"ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME" - HYPE OR FACT?

Unique Holy Week In Seville Celebration delivers the Real Thing

Hello Azamara Fans, In the travel business, one of the most commonly used phrases is "once in-a-lifetime". Although it seems like hyperbole, every once in a while those words can ring true. We're here to share with you three upcoming voyages that truly feature "once-in-a-lifetime" celebrations:

7 Night Semana Santa in Seville, March 27 – April 3, 2013

This special voyage highlights Semana Santa, the world's most elaborate Holy Week celebration in the wonderful and historic city of Seville. Take in dozens of processions featuring ornate floats, lifelike wooden sculptures and priceless church art, accompanied by religious brotherhoods, brass bands and passionate followers. The most revered processions set out on Holy Thursday to arrive at dawn on Good Friday—and you'll be there to see it.

With city hotels at a premium during this week, you can enjoy 3 days and 2 nights onboard the Quest. Your stateroom or suite, meals, gratuities, wine and spirits, bottled water, soft drinks and more will be included. You won't find a more inclusive hotel in all of Seville. Enjoy an exciting six-hour evening river cruise, see the famous Rock of Gibraltar and enjoy an AzAmazing Evenings Event featuring the Royal Gibraltar Regiment Concert in St. Michael's Cave. Spend a full day in Valencia, where you don't want to miss the City of Arts and Sciences. The beautiful complex houses a museum, gardens, a planetarium and more. Valencia is also home to the Silk Exchange, a stunning 15th century indoor marketplace that's now a World Heritage site. And you'll spend a full day and overnight in Barcelona onboard, conveniently docked within walking distance to the city and Barcelona's most bustling street, La Rambla! Take advantage of excellent back-to-back opportunities before and after the Semana Santa cruise:

  1. Join in Miami on March 14 for a 13-night Transatlantic to the Canary Islands, then on to Seville.
  2. Or, stay onboard in Barcelona on April 3 and sail another 7 nights to the famous French Riviera and conclude your cruise in sparkling Monte-Carlo!

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11 Night Celebrating Andalucia Voyage, April 10 – April 21, 2013

This voyage coincides with the Feria de Abril in Seville, Andalucia. This most famous and colorful Feria in all of Spain is one of the highlights of cultural agenda of not only Seville, but the entire country. The fair generally begins two weeks after the Semana Santa, or Easter Holy Week and is scheduled for April 16-21. When city hotels are at a premium during this event, you'll enjoy two days and one night onboard the Quest on a fully inclusive basis. The Feria is essentially a small city of rows of casetas (individual decorated marquee tents which are temporarily built on the fairground for about a week). From around nine at night until six or seven the following morning, you will find crowds partying, dancing "Sevillanas", drinking Jerez sherry or manzanilla wine, and eating tapas. During the Feria de Abril the Azamara Quest will be conveniently docked less than a mile from the very center of the historic old town of Seville and within walking distance to the fairgrounds. No other ship can bring you closer to the festivities!

Voyage Highlights:

The cruise commences in glamorous Monte-Carlo and concludes in Seville. Once you arrive into Nice, then why not arrive in style and book a magic helicopter transfer from Nice to Monte-Carlo to embark the Azamara Quest? You'll spend two days and an overnight in lively Barcelona, conveniently docked within walking distance to the heart of the city. Take a day trip to beautiful Montserrat, or visit Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the island of Palma de Mallorca with its magnificent Gothic Cathedral and old Arab Quarter. And you'll enjoy an AzAmazing Evenings Event at the Codorniu Cava winery where you'll be treated to fabulous flamenco performances, with the chance to meet and talk with performers. Soak in beautiful Valencia for a full day and evening and visit the City of Arts and Sciences, designed by acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava, and the stunning Silk Exchange, once a 15th century indoor marketplace. With a full day in Motril, you can take a memorable excursion to famous Granada and the mind-boggling Alhambra palaces. Enjoy a river cruise in Seville and experience the famous Feria de Abril. Take advantage of an excellent back-to-back opportunity by joining the 7-night Springtime Voyage to the Cote d' Azur on April 3 in Barcelona. Click here to learn more.

7 Night Seville April Fair Voyage, April 21 – April 28, 2013

This "Highlights of Spain" voyage coincides with the closing of Seville's Feria de Abril, an annual spring celebration of dancing and socializing in festive pavilions called casetas. An overnight stay lets you celebrate the festival's last night, when pavilions called casetas overflow with celebrants dressed in traditional flamenco dresses and fitted suits, and fireworks explode in the orange-scented spring air. The Azamara Quest will be docked so close to the heart of Seville, you can enjoy the closing fireworks right from the ship's deck.

Voyage Highlights:

The cruise commences in Seville and ends in Barcelona. From Madrid, you can fly to Seville or add another AzAmazing experience to your trip by riding the AVE High Speed train. You'll love the evening river cruise from Seville, passing a drawbridge on the way to the Atlantic. Then we'll visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar and enjoy an AzAmazing Evenings Event featuring the Royal Gibraltar Regiment Concert in St. Michael's Cave. Spend a full day in Motril for a memorable excursion to famous Granada and the stunning Alhambra palaces. A full day in Valencia gives you the opportunity to visit the museum, gardens and planetarium at the City of Arts and Sciences. Valencia is also home to the Silk Exchange, a stunning 15th century indoor marketplace that's now a World Heritage site. Spend a full day and overnight in Barcelona, where the Azamara Quest will be conveniently docked within walking distance to the city's famous, bustling street of and La Rambla. This is a great opportunity to take in wine and tapas, a flamenco show, and Barcelona's famous nightlife. In Barcelona, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church and the gardens of Guell Park will amaze you, and you'll love the views from peaceful Montserrat. Take advantage of excellent back-to-back opportunities before and after the Feria de Abril cruise:

  1. Join the Azamara Quest in Monte-Carlo April 10 and sail all the way to Seville.
  2. Stay onboard in Barcelona on April 28 and sail another 7 nights all the way to glittering Monte-Carlo!

Click here to learn more. I hope that you're eager to learn more about these three "once-in-a-lifetime" voyages operating during one of the world's biggest Holy Week celebrations! Please visit our website to learn more details or contact us for more information before you visit your travel agent. With Azamara, the phrase "once-in-a-lifetime" is more than just hype! (Note - Information about Semana Santa, and Feria de Abril from Wikipedia)

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