Azamara Club Cruises continues to push the global boundaries with the announcement of it’s first ever, winter 2015-16 deployment to Australian waters.
The 688 guest Azamara Quest- one of the two, 30,000 ton former Renaissance class ships operated by the line- will be sailing Australian waters for two months from December 2015. The small, highly styled ship offers a very different and appealing option to the increasing ranks of mega ships that are beginning to crowd out the piers in Sydney and, to a lesser extent, Brisbane as well.
The initial foray comprises a ten night voyage from Cairns down to Sydney. Departing on January 5th, this voyage will showcase the highlights of the Great Barrier Reef in a far more, up close and personal scale.
The next sailing is a sixteen night sweep out to Auckland, New Zealand, followed by a thirteen night return voyage to Sydney. Serial lotus eaters could combine these two voyages into one delicious, near month long adventure.
The final offering is a return voyage to Bali, a seventeen night cruise that again offers the amazing natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
Over the past few years, Azamara Club Cruises has built up a devoted niche following, as well as an excellent reputation for on board food and service. The line places an emphasis on intimacy, personal service, and longer, overnight stays in many ports of call, especially on their European itineraries.
Under the stewardship of highly experienced and respected cruise industry veteran, Larry Pimentel, the line showcases a series of amazing shore side events- tagged as ‘Aza-mazing Experiences’- that allow for much more involved, in depth guest immersions in ports all around the world, each one unique to Azamara.
This has become the signature offering of the line, and it is hugely popular with the many regular guests of both ships. Offerings might range in scope from a polo match in St. Tropez to a spellbinding, after hours experience at the highly rated Titanic Belfast museum, along with many others.
As a product, Azamara Club Cruises offers a standard, all inclusive drinks service as part of the fare, with an option to upgrade to either of two top shelf, premium grade package at a nominal, per day rate $16 and $19 respectively.
With a smart, country club casual dress code, plus the ability to access smaller, more off the beaten track ports aboard a beautiful, exquisitely served, expertly staffed boutique cruise ship, I expect this inaugural season of Australia cruises aboard Azamara Quest to be extremely popular.