Size does matter. When it comes to cruising there’s mega-liners and there’s their cosier cousins. Yes, you can lose yourself on board the bigger ships. What they might lack in size, the mid-size cruise lines like Azamara Club Cruises can get you to more places you want to be. Still about the journey and about the destination(s).
TML toured and lunched aboard the newly redesigned Azamara Journey earlier this year. The staterooms and public are have been ‘made over’ with the addition of two new spaces: an al fresco poolside dining space The Patio and casual bar and dining room, The Living Room.
The ship is opulent without gaudiness and the public spaces are sophisticated – offering an intimacy sadly missing from larger ships. The Drawing Room offers different spaces to relax and read or enjoy watching the world pass by. The backlit vaulted ceiling provides additional light and charm.
The Sanctum Spa and Pool Spa Terrace are tranquil with unrivalled ocean viewing. Lazing on a day bed built for two or on the loungers is perfect après-spa.
Aqualina is Azamara Club Cruises specialty Italian restaurant. Traditional favourites are given a contemporary twist. Lunch was served with flourish by the wait staff and the menu offered something for everyone … and a few more!
The Milanese style Minestrone was warming and filling and the rocket and radicchio salad was drizzled with Cabernet vinaigrette. The tender Filetto di Manzo beef tenderloin was cooked as ordered and served with prawns and pancetta. Don’t insult the chef by passing on the dessert as the Chocolate Torta is chocolate dense and still somehow light. The Berrymisu is a twist on the traditional with a hint of Bacardi and chocolate sauce on the side.
Larry Pimentel, Azamara Club Cruises CEO was in Australia this week to explore some of the ports offered as part of Destination Immersion. Larry commented, “Of the ships being built today 50% can’t visit the ports Azamara Journey and Quest can visit”.
The social media savvy CEO continued, “We’re constantly looking for places in your country and .…. Kangaroo Island is a hidden gem … the Galapagos of the Pacific”. In 2018, a new 18-night Bali to Sydney voyage will call into Exmouth, Perth, Bunbury, Albany, Esperance, Kangaroo Island and Adelaide.
Stay Longer, Experience More means longer stays with overnights in ports across the globe. Guests aboard Azamara Club Cruises are given the opportunity spend more time in a destination and immersing themselves in the local culture.
For more on Azamara Club Cruises Australian season: https://www.azamaraclubcruises.com