Azamara Onward, the newest vessel in Azamara‘s fleet of four sister ships and currently undertaking its 2024 World Cruise, successfully visited Pitcairn Island in the past few days, marking the first time the cruise line had brought guests ashore on the remote island in the Pacific.
The extraordinary event exemplifies the cruise line’s commitment to exploration, with Pitcairn being an elusive destination known for its unpredictable weather conditions.
“Not many cruisers get the opportunity to visit Pitcairn Island – the weather usually does not cooperate, and there are no bays or coves for the ship to anchor in,” said Michael Pawlus, Head of Itinerary Planning at Azamara.
“This is the very first time in my career that I have seen the weather allow for guests to go ashore on Pitcairn Island.
“I’ve designed nearly 20 itineraries that include the stop before, so I’m thrilled that all conditions were in our favor this time, giving our World Cruisers an incredibly unique experience in such an isolated destination,” Pawlus said.
Guests were able to fully immerse themselves in the hard-to-reach Pitcairn Island, offering paradisical blue waters, one of the world’s largest marine reserves, and some of the best stargazing on the planet due to the exceptionally dark skies.
Though the island is home to only about 50 residents – descendants of the HMS Bounty mutineers and the Polynesians – the locals are known to be warm, welcoming, and eager to share their culture, crafts, and knowledge of the island with visitors.
Travellers interested in exploring lesser-known destinations while enjoying all the advantages of Azamara’s small-ship experience may consider the cruise line’s 2025 World Cruise. The 155-night expedition visits 37 countries. Azamara’s 2026 World Cruise will visit 36 countries and offer 55 late nights and overnights, along with 13 exclusive events.