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Edinburgh: Golf, Scotch and History

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Edinburgh, Scotland is a great city that is often overlooked by many travelers. Aside from being a great destination in and of itself with some amazing sights, great restaurants and a history dating back thousands of years – it is also the gateway to so many other great attractions in Scotland; especially if you like scotch or golf!

If you’re in Edinburgh you cannot help but be constantly followed around by the imposing structure that is Edinburgh Castle. It reminds me a bit of the Acropolis in Athens or Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro in that you can see it from almost anywhere in the city, high above, looming like an overlord of the city. But make no mistake, Edinburgh Castle is a fantastic place to visit as well.

Edinburgh Castle in Scotland with Azamara Club Cruises.

Inside the castle you will find artifacts dating back centuries and gothic architecture that you simply won’t find in other castles or cities in Europe. The price to enter Edinburgh Castle is a little steep but it’s worth having a look around-you won’t regret it.

Much like London, Edinburgh has long had a reputation for having bad food. I am here to tell you that is false. Edinburgh has many excellent modern restaurants with cuisines from all over the world. While Edinburgh has become much more modern in the last 15 years, it still holds on to its roots; which I love.

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You can have a 5 star Japanese restaurant next to a hole in the wall potato or haggis stand. You can have a fancy $20 cocktail at an ultra-chic lounge located next to a pub with backpackers chugging $3 pints. That’s a great thing about Edinburgh: the contrasts of the old versus the modern, and the harmony in which they both exist.

My favorite things to do from Edinburgh are twofold: golf and scotch! Within a 60-90 minute drive you can play golf on some of the worlds most famous and renowned courses. St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Turnberry and so many others are there and yes you can play them. But those little towns are more than just golf, they are destinations themselves and well worth a visit during a trip to Scotland even if you’re not a golfer!

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Another great thing to do is to take a distillery tour of your favorite Scotch. They’re all there and they all offer tours – with free samples! I’m a big scotch fan and an even bigger fan of visiting distilleries. I enjoy listening to the guide talk of the history and explain how things work at their distillery. The photos are also great and did I mention the free samples?!

So all in all, Edinburgh is a destination but also a gateway to the rest of Scotland so make the most out of your time in a place where time can seem to stand still!

Azamara has five upcoming voyages calling on Edinburgh: 

Room Service, Anyone?

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Who doesn’t enjoy room service now and then? Especially while sitting on your own oceanfront balcony on a lazy sea day?

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Or in the comfort of your stateroom with the new coffee tables that raise and lower to make dining easier?

Without much fanfare the Corporate Executive Chef of Azamara Club Cruises, Robert van Rijsbergen, has been refreshing the dining options and menus throughout the twin ships. Room Service menus on the Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest have quietly gone from exceptional to WOW!

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Superb Service on the High Seas with Azamara

When I think of distinctive service, I think of my recent cruise with Azamara back in March, earlier this year. They certainly do have a special quality, style, and affinity with their customers. Sometimes what I saw and experienced was more like a family type of relationship then a customer-client relationship. 

Yes, I’ll admit that I had my own personal butler and a suite to myself, and that most of the staff was probably informed of their guests in the suites. That might have made a difference.

Afternoon bubbly in the Bay of Bengal during a luxury voyage with Azamara Club Cruises.

However, on my 16-night spice cruise from Singapore to Dubai, I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful guests that have cruised with Azamara for many years, and others who were on their first cruise with the line. Everyone had the same exceptional experiences.

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Recipe of the Month: Pico de Gallo and Guacamole

Pico de Gallo and Guacamole are popular party food!

 One of the best parts of traveling the world is getting to experience incredible local cuisine. Food is an integral part of culture, and one of the best ways to truly immerse yourself in a destination. It’s also the most delicious way to immerse yourself in the destination! 

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo celebrations, we’re sharing two quick and easy recipes with you: Pico de Gallo and Guacamole. The recipes come from our talented Corporate Executive Chef Robert van Rijsbergen. These yummy snacks will be a big hit at your next party! 

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See How We See The World

Want to get a taste of your upcoming vacation before you even leave the house? Now you can with Azamara 3DI, the latest groundbreaking (and seafaring) innovation from Azamara!

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Here at Azamara, we tend to see the world differently, especially when it comes to cruising. We already spend longer in port than any other cruise line. We offer such inclusive amenities as international wines & beers and select spirits (big cheers to that!), plus, our complimentary AzAmazing Evenings are truly unprecedented and trendsetting—although so far, no one else has pulled it off like we do…if we do say so ourselves!

Well, once again, Azamara is ahead of the cruise line curve, as we’ve pioneered a new way to learn about cruising with Azamara 3DI, a 360-degree virtual reality tour that takes you from your stateroom to some of the most fascinating ports in the world.

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