Azamara Club Cruises has launched a new range of over 100 ‘Cruise Global, Connect Local’ shore excursions in Australia and Asia, allowing guests to truly connect with the people and cultures of the destinations they visit.
As the cruise line counts down to its third and biggest season yet down under, the 690-guest ship, Azamara Journey, will spend October, November and December sailing exotic Asian itineraries from ports like Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai, with calls to a number of alluring destinations, including Celukan Bawang in Indonesia, Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia and Goa in India, famous for its spicy seafood curries and golden-sand beaches.
Azamara Journey then arrives down under for the line’s third season in Australia via the west coast in January 2018, making maiden calls to a number of ports, including Albany, Esperance, Fremantle, Kangaroo Island and Adelaide; and all with exceptional shore excursions to match.
Azamara’s expert destination team pioneered the concept ‘Cruise Global, Connect Local’ in January 2017, which incorporates a diverse and truly immersive range of on-shore experiences in each port of call, categorised to accommodate for the travel style of every guest and ensuring that guests can make the most of Azamara’s longer port stays.
With over 100 brand new excursions in Australia and Asia, and over 190 worldwide, guests can enrich their travel experience with the chance to learn the secrets of Malaysian cooking in Penang (Cruise Global, Eat Local), take a chopper ride across the rugged landscapes of Tasmania (Cruise Global, Adventure Local), tour the spice markets and rural villages of Goa (Cruise Global, Explore Local), or cycle the streets of Ho Chi Minh city like a local on one of Azamara’s new onboard bikes (Cruise Global, Bike Local).
Brand new shore excursions include:
Cruise Global, Bike Local: Hoi An Like a Local
Hue (Danang), Vietnam, 19 December 2017
Guests will immerse themselves in the rich history and rural life of Vietnam on a leisurely, guided bike tour through Hoi An. Beginning with a picturesque drive to Tra Que, a riverside village brimming with organic vegetable farms, rice paddies and friendly locals, guests will meet with the local guide and embark on a relaxing ride through the village, taking in the sights and smells of the hamlet’s vibrant produce. From there, cruise south to Hoi An, a charming UNESCO World Heritage town on the Thu Bon River. Meander through the ancient streets and admire French colonial architecture, Chinese temples and Japanese merchant houses. Limited to just 16 people, this excursion will allow guests to have an intimate view of Vietnamese life and learn local knowledge few visitors ever experience.
Cruise: 14-night Thailand and Vietnam cruise on Azamara Journey departing Singapore, 9 December 2017.
Fares start from $2499 per person/NZ$2699 per person, twin share for an interior stateroom.
Cruise Global, Explore Local: Tanah Lot Temple and Monkey Forests
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia, 20 January 2018
Guests can explore the wonders of Bali on an immersive tour that visits ancient temples, a sacred monkey forest and a traditional Balinese homestead complete with a delicious Balinese lunch. Begin with a visit to Tanah Lot Temple, an iconic Hindu site situated atop a dramatic rock formation in the sea. Venture across the spit of land leading to the temple and be awed by the views across the Indian Ocean. From there, it’s on to the holy Kedaton Monkey Forest, a sanctuary for hundreds of long-tailed macaques. Wander through the lush forest and watch the monkeys in their natural surroundings before heading to Pura Taman Ayun, an 18th century temple complex built by Mengwi’s greatest king, Tjokorda Munggu. Afterwards, become immersed in the local traditions of Bali with a lunch at Rumah Bali Luwus Compound, an authentic Balinese house, accompanied by soothing bamboo music.
Cruise: seven-night Borobudur and Bali cruise on Azamara Journey departing Singapore, 14 January 2018.
Fares start from AUD$1999/NZD$2209 per person, twin share for an interior stateroom.
Cruise Global, Taste Local: A Taste of Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island (Penneshaw), Australia, 2 February 2018
On the cruise line’s maiden visit Kangaroo Island, guests will have the opportunity to embark on a culinary adventure across the rugged and beautiful island, sampling the premium local produce this paradise has on offer. Begin the day with a visit to Clifford’s Honey Farm and watch the busy Ligurian bees at work (through a protective glass hive) as they create the island’s signature Ligurian honey. Guests can taste the pure nectar and browse the cosmetics and other products made from honey and beeswax. From there, it’s on to the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, the last remaining distillery in South Australia. Learn about the history of eucalyptus oil production and peruse the gift shop filled with products made with the oil, as well as local arts, crafts and souvenirs. Finish the day at Island Pure Sheep Dairy, an idyllic property on the banks of the Cygnet River with a tasting of their famous haloumi cheese.
Cruise: 18-night Australian Explorer cruise on Azamara Journey departing Bali, 21 January 2018.
Fares start from AUD$5699/NZ$6129 per person, twin share for an interior stateroom.