Azamara has revealed details of its newly expanded destination portfolio that offers a total of over 1,700 pre- and post-cruise land programs.
The company has also rebranded by changing its name from Azamara Club Cruises to Azamara, and has debuted a revitalized logo, stating that the rebrand reflects a renewed focus on immersive inland experiences.
“This is just the beginning, we expect our land programming to grow even more as we continue to augment our services,” said Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Azamara in a press statement. “That said, it was a natural next step to take these custom-designed destination itineraries one step further on land and adjust our overall name and expand our strategy.
“Now available on every single voyage starting October 2019, and available throughout future deployments, we will provide a variety of unique curated products, which emphasize our Explore Further identity through benefits such as longer stays, more overnights and night touring,” said Pimentel. “These bucket-list type experiences are all made possible in collaboration with reputable, independent travel experts to show the Azamara traveler ‘a whole new world’.”
The selection of land programming will offer experiences designed to bring guests deeper into the heart of local life, offering exclusivity and insider access from local guides and experts around the world. The packages will feature explorations led by local experts, such as geologists, naturalists, sommeliers, astronomers and wildlife trackers; as well as tour directors dedicated to ensuring all details are taken care of and that a guest’s trip is stress-free. Most breakfasts and a variety of select authentic meals are included, as are all transfers to and from the voyage, airport, and between land tour cities.
Program options include AzAmazing Journeys, which dive into local culture through up-close explanations and interactive experiences with local independent specialists including historians, professors and connoisseurs. These curated programs consist of small, intimate groups led expert guides with an average group size of 12-18 guests. The experiences last three to six days, with the exception of long train journeys. Options include searching for orangutans in the Borneo Rainforest, exploring the Bolivian Salt Flats and Atacama Desert of Chile, or discovering the Russian capital of Moscow.
While Land Journeys allow guests to see cities from different vantage points and experience both the hidden gems and iconic landmarks of destinations in the company of like-minded travelers. Group sizes are larger and the journeys last anywhere from three to six nights, with accommodations in four- to five star hotels, boutique inns or luxury lodgings included in the price. Options include a land journey through South America in search of jaguars, howler monkeys and black vultures, or a journey by train through the landscape of New Zealand.
Stay Local programs offer guests an in-depth exploration of one city, and are aimed at cruisers who have less time to explore and want to immerse themselves in the local life of a city with a two- or three-night stay. Cities include Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Dubai, Dublin, Edinburgh, Monte Carlo, Rio de Janerio, Stockholm, Sydney and more.
Azamara has collaborated with luxury travel companies such as Cox & Kings, which will operate more than 75 percent of the land programming, as well as Micato, PerryGolf, Aloschi Bros, COLTUR Peru, Furlong Incoming and more. These independent travel experts will help expand Azamara’s portfolio of land programs by providing guests with the opportunity to visit over 41 countries and six continents in the next two years.
For more information visit azamara.com/land.