“Since its inception in 2009 our destination-focussed cruise line has proved very popular with Australian cruisers in Asia and Europe – so we are delighted to finally welcome Azamara Club Cruises to Australian waters for the very first time. Australia is now our third largest market for Azamara and we know that much more growth will follow Azamara Quest’s inaugural season down under,” said Adam Armstrong, regional commercial director.
“Azamara offers a cruise experience unlike any other brand sailing in the region. Guests sailing onboard Azamara Quest will have longer or more overnight stays in some of the most unique and interesting destinations around Australia and New Zealand. We also treat guest to a signature, complimentary AzAmazing Evening event during each cruise that showcases the destination. While onboard, guests receive exceptional and personal service and more included extras such as alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, coffees, gratuities and self-service laundry,” continued Adam.
Azamara Quest will arrive in Sydney at 7am and stay in the harbour city overnight giving the guests onboard from 20 countries all day and night to explore the beautiful harbour city before disembarking on Friday 15 January concluding their 10-night Great Barrier Reef sailing from Cairns to Sydney.
Azamara Quest will depart Sydney at 5pm Saturday 16 2016, giving guests on her 16-night Australia & New Zealand cruise an overnight in the city, before making her way to Auckland with calls at Melbourne, Port Arthur, Hobart, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton, Napier and Tauranga. The ship will then sail a return trip to Sydney from Auckland, before repositioning back to Asia.
Azamara Club Cruises has also recently confirmed it will deploy a ship to the region for another two seasons, with Azamara Journey coming for the first time in 2017 and Azamara Quest returning in 2018, following extensive revitalisations that will see the ships undergo multi-million dollar facelifts.
About Azamara Club Cruises
With smaller ships that are able to go to places other cruise ships can’t, Azamara Club differentiates itself – and gains loyal fans – by making destinations the star of the show. It does this by offering longer stays, more overnight calls and night touring, which gives travellers the opportunity to truly experience a destination – taking in the sights, sounds and flavours of local cultures in every port. Azamara Club’s Insider Access takes guests behind the scenes at heritage estates, family farms, local shops and art galleries. Guests enjoy quiet conversations, shared stories and laughter with their hosts, gaining valuable insights and appreciation of local culture.
Nights and Cool Places are exclusive after-dinner experiences in small, intimate groups, ranging from a harbour yacht experience to a private gallery tour with a famous local artist. This year, Azamara Club has also launched its highly-anticipated Cruise Global, Eat Local program, featuring carefully curated dining experiences around the globe. Azamara does the sleuthing to lead guests to places the locals frequent, from a traditional family trattoria to a dim sum feast.
While destinations are the highlight, what’s onboard also keeps guests coming back for more. Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest guests receive exceptional and personal service and enjoy fine cuisine and boutique wines from around the world. More is included in each cruise – such as beverages, gratuities, self-service laundry, English Butler service for suite guests and shuttle transportation to city centres in ports, where available.
Azamara Club also recently announced its new Exclusive Nights in Private Places program, offering an evening of luxurious private pampering, dining and sleeping under the stars on the private Thalassotherapy deck. This reservation-only experience for two includes private butler service, champagne and canapés, a beautiful buffet and seafood and meats cooked over a sizzling hot stone grill. A plush outdoor bed can be opened to the stars or enclosed with a roof panel and curtains.