Debunking Untrue Ideas About Cruising
Many people have pre-conceived notions of what it’s like to go on a cruise. And until you try a cruise for yourself, it’s hard to know what you’re getting into.
Sure, our ships are more intimate, our ports are more diverse, the food is tastier, and alcohol is included in the price of your voyage…but the real difference is our Destination Immersion® Experiences. On every Azamara® voyage, we spend more time in port so you’ll not only explore each awe-inspiring destination, but fall in love with them, too.
Our curated collection of page updates were pushed live Azamara Shore Excursions brings you to the heart of local life like never before. All of our voyages allow you to stay longer so you can Explore FurtherSM than before, both onboard and on shore. This means everywhere you travel with us, you can go beyond the tour to actually immerse yourself in each destination.
Below we’ll share some popular cruise myths, and the ways in which an Azamara cruise is anything but typical.
Cruises Are Too Crowded.
Reality: With Azamara’s four club-like ships—the approximately 700-guest Azamara Journey®, Azamara Quest®, Azamara Pursuit® and our newest addition, Azamara Onward℠—you can enjoy an intimate experience with our authentic service and modern amenities. We’ve reimagined the onboard experience from bow to stern, combining size, style and service to deliver a true boutique hotel atmosphere during your voyage.
Cruises Are Boring.
Reality: From guest lectures given by experts in diverse fields to White Night parties, spa, casino, entertainment, and our exclusive Nights in Private Places, (just to name a few), you’ll always have something to do on board. Not that you’ll spend much time there anyway—we stay longer and later in more ports than any other cruise line so that you can Explore Further℠ from your boutique hotel at sea.
Alcohol Is Way Too Expensive.
Reality: Cruises with free drink packages? On each Azamara cruise, nightcaps, celebratory drinks, thirst-quenching suds, and tasty tipples are on us! Select standard spirits, international beers, and a changing selection of red and white wine are all included in the price of your cruise.
The Food is Always the Same Boring Buffet.
Reality: Our Destination Immersion® experiences don't just happen on shore. They happen onboard, too. We incorporate the flavors of each destination into our menus to deliver a culinary experience that is exclusive, personalized, and local. With six elegantly designed restaurant and café spaces to dine and drink, every meal and snack on an Azamara voyage is a unique dining experience influenced by the very places we visit. And for true foodies, our Chef’s Table dinners—complete with expert wine pairings— will introduce your taste buds to a world of flavors without even leaving the ship.
Cruise Ships Aren’t Safe
Reality: Are cruise ships safe? The statistics say yes! Cruise ships are actually safer than most other forms of transportation, and here at Azamara, Safety is our number one priority. Our crew is highly trained in emergency procedures, and our ships are outfitted with the latest state-of-the-art, industry leading safety equipment. Not to mention, every passenger takes part in a muster drill that covers all necessary safety procedures for your voyage.
Cruises Are For Old People Who Aren’t Very Active.
Reality: With Azamara’s Destination Immersion® Experiences, there’s plenty to do for those who are both young and young at heart. For starters, we have longer and overnight stays in port, so you can Explore FurtherSM and take part in our carefully curated, Azamara Shore Excursions or explore on your own. Once you’re back on ship, it’s not all buffets and early bedtimes. For those looking to stay in ship shape with onboard cruise fitness facilities, we offer customized personal training and Body Sculpt Boot Camps in addition to our fully equipped fitness center. And even when you want to relax, there’s plenty to inspire your mind and body, from our luxurious spa, to exciting onboard entertainment options, destination-focused programming, and so much more.
Cruises Are Expensive.
Reality: Cruises are actually quite affordable! Included in the average cost of a cruise is luxurious accommodations, transportation between ports, delicious food, unlimited alcoholic beverages, and onboard activities. Not to mention the priceless experience of an Azamara voyage! But if you are looking for additional savings to sweeten the deal, becoming an Azamara Insider is one of the best ways to stay up to date on upcoming voyages and exclusive promotional offers.
Cruises Are Claustrophobic.
Reality: With Azamara’s Destination Immersion® Experiences, you’ll get to experience every stop from a locals’ perspective. Our club-like ships can go places larger vessels can only dream of, like the heart of Venice or Crete, or up majestic rivers like the Mississippi or the Elbe. And since we spend more time in port than any other cruise line—including several overnight stays on many of our voyages—you’ll never feel like you’re trapped in one place. Plus, going on a cruise doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment—unless you want it to, of course! Azamara offers cruises as short as three nights and as long as… well that’s up to you.
Cruises Only Go To Touristy Hot Spots.
Reality: From the exotic shores of the Seychelles, to the down under streets of Sydney, the remote Faroe Islands and everywhere in between, Azamara’s smaller ships mean we can go to, more remote, off-the-beaten-path ports and unparalleled destinations than other cruise companies. Plus, with our bespoke Destination Immersion® Experiences, you can immerse yourself in local culture with our distinctive Azamara Shore Excursions.