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Reimagine Azamara – See The Renderings!

The response to our announcement that we’re renovating Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey has been fantastic. Guests who are booked for 2016 voyages can’t wait to join us onboard and experience the exciting upgrades we have planned. 

For now, these renderings will have to suffice! But don’t worry, this isn’t all. We’ll be sharing exclusive information and updates all summer long. 

Stateroom Rendering

Stateroom Rendering

Stateroom Bathroom Rendering

Stateroom Bathroom Rendering

A muted color palette of earth tones will be incorporated throughout the ships. 

Club Continental Suite Rendering

Club Continental Suite Rendering

Our new spa suites will feature rain showers with ocean views, double vanities and outdoor Jacuzzi tubs overlooking the sea. 

Club Continental Suite Bathroom Rendering

Club Continental Suite Bathroom Rendering

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A new Asian al fresco restaurant will be one of many revitalized open-air spaces for guests to enjoy.

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Find out more by visiting our website!

Live Like A Local In Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin, Ireland is a great place to visit. It’s a must for everybody who enjoys travel and the simple things in life. In Dublin, you can drink and dance all night, and hang out with like-minded people exchanging stories. Basically, Dublin is a great place to hang out. However, Dublin does have more to see beneath the surface.

Dublin, Ireland.

Dublin, Ireland

No visit to Dublin is complete without a visit to the Guinness Factory. There’s really no way around it – you must go. Even if you don’t like beer or Guinness, the Guinness Factory is a very cool museum and speaks to the culture of Ireland as a whole.

In all seriousness, the Guinness logo has become the unofficial logo for the whole country. Guinness’s namesake, Arthur, now has a day in his honor that rivals St. Patrick’s Day for popularity…and consumption. I should know; I flew out specifically to celebrate Arthur’s Day a few years ago!

Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin

Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin

Take the elevator to the top for the best views of Dublin City. Have a few pints and gaze out over the beautiful city that feels more like a big town. You can see Croke Park from the top of the Guinness Factory and for my money, it’s a must see.

Croke Park is the largest stadium in Ireland and the 4th largest in Europe. It is home to many Gaelic sports and has even hosted NFL and college football games before. But it’s most historic significance is that it was the site of the famous Sunday Bloody Sunday Massacre. You can feel the history in the stadium-it shouldn’t be missed.

There is of course Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral; which are definitely worth seeing. However, in my mind, Dublin isn’t really about sightseeing, it’s about experiencing the simple things in life.

Parnell Square, Dublin

Parnell Square, Dublin

Have a stroll along the river and over to Temple Bar and just do a little pub crawl. You’ll see locals and tourists alike enjoying the simple things in life. That’s what Dublin is to me!

Azamara has four upcoming cruises calling on Dublin. Find them here

Reimagine Azamara

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We have exciting news! Azamara Journey® and Azamara Quest® will undergo major enhancements in 2016. From bow to stern, our two award-winning ships will be getting complete makeovers. 

We know our guests love the destination-immersive experience Azamara’s known for, and they #LoveTravel. We’re bringing that love of travel onboard, with designs inspired by the lands, rivers and beaches we visit. You can expect to see a tasteful blend of contemporary and traditional, updated technologies, upgraded suites and staterooms, and exciting enhancements to our restaurants, spa, entertainment areas and public spaces. 

We’ll be sharing news, image renderings, photos and more along the way. Make sure you’ve Liked our Facebook page so you don’t miss a thing. On our website, we’ll be rolling out more information all summer and fall. 

  • Suites & Staterooms – Details to be announced in July
  • Dining, Entertainment & Pool Area Details to be announced in August
  • The Sanctum Spa – Details to be announced in September
  • Technology & the “Inspiration” Travel Area – Details to be announced in October

Azamara guest satisfaction feedback is consistently averaging at nearly 100%, but that’s not stopping us from raising the bar even higher. We can’t wait for you to experience the next level! Click here to view our 2015, 2016 and 2017 itineraries – it’s time to plan the best vacation you’ve ever had.

12 Photos of New Zealand That Are Too Beautiful To Believe

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We’re making our first voyages to New Zealand in 2016, and the anticipation is almost too much to handle. New Zealand is one of the most beautiful and unique destinations on Earth. It’s the perfect place for a cruise line that breaks the industry mold with a unique focus on destination immersion.

We won’t be in “The Land of the Long White Cloud” until January, but until then we’re pouring over photos of New Zealand on Instagram. We just had to share our excitement here on the blog! Here are some of our favorites:

Wellington

The Wellington Botanic Garden.

The Wellington Botanic Garden. Source.

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, and has been developing a reputation as a cool, yet relaxed, cultural hub. You’ll find lots of art, fantastic coffee, and spectacular views from the top of Mount Victoria. 

Wellington, New Zealand.

Wellington, New Zealand. Source.

We’ve planned an overnight stay in Wellington, so guests will be able to experience plenty of sightseeing and the city’s vibrant nightlife.

Akaroa

Akaroa, New Zealand.

Akaroa, New Zealand. Source.

Akaroa was made for nature lovers. The scenery is out of this world (as evidenced here!) and the wildlife is delightful – think penguins, seals and dolphins. 

Akaroa, New Zealand.

Akaroa, New Zealand. Source.

Akaroa also offers guests the chance to travel to Christchurch on a Land Discoveries tour, or journey into “Middle Earth” – the Southern Alps at Mount Potts High Country Station, where parts of The Lords of the Rings trilogy was filmed. 

Tauranga

The Hobbiton™ Movie Set, near Tauranga, New Zealand.

The Hobbiton™ Movie Set, near Tauranga. Source.

Tauranga is the most populous city on New Zealand’s famous Bay of Plenty, and another port where we’ve planned an overnight stay. You can visit the incredible Hobbiton Lord of the Rings film set on a Land Discoveries tour – trust us, this isn’t just for movie buffs! The natural landscape and the “hobbit holes” will have you pulling out your camera again and again. 

Tauranga, New Zealand at sunset.

Tauranga, New Zealand at sunset. Source.

Tauranga is also home to Mount Maunganui and the beautiful beach nestled below. A winery, waterfalls and geothermal pools are also popular sightseeing opportunities. 

Tauranga, New Zealand.

Tauranga, New Zealand. Source.

Dunedin

Dunedin, New Zealand.

Dunedin, New Zealand. Source.

Dunedin is known as “the Edinburgh of New Zealand”, thanks to the city’s proud Scottish heritage. It’s also known for the picturesque drive up Otago Peninsula. Don’t forget your camera, you’ll want to capture the rugged beaches and stunning panoramas that can’t be found anywhere else.

Dunedin, New Zealand.

Dunedin, New Zealand. Source.

Dunedin also offers visitors great food and nightlife. You can tour the Cadbury World chocolate factory, relax in one of the city’s many local pubs, cafes and restaurants, pick up a bottle of Milford (Dunedin’s own single malt whiskey), or tour the Speights brewery. 

Kaikoura

Kaikoura, New Zealand.

Kaikoura, New Zealand. Source.

Bring your appetite to Kaikoura. The town is known for delicious seafood feasts, particular crayfish. But the best thing to do in Kaikoura is watch for whales and dolphins. Take a tour, and then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant! That’s what late-night departures are all about. 

Dolphin watching in Kaikoura, New Zealand.

A dolphin in Kaikoura. Source.

We’ll be calling on Kaikoura in March of 2017. View the itinerary here.

Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland, New Zealand. Source.

Auckland is the most populous city in New Zealand, yet features pristine beaches, farms, rainforest. You can go horseback riding or shopping; spend your day touring a sheep farm or taking in the city from atop the Sky Tower. 

The nearby island of Waiheke offers wineries and art galleries for those looking to unwind. Or for something more adventurous, climb to the top of Mount Eden for breathtaking city views. 

We have two voyages calling on New Zealand in 2016. This 16 Night voyage embarks from Sydney, Australia and concludes in Auckland. This 13 Night voyage embarks from Auckland, and concludes in Sydney. Can’t join us? Don’t worry! We’ll be back in 2017. View those itineraries here and here.

Food and Fun in London, England

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What can I say about London? For me, it’s the city that started it all. I had never left the United States until I decided to study abroad in London back in 1998. It changed my life forever and will always remain in my heart as one of my favorite cities in the world.

There is so much to do in London that it would be silly for me to start talking about the obvious things like Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Instead I’m going to talk about some places you may not know about and that I love to visit when I’m back in London.

The Tower of London.

The biggest misconception people have about London and the UK in general is that the food is terrible. This is so far from the truth that I giggle every time I hear someone say it. There are so many great restaurants all over the city from top chefs around the world-more than any other city in Europe. Additionally, London has some of the best outdoor food markets I’ve been to anywhere in the world.

Spitalfields Market and Borough Market are easily two of my favorite places to eat, drink and yes, be merry. Whatever your taste, you can find it at this pair of London treasures that locals swear by and many tourists miss out on.

Plus, the Royal Parks in London compare favorably to Central Park or any other urban parks on Earth. Personally I love Regent’s, St. James, Green and Hyde Park and I can’t even decide which one I like the best! So in that case, you should be sure to visit each one because they all have unique things to offer and are a perfect way to spend a nice day.

The London Eye at night.

For a real treat, head up to Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park for the best view of London. It’s a nice hike and you won’t be disappointed. Conversely, have a stroll from Buckingham Palace through St. James Park and head into the Churchill War Rooms. This is perhaps the best museum in London and in my opinion, the most interesting by far.

You will be in the place where Churchill plotted World War II and communicated with the Allied Forces while hiding from the Nazis. This is perhaps the most important place in London in the last century and well worth a visit.

I would be remiss as an avid sports fan to not mention the vast amount of incredible sports and venues available in London. There are several English Premier League teams in London to choose from including Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Fulham, West Ham and Queens Park Rangers. Each team plays at a different venue and each is worth a visit on it’s own.

If you happen to visit during late June or early July, check out Wimbledon, the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world and the pride of SW19. This fall, if you’re in town, check out the Rugby World Cup; which will be played all over the country with several matches and the final being played at Twickenham just outside London; which is the home of Rugby.

I could go on and on about one of my favorites places on the planet but these are a few fun ideas that I love and highly recommend.

Azamara has several voyages calling in the UK including: