Azamara Club Cruises is one of the most popular luxury cruise lines in the world. Aiming to provide an experience that is above and beyond, passengers experience exotic destinations such as Asia, South America, and Panama, in a truly opulent setting. Azamara Club Cruises has grown and evolved as a luxury cruise line, making some exciting changes recently, including adding the ‘club’ aspect of the name at the end of 2009 to reflect the exclusive nature of their sailings, and to promote guest loyalty.
So what exactly is it that makes Azamara Club Cruises so appealing that their voyages are hard to say ‘no’ to?
Azamara Club Cruises ‘Destination Immersion’
Take a look at the mainstream cruise industry at the moment and you’ll see many major cruise lines announcing bigger and ‘better’ ships due to be launched in the coming years. There is a very definite focus upon the ships themselves in the industry at the moment, and while this does appeal to travellers who see the cruise ship itself as a holiday, there are passengers who utilise sea travel as little more than transportation between stunning and fascinating destinations.
Azamara Club Cruises are undoubtedly one of the most involved cruise line in terms of destinations. While the ships themselves are magnificent, the company place a great deal of importance on their ports and aim to do their best to ensure all passengers are informed, prepared, and excited about the destinations they’ll visit. Azamara Club Cruises are proud to spend more time in port than any other cruise line, which includes longer excursions, more overnight stays, and the prestigious AzAmazing Evenings.
Whereas other cruise lines offer overnight stays in highly popular ports, such as St Petersburg, Azamara make it their aim to stick around in most of the ports they visit, including ‘exotic’ ports in Vietnam and Japan, as well as more easily accessible ports in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. When stopping overnight, passengers can experience the wonder of an AzAmazing Event, which allows passengers to explore historic, cultural, and iconic evening activities in their destination. AzAmazing Events include the likes of a Poland Baltic Philharmonic concert, an evening watching ballet at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, and a chance to sample authentic Sicilian cuisine at the Castello di San Marco.
Azamara Club Cruises also offer a comprehensive on board enrichment programme which includes lectures relating to the ports you’ll visit during the cruise. Destination experts will educate passengers as to the history of a port, the vibrant culture, the most popular sights to see, and even some hidden gems located off the beaten track. Land Discoveries lectures focus upon particular excursions, so if you aren’t sure what to do in any one destination, these lectures can help you decide what would suite you best.
Everything is included on an Azamara Club Cruises voyage, and when we say everything, we mean everything! In terms of refreshments; bottled water, soft drinks, teas and coffees are all free of charge, as well as beers, wines, and standard spirits. Tips are all included in the base price of the cruise, which is actually a huge draw for many passengers, as it allows them to budget accurately for their holiday. Port shuttles and AzAmazing Evening excursions are all completely free, and those who book a suite room can even utilise the services of a trained butler, without having to pay a penny! Azamara Club Cruises remove the challenge of predicting an overall budget required, making it simpler than ever before to have fun and let loose on board, without having to worry about the bill.
A Relaxed, Down-to-Earth Environment
The need for formal wear on board cruise ships today is somewhat controversial. Most cruise lines do still enforce strict dress codes throughout the ship on designated formal nights, in keeping with the golden age of luxury sea travel, but more and more passengers are finding these dress codes a bit of a hassle. This is especially true as the notion of fly cruising has really taken off in recent years. Most cruise lines today offer fly cruise options, allowing travellers to see more of the world in less of the time, appealing to those with work and family commitments back home. While cruise ships typically allow as much luggage as you can fit into your stateroom, or, at the very least, very relaxed luggage restrictions, airlines do not. Typically, travellers are restricted to one case weighing no more than 23kg for international flights, making it difficult to transport tuxedos and ball gowns to the embarkation port.
Azamara Club Cruises have realised that the notion of forced formal wear at sea is becoming a dated policy, and reassure passengers that ‘formal evening wear is not expected nor required’ on board Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. Of course, if passengers wish to dress formally, they may do so. All the cruise line ask is that guests adopt a ‘resort casual’ look, meaning no jeans, shorts, swimwear, caps, or bare feet are permitted in the dining rooms. Azamara Club Cruises are aiming to reinvent cruise travel, creating a more relaxed environment where travellers can unwind and relax without worrying over details such as dress codes.
Cruise fashion is an ever-changing topic of discussion within the cruising world. Often down to preference alone, many passengers thoroughly enjoy dressing up for an evening event but for guests wishing to enjoy a more relaxed approach, yet still experience the indulgence and opulence of a luxury cruise line, Azamara are ready and waiting.
Luxury cruise lines such as Azamara Club Cruises are up-and-coming in the cruise industry. Just a few years ago, the mainstream cruise experience was considered to be the ultimate in sophistication, and while it’s still a wonderful, exciting, and luxurious way to travel, some travellers are searching for the next big thing – the thing that takes cruising to the next level and this is it. Welcome to ‘destination immersion’, the chance to soak up exciting new cultures, sights, traditions, cuisine and much more aboard an unforgettable cruise.