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A new Quest Down Under

Royal Caribbean follow P&O and expand their fleet
The Australian cruise industry is continuing to grow, with Azamara Club Cruises deploying one of its luxury vessels Down Under.
Azamara Quest will undertake her inaugural season in early 2016, with a selection of five voyages and a wide variety of travel itineraries.
This latest addition to Australian waters follows the recent announcement that P&O Cruises are rebranding two European ships, MS Ryndam and MS Statendam, and bringing them to 'The Lucky Country', increasing the P&O fleet to five. Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas will also be sailing from Brisbane for a five-month season late next year.
Only the best service
As part of Royal Caribbean International, Azamara Quest is a jewel-box ship holding 694 passengers. Specialising in exceptional service and international cuisines, you can also enjoy a butler, casino and 24-hour room service.
Commencing in December 2015 until February 2016, here are the itineraries:
  • 14-night Bali & Barrier Reef trip, from Bali to Cairns, Dec 22, 2015.
  • 10-night Great Barrier Reef to Sydney, departing Cairns, January 5, 2016.
  • 16-night Australia & New Zealand explorers itinerary, departing Sydney, ending in Auckland, Jan 15, 2016.
  • 13-night Australia & New Zealand sailing from Auckland to Sydney, Jan 31, 2016.
  • 17-night Great Barrier Reef & Bali sail, departing Sydney, Feb 13, 2016. 
Australian industry continue to expand
Regional Vice-President Asia Pacific for RCL Cruises Ltd, Gavin Smith, says the new arrival was always on the cards.
"Australia is the largest growth market for Azamara Club Cruises globally. So it has long been our aim to bring an Azamara ship to Australia and we are delighted to welcome Azamara Quest."
In total, Quest will make 25 port visits in Australia and New Zealand, these include Port Douglas, Townsville, Melbourne, Auckland, Dunedin and Milford Sound. 
Here's everything you need to know about Azamara Quest:
  • The ship weighs around 30 tonnes and is nearly 600 feet long.
  • Its cruise speed is 18.5 knots, with more than 400 officers, crew and staff onboard.
  • There are numerous drinking and dining options: AQUALINA where Mediterranean seafood is the speciality. PRIME C which is a wood-panelling steakhouse for the meat-lovers, although you can still indulge in some lobster bisque. THE WINE CELLAR is reasonably self-explanatory, with a wonderful selection of international plonk. Seek advice from the experienced sommeliers. DISCOVERIES RESTAURANT offers filet mignon with black truffle sauce that is extremely flavoursome, and you can also gather here for pre- and post-meal drinks. WINDOWS CAFE has outdoor tables and is great fun, as you enjoy a casual buffet. Fresh sushi, stir-fries and special regional cuisine are on offer.
  • Spa packages are available, with exotic massage treatments, acupuncture and sunset yoga.
  • Previous Azamara bonuses have included AzAmazing Evenings:  a complimentary night tours that have included samba shows in Rio and performances by the Three Tenors in Italy. Details of 2016 events are still to be announced.
Azamara Club Cruises is one of three Royal Caribbean Cruises brands in Australia and New Zealand. The other two are Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.