Hi Azamara Cruise Followers,
I want to share with you this very good news that we just learned that the Azamara Journey won the best overall small ship in Cruise Critic UK’s first-ever Cruiser’s Choice Awards as determined by UK travelers who follow Cruisecritic.co.uk.
In total, Azamara Club Cruises won the following nine UK Cruiser’s Choice Awards:
1. Best Overall – Azamara Journey (Azamara Quest tied for second)
2. Best for Cabins – Azamara Journey
3. Best for Dining – Azamara Journey
4. Best for Embarkation – Azamara Journey
5. Best for Entertainment – Azamara Journey
6. Best for Fitness – Azamara Quest
7. Best for Public Rooms – Azamara Journey (Azamara Quest #2)
8. Best for Shore Excursions – Azamara Quest
9. Best for Value – Azamara Journey (Azamara Quest #2)
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In the short story “Rip Van Winkle” by John Irving, the character wakes up to a greatly changed world after sleeping for twenty years. This story serves as a great metaphor to remind our past-past guests who sailed on Azamara Cruises in 2007, 2008 and most of 2009 to “wake-up” and return to the NEW “Azamara Club Cruises.”
I’ve been discovering comments from those past guests on some cruise message boards stating their intention to vacation with us again due to the favorable comments and feedback they’ve noticed on the internet and from their friends and family. So many good things have happened since our initial launch in 2007 and I want to bring all of Azamara’s first-generation of past guests up to date.
Azamara Cruises was re-branded in December 2009 with a revised name – “Azamara Club Cruises” – as a “boutique cruise line of distinction” with a newly refined focus, and a series of new attributes designed for “upmarket,” experienced and affluent travelers. Both ships have undergone a $17.5 million revitalization with new European bedding and soft goods, flat screen televisions, new veranda decking and furniture, and wireless internet service in all staterooms and public areas.
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A. We invite our guests to compare our rates and inclusive amenities with those of our competitors. On most voyages, our pricing is between 15% and up to 40% below that of other up-market cruise lines, while offering an intimate and in-depth experience. Once you experience our extraordinary level of service, immersive destination experience, fine cuisine and wines from around the world, you will see why we say that Azamara Club Cruises is where unwavering value meets destination immersion.
A. After receiving feedback from a wide range of guests, we decided to make many changes to our onboard product this past year. By including gratuities, complimentary wine with lunch and dinner, most beverages and upgrading our butler and stateroom attendant service, we now offer guests a more upscale and complete voyage experience. However, a byproduct of this shift was increased costs, which has led to a rise in pricing since 2009. We still invite our guests to compare our rates and amenities with our competitors and hope you will agree that the new Azamara Club Cruises offer even greater value than ever before.