Top 10 Reasons To Cruise
At Azamara®, we offer voyages for those who love travel. Simply put, we feel there is no better way to see the world. After all it's about the destinations AND the journey, isn't it?
And it looks like people are starting to agree! According to Cruise Lines International Association, cruise travel is becoming the vacation of choice around the world. It's on the rise, quickly outpacing leisure or land-based travel. According to research from the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNTWO), over the ten years from 2004 to 2014, global cruise vacations have grown faster in popularity than global land-based vacations by a 23 percent margin.1 And the industry shows no signs of slowing down.
Of course the appeal of cruise travel is no secret to us. Here are 10 reasons to hitch a ride on this rising star. We'll change the way you see the world. You're going to love what you see.
We visit fascinating ports in the Mediterranean, Northern & Western Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Australia & New Zealand, and the Panama Canal, Central & North America. We sail to hundreds of one-of-a-kind destinations, familiar iconic places, and smaller more exotic ports. Wherever you want to go, we've got an adventure with your name on it. At each destination, we’ll take you far beyond the ordinary with plenty of choices for local excursions that stir your imagination and leave a lasting impression. What kind of trip are you looking for? Every Azamara voyage combines sophisticated sailing with authentic cultural experiences that will deepen your understanding and appreciation of our amazing world, no matter where you go.
No matter where you are in the world, with Azamara, you’ll always enjoy plenty of unmatched inclusive amenities—select standard spirits, international beers and wines, gratuities, an AzAmazing EveningsSM event, and more, all with our compliments. Suite guests enjoy even more, including the attentive service of an English-trained butler. And, because you’re always at your hotel, there’s no need to worry about connecting flights or extra hotel and transportation costs.
Not only will Azamara take you to the most celebrated destinations on Earth, but on our 690-guest club-like ships, you’ll also go to less-traveled ports, enjoy scenic rivers and waterways that are off-limits to big cruise lines, and sail to the doorstep of great cities like Bangkok and Hong Kong. Cruise to the city center of Bordeaux, the heart of Seville, and within a short walk to Hong Kong’s buzzing nightlife. Now that’s a richer travel experience.
Azamara is built on the idea that the greatest pleasure of travel comes from connecting with people and cultures through authentic local experiences. It all starts with what we like to call our Destination Immersion® experiences, so you can stay longer and experience more on 100% of our voyages. And Azamara Shore Excursions take that concept a step further. Travel deep into local life at every port with exclusive tours, one-of-a-kind experiences and more choices than ever. Unique offerings you won’t find anywhere else including Local Encounters and Overnight Experiences, and our private, bespoke, and always complimentary AzAmazing Evenings. Go places you’ve always dreamed about ... or never knew existed.
Visit exotic destinations, lots of them, the easy way. Do as the locals do, see as they see, and eat as they eat—all over the world. Without the worry of navigating unfamiliar places and busy tourist sites. With our in-depth knowledge of every port’s highlights and unique offerings, you’re in very good hands. Enjoy exclusive tours and excursions you won’t find anywhere else. And at the end of the day (or night), you can rest easy knowing you have award-winning accommodations and inclusive amenities to come back to, with a friendly, attentive crew and staff, ready to take you to yet another amazing place to discover.
Vacation is a time to explore. It’s also a time to relax. Before or after a day of onshore discovery, or when sailing between destinations, we’ve got plenty of options for both. Find a tasteful collection of merchandise and beautiful jewelry in our onboard stores. Test your skills and luck at blackjack, roulette, or poker at the casino. Enjoy live performances of professional full-stage musical revues, classical soloists, bands and other entertainment. And don’t think of missing Azamara’s famous poolside White Night Party.
Or take off for a quiet moment in the Drawing Room, explore the world with Azamara’s 100-inch Inspiration Center, float around in the pool or soak in the hot tub. Take in an enrichment program, class or guest lecturer. Treat yourself to an oceanfront massage, a pampering manicure or a healing acupuncture treatment. Join in an onboard fitness or nutrition class. And end the day with sunset yoga on the deck. With all of that waiting for you onboard, imagine what’s waiting for you onshore.
With so much variety in destinations, excursions, activities and dining, cruises are the perfect family and multigenerational travel solution. And an Azamara voyage is perfectly designed to make everyone happy and feel at home. A bartender who knows your drink. Cold bottled water and towels on the outdoor track. Ice cream and a jazz band greeting you as you return to the ship at the end of a long day. Our top-tier service is genuinely friendly, attentive and professional. You’ll also love the feeling of community you won’t find anywhere else, thanks to a crew who really like to mingle with guests, point out special things at sea and onshore, and go above and beyond your expectations. Azamara's destinations and offerings may bring you onboard, but our staff, crew and officers will keep you coming back. That's the Azamara difference.
You may be off the grid, but you’re not out of touch. While at sea, you can stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues by cell phone, Internet/Wi-Fi, phone or mail.
Plus, we’ve reimagined our digital experience, bringing innovative transformations to our two ships—Azamara Journey® and Azamara Quest®—from bow to stern for a brand-new profound digital guest experience. Pervasive Wi-Fi. Interactive TV for on-demand entertainment and live TV feeds, as well as cruise, itinerary, and port information. Touchscreen walls and tables. Innovative ways to share your voyage experience digitally. And our new Inspiration Center, a large interactive display that allows you to explore the world so you can begin planning your next voyage.
Your journey will change the way you see the world. And yourself. Look better. Feel better. Go home invigorated. Enjoy health, beauty, and restorative treatments in our all new Sanctum Spa*, like an oceanfront massage or healing acupuncture treatment. Azamara is also pleased to offer a full range of complimentary onboard fitness and nutrition classes. So walk (or jog) on water, spin, lift, pose, and whatever else it is you do to stay in ship shape. We make it easy to stick to your usual routine (or maybe take up a new one), with the added incentive of spectacular ocean views. And, nothing beats that crisp ocean air.
*Renovations and upgrades are currently only available on the Azamara Journey. Renovations and upgrades will be completed on the Azamara Quest in April 2016.
Pack as much or as little into your trip as you’d like. But your suitcase will only need to be unpacked once. On a cruise, you have the convenience of “a floating hotel” that follows you all over the world. So you can spend more time enjoying your vacation, and a lot less time—and money—figuring out where you’re going to stay. As you go out into the world, exploring fascinating places and exciting experiences, you can always take comfort in the fact that wherever you go, we’ll always be waiting for you—award-winning accommodations, inclusive amenities, and the people that make our world go round: our friendly, attentive crew and staff, ready to take you to yet another amazing place to discover.
1United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) — UNWTO Tourism Highlights, 2015 Edition