Azamara Club Cruises Announces 2018 Deployment Including New 102 Day World Journey From Sydney To London
With only three weeks to go until boutique cruise brand Azamara Club Cruises debuts in Australia, the brand has today released details of its 2018 deployment, including confirming it will return to Australia for a third and fourth season. The destination focused cruise line uniquely features voyages with longer stays and more overnights at ports to provide guests the opportunity to truly experience the destination at some of the most compelling locations of Europe, Asia, the Indian Ocean, Australia, New Zealand as well as Central America.
“Offering later stays and more overnights in port, Azamara Club Cruises delivers destination immersion like no other cruise line, and we are thrilled to add 31 new and unique destinations for the brand in 2018 including 10 new ports in Australia,” said Adam Armstrong, commercial director, Azamara Club Cruises Australia.
Azamara Journey will arrive in Australia in January 2018 for the brand’s third local season. The ship will reposition from Asia via the West Coast and bottom end of Australia to Sydney, with her first cruise including maiden calls at Exmouth, Fremantle (Perth), Bunbury, Albany, Esperance, Kangaroo Island and Adelaide.Azamara Journey will then offer three local sailings: a 14-night Tasmania & New Zealand sailing from Sydney to Auckland departing 8 February 2018; a 13-night Australia & New Zealand voyage from Auckland to Sydney departing 22 February 2018; and an 18-night Australia to Asia sailing from Sydney to Singapore departing 7 March 2018, which also includes a maiden call at the Whitsunday Islands.
Azamara Quest will also return to Australia in December 2018 for her second season sailing in the region. Azamara Quest will sail from Singapore to Fremantle on a 16-night voyage via the Java Sea and West Australia, which includes maiden calls at Broome and Geraldton. The ship will then offer a 15-night Christmas & New Year’s cruise to Melbourne that includes an overnight docked in beautiful Sydney Harbour for their famous New Year’s Eve celebrations.
“We are also excited to be offering more event sailings in the 2018 season including sailings for the World Cup in Russia, the famous Redentore Festival (Festa del Redentore) in Venice, a special World War II Remembrance Voyage to Normandy as well as a number of new golf cruises in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. For the first time we will also offer an epic 102 day World Journey from Sydney to London without a repeating port onboard Azamara Journey, which we expect to be extremely popular for our Australian guests,” continued Adam.
The 2018 World Journey voyage begins in Sydney on March 7 and ends in London, England on June 17. Travellers will have the opportunity to embark on an extended voyage of a lifetime sailing to 61 ports in 29 countries over 102 days as well as experience two major international events, 18 late night stays and 14 overnights, as well as 8 AzAmazing Evenings events.
Azamara spends more time in destinations with late port departures and overnight stays allowing for deeper exploration. Some of The World Journey highlights include Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Yangon, Dubai, Muscat, Barcelona, Lisbon and Amsterdam.
It also wouldn’t be a world journey without making a couple of high profile appearances. This voyage includes the opportunity to attend both Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix:
- Cannes Film Festival: After taking in the sites of Rome and Florence, guests will head to Cannes, France. Film enthusiasts will be able to stroll along Le Promenade de la Croisette (the place to see and been seen in Cannes) or choose to sit back and people watch with a glass of rosé at a chic waterfront café.
- Monaco Grand Prix: Speed seekers will enjoy thrills at every turn while in port for Grand Prix. The race brings luxury yachts, buzzing helicopters and of course the rich and famous to enjoy the race.
Guests who partake in the entire 102-day journey will experience Azamara’s world-class service before they even step onboard. Round trip airfare will be included for all full-cruise guests – business class for suite guests and standard air for all other staterooms, as well as a one night pre-sailing hotel stay in Sydney. The World Journey kickoff in Sydney will commence with a special celebration, hosted by President and CEO Larry Pimentel, to welcome aboard those embarking on the incredible voyage. The 102-day trip package also includes internet, $1,000 per person shipboard credits, a free bag of laundry every seven days and excess luggage reimbursement up to $500 per person. Full itinerary pricing starts at AU$39,599 per person for a Club Interior stateroom and ranges up to AU$103,049 per person for a Club World Owner’s suite.
2018 Season Details
Azamara Journey will start 2018 with a series of voyages in Asia, Australia and New Zealand with cruise lengths ranging from seven- to 18-night in length. In April she will position to Europe for the northern summer, sailing via the Indian Ocean with calls to Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India. From May through to mid-October, Azamara Journey will offer Northern European and Mediterranean itineraries ranging from seven- to 15-nights. From November Azamara Journey will offer Caribbean cruises departing Miami including a luxurious 15-night Christmas & New Year voyage at the end of December.
Azamara Quest will start 2018 offering a range of seven- to 17-night open jaw and round trip sailings exploring the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Sea of Cortez and the Caribbean. In April, Azamara Quest will position to Europe and sail a range of seven- to 10-night voyages in the Mediterranean until early October. In October, Azamara Quest heads to Dubai and then crosses the Indian Ocean to Asia before ending the year in Australia highlighted by the special New Year’s Eve in spectacular Sydney Harbour.