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Destination-Immersive Cruise Line to Sail Inaugural Australia Season in 2016
London, May 20, 2014 – Azamara® today announced the cruise line’s annual voyages programme for 2016. Azamara’s twin boutique ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, will take travellers on new adventures with 44 new maiden calls in Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Europe and the West Indies.
Delivering more authentic experiences with 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 8pm during more than 175 port visits and overnight on more than 100 port visits. Azamara will take guests to some of the world's most intriguing destinations in Australia and New Zealand, the Far East and Southeast Asia, the Arabian Gulf, and the West Indies, with a total of 204 ports of call in 70 countries.
Azamara guests will continue to enjoy extraordinary service, fine dining and 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 flavour. Guests also can choose unique, intimate and immersive experiences through Azamara’s new Cruise Global, Meet Local and Cruise Global, Nights Local Cruise Global, Connect LocalSM shore excursion (shore excursion) programmes. Azamara’s 2016 full-year, destination-immersion programme is now open for bookings. For more information, please visit www.azamaraclubcruises.co.uk.
Destination Immersion Down Under
For its inaugural Australia season, Azamara Quest will sail five voyages which will explore 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, 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.
AzAmazing Asia Adventures
Azamara Quest will then sail three voyages throughout the Far East that visit intriguing destinations throughout Japan, China and Southeast Asia. The ship will then sail into the Mediterranean for a fascinating voyage spanning the Far East, the Arabian Gulf and Aegean Sea, before arriving in Athens.
Azamara Journey’s exclusive Arabian Nights round-trip Dubai voyage in late 2016 will explore some of the most exciting new cities in the region, featuring overnight stays in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat. Highlights include visits to the new Guggenheim, Louvre and Zayed National Museums in Abu Dhabi, as well as dining at 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’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, amongst others.
Charms of the West Indies and Beyond
Throughout the spring and winter seasons, travellers also discover the vibrant colours and cultures nestled among the Caribbean, The Isthmus from Panama to Mexico, and Baja California to Los Angeles. Azamara Journey will take guests to visit idyllic islands that combine modern chic with colonial charm, guests can 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. Azamara Quest will also sail West Indies voyages from Miami in November, and celebrate New Year in Virgin Gorda, B.V.I.
More about Azamara
Azamara offers a richer travel experience for the discerning traveller. The voyages are emphasised with Azamara’s focus on ‘Destination Immersion’ which means longer stays, more overnight stays in port, and night touring. Every Azamara voyage combines sophisticated sailing with authentic cultural experiences that will deepen guests’ understanding and appreciation of our amazing world. Azamara's Azamara Shore Excursions shore excursion programme includes two new offerings aimed at curious explorers; Cruise Global, Meet Local which features private touring of the ancestral homes, workshops or places of business of a local insider and Cruise Global, Nights Local which allows guests to discover a destination after dark, from visiting Malaga’s Picasso Museum after hours to sipping cocktails at a local hot spot like Rio de Janeiro’s, Scenarium.
Azamara visits 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, personal service and the cruise line’s authentic, exclusive and bespoke AzAmazing Evenings’ events that showcase the unexpected colours and flavours of a destination.
Guests also enjoy fine cuisine and wines from around the world, as well as more inclusive amenities, such as included gratuities; complimentary bottled water, sodas, speciality coffee, and teas, plus complimentary wines, international beers and selected 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 centres in ports, where available.
Azamara is an upmarket cruise line and leader in Destination Immersion® experiences. With a fleet of four intimate-style ships, Azamara Quest®, Azamara Pursuit®, Azamara Journey® and its newest ship, Azamara Onward, the cruise line allows travelers to reach marquee ports around the world and dock in smaller, hidden gem destinations. Azamara aims to Change the Way You Sea, through its commitment to creating immersive experiences for guests through longer stays, more overnights and night touring for a deeper and more meaningful travel experience. Guests can experience an intimate hotel at sea with inclusive amenities such as gratuities, select beverages, cultural events and can take advantage of exclusive loyalty membership benefits through the Azamara Circle Program.
For more information visit www.azamara.com.
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