SET SAIL FOR A CARIBBEAN GETAWAY WITH AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES®.
In fourteen hundred and ninety two, Columbus did sail the ocean blue. Now originally his plan was to chart a new westward course for the Spice Route, but wow, did he ever underestimate the distance (something our captains would never do).
Instead of reaching Asia and the East Indies, Columbus landed in the New World and laid Spanish claim to “the Indies” since he still thought he was in Asia. Upon discovering Columbus’ continental mistake, Spain started referring to this exotic new region as the West Indies, which later became also known as the Caribbean.
Despite the many name changes, and the passing of over five centuries, this tropical paradise of islands continues to lure people from all over the world—be they Old World explorers, New World adventurers, or our own Azamara cruisers. And no wonder!
The West Indies are a brilliant mix of European, African, American, and Caribbean flavors, where friendly people and a totally relaxed vibe form the beautiful base, while some of the best beaches on Earth add another gorgeous layer. Add in a dash of eco-tour excitement, a shot or two of rum, and a whole lot of fun, and voila: the recipe for the perfect vacation…especially with Azamara as your “chef de admission”.
Sure, the islands of the Greater Antilles all enjoy fantastic weather, spectacular beaches, a laid-back lifestyle, and sapphire waters so warm you could just about bathe in them year round (which is a bit of an exaggeration since the Caribbean is a dolphin friendly, suds-free zone).
But remove the sunscreen and sunglasses and you’ll quickly see that the Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands, Haiti, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico couldn’t be more different. Each offers historical and cultural traditions that are as diversely rich as they are captivating—and through our Azamara lens, you’ll discover there’s a lot more to these Caribbean islands than meets the eye.
With places such as Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao on the map, we’ve got your Caribbean A-B-C’s covered, and with gems like St. Barts, St. Kitts, and St. Lucia also on the itinerary, the theme song for our West Indies voyages should be, “When the Saints Go Sailing In.” There are even two Martins and, dare we say it, some British and U.S. Virgins to choose from, not to mention Antigua, Dominica, Nevis…the “isle-dyllic” list just keeps going and going.
Come with us on a tropical island adventure to some of the best places in the Lesser Antilles, which seriously should be called the Awesome Antilles. (It’s got a much better ring to it.)
When it comes to crossing the Atlantic Ocean with Azamara, it really is about the journey and the destination. It’s also the perfect time to fit in all the things you never have time for at home, and a great opportunity to try something new.
So pamper yourself with breakfast in bed, enjoy a little poolside reading, relax and revitalize with spa treatments, hop on the Internet and catch up with family and friends back home, then do a little late-night stargazing. Join us as we follow in the footsteps (and wake?) of travelers past, when getting there was half the fun, and an ocean liner was “the only way to cross”.