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Azamara Unveils 155-Night World Voyage for 2025 With 46 Late Nights and Overnights


Following the success of the cruise line’s 2024 world voyage, Azamara is giving loyalty guests and world-cruisers the first chance to book 

Azamara – the upmarket cruise line and leader in Destination Immersion® experiences – is pleased to announce its 2025 World Voyage, departing from San Diego, California and visiting 37 countries before concluding in Southampton, UK. Taking place on the independent cruise line’s latest ship, Azamara Onward, this itinerary will include 15 overnights and 31 late stays in port, giving guests more time to immerse themselves in each unique destination. Due to the high demand for Azamara’s 2024 World Voyage, which is currently sold out with a waitlist, the cruise line is showing its appreciation for trade partners, loyalty guests, and past and current world-cruisers by giving them the exclusive opportunity to book first.  

“We are thrilled to have our second world cruise aboard Azamara Onward. With 60% of ports on this sailing being different from those on our 2024 world voyage, this itinerary was carefully curated to give even the most well-traveled guests a new perspective on the world,” said Carol Cabezas, President of Azamara. “Our 2025 world cruise invites travelers to not only see the world, but also take their time in each destination and make memories that will last long after the journey has ended.” 

Destinations that will be highlighted throughout the itinerary include: 

  • Honolulu, Hawaii: Azamara makes its long-awaited return to the beloved Hawaiian Islands with a late stay in Honolulu, where guests can discover stunning beaches, vibrant sea life, and authentic Hawaiian cuisine and culture. 
  • Samoa and Tonga: Guests will experience the less-traveled islands of Samoa and Tonga with famed whale swimming experiences and rich Samoan culture. 
  • Sydney, Australia: An overnight stay offers guests the chance to dive deeper into Sydney’s breathtaking beaches, iconic Opera House and vibrant food, arts and entertainment scene. 
  • Stewart Island, New Zealand: Off the beaten path is New Zealand’s southernmost island, a tranquil and unspoilt destination with less than 500 inhabitants. A majority of the island is Rakiura National Park, home to coastal rainforests, sand dunes, mountain ranges, and native wildlife.  

Azamara’s 2025 World Cruise will feature 13 complimentary land events, beginning with a kickoff gala in San Diego. Additional highlights of Azamara’s immersive land experiences offered on the 2025 World Cruise include:  

  • Benoa, Bali: Guests will discover Benoa’s natural beauty and the charm of the island’s deep-rooted culture during a special AzAmazing Evening, where local performers will display traditional forms of dance with intricate footwork and finger movements.  
  • Bangkok, Thailand: A two-night stay offers guests the chance to truly immerse themselves in Bangkok’s local culture through the city’s food, music, dance, art and Buddhist temples. Travelers can opt for shore excursions to the mountainous city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand and the Southeast Asian country of Lao, known for its Buddhist monasteries and French colonial architecture. 
  • Semarang, Indonesia: Semarang is known as the Venice of Java for the many rivers that run through the center of the city. From this port, guests can take a shore excursion to Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple dating back to the 9th century. 

In addition to taking guests to every corner of the world, Azamara’s 2025 World Voyage offers over $25,000 in exclusive amenities, including $4,000 in onboard credit, an additional $3,000 for shore excursions, roundtrip business class air travel, a premium beverage package for two, weekly laundry service, and more.  

Azamara’s 2025 World Voyage bookings are currently open to trade partners, loyalty guests, and past world-cruisers only. Bookings will open to the public on November 10, 2022. To learn more, please visit  

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Azamara’s Four Ship Fleet Meets for the First Time Ever


Azamara® – the upmarket cruise line dedicated to Destination Immersion experiences – celebrated a rare occurrence on Saturday, October 8, in Koper, Slovenia, where the cruise line’s four sister ships met for the first time ever. 

With Azamara’s latest ship, Azamara Onward, making her maiden call in the small port of Koper alongside her three sisters – Azamara Journey®, Azamara Quest®, and Azamara Pursuit®  – this historic event was celebrated by the Municipality of Koper with a ceremony in the beautiful Praetorian Palace, a 15th-century Venetian Gothic palace located in Tito Square. Koper’s local government officials and port authorities came together with the captains of each Azamara ship to exchange plaques commemorating the sisters‘ meeting. 

Foto: Azamara

“This has been a special moment that’s been years in the making. At first, we were planning to have our three sister ships meet but just two weeks ago, we were able to confirm our full fleet to be docked at the same time,” said Mike Pawlus, Director of Strategic Itinerary and Destination Planning. “This wouldn’t have happened without the support of the Municipality of Koper, Port of Koper, the Slovenian Tourism Board, and Atlas Express . We are deeply grateful for the warm welcome and thrilled to show our guests the beautiful country of Slovenia.”

“We are very excited to welcome all four of Azamara’s ships and their guests to Koper, the largest port in Slovenia. This port has been primarily a cargo port, but over the past few decades, we have been pleased to welcome more and more cruise ships to our beautiful country.” said Mitja Dujc, Head of the Cruise Terminal for the Port of Koper. 

“Azamara has been one of our most important cruise partners, and we look forward to welcoming them back next year and the years to come,” said the Mayor of Koper, Aleš Bržan.

Azamara’s four ships will be meeting once again in Koper in the fall of 2023. To book an Azamara voyage, please visit 

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Azamara® Announces New UK & EMEA Team Structure, Showcasing Growth Across the Company Globally

Led by the newly appointed Managing Director for the UK, David Duff, the new team structure demonstrates Azamara’s commitment to delivering in-market support to trade partners


Azamara – the upmarket cruise line and leader in Destination Immersion® experiences – has today announced a series of enhancements to its UK-based sales team, to bolster market growth and generate greater confidence amongst trade partners in the region.

These changes are a direct result of Azamara’s plans to increase in-market presence and sales function around the world. With global growth a top priority, Azamara has doubled the number of shoreside employees in key markets including the US, the Nordics, Germany, and Australia.

Carol Cabezas, Foto: Azamara

Carol Cabezas, the President of Azamara states, “We recognise the integral role that ‘on the ground’ sales teams have on market performance and the value of their relationships with local trade partners. By introducing new team structures with targeted focuses, such as that in the UK, and with a surge of new hires around the world, we are offering more support to trade partners globally and driving forward our international growth”.

In the UK sales team, David Duff, formerly Azamara’s International Commercial Director, will take on the role of Managing Director, UK. In this new position, David will focus his efforts on developing the UK market, driving growth, and providing visible market leadership. He will manage the UK team across all departments and work closely with the global teams based in Miami, which provide operational, day-to-day support to all international markets.

David Duff, Foto: Azamara

“This is a really exciting moment for Azamara in the UK” said David Duff, Managing Director, UK at Azamara. “The UK proves to be a leading market for us year-on-year, and now with a reinforced sales team, we can expand our reach even further, visit more travel partners and distribute products across more channels”. “We just had our best year on record in the UK, and with demand for cruising still strong, we are confident that these changes will set the foundations for further success in 2023 and beyond”.

Additional appointments include Lee Surman who will step into a new role as Head of Partnerships and Trading, taking over the commercial support to all markets, building new strategic partnerships and handling the day-to-day commercial needs of the international team.

In a new position as Head of Trade Sales, UK, Stuart Pearce will oversee the UK sales strategy, responsible for driving sales and responding to the challenging needs of the market, enabling us to reach more of the smaller independent agencies and consortia members by also adding new resources to his team with a Business Development Manager role for the UK. Nikki Singleton will take on a greater focus on the top strategic accounts nationally. Lori Scannella returns to deliver UK and EMEA support in her role as Sales Support Manager.

For EMEA, Christina Hannon’s role has expanded to Strategic Accounts Manager for the Nordic and DACH countries where Azamara is establishing relationships for the first time. Christina has worked with partners in the Nordics for years and will continue to develop the market, while also focusing on the important regions of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

Bruno Jansen will utilise his European experience in a new role as Sales Manager for the EMEA IR network, strengthening relationships with an important group of partners that operate on behalf of Azamara in each country. Christina and Bruno will be supported by a new team member, Daniela Riley. With over twenty years of experience working with the trade and helping build sales in EMEA, Daniela will join the team as Sales Support Executive for EMEA and will be based in Switzerland.

Finally, Richard Stanbridge will assume a new role as Trade and Guests Services Manager, International based in London, to support our trade partners and guests.

For more information about Azamara visit

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AZAMARA Onward getauft

Impressionen der Taufe in Monte-Carlo am 02. Mai und vom Schiff.

Pressemitteilung von AZAMARA zur Schiffstaufe (Englisch): Azamara Onward Officially Joins Azamara Fleet Following Monte Carlo Naming Ceremony

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Azamara Onward Officially Joins Azamara Fleet Following Monte Carlo Naming Ceremony

Pressemitteilung (Englisch)

Azamara, an upmarket cruise line and leader in Destination Immersion® experiences, has officially added Azamara Onward to its now four-ship fleet today following a festive naming ceremony in Monte Carlo. The christening ceremony was led by the President of Azamara, Carol Cabezas, and Azamara Onward Godmother, Beth Santos, founder and CEO of global community and lifestyle brand Wanderful. 

Azamara Onward-Patin Beth Santos (Mitte) zusammen mit dem Kapitän und Carol Cabezas (Azamara-Präsidentin), Foto: via Azamara

“We are thrilled to introduce Azamara Onward and share this special moment with our loyal guests,” said Carol Cabezas, President of Azamara. “This is an exciting new chapter for our company, and we are so thankful for our hardworking team both onboard and offshore, for making this possible. Together, we look forward to bringing Azamara Onward and our love of travel further than ever before, to connect even more guests with the many people and cultures of the world.”


Prior to the ceremony, Azamara Onward ventured from Barcelona to Monte Carlo on an exciting five-day pre-inaugural voyage, stopping in Marseille, France and Porto Venere, Italy along the way. Upon arrival to the port of Marseille, guests had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the destination through a ‘Marseille City Sights’ shore excursion, discovering the immutable charms and rich history of Marseille, one of France’s most colorful ports.  

Upon arrival to Porto Venere, guests were welcomed to a special elevated version of Azamara’s signature AzAmazing Event where they were greeted shoreside by an immersive cultural celebration complete with live Italian opera entertainment alongside delicious local cuisine and a leisurely stroll discovering unique medieval corners along the carrugio, or main street of the romantic town. Guests then set off to explore the Cinque Terre through three specially curated shore excursions, ‘Wine Tasting in Cinque Terre’, ‘Hike through Cinque Terre’ and ‘Best of Cinque Terre,’ exploring the region’s colorful villages, enjoying extraordinary local wines and savory delicacies and venturing up to the famous Chiesa di San Pietro for picture-perfect panoramic views. The voyage concluded in Monte Carlo with a signature White Night Party celebration, an onboard evening soirée where cruisers enjoy a celebratory feast with the Azamara team and crew before dancing late into the night. 

On the embarkation day of Azamara Onward’s maiden voyage, the ship’s traditional christening ceremony was held shipside at the Port of Monte Carlo, attended by Azamara’s loyal partners, with a warm welcome toast by Cruise Director Eric De Gray, musical performance by Chœur d’enfants, and blessings by Rabbi Howard Apothaker and Father John McCrone. Azamara President, Carol Cabezas and Godmother, Beth Santos, each delivered meaningful words to attendees followed by the Godmother’s ceremonial bottle breaking tradition to close out the christening of Azamara Onward and to bring good fortune to the vessel in its future voyages. 

“I am so honored to have been selected as Godmother of Azamara’s newest ship, Onward,” says Beth Santos, CEO of Wanderful. “This is such a symbolic moment not just for Azamara, but for the entire travel industry. Following two years of pause, we look forward to pressing onward with new mindsets, new adventures, and new opportunities to learn how we can be better travelers.”

Following the naming ceremony and traditional christening, the vessel will set sail for an eleven-night maiden voyage throughout the Mediterranean, departing from Monte Carlo and concluding with an overnight stay in Ravenna, Italy.

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Impressionen von der Taufe und AZAMARA ONWARD


Azamara® Names Founder and CEO of Wanderful, Beth Santos, Godmother of Azamara Onward

A changemaker in the travel industry who leads a community of over 45,000 women travelers, Santos reinforces the cruise line’s dedication to Destination Immersion


Azamara, the upmarket cruise line, leader in Destination Immersion® experiences, announces Beth Santos, Founder and CEO of global community and lifestyle brand Wanderful, as Godmother of its newest ship, Azamara Onward. Recognized by Business Insider as a changemaker transforming the hospitality industry, Santos is a seasoned traveler who helps an inclusive community of over 45,000 women travel the world – aligning with Azamara’s mission to bring guests to hidden gem destinations, inviting them to dive deeper with country intensive itineraries, immersive land programs, and overnight stays. 

AZAMARA ONWARD-Taufpatin Beth Santos (links) und Azamara-Präsidenting Carol Cabezas (rechts).
Foto: Azamara

“As a leader in the travel industry with a commitment to inclusion and passion for discovering destinations around the world, Beth is an ideal Godmother for our newest ship,” said Carol Cabezas, President of Azamara. “We are inspired by Beth’s ambition to shape the future of travel, and our decision to name her as our Godmother reaffirms Azamara’s commitment to innovative and immersive cruising experiences. We look forward to the many ways in which Beth can deepen our connection with women and destinations around the globe as we continue to grow as an independent cruise line.”

While living abroad in São Tomé and Príncipe, Santos began Wanderful in 2009 as a travel blog, aiming to capture the diverse and shared experiences of women traveling the world. More than a decade later, Wanderful now connects over 45,000 women travelers through local events in more than 50 cities worldwide, group trips, and its online social network. Both the brand and Santos herself continually advocate for equity and inclusion in the travel industry, a mission that Azamara aims to support and uplift through this relationship with Santos. In addition to founding Wanderful, Santos created the Women in Travel Summit in 2014, the premier event for women and gender diverse travel creators, entrepreneurs, and industry which is now hosted annually on two continents. Santos also started the Bessie Awards, which honor women of impact in the travel industry, and Wanderfest, the first major outdoor travel festival by and for women. 

Having first cruised at the age of two with her family, Santos appreciates that cruising has a unique ability to bring people together. As a Portuguese American, Santos is especially excited about Azamara’s 16-Night Portuguese Pursuit Voyage, which begins in Lisbon and ends in one of Santos’ favorite cities in the world, Rio De Janeiro, allowing travelers to explore many destinations that have been influenced by the Portuguese people and culture.

“I am honored to be chosen as the Godmother of Azamara Onward,” said Beth Santos. “I believe travel is about challenging your preconceptions, trying new things, and taking the time to immerse yourself in a destination. I love that Azamara is encouraging travelers to do this through thoughtfully curated itineraries, intimate-size ships, and overnight stays, creating moments for us to look deeper into the world around us.”

Santos will christen Azamara Onward in Monte Carlo on the evening of May 2, the first day of the ship’s maiden voyage. Ship christening is a longstanding naval tradition dating back thousands of years, and in keeping with maritime tradition, Santos will christen the ship with champagne as a part of the official naming ceremony. Guests will be a part of this historic sailing followed by an 11-night itinerary stopping in iconic Italian cities such as Florence, Rome, Amalfi, and concluding with an overnight stay in the romantic floating city of Venice.

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Azamara® Announces New Five-Month World Voyage, Visiting More Than Seven Wonders of the World Aboard the Cruise Line’s Newest Ship, Azamara OnwardSM

The once-in-a-lifetime sailing will bring guests to over 40 countries on six continents


Azamara – the cruise line dedicated to Destination Immersion® experiences – is excited to announce the launch of its new World Voyage aboard the company’s newest ship, Azamara Onward. Starting on January 5, 2024, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the comprehensive sailing offers immersive and intimate experiences to the World’s Wonders. The 155-night journey will reach over 40 countries in six continents with 22 overnight stays and 27 late nights in port, giving travelers ample time to fully explore the rich culture and history of each destination.

“We are thrilled to finally unveil our World Voyage. With opportunities to visit the Seven Wonders of the World and other iconic sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Galapagos, and the Black Sea, we are allowing our guests to check off all their bucket list destinations in one sailing and to connect with more countries and cultures than ever before,” says Carol Cabezas, President of Azamara. “Not only are we taking our guests further, but we are also encouraging them to travel deeper with our unique overnight land experiences, designed to bring travelers to the heart of the destination and giving them enough time to appreciate its culture.”

Azamara Onward, Foto: Azamara

Highlights of immersive experiences of the World’s Wonders:

  • Great Wall of China (three-night land excursion): Travelers will become fully immersed in Beijing with a visit to the Great Wall of China, a guided tour through the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, and a rickshaw ride through the hutongs, or narrow alleys dating back to the 16th century.
  • Great Pyramids of Giza (shore excursion): Guests are driven to Egypt’s largest city, Cairo. It’s here at the Giza Plateau where the Great Pyramids are found, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence. An Egyptologist will guide guests through this mortuary complex to the mysterious Sphinx. In addition, travelers will explore other sites such as the Museum of Antiquities and cruise down the Nile river. 
  • Chichén Itzá (shore excursion): Guests will fly over Caribbean waters and the Mayan Riviera’s tropical jungle to Chichén Itzá, where a tour guide will lead guests through the ruins and immerse travelers in the ancient Mayan way of life.
  • Petra (shore excursion): Guests will walk through the Siq, the narrow, winding gorge that leads to the mysterious desert city of Petra, Jordan. Known as the “Rose Red City” for the color of stone from which it was carved, Petra is home to ancient royal tombs, Colonnaded Street, and the Temple of Qasr al-Bint. 
  • Taj Mahal (three-night land excursion): Travelers will fly to New Delhi for sunrise and sunset visits to the Taj Mahal. Guests will also explore Agra Fort, the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, and I’timād-ud-Daulah tomb, the Taj Mahal’s precursor. 
  • Christ the Redeemer (six-night land excursion): Travelers will enjoy a full exploration of Rio de Janeiro, including a visit to Corcovado to view the towering Christ the Redeemer statue, a cable car ride to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain, and a trip to Iguazú Falls to see both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides of the one of the world’s largest waterfalls.
  • Colosseum (shore excursion): Guests will travel back in time to the world of gladiatorial glory inside the Colosseum. A local guide will lead the small group through the 2000-year-old amphitheater that once seated up to 55,000 spectators.

Other immersive overnight experiences available on the World Voyage include a stay on a Great Barrier Reef island, complete with glass bottom boat excursions and snorkeling to see the unique wildlife up close; a journey through the cobblestoned streets of Transylvania, Romania to learn about the life of Vlad the Impaler, who inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula; and an exploration of the centuries-old rock-cut churches and whimsical “fairy chimneys” of Cappadocia, Turkey with accommodation in a cave hotel.

Azamara’s World Voyage comes with over $22,000 in exclusive amenities, including the company’s signature AzAmazing Evenings – designed to connect guests to the local culture of the destination – $7,000 in onboard credit, business class air travel, a pre-voyage hotel stay and gala, access to exclusive World Voyage events, a premium beverage package for two, and more. Shore excursions and overnight land excursions will be available at an additional price. 

To book, please visit or call 888-858-5388. Bookings are currently open to Azamara Circle Loyalty members only and will be open to all on December 7, 2021.


Azamara® Makes its Return to South Africa this Winter Following the Reopening of International Cruising in the Region


The Destination Immersion® brand will immerse travelers with six back-to-back voyages – five of which are Country Intensive® itineraries – and travel even further to the heart of the destination with Micato Safaris for pre- and post-land explorations

Azamara – the boutique cruise line dedicated to Destination Immersion experiences – is pleased to reveal its return to South Africa this winter, as the country reopens international cruising in South African waters and ports. Azamara Pursuit® will set sail from January to March 2022 with six back-to-back voyages – five of which are Country-Intensive itineraries – and will resume pre- and post-cruise land explorations with leading luxury safari operator, Micato Safaris, recently named the #1 World’s Best Safari Outfitter by Travel+Leisure for an unprecedented 10th time.  

“A trip to Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the kind of travel Azamara is known for, which is why I am so pleased to confirm our guests are now welcome back to South Africa following the reopening of its ports to international cruising,” says Azamara President, Carol Cabezas.  “Once again Micato Safaris will deliver unrivaled pre-and post-cruise land programs, as they share Azamara’s love of travel, exploration and value of creating one-of-a-kind experiences for travelers.”

“Together with Carol Cabezas and her team, we have crafted a series of unique custom programs which showcase the very best of Southern Africa for Azamara’s discerning passengers,” says Micato Managing Director, Dennis Pinto.

Highlights from Azamara’s immersive pre- and post-land programs with Micato include: 

Greater Kruger National Park Safari & Winelands (five nights pre-cruise, five nights post-cruise): 

Azamara travelers will be introduced to two very different sides of South Africa – first exploring the Kapama Game Reserve, home to more that 40 mammal species, including Africa’s Big Five: the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Then, visit the Western Cape, blessed with the perfect climate for making world-class wines, to explore the country’s wine region and sip local vintages from wineries like Vergelegen Estate followed by a gourmet meal from Tokara Restaurant. 

Victoria Falls & Chobe Game Park Safari (five nights pre-cruise, five nights post-cruise): 

Guests will travel through Zimbabwe to Botswana: Experience Victoria Falls – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Then continue to Botswana to enjoy both dawn and evening game drives through Botswana’s Chobe National Park to scout out wildlife like Cape buffalo, lions, elephants and more.

Azamara’s voyages in South Africa will offer 16-late nights and 11-overnights throughout the winter season, as well as five dedicated Country Intensive itineraries, allowing guests to travel deeper and visit more ports in one country. 

Highlights of the voyages include:

PerryGolf Sailing:

Azamara’s South African voyages will also feature a 12-night Golf Voyage through its continued partnership with PerryGolf, the leading provider of international luxury golf vacations. Providing a seamless and truly integrated golf cruise program, the voyage will include five rounds, beginning with Humewood Golf Club, a true links course in Port Elizabeth which has hosted numerous PGA events, and is one of South Africa’s top-rated gold clubs, and will stop for play at notable clubs along the coast, including East London, Zimbali, Durban Country Club and Pearl Valley.

Immersive Destination Programming: 

On land, venture ashore on an Azamara shore excursion, operated by Abercrombie & Kent’s cruise division, Akorn. Experience Thula Thula, one of the oldest private game reserves in KwaZulu-Natal. Join rangers aboard an open-top 4×4 vehicle for a drive through the African bushveld, while watching for elephants, rhinoceros, leopard, giraffes, zebras, buffalo, birds, and more. The day will end with a delicious buffet featuring local African cuisine. 

On board, guests will be treated to a District Six themed Cabaret Show as part of Azamara’s Destination Celebration – a new program that brings the culture and heritage of the destination to life onboard with health and safety in mind. The show – starring international award winner and recognized veteran of SA entertainment, Alistair Izobell, and special guest Sasha Lee Davids – will take guests on a journey into the heart of District Six for an evening designed not only to entertain but educate through the popular musical production inspired by the rich history of Cape Town’s oppressive past that tried to destroy its vibrant community and spirit.

For more information on Azamara’s 2022 South African itineraries, please visit: 

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Azamara nutzt Winterzeit für Schönheitskur

Der clevere Reeder kauft dann, wenn Schiffe günstig sind. Keinesfalls dann, wenn er sie braucht. Als die Carnival Corporation im Winter ihre Flotte verkleinern musste und die Ausgaben für den Unterhalt der Schiffe senken wollte, war die Chance für viele Wettbewerber da, sich schnell und günstig Tonnage für die Zeit nach der Pandemie zu beschaffen.

Azamara, der US-Anbieter von Premium-Reisen, hat die Chance ergriffen und sich die Pacific Princess gesichert. Das 1999 bei Chantiers de l’Atlantique in St. Nazaire gebaute 670-Betten-Schiff passt optimal in die Flotte von Azamara. Eingetragen wurde es am 15. März für die SP Cruise Vessel Fleet, einer US-Firma mit Sitz in Miami und auf den Bermudas.

Das Unternehmen ist seit März auch Eigentümerin der drei Schwestern Azamara Journey, Azamara Quest und Azamara Pursuit. Mit dieser Struktur rüstet sich das Unternehmen jetzt auf die Rückkehr zum Normalbetrieb 2022.

Der Wechsel der Pacific Princess von Carnival Corporation an Azamara folgte kurz nach dem Verkauf der Reederei aus der Royal Caribbean-Gruppe. Seit März gehört Azamara zum Private-Equity Investment-Unternehmen Sycamore Partners, die die Reederei als strategisches Investment betrachtet.

Foto: Frank Behling

Für Azamara mitsamt Verwaltung, Buchungen und Schiffen hatte Royal Caribbean 201 Millionen Dollar bekommen. Etwa ein Drittel des Marktwertes von 2019.

Mit Orlando Ashford holte Azamara dann auch noch einen namhaften Manager aus der ersten Führungsriege der Carnival Corporation. Ashford hatte zuletzt die neue Flottenstruktur bei der Holland America Line mitgestaltet.

Mit dem Erwerb der Pacific Princess verfügt Azamara jetzt über vier baugleiche Schiffe des 1999 und 2000 in St. Nazaire gebauten „R-Typs“ von Renaissance Cruises. Die vier anderen Schiffe der Klasse sind inzwischen bei Oceania Cruises.

Nach der Übernahme durch Azamara wurde die Pacific Princess im März in P Prince umgetauft. Nach der Ausrüstung wurde das Schiff von der neuen Besatzung nach Amsterdam überführt, wo es am 9. August bei der Damen Werft eintraf.

Dort wurde das Schiff zunächst im Ausrüstungshafen an einen Liegeplatz verholt, wo es bis zum Herbst bleiben soll. Aktuell sind die Docks noch belegt. Einer der Kunden ist Phoenix Seereisen mit der Amadea. Die Werft ist aber auch im Offshore-Bereich tätig und hat volle Auftragsbücher für Spezialschiffe.

Die P Prince soll bis zum April zur Azamara Onward werden. Wie aus der Werft zu hören war, laufen die Abstimmungen für den Zeitplan noch. Die meisten Arbeiten erfolgen an der Pier. Da die große Klasse (Schiffs-TÜV) erst 2019 für das Schiff erfolgte, kann die Dockung etwas kürzer ausfallen. Sie wird sich in erster Linie auf die Farbarbeiten beschränken.

Die Reederei will mit dem Neuzugang Azamara Onward am 2. Mai in Monaco starten. Danach soll das Schiff im Mittelmeer für Azamara fahren. FB

Azamara® Announces Return to Sail with Greece Country-Intensive® Voyages Starting in August


The highly anticipated series of Greece voyages marks Azamara’s return to service for the first time as an independent cruise company 

 Azamara – the boutique cruise line dedicated to Destination Immersion® experiences – is pleased to announce that Azamara Quest® will return to the high seas beginning August 28, 2021 with five back-to-back Country-Intensive Voyages and one classic Mediterranean sailing; each seven-days in length and a total of 18 late-night stays in port, including Santorini, Rhodes and Heraklion, Greece.

“Over the past year, our team – ship to shoreside – continued to connect with our guests and travel partners. Our biggest takeaway is the desire everyone has to sail again, and we are excited to share that we can finally make this dream come true,” said President of Azamara, Carol Cabezas. “There’s no better way to return to service than in a country Azamara knows best, Greece. Our return to sail wouldn’t be possible without the support from Honorable Minister Harry Theoharis, the local government and port authorities, and we are extremely grateful for welcoming us back into this beautiful and culturally rich destination.”  

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Azamara and its guests in Greece in August,“ says Honorable Minister Harry Theoharis. „We fully support the line’s return to cruising in the Aegean waters and we are sure that all of its passengers will have unique experiences in our beautiful destinations.“

Voyages will open for booking on May 11, 2021. With the health and safety of guests and crew being the top priority for the return to sail, Azamara has made the decision to require all guests and crew to be fully vaccinated no later than 14-days prior to departure. Once the sailings open for booking, the upmarket cruise line will reveal protocol guidelines led by the Healthy Sail Panel, to reassure guests a healthy return to service.  

With travel requirements remaining unconfirmed throughout most of Europe, all sailings aboard AzamaraJourney® and Azamara Pursuit® will be suspended until September 2021. Current Azamara Quest sailings through October 2, 2021 are also suspended, with the new Country-Intensive voyages beginning August 28, 2021. Guests impacted by summer suspensions will be offered a number of flexible options to rebook or request refunds for current reservations.  Guests looking to book these new voyages and other Azamara cruises can still take advantage of Azamara’s “Cruise with Confidence” benefits, offering flexibility for fully paid reservations booked by May 31, 2021 for sailings through April 30, 2022. 

Greece Highlights:    

Medieval, ancient wonders of Rhodes, Greece:  Known as the Island of the Knights, guests canvisit ancient wonders including the Colossus of Rhodes, a statue of the Greek sun-god Helios and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 

Stunning architecture and ruins of Heraklion, Greece: The fourth largest city in Greece, guests can explore Heraklion’s architectural marvels including The Bronze Age Palace of Knossos, an ancient palace with ruins dating back to the early Minoan period. 

Volcanic splendors and stunning sunset in Santorini, Greece: Santorini was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history. Travelers can sail the caldera or discover the ancient ruins of Akrotiri by day and soak in the sunset views from Azamara Quest, as nightfall descends upon the island.

Ancient Delos and beautiful beaches of Mykonos, Greece: Step back in time to mythological Delos, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, and historic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests can explore the hidden corners and captivating coastline of Mykonos by 4X4 or caique, a traditional wooden boat. 

A blend of old and new in the coastal city of Limassol, Cyprus: Travelers can visit the last divided capital of the world, Nicosia, shared by Cyprus and Turkey. Byzantine landmarks, tales of the Crusades, or ventures into the countryside to explore the fruit orchards, olive groves and vineyards await.

Text: PM Azamara