The 8th Annual Awards Distinguish Azamara® as Best in the Itinerary and Shore Excursion Categories
MIAMI, October 5, 2015 – Azamara, the RCL boutique cruise line known for its premier destination-immersive voyages for discerning travelers, is elated to be recognized by the editors of Cruise Critic® for having this year’s “Best Itineraries” and “Best Shore Excursions.” Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, annual Editors' Picks Awards are chosen by Cruise Critic's international team of editors, based on the lines and ships they feel best represent excellence in each of the designated categories. “Having our itineraries and shore excursions honored means the world to us as our team is devoted to ensuring our guests have as many options to immerse themselves in interesting and exotic destinations year round,” said Larry Pimentel CEO Azamara. “As a brand, we understand the desire to explore the world’s most hidden gems as well as popular ports in new and interesting ways. And, we understand that not every guest desires the same experience – some are foodies, some photographers, some history buffs, some people watchers. Our itineraries, as well as the many programs we have in place, enable our guests to have rich and meaningful immersive exploration while in ports. It’s the heart and soul of our brand and it’s thrilling to be recognized for that.” Azamara focuses almost entirely outside the ships to afford its guests longer stays, more overnights and night touring while in the world’s most intriguing ports of call. From Northern and Western Europe and the Mediterranean to Asia and Australia, Azamara guests can choose their next vacation of a lifetime from an unparalleled list of itineraries. In 2016, Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey will be making voyages to 70 countries and visiting 204 ports. In 2017, Azamara will sail to new ports in New Zealand, Seychelles, Mexico and Grand Cayman tallying 65 voyages to 203 ports in 68 countries.
“Our editors live and breathe cruising, sailing year-round and covering every aspect of the industry – from new ships and programs to updated amenities and features,” explained Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. “Azamara was recognized for ‘Best Itineraries’ for good reason as fans of this upscale cruise line await itinerary releases with anticipation. With smaller ships and a commitment to destination immersion, Azamara usually goes where everyone else isn't -- a mindset that appeals to a range of travelers.”
The 2015 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards winners are featured online at www.cruisecritic.com/editors-picks/.
About Azamara: Azamara is a brand of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSX: RCL), a global cruise vacation company that also owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, and CDF Croisières de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture. Together, the six brands operate a combined total of 41 ships with four under construction. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 460 destinations on all seven continents.