river. The city of Seville is beautiful and has a lot to offer, as well as several more destinations close by like the Alhambra in Grenada. Seville has some of the most famous Flamenco dancers in Spain and you find many tapas bars with the traditional ceramic tiles on the walls, the Serrano ham and much more.” – Heike, Hotel Director

What's your most beloved cruise port? Tell us in the comments!

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