This Week in Cruise: Azamara Club Cruises to Renovate Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey

Azamara Club Cruises announced the renovation of two of its ships, the Azamara Quest and the Azamara Journey, to separately enter drydock in 2012 and 2013. Each ship will receive a shipwide facelift and a new profile with a new dark-blue hull. Renovations will include new carpets, upholstery, and a new color palette in public spaces reflecting the cruise line’s inviting atmosphere; new mattresses and upgraded veranda furniture for suites and staterooms; and a resurfaced pool, and new sun loungers and pool towels on the outer decks. The Casino Bar also will be expanded and enhanced with new furniture, while the Spa and fitness center will be refreshed with a new steam room, showers, and state-of-the-art Life Fitness cardio equipment. Furthermore, a range of enhancements will be made behind the scenes in the staff and crew area to add to the comfort of the cruise line’s most valuable asset.

Royal Caribbean International launched the “TAG your T.A.G.” contest over Facebook. U.S. and Canadian travel Agents can enter the contest and upload a photo of themselves with their T.A.G. here for a chance to be among 15 travel agents selected to appear on the upcoming cover of the 15th Anniversary Travel Agent Guide. The 15 travel agents selected will be flown to Miami for a professional photo shoot and a VIP dinner party hosted by SVP of sales, trade support and services Vicki Freed.

Lindblad Expenditions' newest itinerary for 2013, the Fabled Lands of the North: Greenland, Baffin Island, Newfoundland & Labrador, has been launched. Set for departure on Aug. 24, 2013 aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, the 15-day itinerary will navigate from western Greenland’s fjords and the ice floes of Baffin Island to the fishing villages of the Canadian Maritimes. The journey will trace the historic coast of Labrador, where missionaries, fishermen, and whalers settled with the Inuit, and where a community of artisans still remains. Guests will explore historic whaling towns, visit Inuit villages, and follow in the footsteps of the Vikings in an ancient Norse  settlement.

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