Azamara recently announced that both Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest were to enter dry dock in 2016 and now we have the first renderings of what the luxury cruise lines has described as a ‘bow to stern transformation’.
The grand refurbishment of the already award-winning ships will begin in January 2016, when Azamara Journey enters dry dock in the Bahamas, before Azamara Quest heads for dry dock in Singapore in April. Less of a reinvigoration and more of a reinvention, no area of the two luxury ships will go untouched as part of transformations, with Azamara suggesting that the vessels will be all but brand new once refurbishments are complete.
The cruise line will look to bring the essence of ‘Destination Immersion’ on board, with the lands, rivers and beaches visited serving as the ultimate inspiration. The four elements of nature will take centre stage:
A muted colour palette of soft, soothing tones are being rolled out throughout each ship, designed to evoke a sense of home
Two new spa suites will slightly increase capacity and are set to feature rain showers with ocean views, plus outdoor Jacuzzis overlooking the sea.
Among the new public spaces planned for both ships are open-air restaurants.
A new outdoor Pool Grill & Bar will no doubt become a popular spot from which to appreciate fiery sunrises and sunsets, with several other entertainment venues set to be revitalised too.
New and improved accommodation
Accommodation aboard Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest will be completely transformed with a combination of chic, contemporary elements with a classic edge, much akin to what you might expect to find in the world’s best boutique hotels. Rich woods, custom-made textiles, natural colour schemes and sleek silver accents will merge to create an indulgent and luxurious abode.
Dining and entertainment
Taking inspiration from their famed Destination Immersion programme, Azamara Quest will introduce even more flavours to reflect the destinations they journey to the heart of. These include a Pool Bar & Grill and a luxe look for the Looking Glass dance floor.
Completely revamped in a haze of sleek slate, bronze and stone, the Sanctum Spa is to be remodelled to focus on an Ayurvedic concept; one of the world’s oldest holistic systems. A private outdoor deck will offer treatments overlooking the ocean and a holistic health and beauty programme will offer a combination of wellness techniques inspired by a combination of Eastern and Western principles.
The Medi-Spa and Salon will be combined in one sleek area, combining a nail bar and pedicure area, along with stations for teeth-whitening, barber services and acupuncture.
As well as introducing ship-wide Wi-Fi, the Azamara will also roll out a new lounge aboard both ships. The venue will feature several interactive 84” screens allowing passengers to digitally navigate their way around destinations on their itinerary and access interactive services using the Azamara Guest App.