Azamara Club Cruises is the younger, more inclusive sister of the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise family. Azamara falls into the boutique luxury category because of their smaller ship size, personalized service style, inclusive amenities, and destination immersion. Together, these features make your Azamara experience feel like a well-heeled club where friends gather to dine, play, and exchange stories.
Small Ships Mean Intimacy
The three Azamara ships, Journey, Quest, and Pursuit, each carry about 690 passengers. Thatâ€™s small enough to never feel lost and large enough to never get bored. The club-like feel encourages travelers to mix and mingle so the social aspect develops naturally. The crew number nearly 400 giving the ships a high passenger/staff ratio. The staff makes an effort to learn names and preferences so they can deliver personalized service without being intrusive.
A major advantage of smaller ships is that they can access smaller, more unusual ports than larger ships, putting you right in the heart of local life. Mega-ships often must dock an hourâ€™s drive away from a city center or have to anchor and tender passengers in.
Destination Immersion is Azamaraâ€™s Calling Card
Along with putting you right in the heart of a destination, Azamara prides themselves on longer and overnight stays in port. This is a unique value proposition among cruises because it gives guests extra time to really engage with local life. Most other cruises leave port by 4 pm â€“ 5 pm, but on Azamara you have opportunities to enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant overlooking the Amalfi Coast, attend a cello concert in Dubrovnik or visit the glamorous world of an opulent Monte Carlo casino.
Another very well-received exclusive feature is the AzAmazing EveningsÂ® offered on most voyages. These are complimentary shore excursions that take guests deeper into their destination through engaging cultural events and activities. These immersive experiences connect guests with the traditions and folklore of the places they visit, feeding that desire for experiential travel that drives so many of us.
Azamara Club Cruises Include More
While the Azamara price point is comparable to the premium cruise competitors, the inclusions decidedly lean toward those of the luxury players. Fresh flowers grace the public spaces and cold towels offered at the gangway refresh after a hot day exploring ashore. An eclectic offering of entertainment, activities, and seminars keep guests as busy as they wish, although Travel Maestro has it on good authority that the shipâ€™s casinos will be phased out in favor of more personal niches and gathering spaces.
Guests in all stateroom categories receive:
- Complimentary AzAmazing EveningsÂ® event (on most voyages)
- Select standard spirits, international beers, and wines
- Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees, and tea
- Self-service laundry
- Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
- Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations
In addition, Suite guests receive:
- English butler service
- 240 complimentary Internet minutes per guest
- One free bag of laundry service per suite, each seven days
- Complimentary seating in the specialty restaurants dining
- Priority embarkation and debarkation
- Complimentary in-room spirits
- In-suite afternoon tea service
- $300 in Onboard Credit per person (Club World Ownerâ€™s Suites, Club Ocean Suites, Club Spa Suites categories only)
One thing Azamara does not offer is any childrenâ€™s clubs or activities. While the vibe is relaxed elegance, the ambiance is not really designed for children.
When youâ€™re ready to experience superb cruise service with more inclusions, and immerse yourself in a destination with late-night stays, Azamara Club Cruises should your choice. Contact your Covington vacation advisor to find out about destinations and special pricing.