European boutique-style ships focusing on destination immersion, often centred around popular world events. Late night departures or overnight stays in port allow guests ample time to explore and absorb the local culture, enhanced by complimentary AzAmazing shore events exclusively for Azamara guests. An impressive, and expanding menu of all-inclusive amenities include self-service laundry, gratuities, complimentary shuttles in many ports, butlers for suite passengers, house wines, beer, selected spirits, bottled water and soft drinks. Azamara Club Cruises is a brand of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
There are currently two identical vessels; the Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. Originally the ships belonged to Renaissance Cruises, which ceased to trade in 2001 and the R6 and R7 vessels were acquired for the Azamara brand. Each has a tonnage of 30,277 and holds 690 guests with 408 crew. Both ships underwent extensive refurbishment in 2016.
The cruise line sails to European destinations, including the Baltic and Scandinavia, British Isles, Western Europe, French and Italian Rivieras, Greek Isles, Croatia, Holy Land and Black Sea, as well as Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies.
Staterooms are beautifully finished following the recent ReImagine refurbishment and available in a range of suites, veranda, oceanview and interior categories. Spa suites (above) have glass-enclosed soaking tubs and rainshowers with views over the ocean, and all suites come with personal butler service.
Food and Drink
The main restaurant partners with a selection of more informal eateries and cafes, operated with an open-seating dining policy and following a relaxed ‘resort-casual’ dress code, as well as 24-hour all-inclusive room service. The two speciality restaurants are complimentary to suite guests or charge a reasonable cover fee to other guests.
The Sanctum Spa is one of the main attractions on Azamara – a range of pre-bookable packages and complimentary fitness and nutrition classes enhance the ‘a-la-carte’ treatment list. Entertainment is otherwise standard and fairly low key, with the exception of a well-planned enrichment schedule of guest speakers and classes, and the popular ‘Nights in Private Places’. Designed for couples, a personal butler serves champagne and dinner on the private Sanctum Terrace before preparing an outdoor bed for a romantic night under the stars.
Le Club Voyage loyalty scheme offers benefits and discounts to regular customers including access to an annual LCV cruise open only to members. Onboard invitations, stateroom upgrades, fare discounts, free internet and spa treatment reductions are standard.
Parent company, RCI, has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund to engage in a programme of sustainability measures, charitable giving, volunteering and mentoring.
Photo courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises