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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Travel Lovers

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Here at Azamara Club Cruises, we love to travel. And we know other people who love to travel. So every December, we find ourselves wondering “What’s the perfect holiday gift for a travel lover?”

Luckily, we have the email addresses of several travel experts. So we posed the question: what travel-related gifts do you plan to give, or hope to receive this year? The result is a list that features something for everyone, from luxury lovers to tech junkies. Thanks to these great gift ideas, your holiday shopping just got a little easier! 

Lee Abbamonte, Writer

“My number one gift would be a comprehensive annual travel insurance policy. That is some real value that people often forget about, or don’t like to think about – but you’re always happy when you have it, and have peace of mind.” 

Great suggestion, Lee! That’s a great gift for anyone who has travel plans in 2015

Bonnie MacLaird, Blogger

“A nice two time zone watch – or how about access to all the First Class airline lounges!” 

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We love the Zürich Weltzeit watch from NOMOS, perfect for the busy world traveler.

Jenna Pimentel, Photographer

“I’m snap happy with my camera and my iPhone. So for me, I can’t live or travel without portable chargers that provide extra juice for my iPhone and iPad. It’s awesome for when you’re out and about, or on a long-haul flight. Nothing is worse than when you want to take that last video or picture and your phone dies. Nooooo!”

Jenna recommended this stylish charger from Photojojo, which holds two full 100% charges AND has two USB ports, so you can charge two devices at the same time. 

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Carrie Finley-Bajak, Writer

The top of my list is a universal global wi-fi account that works everywhere, with unlimited data. The next best thing would be a membership to a wine of the month club that is catered around a destination or region that I want to discover. Love at first sip.”

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Great idea, Carrie! It sounds like Cellars Wine Club’s “International” package is for you. It’s the perfect gift idea for people who love travel and wine. Here’s another idea – one of these top ten cruises for wine lovers

More Gift Ideas From the Azamara Team

Check out even more great gift ideas for travel lovers on our Pinterest page! Below are some of our favorites:

The Olloclip 4-in-1 camera lens is perfect for Instagram-loving wanderlusts. 

Olloclip iPhone camera lens

This Moleskine Voyageur Traveller’s Notebook will make a thoughtful gift for anyone with an Azamara cruise coming up. What a great way to keep a diary of your adventures!

Moleskine Voyageur Traveller's Notebook

 

The ideal gift for someone who’s just come back from an Azamara cruise? These mini photobooks! What a fun to show off your Instagram photos in real life.

Instagram mini photobook

For the seasoned traveler on your holiday shopping list: a cork globe to keep track of the places you’ve been.

Cork Globe

 

Don’t forget to put an Azamara cruise on your own wish list! And from everyone at Azamara Club Cruises, Happy Holidays!

Seven Things To Do in Tuscany

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The Italian port of Livorno acts as a gateway to Tuscany for cruise passengers. It’s an ideal location for late-night departures or overnight stays, so Azamara guests have plenty of time to explore and take advantage of Land Discoveries tours. It’s easy to fill your time when visiting an area that has so much to offer!

Here are seven of our favorite things to do in Tuscany. 

1. Eat!

Tuscany is a gourmet paradise. From street food to fine dining, the region has it all. Liver crostini and thinly sliced meats are popular menu items. In Florence, try pappardelle pasta and the city’s famous Florentine steak. 

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Try an assortment of meats and cheeses!

Look for dishes that include wild boar - cinghiale – a tasty local delicacy. And of course, eat plenty of gelato! The small medieval town of San Gimignano is home to the award-winning Gelateria di Piazza. Master gelato maker Sergio is known for such flavors as Cream with Saffron and Pine Nuts, and Pink Grapefruit with Sparkling Wine.

2. Admire Art

One of the many reasons Florence was recently voted the best city in the world by readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine is art. Galleria dell’Accademia is home to Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece, the David. 

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The Uffizi Gallery boasts the greatest collection of Italian paintings, and is among the oldest and most famous art museums in all of Europe. There’s also plenty of art to admire in churches and public spaces.

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Keeping Fit While Cruising

If you’ve been on an Azamara cruise before, you know we love to spoil you. Frothy coffees, delectable desserts, mouth-watering steak and exotic international buffets – dining onboard our ships is “AzAmazing”! If you’re a real foodie, you’ll also want to partake in some of our culinary-themed, exclusive Insider Access tours.

With these five handy tips for keeping fit on your cruise, you can feel good about your vacation indulgnces!

Eat well, travel often

Eat well, travel often

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Ten Cruises For Wine Lovers

Wine and travel go hand in hand. Wherever we go, we love to indulge in local wine – especially if we’re visiting an area known for producing fantastic wines. Luckily, we cruise to some of the best wine regions in the world.

1. Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux is the largest wine-growing region in France. Over 700 million bottles are produced there every year, ranging from basic table wines to some of the most prestigious wines in the world. This is a red-wine lover’s paradise. In Bordeaux, a smaller cruise ship means better parking – we dock in the city centre of Bordeaux. 

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, France

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