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Unleash Your Inner Explorer: Embark on an Azamara Cruise Adventure (updated December 2023)

Updated: Dec 1, 2023







Azamara is a luxury cruise line that offers unique itineraries to some of the world's most exotic destinations. Here is a guide to help you plan your Azamara cruise.


Ships

Azamara currently has three ships in its fleet: Azamara Quest (2007), Azamara Journey ( 2007), Azamara Pursuit (2018), and Azamara Onward (2022). All three Azamara ships are known for their intimate atmosphere and personalized service. The ships are small enough to navigate smaller ports and waterways that larger cruise ships can't access, making them a great option for travelers who want to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations. The ships also feature a range of onboard activities and entertainment options, including live music, dance performances, and enrichment programs.


All-Inclusive

Azamara's commitment to community consciousness and personal wellness will deliver the peace-of-mind and safety you need when it comes to traveling. Plus, with a host of inclusive amenities such as beverages, paid gratuities, concierge services, self-service laundry, and more, everything you could ever want is within reach.


Now it’s even easier to receive exceptional value on your next Azamara voyage. Our Experience More packages* bundle some of our best services and amenities in one convenient and cost-effective collection. Enjoy unlimited WiFi, Azamara Shore Excursion credits, spa treatments, specialty dining, and more. Whether it’s just the essentials, a little extra enjoyment, or the height of indulgence, we have a package just for you. Pricing range from $599 - $1499 per cabin based on itinerary.


Partnership Azamara has partnered with various companies to bring you the immersive experience on the ship as well as off the ship on one the all-inclusive land programs.

  • PerryGolf

  • Aloschi Bros.

  • Micato Safaris

  • ColturPeru

  • Furlong Incoming

  • Abercrombie & Kent

  • Venice Simplon Orient-Express

Choosing an Itinerary Azamara offers a wide range of itineraries worldwide. Choose an itinerary that matches your interests and preferences and check the port schedules to make sure the ship will be in port long enough to explore. You can choose a Country-Intensive cruise if you want to concentrate on a specific country. Here are some samples.


South Africa Intensive 2025 cruise

Sat 4-Jan 2025 Cape Town, South Africa Embark - 6:00PM

Sun 5-Jan 2025 At Sea Cruising - -

Mon 6-Jan 2025 Port Elizabeth, South Africa Docked 7:00AM 7:30PM

Tue 7-Jan 2025 East London, South Africa Docked 8:00AM 2:30PM

Wed 8-Jan 2025 At Sea Cruising - -

Thu 9-Jan 2025 Maputo, Mozambique Docked 8:00AM 2:00PM

Fri 10-Jan 2025 Richards Bay, South Africa Docked 9:00AM 9:00PM

Sat 11-Jan 2025 Durban, South Africa Docked 7:30AM 10:00PM

Sun 12-Jan TO Mon 13-Jan 2025 At Sea Cruising (Jan 12) -

Tue 14-Jan 2025 Mossel Bay, South Africa Tendered 7:00AM 3:00PM

Wed 15-Jan TO Thu 16-Jan 2025 Cape Town, South Africa Debark 9:30AM (Jan 15) -


Japan Intensive 2025 cruise

Sun 6-Apr TO Mon 7-Apr 2025 Yokohama, Japan Embark - (Apr 6) 6:00PM (Apr 7)

Tue 8-Apr 2025 At Sea Cruising - -

Wed 9-Apr 2025 Aomori, Japan Docked 9:30AM 6:00PM

Thu 10-Apr 2025 Akita, Japan Docked 8:00AM 6:00PM

Fri 11-Apr 2025 Niigata, Japan Docked 8:00AM 6:00PM

Sat 12-Apr 2025 Kanazawa, Japan Docked 8:00AM 6:00PM

Sun 13-Apr 2025 Sakaiminato, Japan Docked 8:00AM 5:30PM

Mon 14-Apr 2025 Busan, Korea, Republic Of (South) Docked 9:00AM 10:00PM

Tue 15-Apr 2025 Nagasaki, Japan Docked 1:00PM 8:00PM

Wed 16-Apr 2025 Kitakyushu, Japan Docked 8:00AM 8:00PM

Thu 17-Apr 2025 Hiroshima, Japan Docked 8:00AM 10:00PM

Fri 18-Apr 2025 Cruising The Inland Sea, Japan Cruising 6:00AM 11:00AM

Fri 18-Apr 2025 Takamatsu, Japan Docked 12:00PM 8:00PM

Sat 19-Apr TO Sun 20-Apr 2025 Osaka, Japan Debark 8:00AM (Apr 19) -


What to Pack Pack for both warm and cool weather, as well as formal and casual attire. Azamara has a casual dress code during the day and a more formal dress code in the evenings. Don't forget to bring comfortable shoes for walking and exploring. The White Night Party turns the pool deck into a nightclub for an evening of dancing, singing, and plenty of good food served by the Azamara staff.



Day of Embarkation (updated 12/1/2023)

Embarkation begins at 2 PM (local time) up until 90 minutes before departure.


If you are a Suite or Discoverer, Discoverer Plus, or Discoverer Platinum guest, look for signage at the pier for priority embarkation.


Day of Disembarkation

  • Guests are disembarked by number codes according to flight departure times.

  • Time to disembark varies based on how long it takes the ship to clear customs.

  • Bags will be collected from outside your stateroom on the last night onboard.

  • Make sure bags are properly tagged.

  • Keep a carry-on bag with things you'll need on the last night (clothes, medications, toiletries, etc.)

  • All guests will have to debark by 9:00 AM at the latest.

Onboard Activities Azamara offers a variety of onboard activities, including fitness classes, spa treatments, lectures, and entertainment. Make sure to take advantage of these activities to enhance your cruise experience.


Shore Excursions Azamara offers a variety of shore excursions, including cultural tours, adventure activities, and culinary experiences. Book your excursions in advance to ensure availability, and consider exploring on your own if you prefer a more independent experience. The price of shore excursions increases as the sailing gets closer, so book early.

Overnight Experiences

These exclusive small group experiences allow you to get closer and in-depth with the local culture. These adventures are 1–3-night itineraries including a 4-5 star hotel, breakfast, transportation, and tour guided by experts.

  • Milan & Lake Como

  • Castellos & Wines of Tuscany

  • Venice Simplon Orient-Express

Dining Azamara offers a range of dining options, from casual buffets to fine dining restaurants. The cruise line also offers a Chef's Table experience, where guests can enjoy a multicourse meal paired with wine. Don't miss the opportunity to try local cuisine on shore excursions or at port stops.


Special Dietary Email: Special_Needs@AzamaraClubCruises.com

Standard kosher-style menus are available on all voyages. On the day of boarding, please confirm your special dietary arrangements with the restaurant manager.


Discoveries Main Dining Room:

Discoveries is the main dining room on Azamara ships, and offers an elegant atmosphere and a diverse menu featuring a range of international and local cuisine. The menu changes daily, and guests can choose from appetizers, entrees, and desserts.


Aqualina Specialty Restaurant - $35 per person

Aqualina is a specialty restaurant on Azamara ships, and features an Italian-inspired menu with dishes like seafood risotto, roasted lamb chops, and homemade pasta. The restaurant has an intimate atmosphere, and reservations are recommended.


Prime C Specialty Restaurant - $35 per person

Prime C is another specialty restaurant on Azamara ships, and focuses on serving top-quality steaks and seafood. The menu includes options like filet mignon, lobster tail, and surf and turf. Like Aqualina, Prime C has an intimate atmosphere and reservations are recommended.


The Patio:

The Patio is an outdoor grill located on the pool deck, and serves burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and other casual fare. Guests can enjoy their meals al fresco while taking in the ocean views.


Windows Cafe:

Windows Cafe is a casual buffet-style restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu includes a variety of international dishes, as well as made-to-order omelets and pasta dishes.


Mosaic Cafe:

Mosaic Cafe is a coffee and pastry shop located on Azamara ships, and serves specialty coffees, teas, and baked goods. Guests can also enjoy a selection of sandwiches and salads.


Room Service:

Azamara also offers 24-hour room service for guests who prefer to dine in their staterooms. The menu includes a range of options, including breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, and desserts.


Currency

Azamara accepts USD as the onboard currency, and most ports of call accept major credit cards. It's a good idea to have some cash on hand for small purchases and tipping.


Documentation

A passport book that does not expire for a least 6 months after your cruise is required for US citizens. Non-US who reside in US must also bring the Permanent Resident card (Green Card) as well. First, Middle, and Last name must match your documents.


A visa may be required for certain countries as well as a passport book. Check your cruise itinerary and if you are unsure, please let us know. For US citizens, here are the countries below that will need a visa or E-visa.

  • Australia

  • Turkey

  • Brazil

  • China

  • India


Internet Access

Azamara offers internet access for a fee, and guests can choose from a variety of packages to suit their needs. However, internet service can be spotty in some areas, so be prepared for slow or limited connectivity.


Azamara Insurance with Allianz

Click here for more details: Azamara Trip Protection


Loyalty Program

Azamara offers a loyalty program called Azamara Circle (used to be called Le Club Voyage), which offers perks such as onboard credits, complimentary laundry service, internet, and priority check-in. Consider enrolling in the program to take advantage of these benefits. As of February 1, 2023, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean no longer offer reciprocal loyalty benefits. If you had Celebrity/Royal Caribbean points, you are grandfathered into the standing until the change over. You would now need to earn points by cruising on Azamara. Celebrity Elite member would be Discoverer status level as of February 1, 2023.


To find your loyalty number and tier level, login to MyAccount

  • Adventurer: 0-149 points

    • Onboard Future Voyage Savings: 5%* savings

    • USD 200 Onboard Credit (or $300 if you book during the first half of your voyage)

    • 50% Reduced Deposit* No additional deposit required until final payment

    • 30 free WiFi minutes or 20% towards a full voyage unlimited packag

    • 10% savings on signature Spa treatments*

    • 5% savings with the purchase of the Ultimate Beverage Package

  • Explorer: 150-299 points

    • Onboard Future Voyage Savings: 5%* savings

    • $200 USD Onboard Credit (or $300 if you book during the first half of your voyage)

    • 50% Reduced Deposit* No additional deposit required until final payment

    • Two Earned Complimentary Nights**

    • 60 free WiFi minutes or 35% towards a full voyage unlimited package

    • One free bag laundry service, per stateroom, per seven-night voyage

    • 15% savings on signature Spa treatments*

    • 10% savings with the purchase of the Ultimate Beverage Package

  • Discoverer: 300-749 points

    • Onboard Future Voyage Savings: 6%* savings

    • $200 USD Onboard Credit (or $300 if you book during the first half of your voyage)

    • 50% Reduced Deposit* No additional deposit required until final payment

    • Four Earned Complimentary Nights**

    • 90 free WiFi minutes or 50% towards a full voyage unlimited package

    • One free bag laundry service, per stateroom, per seven-night voyage

    • 20% savings on signature Spa treatments*

    • 15% savings with the purchase of the Ultimate Beverage Package

    • Priority check-in at select ports

    • Exclusive onboard get-together for Discoverer members and above

  • Discoverer Plus: 750-2999 points

    • Onboard Future Voyage Savings: 7%* savings

    • $200 USD Onboard Credit (or $300 if you book during the first half of your voyage)

    • 50% Reduced Deposit* No additional deposit required until final payment

    • Six earned complimentary nights, plus three earned complimentary nights when you reach 1,500 points, and three more when you reach 2,250 points**

    • 120 free WiFi minutes or 75% towards a full voyage unlimited package

    • One free bag laundry service, per stateroom, per seven-night voyage

    • 25% savings on signature Spa treatments*

    • 20% savings with the purchase of the Ultimate Beverage Package

    • Priority check-in at select ports

    • Exclusive onboard get-together for Discoverer members and above

  • Discoverer Platinum: 3000+ points

    • Onboard Future Voyage Savings: 10%* savings

    • $200 USD Onboard Credit (or $300 if you book during the first half of your voyage)

    • 50% Reduced Deposit* No additional deposit required until final payment

    • Ten Earned Complimentary Nights, plus three earned complimentary nights each time you earn another 750 points**

    • 150 free WiFi minutes or 100% towards a full voyage unlimited package

    • One free bag laundry service, per stateroom, per seven-night voyage

    • 25% savings on signature Spa treatments*

    • 25% savings with the purchase of the Ultimate Beverage Package

    • Priority check-in at select ports

    • Exclusive onboard get-together for Discoverer members and above

How are points awarded per night?

Club Interior-2

Club Oceanview- 3

Club Veranda- 5

Club Veranda Plus - 6

Club Continent Suites- 8

Club Ocean, Club Spa and Club World Owner Suites- 18


Note: Loyalty points will be assigned per the original stateroom booked, not for the upgraded stateroom.


Offers

Here are some of the Azamara Offers throughout the year to give you the best value for your luxury cruise. Send us an email if you want to price an Azamara cruise.

  • Last Minute Voyage (within one month of sailing)

  • Quarterly 10% Savings

  • Onboard booking savings 5% for Adventurer/Explorer members. Discoverer members will receive 6%, Discoverer Plus 7% and Discoverer Platinum 10%. + up to $300/cabin OBC (best deal)

  • Solo Deals for 125% - 150% instead of the 200% rate on select dates

  • Early Booking Savings: Save 20% plus $300/cabin OBC

  • Back-to-Back Savings - Earn up to $400 per stateroom onboard credits!

  • Black Friday Double Stateroom Upgrade + $1500 OBC + 20% off for Suites

  • American Express Platinum/Centurion members will receive $300/cabin shipboard credits, an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, and one bottle of champagne delivered to your stateroom.

Traveling on an Azamara cruise is a luxurious and unique experience that offers the opportunity to explore some of the world's most fascinating destinations. With a little planning and research, you can make the most of your cruise and create memories that will last a lifetime.


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