Destination Immersion

14 Reasons To Get Excited About The 2018 World Journey

Thursday, August 08, 2019
By Azamara

See the world. Unpack once. That’s the beauty of any cruise, but especially the new Azamara World Journey. Azamara ships are like boutique hotels that float. Guests of the World Journey will see the world in style; returning at night to luxurious staterooms, dining at our incredible onboard restaurants, and spending leisurely sea days recharging.

For 102 glorious days, Azamara will be your home. We’ll call on 60 ports in 29 countries as we cruise from Sydney, Australia to London, England. But here’s the best part: our World Journey includes 13 overnight stays.

World journey map

Most cruise lines leave port before sunset. But Azamara isn’t most cruise lines. Azamara has more late-night departures and overnight stays than any other cruise line, which means you’ll never feel rushed to get back to the ship. After all, life isn’t 9-5. Your vacation of a lifetime shouldn’t be, either.

These ports, each featuring an overnight stay, are the reasons we’re most excited about this incredible adventure.


Singapore was made for night owls. It’s a glittering city, known for its iconic skyline and lively hotspots. Visit the Raffles Hotel for their iconic Singapore Slings, Merlion Park and Marina Bay Sands during your visit.

Ho Chi Minh City

In Ho Chi Minh City, join our Cruise Global, Nights Local tour for an inside peek at this fashionable city. This excursion takes guests to the Áo Dài museum (a museum celebrating the national costume of Vietnam) for a special tour and fashion show.


In Bangkok, guests will have the chance to experience a moving Loi Krathong ceremony, again through our unique Cruise Global, Nights Local tour. Following a sunset cruise along the Chao Phraya River, you can deploy a decorated basket into the river. This ceremony, usually held under the full moon in the twelfth month of the Thai lunar calendar, will help immerse you in the beautiful culture of Thailand.


Yangon’s famous Shwedagon Pagoda is beautiful in daylight, but it will take your breath away at night, when it simply glitters. The 325 zedi is adorned with 27 metric tons of gold as well as diamonds and other precious gemstones.


An overnight stay – or two – in Dubai is a must, given that the city is known for over-the-top glitz and glamor. The view from the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa is considered by many to be a must-see, but a boat ride along the Dubai Creek will also offer an interesting vantage point.


In contrast to Dubai, Muscat is the best-kept secret on the Arabian Gulf. For a taste of tranquility, try our Cruise Global, Nights Local Tour. Guests will experience a night of Omani hospitality at Bait Al Bilad, a fully-restored, authentic village house. These are Destination Immersion® experiences at their best.


The Plaka neighborhood of Athens is populated with a plethora of rooftop bars and restaurants, each offering their own incredible view of the Acropolis at night. Settle in early and watch as the sun slowly sets, and then as the entire hill is slowly lit up.


Cannes is most famous for hosting film stars every Spring, so it should come as no surprise that it’s home to a lively nightlife. Relax at a sidewalk café along Vieux Port watch the sunset and do some people watching. We’ll arrive just as the Cannes Film Festival is wrapping up, so you may even spot a celebrity!


When you visit the home of one of the world’s most famous casinos, you remain in port overnight. By day, visit the fascinating Museum of Oceanography. By night, make your way to the Grand Casino. Even if you’re not a gambler, it is not to be missed. We’ll be in Monte-Carlo for the renowned Monaco Grand Prix, one of the most exciting sporting events of the year!


In Barcelona, dinner – usually tapas, shared among a group – isn’t served until at least 9:00 p.m. Can you imagine leaving port before dinner? We certainly cannot. Two overnight stays here leaves plenty of time to eat, drink and be merry. Join a Azamara Shore Excursions tour for an exclusive Flamenco performance, or see Gaudi’s La Pedrera after dark with our Cruise Global, Nights Local tour.


How should you spend three days and two nights in Lisbon? We have a few ideas, but sampling Portuguese cuisine tops the list. Of course, Lisbon is also home to some incredible castles, statues, parks and other landmarks – many of which look even more dazzling at night.


Did you know that Amsterdam has more miles canals than Venice? Here are some quick numbers for you: 60 miles of canals, 80 bridges, 2500 houseboats, and an estimated 881,000 bicycles! Amsterdam is a magical city that truly comes alive at night. To soak in the atmosphere, try a romantic sunset canal cruise


Our phenomenal World Journey concludes with a sail up the River Thames to enchanting London. It’s bound to be a moment no one onboard will ever forget. An overnight stay here means guests will have plenty of time to explore London after dark – the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey – they’re all more magical-looking beneath the glow of sunset.


The fourteenth reason to get excited about the 2018 World Journey? The onboard experience! In 2016 both our boutique ships were completely reimagined and upgraded. You'll love spending 102 days onboard our beautiful ships being pampered by the best and most attentive crew at sea. When you're not exploring some of the most incredible travel destinations in the world, you'll be relaxing in your stylish suite or stateroom, lounging on the pool deck, and dining in one of our world-class onboard restaurants. With a capacity of 690 guests, the Azamara Journey is the perfect size - not too big, not too small. It will become your home-away-from-home...but even better!

Are you excited yet? We certainly are! Visit this landing page to learn more about the groundbreaking 2018 World Journey. We hope we’ll see you onboard!

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