Azamara Club Cruises has announced its 2020 itineraries, which will allow travelers to explore deeper into newly added destinations such as South Africa, French Polynesia and Hawaii. There is a total of 92 voyages across the three ships, including 41 maiden ports, 303 late night stays, 170 overnight stays and 40 country-intensive voyages, where guests can explore numerous ports within one country and stay late or overnight in most cities.
In addition, Azamara will also unveil new land and sea packages hosted by Micato Safaris, a luxury safari outfitter that will further enhance the brand’s immersive land products.
“The addition of our third ship, the Azamara Pursuit, has allowed us to expand our footprint across all seven continents, bringing guests to new destinations, new experiences and new opportunities,” said Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises.
2020 Highlights Include:
South Africa/African Content and South Pacific Itineraries
Azamara will be calling in the African Continent for the first time. Each voyage will offer a variety of land programs. The new South Africa itineraries will coincide with pre-and post-cruise packages from Micato Safaris. Highlights include 30 departures of the two following tours:
- Five-Night Kruger to Cape - A Wildlife & Culinary Safari: Travelers meet the Micato team in Johannesburg for an exploration of Kruger, Cape Town and the Western Cape.
- Five-Night Wild Wonders of the World - Victoria Falls & Botswana Safari: Guests will travel through Zimbabwe to Botswana to experience Victoria Falls. This expedition also includes a dawn game drive through Botswana’s Chobe Game Reserve and an optional helicopter tour of the falls.
In addition to the extensions by Micato Safaris, Azamara expanded its Destination Immersion programing including:
- Cruise Global, Stay Local - Kenya: On this overnight excursion, travelers will fly past Mount Kilimanjaro and the Great Rift Valley to Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve, where they will spend the night at the Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp. The excursion includes two game drives.
- Cruise Global, Meet Local – South Africa: On a day trip to Shakaland, travelers will be met by a Zulu guide who leads them through the village. Guests will learn how to make a sword, shield and a traditional Zulu “beehive” grass hut.
- Cruise Global, Taste Local – South Africa: Departing from Cape Town, the excursion will take travelers to the Paarl wine region for tastings at a wine estate. Following, guests will visit to Haute Cabrière.
The 2020 itineraries will also feature an 18-night maiden voyage to French Polynesia and Hawaii. Some of the land experiences include:
- Cruise Global, Eco Local – French Polynesia: Travelers join a marine biologist in this research project on wild dolphins. They will learn about the geology of French Polynesia, while searching for spinner dolphins, rough-tooth dolphins and pilot whales.
- Cruise Global, Adventure Local - Hawaii: Embark on an underwater exploration of Maui onboard a high-tech passenger submarine. The expedition will pass the “Brig Carthaginian,” a sunken ship built in the 1920s that now acts as an artificial reef off of the coast of Maui’s Puamana Beach Park.
Azamara’s 2020 itineraries will also feature an assortment of specialty voyages, including:
- Nearly half of Azamara’s 2020 itineraries will be country-intensive voyages. The new country intensive sailings include Ireland, Scotland, Denmark and South Africa
- Azamara’s three sister ships will meet on October 8, 2020 in Koper, Slovenia, where the cruise line will host a grand AzAmazing Evening in port for all guests on all three ships, before sailing together to Venice
- On February 20, 2020, the Azamara Quest will be embarking on the brand’s second World Journey from Cape Town to Southampton
- The Triple Tour is a 42-night voyage starting May 26, 2020 from Athens to Copenhagen, allowing guests to sail on all three ships all on one voyage.
New Stateroom Category:
Starting in 2020, Azamara will offer guests a more inclusive stateroom category called Veranda Plus. The new accommodation will have the same dimensions and features as a regular Veranda stateroom, but will include additional benefits such as internet minutes, one night of specialty dining, priority embarkation and more. All of these amenities have been built into the price, which will provide a value for guests, versus buying individually.
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