INTRODUCING OVERNIGHT ADVENTURES WITH AZAMARA
Upmarket Line Launches Cruise Global, Stay Local Program to Provide Longer Stays and More Discovery on Land
MIAMI, FL April 14, 2016 – Azamara®, the boutique cruise line known for its premier destination-immersive voyages, unveils its new Cruise Global, Stay Local program allowing guests to enjoy unique, immersive two and three-day land excursions while sailing across international seas. The introduction of the Cruise Global, Stay Local program is designed to expand on-land opportunities by providing cruise enthusiasts with bucket-list worthy experiences.
“We’re excited to announce this new initiative that truly speaks to Azamara’s Destination Immersion® platform,” says Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara. “Our new Cruise Global, Stay Local program will provide an enhanced, onshore service for our guests who want to elevate their travel experiences within the destination during their voyage. These two and three-day land excursions provide cruisers with an extended stay allowing the perfect amount of time to truly be immersed. In addition to the recently-announced bow to stern renovations to our two ships, Azamara continues to enrich the cruise experience both on land and at sea.”
Extended Land Excursions
Once in port, guests on Azamara are encouraged to explore exotic locales and breathtaking cities through added days providing ample time to truly connect with new and unique cultures, savory dishes and overall character of the destination. Following the overnight stay, guests will rejoin the ship at the next port of call to continue their journey.
A dedicated team of expert guides lead each adventure ensuring that guests fully experience their days and nights ashore. The Cruise Global, Stay Local program includes transportation, hotel and meal accommodations planned to perfection to allow intrepid travelers to embark on immersive expeditions during their cruise.
Azamara Cruise Global, Stay Local Include:
Ancient Temples of Bagan
This two-day expedition reveals the countless mysteries hidden within the richest archeological site in Asia. Bagan was founded in 849AD and its home to 3,000 ancient pagodas, temples and monuments spread out over 26 square miles. Stand at the Sunset Temple and watch in amazement as the sky bursts into color, just as the ancients once did. One morning visit a bustling local market, and by afternoon be exploring a collection of ruins that make up one of the architectural and archeological wonders of the world.
Nazareth, Galilee and Jerusalem
For history buffs and biblical scholars, this is a moving opportunity to retrace the life of Christ and explore the world’s holiest city. Travel to the River Jordan and set foot on the very shores where Jesus was baptized. Later, imagine hearing Christ’s famed sermon given at the Mount of Beatitudes and visit the ruins of a synagogue where he once preached. Come nightfall, arrive in Jerusalem. Day two is spent on the narrow streets of the Old City. Visit the Western Wall and follow the Stations of the Cross on a journey that travels back thousands of years.
Venice and Florence: Grand Italian Adventure
Guests will experience Italy’s most architecturally rich and artful cities beginning with a full day in Venice. Climb the great staircase of the ornate Doge’s Palace on a guided tour, and then, join the clamoring performers in St. Mark’s Square. Of course, no visit would be complete without a look inside St. Mark’s Cathedral. On day two, it’s off to Florence for a stroll along its Renaissance streets and a day brimming with works by Michelangelo and other masters. The day includes ample time to shop Florentine jewelers and the city’s famed boutiques.
Desert Night in Oman
Bound across the rolling dunes of Oman on an unforgettable Bedouin adventure, this desert spectacular starts with a journey to breathtaking lagoons, cascading waterfalls and seaside retreats. Come afternoon, guests will venture across the sands to a Bedouin camp to enjoy an evening of drinking, dancing and traditional barbecue. The night’s accommodations? A resplendent Bedouin tent filled with every appointment for extreme comfort and oneness with the desert.
Whether it’s one of the world’s great cities or a hidden gem found along the road less traveled, Cruise Global, Stay Local provide uniquely immersive experiences. Azamara is pleased to offer guests this exciting new land experience to cruising itineraries around the world.
For more information, travelers can call their travel professional, dial 1-877-999-9553. Connect with Azamara on Facebook, on Instagram, on Twitter or follow President and CEO @LarryPimentel. Travel agent professionals can access more information and make reservations at www.CruisingPower.com.
Azamara is a brand of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL), a global cruise vacation company that also owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, and CDF Croisieres de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture. Together, the six brands operate a combined total of 45 ships with ten on order. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 490 destinations on all seven continents.