Azamara Journey originally began life with Renaissance Cruises, but Azamara has made this ship a true original. Photo: Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Focuses on Countries, Cultural Immersion

“Stay Longer, Experience More.” It’s the tag-line for Azamara Club Cruises newest cruise itineraries, but the catchy slogan is more than just slick marketing hyperbole. It is the very essence of what the line believes in – and delivers upon.

Azamara Quest in Sorrento, italy. @ 2013 Ralph Grizzle

In addition to a dramatically-retooled print brochure that will be categorized by country, Azamara is retooling its itineraries to offer expanded focus on longer stays in port and more authentic on-shore experiences.

Guests sailing aboard the line’s two ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, will have the opportunity to take in the nightlife in roughly half of all ports that Azamara calls on. The line estimates some 250 port calls will either be overnight calls or will feature departure times of 8 p.m. or later.

Azamara is also putting expanded emphasis on offering guests the ability to see world-class events, like the Monaco Grand Prix, the Venice Rendentore Festival, and the British Open, among others.

These new programs will be introduced for the line’s 2018 voyages and will feature country-immersive cruises that explore Costa Rica, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Greece and Norway. Azamara is also planning to increase its shore excursion offerings from 500 selections to a whopping 1,200 different tour options.

These new tours aren’t your average, run-of-the-mill shore excursion. Instead, Azamara’s team has put a tremendous amount of time into ensuring they offer the ability to live just like a local. New options include Bike Local, Golf Local, Night Local, and Taste Local, among others – different themes with the same goal: to allow Azamara guests to get to know a country in ways that other cruise lines don’t offer.

For those who love to immerse themselves fully not just into a destination, but a country, Azamara’s new, “Stay Longer, Experience More” concept is likely to be a welcome one.

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