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Azamara Club Cruises Reveals 2014 Programme Highlights

Azamara Club Cruises Reveals 2014 Programme Highlights

Azamara Club Cruises has revealed a series of special event cruises allowing guests to attend the Monaco Grand Prix, celebrate New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong or pay homage to the anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. The new event cruises are part of the 2014 deployment programme that features a record 45 maiden ports of call.

Azamara Quest at Arctic Circle Globe

Azamara Quest at Arctic Circle Globe

Well known for focusing on special events and occasions across the globe, each of the 72 itineraries featured in the cruise line’s 2014 brochure include late night departures or overnight stays in port. This allows agents to appeal to travellers who want to immerse themselves in the culture of each destination.

The cruise line’s boutique ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, will also call at a record number of new ports, including Osaka (Kyoto, Japan), Kuda Bandos Island (The Maldives), Manzanillo (Mexico), and San Juan Del Sur (Nicaragua), many of which are hard to reach for larger ships.

Key special event cruises featured in the new 2014 programme include:

  • The 11-night Memories of WWII voyage – guests will be joined by Azamara Club Cruises’ President, Larry Pimentel, and his wife Sandi to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. Cruise departs from Lisbon (Portugal) on 3rd June 2014 and calls at Cherbourg (France), Dover (England) and Hamburg (Germany). Prices start from €3,497 per person based on two people sharing an inside stateroom with return flights from Dublin (including checked baggage allowance).
  • The eight night Formula 1 Grand Prix voyage with the opportunity to attend the Monaco Grand Prix, as well as culinary wine and food tastings in Tuscany. Cruise departs from Rome (Italy) on 19th May 2014 and calls at San Remo (Italy), Cannes (France), Saint-Tropez (France) and Monte-Carlo (Monaco). Prices start from €3,122 per person based on two people sharing an inside stateroom with return flights from Dublin (including checked baggage allowance).
  • For Christmas and New Year’s Eve with a difference, Azamara Club Cruises offers a 14-night New Year’s in Hong Kong sailing where guests can celebrate Christmas Day in Borneo at the famous orangutan sanctuary followed by a trek through Kinabalu National Park, before welcoming the New Year in the vibrant city of Hong Kong. Alternatively, guests onboard Azamara Journey’s Christmas and New Year’s cruise can enjoy samba dancing and firework displays Rio de Janeiro with an overnight stay at Copacabana Beach. Prices start from €6,405 per person based on two people sharing a balcony stateroom with return flights from Dublin (including checked baggage allowance).

Sonia Limbrick, Business Development Manager, Azamara Club Cruises, said:

“Agents can make use of new event cruises featured in the 2014 brochure to sell a wide range of destination focused, cultural cruises to up-market clients who are looking for an authentic travel experience. As well as longer stays in port, our 2014 cruises will each feature a different AzAmazing Evenings event that will offer guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they won’t get anywhere else.”

Bookings made for selected 2014 before 30th September 2013 also include a complimentary double upgrade to a stateroom with a private balcony, plus free or reduced air fares. Terms and conditions apply.

Guests onboard Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest enjoy more inclusive amenities, such as included gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; complimentary bottled water, sodas, speciality coffees and teas, as well as complimentary red and white boutique wines to accompany lunch and dinner; complimentary self-service laundry; English Butler service for suite guests; and shuttle transportation to city centres in ports, where available.

On board the intimate Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, guests receive exceptional and personal service and the cruise line’s authentic, exclusive and bespoke AzAmazing Evenings events that showcase the unexpected colours and flavours of a destination. Guests also enjoy fine cuisine, as well as more inclusive amenities, such as included gratuities; complimentary boutique wines, international beers and select standard spirits, complimentary bottled water, soft drinks, speciality coffee, and teas, as well as; complimentary self-service laundry; English Butler service for suite guests; and shuttle transportation to city centres in ports, where available.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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