Azamara has refreshed its brand and launched what it is calling the most comprehensive pre- and post-tour offering in the cruise industry. Here chief executive, Larry Pimentel, speaks to Breaking Travel News editor, Chris O’Toole, about a product he argues has the potential to revolutionise the sector
Azamara has debuted what it is branding the largest selection of pre- and post-voyage land programs in the cruise industry. As of today, the destination-focused brand offers a total of over 1,700 land program offerings, which complement its immersive voyages.
Azamara Club Cruises has announced the three officers of its new ship, Azamara Pursuit, which will join the fleet in August 2018. Senior captain Carl Smith and cruise director Tony Markey, both from the UK, will join hotel director Ryszard Gusmann from Poland to lead a crew of around 400.
Sister ships Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest have made a rare appearance together in Barcelona. It is the first time the ships have met for the first time in almost four years.
Azamara Club Cruises has introduced a voyage visiting Havana, Cuba. The Azamara Quest will do a Miami, Florida roundtrip departing in March 2017 for a 13-night Hemingway Hideaways voyage in the Caribbean, making Azamara one of the first American luxury cruise lines to visit Havana.
Azamara Club Cruises has announced the expansion of its UK team, following the successful establishment of its UK business. The newest addition to the company is Jennifer Wright who joins as business development manager and will be committed to growing Azamara UK’s MICE and charter business, brand partnerships, and managing a selection of boutique and niche trade partners.
Departing Freeport, Bahamas for Miami, Azamara Journey has been outfitted with new venues, public spaces and technologies to bring fresh services and amenities to guests. This vessel is the first of Azamara Club Cruises’ two ships to undergo planned upgrades. “There is no area on the ship that has not been touched,” said Larry Pimentel, president of Azamara Club Cruises.
This year marks 100 years since the start of World War I and 70 years since the D-Day landings and in commemoration, cruise lines have created a wide selection of special itineraries and excursions.
Earlier this week, guests on Azamara Quest’s current Norwegian Fjords and The North Cape voyage had the opportunity to experience how unique an Azamara Club Cruises voyage can be. Azamara Quest’s Captain Stig took advantage of the day at sea to provide guests with the opportunity to see the Arctic Circle Globe on Vikingen Island in Norway, which marks a crossing into the Arctic Ocean.
Azamara Journey, the second of Azamara Club Cruises’ twin boutique ships to undergo refurbishment, emerged today from an eight-day drydock in Singapore’s Sembawang Shipyard. Azamara Journey, now complete with a refresh of all public spaces and staterooms and an elegant new “Azamara Blue” exterior hull, continues its Asia season with a 13-night Indonesia voyage round-trip from Singapore.
Azamara Quest – the cruise ship stricken at sea for 24-hours following an onboard fire – has docked in Malaysia following repairs. A fire broke out on the vessel on Friday leaving five crew members needing treatment for smoke inhalation.
A fire broke out in the engine room of an Azamara Club Cruises ship in Asia, resulting in guests being ‘mustered to their assembly stations’ The 716-passenger ship was sailing from Hong Kong to Singapore when the fire broke out on Friday.