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Destination Immersion

Wining and Dining Down Under

Thursday, December 16, 2021
By Azamara

Not too long ago, we checked a big item off our travel bucket list: cruising to Australia and New Zealand. When the Azamara Quest made her maiden voyage Down Under, our guests loved this unique destination! One of those guests was travel expert Scott Eddy, who joined us for a special 16-Night voyage. “It’s been at the top of my bucket list for quite some time,” Scott said.

The voyage embarked from Sydney before cruising to other ports in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. Scott’s favorite ports were Napier and Picton.

The Azamara Quest docked in Sydney, Australia.

Scott in Tasmania - he said it's one of the most beautiful places he's been!

Cruising the breathtaking Milford Sound.

Sailing into Picton, New Zealand.

Sheep strike a pose in Dunedin, New Zealand.

“I love wine, so my favorite spots were when I toured the Marlborough and Hawkes Bay regions of New Zealand. It not only had amazing wine, but the scenery was flawless.”

Photos from several winery visits and tours.

Scott also enjoyed the incredible wine and food offered onboard the Azamara Quest. He attended three different Chef’s Table dinners and a caviar tasting and indulged in a little bit of bubbly.

Photos from Chef's Table Dinners. French, Italian, and Middle Eastern menus are offered.

Breakfast with a view in Sydney.

Breakfast with a view in Tasmania.

Lunch on the veranda.

Lobster tail served onboard.

Key Lime Pie served onboard.

Tasting caviar.

Which bottle of champagne to open first?

Believe it or not, Scott had never heard of Azamara before joining us for a voyage!

“Like most travel experiences, it’s the hidden gems that are the truly great times,” Scott said. “Azamara goes above the call of duty on all levels. Especially the staff –  they are really incredible and always thinking of your wants and needs before you can.”

Grabbing a selfie with Captain Carl, a great guy.

Scott had some incredible onshore experiences during his voyage. But he was surprised to find that time spent onboard was just as pleasurable.

“Normally ‘days at sea’ are boring and looooong, but the days at sea on this voyage didn’t really feel like that, we always had things to do. It was a lot of fun.”

Bingo with a side of bubbly.

One of many incredible sunrises witnessed onboard.

Scott even met up with fellow travel expert Lee Abbamonte during the voyage!

Two of the most influential experts in travel!

Has Scott’s journey on the Azamara Quest inspired you to discover Australia and New Zealand? You can explore our upcoming voyages to the region here.

We look forward to visitng Down Under with you. 

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