Longer Stays. More Overnights. Night Touring. That’s it in a nutshell. But to find out what exactly makes this cruise line different, you really need to spend a little time on board. We set sail last Saturday on the Azamara Quest for a 12 night voyage through the West Indies and Virgin Islands. One thing that immediately stood out what our itinerary. To read more about the details of our 12 night itinerary click here.
We were quite excited about the longer stays in port. It will be the first time we have a chance to experience some of these popular destinations without all the masses that sail in each day aboard mega ships like the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas that normally sails with 5400 passengers and can hold 6300 – just to name one of many. This beautiful ship that we’re on holds a quaint 694 at maximum capacity. So the immediate advantage – no real waiting for anything. Not to mention that since it is a smaller vessel, we have the opportunity to reach many ports and destinations that the bigger ships just can’t – either because the islands don’t want to handle that kind of influx of people or physically can’t.
So, off we go to ports like St. Barts – not usually on a big ship itinerary, Isle des Saints, Guadeloupe – Charlestown, Nevis – St. John, USVI, and Virgin Gorda, BVI to name a few. Several of these ports can only be reached by excursion with a normal cruise, or not at all. And of course, the night touring really comes in handy. There is no rushing back to the ship, as we are docked in several of these islands until 10 pm or later. You can truly enjoy everything the destinations have to offer while doing what you are supposed to on vacation – relax!
And the ports I’ve mentioned are just a few in the Caribbean and West Indies. Azamara’s two ships – the Quest and the Journey, sail all around the world spending time at:
- Carnival in Rio
- Springtime on the Cote d’Azur in France
- The Grand Prix in Monte Carlo
- Ireland, Scotland and Germany
- Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia and the Baltics
- Significant amount of time in the Mediterranean hitting the hard to reach places with extended stays in several of the highly desirable ports
- Bangkok, Singapore and Vietnam
- Burma, Thailand and Malaysia
- Oman, Dubai, and India
The great part is that they do not repeat itineraries very much like other cruise lines. For example, you can book several back to back voyages and never stop in the same port for 98 consecutive days. That makes for a great way to see the world, all without the inconvenience of unpacking your bags more than once.
So if you are looking for a great cruise line that offers something a little different and that you can build an extended itinerary on, check out Azamara. The voyages will definitely get you wanting to check out all that the world has to offer, from the comfort of your home on the seas.
Remember, the Azamara difference is – Longer Stays. More Overnights. Night Touring.
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Ship photo courtesy of Azamara. Other photos taken by Ingrid Blackburn