This Isn't Your Traditional Meet & Greet
More than famous landmarks or photo-worthy sights, people make places unique and lend destinations a sense of character. You might not always remember every museum you visited, but personal connections with engaging locals will stay with you long after your voyage comes to an end.
With our Cruise Global, Meet Local tour collection, we open the door to family farms, private homes, and other exclusive venues where you’ll learn about local life from the people that call these destinations home.
Get to know your welcoming hosts and share in their life experiences that offer a deeper appreciation and understanding of your destination. Traditions come to life in these intimate settings that bring you to the living heart of local culture.
Enjoy a more personal connection with the destination and more individual interaction with your guides.
Every excursion is designed and delivered by independent local operators who are committed to bringing you a uniquely immersive experience and authentic perspective.
There are never any hidden costs, and you can explore with confidence knowing the ship will wait if your tour is delayed for any reason.* Plus, you’ll receive a full refund on your excursion in the case of a port or itinerary change if you book with Azamara.
*In the unlikely event that your tour is significantly delayed, we’ll make all the arrangements for you to return to the ship at the earliest opportunity at no expense to you.
Li Mountain Farm & Otterness
The joys of Norwegian farm life are yours to discover. Meet the farmers at Li Mountain farm and relax in a beautiful orchard. Later, a farm host leads you on a walking tour to Otterness, an ancient farmyard turned outdoor museum.
Travel to the Li Mountain Farm in Aurland to discover the joys of Norwegian farm life. Farming in this part of Norway is relatively new. Until about 2,000 years ago, natives hunted and fished only. Now, Aurland is known for its fine goat herds and their delicious, creamy cheese. Meet the farmers who live at Li and enjoy a few snacks while relaxing in the beautiful orchard.
Afterwards, walk natural historic paths to the hamlet of Otternes with one of the farm hosts guiding the way. In Otternes, a collective farmyard turned outdoor museum, tuck into a lunch of Norwegian specialties in a peaceful picnic area. This land was originally settled in approximately 300 A.D. before buildings were constructed over a thousand years later. Today, exhibits of rural crafts and lifestyle artifacts highlight the rustic charms of the former collective. Soak up the placid outdoor ambience of this gorgeous fjord region.
Mozzarella from Farm to Table
Tour a dairy farm in Campania and learn to make mozzarella by hand from a family that has carried out the tradition for generations. Enjoy an exclusive tasting and storytelling at a private villa with sweeping views of the Italian countryside.
Travel to a private farm in Campania, a region acclaimed for its dairy heritage and renowned for producing Italy’s finest mozzarella cheese. For more than three centuries, water buffalo have fed on the rich patches of grass nestled in this land between the Amalfi Coast and the mountainous interior. At a dairy farm in the town of Pontecagnano, embark on a delicious and insightful journey into the timeless art of cheese making. Begin with a tour of the farm where a herd of 600 buffalo amble through the sweeping landscape.
Enjoy a demonstration of techniques passed down for generations as spheres of mozzarella are formed in the hands of skilled culinary artisans. Afterwards, join the owners of the farm in their private villa for an exclusive tasting and plenty of stories about farm life, cheese making and the allure of the Italian countryside.
Batik Making Process
Journey to a village known as a haven for traditional batik cloth design. Watch as local artisans create colorful patterns and motifs, then try your hand at batik making for a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Follow the intricacies of batik making with a chance to try the techniques under the guidance of a traditional Javanese cloth maker. An exciting ride through the bustle of Semarang opens up into countryside on the way to the village of Mateseh. A tiny place known for its kingly tribal lineage, the village today is the home to Kampoeng Batik, a cloth-making haven known for its colorful artisanal batik. Watch a demonstration by local craftspeople. A series of waxen silhouettes and multi-colored dye baths imbue the once-white fabric with gorgeous designs ranging from soft, geometric patterns to animal motifs.
After the demonstration, enjoy the option of making a batik alongside one of Kampoeng Batik’s experts for a beautiful, personalized souvenir of this marvelous day. Relax into the afternoon with locally authentic snacks, coffee and tea while the Batik’s owner shares conversation about his business and leads a tour of the batik gallery.
Colombian Coffee Experience
Travel through the old city of Cartagena to a colonial house and take part in a coffee cupping ritual with all the hallmarks of a wine tasting. Along the way view the imposing San Felipe fortress overlooking land and sea.
Delight in the rituals of Colombian coffee on this journey to a colonial house. Traveling through the old city of Cartagena, view the majesty of the San Felipe Fortress, a 15th century castle on the Hill of San Lázaro overlooking both land and sea. At the colonial house, learn the history of this essential drink loved the world over.
Awaken the senses to the joys of Colombian coffee with a ritual tasting called a cupping that focuses on aroma, sweetness, acidity and body, much like a wine tasting. Afterwards, enjoy refreshments on the hacienda’s colonial-styled patio before a scenic return through Cartagena.