A continued Quest for excellence
Azamara Club Cruises have just revealed details for their Australasia itineraries in 2015 - and they are sure to excite anyone planning to travel with the boutique cruise offering. More good news is that Azamara are extending their commitment to the region until 2018, so the opportunities for luxury cruising Down Under are greater than ever before.
For the uninitiated, Azamara ships host just under 700 guests and deliver exceptional port experiences, with extensive inclusive amenities, from standard spirits to specialist evenings, gratuities, self-service laundry and shuttle services to port communities. While fine wine and dining is a major Azamara focus, the enrichment programs and classes, poolside parties, casino and cabaret lounges and spa treatments really do create a unique cruising adventure.
The first ship to arrive will be Azamara Quest, departing Darwin on December 28, 2015. Undergoing a major makeover in September 2015, Quest is one of two jewel-box ships and will embark on five voyages in its first Australian season over two months:
- Bali and Barrier Reef voyage, 14 nights, departing from Bali on Dec 22, 2015 to Cairns.
- Great Barrier Reef to Sydney, 10 nights, departing Cairns on January 5, 2016.
- Australia & NZ explorers itinerary, 16 nights, departing Sydney on January 15 to Auckland.
- Australia & NZ, 13 nights, departing Auckland to Sydney, January 31, 2016.
- Great Barrier Reef & Bali, 17 nights, departing Sydney, February 13, 2016.
These itineraries will incorporate 25 port visits in Australia and New Zealand, from Port Douglas and Townsville to Melbourne, Hobart, Bay of Islands and the hugely popular Milford Sound.
If you're looking to plan an Azamara cruise in 2017, here are the details for the Azamara Journey:
- Great Barrier Reef sailing from Singapore to Sydney, 18 nights, February 1, 2017.
- Australia & NZ voyager from Sydney to Auckland, 15 nights, February 19, 2017.
- New Zealand Explorer cruise from Auckland to Sydney, 16 nights, March 6, 2017.
- Australian & Asia voyage from Sydney to Singapore, 18 nights, March 22, 2017.
Details for Azamara Quest itineraries in 2018 are still to be announced, but cruisesalefinder.com.au will keep you up to date.
Cultural attractions, fascinating tours
The AzAmazing Evenings are a new concept on Azamara Club voyages, seeking to deliver cultural thrills at a variety of ports.
When you arrive in Darwin, a visit to the Crocosaurus Cove will present the world's largest captive reptile collection and the Cage of Death, along with a demonstration from the Larrakia people and the opportunity to hold some of the animals. A Cairns stop-off takes you into the heart of Australia's Aboriginal history and the local Tjapukai people, whose traditional fire-making ceremony and music and dance displays are a sight to behold. And Azamara Club Cruises President and CEO, Larry Pimentel, says a strengthening of the brand's relationship Down Under is of paramount importance.
"We love Australia even before our ships have sailed local waters, Australians already make up one of the top three nationalities that cruise with us and Australia is one of our biggest growth markets. We are thrilled to finally be able to bring the brand to Australasian shores."
Already hugely popular are Insider Access tours to heritage estates, farms and galleries, while the Nights and Cool Places activities offer after-dinner experiences and private tours.
This combination of destination-focused cruising, specialist events and exceptional on-board facilities all contribute to a memorable cruising experience: and now Australasia can discover what all the fuss is about!