Founded as Azamara Cruises in 2007, renamed Azamara Club Cruises in 2009, and then relaunched in 2019 as Azamara, this deluxe cruise line caters to discerning travelers who love cruising and are interested in new and immersive ways to see the world. Azamara strives to create a truly unique product and accomplishes this quite well.
With three ships that visit 94 countries and stop in 303 ports, there is something for everyone to enjoy when sailing with this cruise line. Both ships will transport you through spectacular panoramic inlets to only the best of the best docking locations, including less visited ports such as London, Venice, St. Petersburg, Hong Kong, Bangkok and more. Many voyages are what Azamara calls “country-intensive,” meaning that you can profoundly immerse yourself into the culture and traditions of a specific country with itineraries that visit most, if not all, of its ports.
Why Cruise Azamara?
The Azamara fleet travels all around to many of the world’s most popular destinations. The primary destinations visited by Azamara are Europe, Asia, the Panama Canal, South America, Australia and the Caribbean. Azamara takes particular pride in being able to feature exotic itineraries, featuring some ports of call that are not often visited on other cruise lines. What allows them to do this is the size of their ships.
Both of Azamara’s identical ships, Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey, are just the right size and have a maximum of 690 guests, so you can enjoy a personalized cruising experience with plenty of opportunity to meet new friends and share extraordinary traveling experiences with like-minded travelers.
Azamara’s international and expertly trained staff is ready to learn your name and personal preferences. Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey are both designed with your comfort in mind, drawing influences from around the world. As a part of Azamara’s most recent 2016 refurbishment, dubbed “ReImagine Azamara,” you will discover a refreshing environment that is accented with natural elements of earth, water, air and fire – for example, walls painted with soothing earth colors, open-air venues that refresh your senses, new spa suites with rain showers and new outdoor dining that allows you to admire the lowering pink and orange sunset over a delicious dinner.
Azamara’s Destination Immersion® program allows you to truly acquaint yourself with the lands you will be visiting by featuring overnight port stays and late departures. This grants you the opportunity to admire the mesmerizing sunrise on a morning stroll, experience the city’s lively nightlife, or fill your entire schedule with a day-long adventure.
In conjunction with Azamara’s Cruise Global, Connect Local program, you will find yourself genuinely immersed in local culture, whether it’s raising a glass of Dutch beer in a local pub, learning to make handmade mozzarella in the home of an Italian family, going birdwatching on a mountainous slope with a local nature guide, or catching a once-in-a-lifetime global event, like the Formula One Race in Monte Carlo.
All tours accommodate a maximum of 25 guests, ensuring that your experience is personal and unforgettable, and every excursion is developed and hosted by locals, making for a doubtlessly authentic encounter.
What's an Azamara Cruise Like?
While spending time onboard Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey, you will discover many great ways to pass the time from shopping to spa treatments to simply relaxing.
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- At the new Sanctum Spa, fully “ReInvented” to introduce new health and wellness programs, you can treat yourself to a holistic and reinvigorating therapy. If you’re looking to stay active, you can pay the fitness center a visit and engage in some vigorous exercise or take a nutrition class (Azamara also offers one-on-one personal training classes for an additional cost).
- Shop for the perfect souvenir, pick up that toothbrush that you forgot to pack, or indulge in fine watches and jewelry in the onboard shops, or just sit back with a good book or play a round of cards with some new friends in The Living Room.
- If you’re feeling lucky, you can test the odds with the brand-new machines in the onboard casino and sports lovers will enjoy watching the big game in the Spirits bar, which features all-new bar stools and comfortable seating.
- Coffee lovers will enjoy the Mosaic Café, where you can order a cup of coffee to perfection and even try a specialty Nespresso coffee for a small fee.
- In the newly redesigned Cabaret Lounge, you can catch live music and entertainment, such as local dance troupes and musicians, and dance along on the brand-new dance floor.
- For more evening entertainment, there is the White Night Party, a big celebration and buffet that is held at least once on every cruise (weather permitting) with a live band that plays by the poolside.
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Why Choose Azamara?
As a guest sailing on an Azamara cruise, you will receive a wonderful handful of inclusive amenities that are sure to enhance your cruise even more. Upon stepping aboard, you will receive access to one AzAmazing Evenings Event (on most voyages that are 7 nights or longer), complimentary bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas in addition to select standard spirits, international beers and wines, shuttle service to and from port communities (where available), concierge services, self-service laundry and best of all, gratuities are included as well.
Guests staying in a suite can enjoy the extra benefits of English butler service, one free bag of laundry service per 7 days, afternoon tea service, complimentary access to the specialty restaurants, and a choice of 235 complimentary internet minutes or $150 towards a full voyage unlimited package per person. As a bonus for specialty suite guests staying in a Club World Owners, Club Ocean or Club Spa Suite, you will also receive $300 in onboard credit (subject to change).
Unique Stateroom Amenities
Accommodations aboard Azamara cruise ships are modern, chic, and most importantly, comfortable – comfortable enough that you will feel like you’re staying in a luxury hotel. All living spaces combine elements of natural blue, brown and gray color schemes with silver accents, rich wood, and custom fabrics to achieve this.
Every stateroom was recently updated in 2016 and includes deluxe bedding, a sitting area with a 40” flat-screen TV, refrigerator with a mini-bar, adjustable temperature controls, bedside reading lamps with USB ports, a safe, and hair dryer. Club Veranda Staterooms feature a private veranda. Club Continent, Ocean, and World Owner’s Suites share the same refurbishment and feature a large living room with a 55” flat-screen TV, private master bedroom with a king-size bed and 40” flat-screen TV, marble master bath with a shower (select suites also feature a tub), a private veranda, refrigerator with a mini-bar, adjustable temperature controls, a writing desk, safe and hair dryer. Club Ocean and World Owner’s suites both include the added bonus of a dressing room, vanity, ample closet space and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors in the living room and master bedroom.
Newly built Club Spa Suites features all the amenities of existing suites in addition to a queen-sized bed, a large glass-enclosed bathtub and separate rain shower, an outdoor soaking tub on the veranda, and in-room spa music. Plus, you will receive a $200 spa credit per suite, daily healthy snacks delivered right to your door, Frette® robes and slippers and one “Nights in Private Places” reservation, where you can spend an enduring night underneath the stars, complete with a private buffet, butler and turn-down service.
When it comes to dining, Azamara has your needs fully covered with a wide variety of dining options, including two specialty restaurants and room service, as well as places to grab light fare and quick snacks. Headed by Corporate Executive Chef Robert Van Rijsbregen, you can expect champion, world-class cuisine that will captivate your senses and keep you coming back for more, and as a part of Destination Immersion® you can expect to taste local flavors in every dish that is made from fresh, locally sourced in-port ingredients.
The main restaurant on each Azamara ship is the Discoveries Restaurant, which also includes an adjacent bar and lounge. Here, you can “discover” a variety of locally-inspired dishes in an elegant yet refined environment. Feel free to visit The Wine Cellar, where an expert sommelier will help you pick out the perfect bottle of wine to pair with your dinner.
If you’re looking for a venue that is a bit more casual, you can check out the Windows Café, an indoor/outdoor dining area that serves up a breakfast and lunch buffet as well as themed dinners that reflect the destinations you visit. You may also opt for the The Patio, where you can bring the sophistication of the indoor restaurants outdoors for luxurious al fresco dining, complete with table service and beautiful décor.
Treat yourself to dessert at the Swirl and Top self-serve frozen yogurt station, where you can connect to your inner youth and build your dream sweet treat. Best of all, Azamara cruises feature flexible seating, so you can dine in the intimacy of two or join in on a fun table of six. Don’t forget to check out Azamara’s two specialty restaurants, Aqualina (serving up prime, authentic Italian cuisine) or Prime C, where you can indulge in steak and seafood. Both restaurants also use fresh and locally-sourced ingredients and feature sensuous décor for your ultimate comfort.
Technologically Advanced Ships
Thanks to “ReImagine Azamara,” you can expect a highly interactive and high-tech experience on every Azamara cruise. With every ship featuring prevalent high-speed wi-fi, you can easily and instantly upload your memories to share with friends and family back home.
Every stateroom features new interactive TVs that enable you to browse on-demand movies, book excursions, download lecture schedules, information about upcoming ports and dining, get weather updates, order room-service or housekeeping and even call other guests, all without having to leave your bed.
In The Living Room, you’ll find interactive tabletops that lets you surf the web or draw and in the new Inspiration Center, you’ll discover a giant 100’ interactive screen where you can literally explore a map of the world with your fingertips.
The Sanctum Spa
Pay a visit to the newly renovated Sanctum Spa and undergo some of the most relaxing therapies you’ve ever experienced. Treat yourself to some glow with a revitalizing facial, melt your worries away with a relaxing hot stone massage or sculpt your body to perfect with an invigorating seaweed body wrap treatment. The spa area itself features all-new carpeting and décor, as well as a new and improved floor plan that allows space for a nail bar and pedicure area, a barber area, hair salon services and teeth-whitening procedures. There is also a medi-spa and an acupuncture clinic in this area. You may even be able to have a massage outdoors on the private Sanctum Terrace.
What's New for Azamara?
In June 2019, Azamara announced it would be dropping "Club Cruises" from its branding in an effort to highlight the expansion of its land travel program. Stemming from the brand's "Destination Immersion" concept, Azamara will now offer over 1,700 land program choices. Guests will now be able to book "AzAmazing Journeys" (groups of 12 to 18 who follow along expert guides), "Land Journeys" (bigger groups that tour multiple cities during their itinerary), and "Stay Local" (itineraries that focus on a single destination). All land packages will include most meals, all transfers, tour directors, and local expert guides.
A third ship, Azamara Pursuit, debuted in 2018. Azamara Pursuit will add 61 more destinations and expand the company’s destination offerings by 40%, including 48 late nights and 25 overnight stays. Some of its featured ports of call will include South America and Europe.
As mentioned above, Reimagine Azamara focused on the full refurbishment of both of Azamara's ships. Azamara Journey emerged from her revitalization in January 2016, with Azamara Quest following in April 2016.
During 2014, Azamara announced an enhancement to their onboard experience through a new partnership with Compass Speakers and Entertainment Inc. The offerings, onboard both Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, will include an enlightening and engaging array of lecturers, who will bring Azamara's intriguing destinations to life through a range of topics, such as world affairs, art history, forensics, sports and more.
Early in 2013, Azamara Journey received an extensive refurbishment during dry dock. Fresh new carpets and upholstery were installed in all staterooms and public areas. A new color palette was also used, which included painting the hull "Azamara Blue".
Azamara Quest was refurbished during 2012, after an eight-day dry dock. She received a refresh of all public spaces and staterooms, and a new "Azamara Blue" hull. Among the many ship-wide renovations were new carpets, upholstery, and a new color palette in public spaces.
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