Fun Facts: Azamara Club Cruises
Azamara Club Cruises provides a world-class cruising experience in a luxurious yet compact package. Their ships are purpose-designed to navigate ports that larger ships can’t access, which means guests enjoy a truly unique getaway when they book an Azamara journey.
Let us fill you in a little with some fun facts about this cruise line and its nimble ocean liners.
- Azamara Club Cruises launched in 2007 with a focus on luxury and small ship cruising experiences
- One of the biggest obstacles the line faced before launch was finding a name that wasn’t already taken. They ended up creating the term Azamara, which comprises Romantic language words for ‘blue’ and ‘sea’.
- The name is also similar to ‘Acamar’, which was one of the brightest stars in the night sky in Classical times.
- There are two Azamara vessels that regularly sail to Australia: Journey and Quest.
- There’s also a third Azamara ship, Pursuit, which sails the Mediterranean, South America, Antarctica and Portugal, among other locations.
- Quest and Journey were intentionally designed to be nearly identical. This way, regular guests spending long periods on board always feel right at home.
- Both ships are often described as being in the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ regarding their size (not too big, not too small, but just right).
- They are built for a capacity of 690 guests so life on board is never too crowded.
- Passengers on Azamara vessels often end up on a first-name basis with the crew – such is the friendly and close-knit nature of each voyage!
- Their smaller size allows Azamara ships to make port in cities that larger liners simply can’t get to, like Bangkok, Bordeaux, Seville, central Hong Kong and Shanghai’s Bund district to name just a few.
- You can actually sail all the way from Sydney to London on Journey. It’s a massive trip that takes 102 nights and stops at 60 ports across 29 countries. Return flights back to Australia are included in this itinerary. (Don’t worry – it won’t take you another 102 days to get home!).
- Don’t have 100 days to spare? There are plenty of shorter journeys that visit more specific ports too. Only interested in the Mediterranean? India? Scandinavia? Trips like these are easy to organise.
- Journey has had several names – she has previously been known as R Six, Blue Star and Blue Dream.
- Journey was constructed by Chantiers de l'Atlantique, a shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
- Though she took her maiden voyage in 2000, Journey has recently undergone a substantial revitalisation of her interior and amenities, maintaining her position as a true 21st-century cruise liner.
- Quest has also gone by a few different names, including R Seven, Delphin Renaissance and Blue Moon.
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