Azamara – where you really have been to every destination
I speak to people on a daily basis who say that cruising it not for them. People who believe that cruising is for older people, those without such an adventurous spirit, and that all they’ll end up doing is being stuck with the same people for dinner and not able to escape.
Now I’m honestly hugely ‘selective’ when it comes to cruising. I will not recommend any old line or voyage. If I am buying a cruise myself, it has to give me the right to really claim “I’ve been there”. If I haven’t eaten there, if I haven’t seen it at night, and if I haven’t attempted to converse with the locals I feel a true fraud claiming my stake on scratch-off map.
But what if I could do all those things but not in one place, night-after-night, or without having to take 5 (or more) separate city breaks to discover hidden gems? What if I can discover the small, non-major cities of a country without having to find something to do for that second day when the sights really have been ticked off? Now you’re talking…
This is why I love cruise lines like Azamara. These small ships are going to take me to 6 different parts of the Adriatic in 1 week, or 4 Arabic countries in 11 nights, after which I can really boast of my REAL visit when I get home. Because they are all about the destinations.
Don’t get me wrong. The ships are absolute stunners. Luxurious but not opulent and certainly more than a little bit comfortable. The food, quite honestly, makes you wonder whether you really do want to get off the boat at all. Even the lowest tier of cabin is better than the vast majority of hotel rooms.
So if you still need convincing, let me give you my honest opinion as to why you might like to try Azamara –
- They’re small ships so dock in the middle of the action, giving you the chance to get down and dirty with Dubrovnik, Petra or Zanzibar.
- They dock overnight so you’re not forced to leave while you were just getting into it.
- They stay longer in port than other cruise lines, leaving later at night so you can enjoy the evenings in locations too.
- They are ALL INCLUSIVE onboard making life considerably easier, especially for that post day-out glass of something cold!
- All their ships have been refurbished in the last 18 months so there’s no shabby chic here.
- Every sailing of 7 nights plus has an in-port (off ship) event in a destination (such as a classical concert in St Petersburg, or traditional Vietnamese dance performance on the banks of the Saigon River)
- You don’t have to book your table in the main restaurant and can just sit the two of you!
- The main dining room even includes chateaubriand, lobster tail and filet mignon
And, possibly most importantly, they are priced brilliantly. And I love luxury but I also love a brilliant price.
Some of my favourite current offers –
4 May 2020 – 10 night Mediterranean Voyage INCLUDING flights £3,740 for 2 people with Ocean View (THIS IS A BLACK FRIDAY DEAL!)
19 Feb 2020 – 12 nights Rio de Janeiro Carnival with Brazil, Uruguay & Argentina £3,500 for 2 people with Ocean View (no flights)
4 June 2020 – 7 nights ‘Italy Intensive’ Voyage discovering the heart of Italy £3,950 for 2 people in a Balcony Room with $500 to spend on a beautiful excursion (no flights)*
ALSO I am offering a very special complimentary gift for all Azamara bookings made before 31st December 2019.
*All offers are subject to availability – and might sell out fast!