Azamara Club Cruises has unveiled 54 itineraries
ranging from five to sixteen nights, between March 2012 and
February 2013, aboard Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest.
voyages complete the cruise line’s 2012 deployments, which total
64 sailings that visit unique destinations around the world,
calling at 181 ports in 57 countries throughout the Mediterranean
Sea, Northern Europe, South America, India and the West Indies.
Additionally, 51% of all port calls in 2012 feature late
night and overnight stays in port, providing time for guests to
enjoy a more immersive experience and take advantage of night
tourism in destinations where the nightlife is even more vibrant
than the day’s.
“Azamara is delighted to present up-market
travelers our 2012 line-up of voyages to unique destinations
around the world,” said Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “On board, guests will enjoy Azamara’s
trademark extraordinary service, fine dining and boutique wine
collection, and more inclusive amenities. We designed our
itineraries to coincide with some of the world’s most exciting
events, such as Rio’s Carnival, the Floriade in the Netherlands,
the 52nd Annual Moldejazz Festival in Norway, and others, to offer guests the opportunity to attend these cultural
celebrations on some of the Azamara voyages. Guests on these
voyages will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase
prime-seating ticket and transportation packages from Azamara,
eliminating the hassle and guesswork for a truly remarkable travel
South America Celebration
Azamara Quest sails
to electrifying South American destinations during the height of
austral summer, beginning with a 13-night Brazil voyage that
departs Barbados on 5 December 2012 and concludes with an
overnight at Rio De Janeiro. The Christmas in South America voyage, departing
18 December offers guests daily port calls
as well as an overnight in Punta Del Esta, Uruguay, with its
miles of beautiful beaches, luxury hotels and restaurants, and
glittery nightlife; and the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires,
Argentina. Guests on the 27 December New Years in Rio, nine-night
voyage are in for a real treat, when after a call at Rio De
Janeiro on New Year’s eve, Azamara Quest positions itself off
of Copacabana Beach to offer guests an unforgettable view of the
midnight fireworks over the seas.
The 5 January 2013,
Argentina and Uruguay voyage combines charming Brazilian
destinations with an overnight at Punta Del Este and two nights
in Buenos Aires. On the 31 January 2013, 12-night Carnaval
voyage, guests can enjoy overnights in both Buenos Aires and Punta Del Esta before arriving in time for two nights in Rio De
Janeiro for the city’s annual Carnival festival. Guests will
have the opportunity to purchase Land Discoveries packages that
offer up-close seating to catch all the pageantry. Azamara
Quest then sails an 18-night Colonial Brazil and West Indies
voyage, beginning with an overnight in Rio De Janeiro on
12 February 2013 to Miami.
Journey follows ancient spice trade routes and colonial heritages
around the Indian subcontinent to East Asia, starting with a
13-night Spice Coast & Ceylon voyage from Bombay (Mumbai) to
Madras (Chennai), India, departing 29 November 2012. Guests can
take in the diverse cultures of Western, Southern and Eastern
India with overnights in Goa (Mormugao), Cochin and Madras, and
during maiden calls to the Maldives, in the Indian Ocean, and
Colombo and Galle, Sri Lanka. The ship then continues on
12 December for an 11-night Burma & Andaman Sea Isles voyage,
featuring a two-night stay and maiden call at Yangon (Rangoon),
Burma – the former British colonial capital that features one
of the region’s highest number of period buildings – and
concluding with an overnight in the vibrant city-state of Singapore. On
23 December, Azamara Journey embarks on exciting 14-night
Southeast Asia voyage to Hong Kong, offering two-night calls at
Bangkok (Klong Toey), Thailand and Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, and
an overnight at Hanoi in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay.
Azamara Club Cruises also
offers up-market travelers 27 voyages for immersive adventures
throughout the Mediterranean, Black and Red seas. Departing 8 May, Azamara Quest returns to the Mediterranean from Suez (Sokhna),
Egypt, via the Holy Lands and Egypt to Athens (Piraeus),
Greece. The only short cruise offered by Azamara, a five-night,
round trip voyage from Nice, France, departs on 24 May and
offers an overnight at and midnight departure from St. Tropez,
France, and two late-night departures from Monte Carlo, Monaco,
and Portofino, Italy. Guests sailing for this voyage will have
the option to purchase tickets to the Monaco Grand Prix.
Azamara Quest then proceeds to the Eastern Mediterranean, offering
eight voyages to the Greek Isles, Adriatic Coast, and Italy.
These seven to 12-night voyages feature overnights and late
night departures in a variety of exciting ports, such as Kotor,
Montenegro; Venice, Amalfi, and Capri, Italy; Athens and
Mykonos, Greece; and Istanbul, Turkey. On the Black Sea &
Transylvania voyage, departing 22 July, Azamara Quest offers
guests an opportunity to visit Dracula’s castle on a Land
Discovery option during the call at Constanta, Romania. Azamara
Journey also offers an 11-night Best of Italy & Greece voyage,
departing 4 October.
From August through October, both Azamara
Journey and Azamara Quest will sail 10 voyages, ranging from
seven to 11-nights, through the Spanish, French and Italian Rivieras, with departures from Athens, Barcelona, Lisbon,
Monaco, and Rome. On the 16 October sailing, Azamara Quest
features Northern African destinations, and will make maiden calls
at Al Khums and Tripoli in Libya.
Azamara Journey makes the most maiden calls for
the cruise line in the North and Baltic seas in 2012, visiting
new destinations with nearly daily port calls on nine voyages that
celebrate the vibrant cultures of Northern Europe. On the
seven-night round-trip Belgium and South England voyage from
Paris (Rouen), departing 29 April, the ship will make maiden calls
at and midnight departures from Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site; Dover, England and Portland, Dorset
in the U.K.; and conclude with an overnight in port.
Mother’s Day sailing, departing 6 May, includes a maiden call
at the Isles of Scilly in the U.K., a midnight departure from the medieval walled city of St. Malo, France, and overnights in
culture-rich Antwerp, Belgium and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Guests can fully immerse themselves in multiple North Sea
cultural capitals on the 12-night Chelsea Flower Show voyage,
departing 17 May, which begins with an overnight in Amsterdam;
features first-time calls at Flushing (Vlissingen), the
Netherlands, and Southampton, England; and stays for two nights
in Antwerp, Paris, and London (Greenwich), offering guests the
opportunity to attend the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The 29 May, 12-night British Isles in Bloom voyage overnights in
Dublin, Ireland, and Edinburgh (Leith), Scotland, and includes
maiden calls at Isle of Skye (Portree) and Invergordon, Scotland.
On 28 July the Castles, Distilleries & Pubs voyage from Edinburgh (Leith), guests enjoy two-night stays at and
post-midnight departures from Dublin, Ireland, and Paris
Azamara Journey continues eastward for three
voyages that explore the vibrant Nordic cultures and Baltic
jewel cities. A 10-night voyage from Amsterdam on 10 June offers
guests overnights in Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden;
a maiden call at and late departure from the charming
Danish-island Ronne, Bornholm; and an overnight at and late
departure from St. Petersburg, Russia, for guests to join in
the city’s annual White Nights Festival. The nine-night
Scandinavia Russia, departing 27 June, features a maiden call at Visby, Sweden, one of the best preserved medieval cities in
Scandinavia and another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and concludes
with two nights in Copenhagen.
Jazz aficionados who also love
to travel can choose two very special consecutive voyages
aboard Azamara Journey in summer 2012. The 6 July Skagen & Hague
Jazz voyage begins with an overnight in Copenhagen and
concludes with an overnight in Amsterdam, and features a maiden
call at Skagen, Denmark, and two-night stays in London
(Greenwich) and Rotterdam, the Netherlands (also a maiden port), where guests can attend the North Seas Jazz Festival. On
the last day of the festival, Azamara Journey sails at 2 a.m.
to offer guests ample time to enjoy post-festival celebrations.
17 July Jazz in the Fjords voyage then takes guests
to breathtaking Norwegian fjordlands, with a maiden call at
Andalsnes, Norway, and overnights in Stavanger, Norway, and
Edinburgh. The itinerary offers guests two days in Molde, Norway,
where they have the option for a scenic day excursion through
the Fjords on where they can experience a ride on the famous
Island Colors of the West Indies
Barbados, Azamara Journey offers an eight-night West Indies voyage
to Miami, departing on 10 March 2012, and makes a maiden call
at Soufriere, St. Lucia. The ship then sails a 10-night Virgins
and Bermuda voyage on 30 March from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to
port for the first time in Boston, featuring overnight stays at
both Hamilton and St. George Island in Bermuda, and St. John,
U.S.V.I., and Virgin Gorda, B.V.I., where larger ships rarely go.
From Boston, Azamara Journey is Europe bound on 18 April, via
an overnight and maiden call in New York City for an
eleven-night Trans-Atlantic voyage to Paris (Rouen).
7 November Azamara Quest returns to the Western Hemisphere from
Seville, Spain, to Miami, with overnights in Maderia (Funchal), Portugal, and Hamilton. The ship then sails a seven-night
Eastern Caribbean voyage from Miami to Barbados, departing
November 28, with calls at Virgin Gorda; St. Barts; Castries,
St. Lucia; and Mayreau in the Granadines.
Azamara’s two, 694-guest ships, Azamara
Journey and Azamara Quest, with a combination of 347 suites and
staterooms, offer a European-boutique hotel ambience.
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