What’s it like on Azamara Club Cruises?
Azamara Club Cruises describes itself a small ship luxury cruise line that specializes in cultural immersion. Their claim to fame includes longer nights, more overnight stays in port than other cruise lines, country-intensive itineraries, and special evenings (AzAmazing Evenings).
I sailed on one of Azamara Club Cruises’ three ships, the Azamara Journey, a few summers ago. We sailed from Edinburg, Scotland over to St. Petersburg, Russia and on the way we visited most of the Balkan countries. It was a wonderful trip! As a result of my own personal experience, I recommend and can book any Azamara Club Cruises journey for you.
Azamara has just released their voyages for 2020 and 2021, and at this moment in time they are offering early booking incentives which are quite good. You can download the complete list of their cruises here: https://travelchangeslife.com/AzamaraCruises.
Things I loved about Azamara Club Cruises
It’s not hard to come up with a list of likes for Azamara. It’s upscale, luxury travel on a cruise line that doesn’t nickel and dime you to death. Their pricing includes gratuities, beverages, a free self-service laundry, complimentary special events, shuttle from their ports into town (most ports), and concierge services.
We had 3 special “AzAmazing” evenings that I will never forget. One of our ports was Gdansk, Poland. I was stunned to find out that the first president of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Lech Walesa, who lives in Gdansk, was to come spend the evening on board with us. Mr. Walesa was head of the Solidarity Movement, the first independent trade union in a Soviet bloc country, and eventually served as Poland’s first President after it became free. It was a fascinating and informative evening listening to Mr. Walesa and getting to ask him questions.
Our second evening was a private concert by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, to which we were transported, given champagne, and enjoyed Russian composers played by one of the world’s great orchestras. And still another evening we were treated to a White Night celebration on top of the ship, complete with the Russian Cossack dancers coming on board to give us a private performance.
The crew members were pleasant and eager to please during the entire length of my cruise. Their ships are small enough (about 690 passengers and about 390 crew) that the crew gets to know your name and preferences. Their three ships (the Journey, the Pursuit, and the Quest) are similar to each other in size and amenities. All the ships are R class (mid-sized).
Unique destinations are an Azamara Club Cruise specialty
Azamara changes their voyages from year to year, making maiden voyages to new destinations each year. Their ships are small enough that they can visit smaller cities and ports that larger ships can’t get into. You’ll see less visited and more authentic cities and towns as a result (although Azamara also visits the well-known spots). It’s so convenient that they can dock right next to attractions due to their size. When we were in Denmark, our ship docked just a short walk away from the
famous Little Mermaid statue. In St. Petersburg we were docked right in the city on the Neva River. Each year their voyages are slightly different (or totally new) from the year before.
I met several people on the Azamara Journey who had sailed more than 2 dozen times with Azamara Club Cruises. They loved the personalized attention, the comfortable and well appointed cabins, the food, and the destinations.
Book now for 2020 and 2021 destinations
Azamara offers substantial early booking incentives, so it makes sense to book early, get your choice of cabin, and take advantage of two-for-one pricing, included Internet, and sometimes even a cabin upgrade. I’ve completed all of the travel advisor training for Azamara and am one of their World Academy graduates. If you are interested in the special world of Azamara Club Cruises please contact me at email@example.com. And be sure to download their list of upcoming 2020 and 2021 cruises, too.