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THE LONG and SHORT OF IT

Extended Voyage Savings – Combine Two or More Consecutive Voyages into One and Save!

There’s simply no better way to immerse yourself into a region of the world than on an Extended Voyage with Azamara. These voyages seamlessly combine two, three, four or more consecutive voyages into one incredible regionally immersive experience. Most of you call them “back-to-back” cruises.

It offers travelers the opportunity to maximize staying in port longer and enjoying more overnights in more captivating destinations. With Azamara’s Extended Voyages you can enjoy the distinct customs of cultures around the world as you combine voyages into a single extended holiday.

Nice, France

Nice, France

Simultaneously, you’ll have more time to relax in our sophisticated and congenial onboard atmosphere on vessels that offer a European-boutique hotel ambience with extraordinary anticipatory service.

Remember on every voyage segment you’ll enjoy many complimentary amenities including boutique wines and beers at lunch and dinner; select standard spirits, beers and wines at all ship bars when open; bottled water and soft drinks, fine specialty coffees and teas; English butler service for suite guests, self-service laundry; shuttle to and from port communities where available.

If it’s an overnight port, then you’ll be able to explore the local nightlife in port and on each voyage you’ll experience a complimentary onshore AzAmazing Evenings event (except Transatlantic) which offers an up-close experience of local traditions—dance, music, theater and cuisine—in gorgeous private settings and landmarks.

Extended Voyage Savings are based on the length of each voyage combined:

  • Voyages of eight (8) days or less: $300 savings per voyage per stateroom (or $150 per person).
  • Voyages of nine (9) days or more: $400 savings per voyage per stateroom (or $200 per person).

During the reservation process, the system will automatically apply the savings and will be reflected in the guest confirmation. See website for terms and conditions.

We offer a 28-page brochure, “The 2013 Extended Voyages Collection” which features a collection of longer voyages. They can be ordered online through our website or you can view and/or download it by clicking on the link to “2013 Extended Voyages.”

Below are suggested 2013 Extended Voyages staring this fall on the Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. Remember The Long and Short if It: you can custom-tailor your own extended voyage length:

Azamara Quest®

Sail Date Nights Embark Disembark Destination Focus Save/person
Sep 21 – 28 7 Venice Venice Adriatic Explorer ($150)
Sep 28 – Oct 9 11 Venice Nice Jewels of Croatia, Montenegro & Italy ($200)
Oct 9 – 16 7 Nice Nice Treasures Along French & Italian Coasts ($150)
Total 25 Long & Short of It: Option to combine fewer voyages! ($500)

Azamara Journey®

Sail Date Nights Embark Disembark Destination Focus Save/person
Oct 1 – 8 7 Civitavecchia Civitavecchia Tuscany, Monte-Carlo & The French Riviera ($150)
Oct 8 – 19 11 Civitavecchia Piraeus Vatican to Holy Land ($200)
Oct 19-26 7 Piraeus Piraeus Greek Isles & Turquoise Coast ($150)
Oct 26 – Nov 9 14 Piraeus Dubai Greek Isles & Cyprus, Suez Canal to Oman & Dubai ($200)
Nov 9-25 16 Dubai Singapore Spices, Tea & Rubber Trees ($200)
Nov 25 – Dec 9 14 Singapore Hong Kong Discovering Thailand & Vietnam ($200)
Total 69 Long & Short of It: Option to combine fewer voyages! ($1,100)

Azamara Quest®

Sail Date Nights Embark Disembark Destination Focus Save/person
Oct 16 – 23 7 Nice Civitavecchia Principality to the Vatican ($150)
Oct 23 – Nov 2 10 Civitavecchia Civitavecchia Shopping in the Mediterranean ($200)
Nov 2 – 13 11 Civitavecchia Seville Vatican to the Alcazar ($200)
Nov 13 – 26 13 Seville Miami From the Old World to the New ($200)
Nov 26 – Dec 8 12 Miami Miami West Indies Hideaways ($200)
Dec 8 – 20 12 Miami Miami Colonial South to Turquoise Seas ($200)
Total 65 Long & Short of It: Option to combine fewer voyages! ($1,150)

Azamara Quest®

Sail Date Nights Embark Disembark Destination Focus Save/person
Dec 8 – 20 12 Miami Miami Colonial South to Turquoise Seas ($200)
Dec 20 – 28 8 Miami San Juan Christmas – South Beach to Virgin Islands ($150)
Dec 28 – Jan 5 8 San Juan Miami New Year’s – St. Barts to South Beach ($150)
Total 28 Long & Short of It: Option to combine fewer voyages! ($500)

Azamara Journey®

Sail Date Nights Embark Disembark Destination Focus Save/person
Dec 9 – 23 14 Hong Kong Singapore Discovering Thailand & Vietnam ($200)
Dec 23 – Jan 6 14 Singapore Singapore Myanmar, Malaysia & Sumatra ($200)
Total 28 ($400)

Our new 26-page brochure, “2014 Extended Voyages” is now available and may be ordered and/or viewed by visiting our website. We’ll feature “Grand Adventures” from 23 to 157 Days. Yes, 157 days! Of course each of these longer voyage collections can be custom tailored to create an extended voyage length that fits your schedule. We realize that “one size does NOT fit all!”

That’s The Long and Short of It.

Bill Leiber
Chief Blogging Officer*
Azamara Club Cruises
(*CBO is an authorized and compensated representative of ACC)

Social Media – Azamara’s Silver Bullet for Consumer Marketing

Since October 2010, I have been serving as Azamara Club Cruises’ Chief Blogging Officer. When our CEO and President, Larry Pimentel, realized that the dynamics of social media would forever change the way prospective and returning Azamara customers would make their purchase decisions, he created my position.

He understood the uncomfortable feeling you get in your “gut” when you’re reading two conflicting posts on a message board at the same time. You’re confused and are searching the web to reduce your perceived risk when making a vacation decision.

In addition to my blog posts, my mission is to follow the internet’s consumer-oriented cruise line message boards. Usually, I’m monitoring "Cruise Critic’s" very active Azamara forum. It’s a great way to interact with Cruise Critic members, understand guest perspectives, gauge opinions on programs and other initiatives, and also to communicate reasons behind what we are doing. Hopefully, increasing the reader’s confidence of receiving a satisfying vacation experience from us. Also, I serve as the reader’s ombudsman when issues arise. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=466

The bridge
The bridge

Social media marketing is a necessity in today’s digital world. It’s quite different from when I began in the cruise industry in 1980 when consumer marketing was achieved through Sunday travel section newspaper advertising with the closing message to see "your travel agent." In fact, most cruise lines did not include their telephone numbers in their advertisements. Travel agents were the "gatekeepers" for consumers. That paradigm changed, however, not only for the cruise industry but for all types of business categories, with the new technologies driven by the internet and the consumer’s ability to have direct access to the company/manufacturer.

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Secret ingredient in Destination Immersion is the AzAmazing Evening!

Azamara Club Cruises’ Complimentary Night Touring Events Cater to Guests’ Passion for Culture

Traveling with Azamara Club Cruises means a memorable, one-of-a-kind vacation. With longer stays, more overnights and night touring, Azamara guests don’t simply see places, they experience them – or as we like to call it, Destination Immersion. Now we’ve added a new secret ingredient to make your vacations even richer and more unique: AzAmazing Evenings.

Culture encompasses cuisine, music, art, dance, traditions and more. AzAmazing Evenings will deliver a range of cultural experiences in the most beautiful destinations in the world. Every voyage, beginning with each ship’s Europe season, will feature a complimentary AzAmazing Evening. Here’s a taste of what’s to come:

For Wine Lovers:

Codorniu Cava and Flamenco in Barcelona
Guests on Azamara Quest’s April 10, Monte-Carlo to Andalucia voyage will enjoy a complimentary AzAmazing Evenings event at the Cordoniu Cellars. The Cordoniu family has been producing Spain’s famous sparkling Cava wine since the 16th Century. Guests will learn how Cava is made, sample the varieties paired with regional specialties, and be treated to a stunning flamenco performance across six stages.

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Azamara Tops Cruise Critic’s 2013 Cruisers’ Choice Awards On Both Sides Of The Atlantic

Fireworks

I’m delighted to share with you the results of the 2013 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards.

  • Both ships tied for the #1 “Best Overall” position in the U.S./Canada markets!
  • In the U.K. the Azamara Journey scored the #1 “Best Overall” position and the Azamara Quest the #2 position!

Also we’re tops in “Value” with the Azamara Journey scoring the #1 position in both the U.S./Canada and U.K. markets, and the Azamara Quest the #2 position on both sides of the Atlantic.

Again we’re tops in “Service” with the Azamara Quest scoring the #1 position in the U.S./Canada and the Azamara Journey coming in at the #4 position. In the U.K. the Azamara Journey earned the #1 position and the Azamara Quest the #2 position. A complete scorecard for both ships in both market areas follows below. Also, you can find the full list of Cruise Critic winners here.

Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor of Cruise Critic (www.cruisecritic.com), which is the industry’s most prominent outlet for consumer-oriented cruise travel news and information, stated, “These awards are based entirely on reviews submitted by cruisers, so they offer a terrific insight into what consumers think of the ships they have sailed on.”

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“A Different Kind of Cruise Line…”

Azamara Quest

You know the saying, “what a difference a day makes”? Well, when it comes to Azamara Club Cruises®, we believe “what a difference a day AND a night make”! We pride ourselves on longer stays and more overnights on every one of our voyages, so you get to truly experience the incredible places we go to all over the world. (That’s why you love where we take you…and we love taking you there!)

In his FoxNews.com story “A Different Kind of Cruise Line,” read what travel writer George Hobica had to say about the difference a day and a night make, when traveling with us. We think you may agree: The difference is in the details!

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