Azamara Club Cruises are the perfect choice if you’re looking to head off the beaten track and explore unique destinations. This cruise line really is a connoisseur of destination focused cruising. Azamara refer to their cruises as destination immersion and you can understand why thanks to the recent inclusion of even more late night and overnight stays in port. The amount of overnight stays offered within their range of itineraries is over half of the entire ports visited, which is more than any other cruise line to date.
Azamara Club Cruises are a world renowned boutique cruise line and offer an indulgently intimate on board experience. There are just two ships to choose from; known as Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, each with an occupancy of jut 694 passengers per cruise. If you enjoy a relaxed yet sophisticated style of cruising and a great focus on destinations then you are in for a treat aboard Azamara. This allows Azamara guests to experience a port, not just visit it, through what is a true “Destination Immersion,” according to Cruises-N-More Vice President and Owner Tiffany Neidhardt.
The cruise line were already hugely popular for their exceptional style of luxury cruising combined with the opportunity to witness new, exciting destinations but since the turn of the year Azamara have taken it to the next level and enhanced their destination immersion with the arrival of AzAmazing Evenings. These are brand new, complimentary shore excursion events that will provide passengers with a thrilling and unique up-close experience of local traditions including music, theater, cuisine and much more. The events will be held in exclusive, private settings to give Azamara passengers an immersive port experience like never before.
The first of the events recently took place at the Royal Gibraltar Regiment Concert in St. Michael’s Cave. This marked the opening occasion of the AzAmazing Evenings, which will now be included for all Azamara sailings. The only itineraries that will not feature these on-shore events will be transatlantic cruises. The original AzAmazing event was a huge success and passengers raved about how good the feature was. The Royal Gibraltar Regiment Band wowed guests and were followed by a sensational fireworks display.
With the announcement of the brand new AzAmazing Evenings, we thought we should take a closer look at some of the spectacular destination immersion features you can expect when cruising with this outstanding luxury cruise line. Azamara really do cater for all with these superb onshore experiences so read on as we guide you through the events on offer.
For wine lovers there is the exquisite option available aboard Azamara Quest when cruising from Monte-Carlo to the port of Andalucia. Aboard this sailing you can enjoy a tremendous AzAmazing Evening at the Cordoniu Cellars. The Cordoniu family is famous for producing the sparkling Spanish pleasure that is Cava and have been doing so since the 16th century. The AzAmazing event will guide you through how Cava is made as well as allowing you to sample the sumptuous tastes combined with local culinary treats. The sampling session will be followed by the enjoyment of a flamenco performance and even the chance to chat with the performers to gain an insight into the traditional Spanish dance.
Sports lovers will enjoy the excellent port of Sete, France aboard Azamara Quest when choosing the Along the Cote D’Azur itinerary. This AzAmazing Evening includes the chance to witness traditional sports including the ancient sport of water jousting, which only takes place in this part of the world. You will enjoy ringside seats on the Royal Canal during this event and will also have the opportunity to enjoy a great selection of local delicacies and libations such as canapés, shellfish and a superb range of French wines.
Food lovers will relish the opportunity of a visit to the Basque Country and gourmands will have the chance to enjoy an evening of traditional Basque cuisine at the three-star Michelin restaurant, Azurmendi. At this gorgeous restaurant you will be treated to traditional cuisine but with a contemporary twist from master chef Eneko Atxa. You’ll watch the master at work as appetizers are created before you and there’s even time to meander the beautiful gardens and excellent wine cellar before you take your seat for dinner.
Festive culture-seekers will be keen to enjoy the AzAmazing Evening at Limassol, Cyprus. This event takes place aboard the Azamara Journey’s Greek Isles and Cyprus sailing and passengers will be transferred from the ship to a location known as Omodus Village. Here guests will be given the chance to explore the magnificent setting of the mountain village and its traditional cobblestone streets. You will be shown to the centre of the village and to a private section of the square where you will enjoy a collection of dancer’s performing arts that represent the different regions of Cyprus. You will also be treated to a range of local wines and mezes.
Theatre lovers will thoroughly enjoy the chance to spend an evening at the ballet. This opportunity is available when cruising aboard the Azamara Quest’s Baltic Rendezvous itinerary. The experience is held at the world renowned Mikkhailovsky Theater and all guests will experience an incredible evening with red carpet entrance, pre-show champagne and even a greeting by the Russian Horn Capella orchestra all before you’ve even taken your seat.
Next on the list of AzAmazing Evenings comes an opportunity for jetsetters. If you love a party then you will really enjoy a beachside opportunity at the lively port of Ibiza. Here you can dance till your heart’s content at a 60’s themed retro party. The event will take place at the Ibiza Nassau Beach Club, popular for spotting some of the Hollywood’s most famous celebrities.
It would be unthinkable for Azamara not to cater for history lovers with their new events and fortunately they have done so in style. Set sail aboard the Azamara Journey on her voyage from the Vatican to the Acropolis and you have the opportunity to enjoy the AzAmazing Evening at the Piedigrotta, in Sorrento, Italy. As you stroll through the authentic village you will witness a truly immersive Neapolitan festival from medieval times. The gardens provide the perfect setting for the event and the singers, dancers and musicians create a unique 19th century atmosphere.
Last but not in any way least is the AzAmazing Evening for music lovers. Guests will enjoy remarkable views of the sea at the stunning village of Ravello, Italy. The evening will provide a classical concert at the Villa Rufolo with its sublime gardens that were the inspiration for Wagner’s second movement of Parsifal. The classical concert will be followed by an assortment of Italian sweets and the tastes of Prosecco. This evening is available on the Footsteps of Napoleon & Amalfi Coast itinerary aboard Azamara Quest.
These fantastic events are truly exceptional and completely complimentary. It is important to note though that they do sell out very quickly due to their popularity and as such we advise you to consider reserving your place prior to departure so as not to miss out. We will provide you with all the information you need in order to do this. Another point worth taking notice of is that Azamara will incur costs for each guest choosing to make an AzAmazing booking and as such refunds will not be available, therefore taking the time to make the right decision for you is a must.