Azamara Clubs Cruises has announced details of Azamara Quest’s maiden season in Australasia, including its spectacular AzAmazing Evenings taking place at a number of ports such as Darwin, Newcastle and Cairns. The boutique cruise brand, renowned for its elegant cruising style and destination focus, will debut in Australia and New Zealand for the first time arriving in Darwin on 28 December 2015. The line has also confirmed they will deploy a ship to Australia for a third season, with Azamara Journey coming for the first time in 2017 and Azamara Quest returning in 2018.
Each Azamara Club voyage features Azamara Club’s exclusive, bespoke AzAmazing Evening events – a specially created, complimentary night tour that offers a slice of a destination’s authentic culture and character, and which provide a significant boost to the local communities to which the line sails.
In Darwin, guests will be treated to an evening at Crocosaurus Cove where they will meet the world’s largest captive reptile collection, including nearly 200 saltwater crocodiles. The unique event continues with a ceremonial demonstration by representatives of the Larrakia people.
In Newcastle, guests will enjoy an incredible evening of local entertainment by local Australian artist, Olivia Chindamo, at Fort Scratchley. This historic and majestic site, which guards the Hunter River Estuary, is undoubtedly Newcastle’s most spectacular vantage point.
In Cairns, the line will offer a journey into Australia’s Aboriginal dreamtime for an unforgettable evening of world-class entertainment including authentic music, chanting and dance that culminates in a traditional fire making ceremony by the local Tjapukai people. Guests will be immersed in the spectacle of a corroboree depicting the thrill of the hunt and the ancient totems of the rainforest people.
Azamara Clubs Cruises is also revitalising its two 686-passenger jewel-box ships with an extensive makeover in time for their Australasian itineraries. Azamara Quest will be upgraded in September 2015 and Azamara Journey will complete her dry dock in January 2016, before she then commences her season down under in 2017.
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.
This year, Azamara Club has also launched its highly-anticipated Cruise Global, Eat Local program, featuring carefully curated dining experiences around the globe. They do the sleuthing to lead guests to places the locals frequent, from a traditional family trattoria to a dim sum feast.
17 March 2015