Azamara Pursuit 2018 and 2019 cruises announced
Richard Twynam, Managing Director of Azamara Club Cruises UK & Ireland, said: “We are thrilled to announce Azamara Pursuit’s voyages, particularly as its maiden voyage will finish right here in the UK. Its second voyage will then be our first ever Southampton to Southampton sailing, giving our UK guests the opportunity to enjoy a no-fly cruise to Iceland. This is testament to the support that the brand has garnered over the years from the UK market, and gives us more stories than ever to share with our growing customer base.”
Azamara Pursuit will increase the brand’s destination offerings by 40% and will add 61 more destinations. Guests will also stay longer and experience more with 48 late night and 26 overnight stays in port, and will get to experience some of the most unique destinations worldwide, including 15 maiden calls:
- Agadir, Morocco
- Antofagasta, Chile
- Chilean Fjords
- Cruising Beagle Channel
- Fowey, United Kingdom
- Laguna San Rafael, Chile
- Lima (Callao), Peru
- Maceió, Brazil
- Monemvasia, Greece
- Pisco (San Martin), Peru
- Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru
- Samos, Greece
- San Antonio, Chile
- Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
- Spetses, Greece
Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises said: “By expanding our destination offerings, guests will be able to experience even more regions of the world and revisit regions we haven’t been to in some time now.” Building on the Azamara brand promise, Pimentel continued, “Like its sisters, Azamara Pursuit will take guests to the most uniquely curated destination experiences.”
Azamara Pursuit will feature some of the most attractive and jaw-dropping experiences in key ports of South America and Europe.
South America Featured Experiences
Travellers sailing through South America will dock in marquee destinations such as Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, while also traversing through scenic channels such as the Fjords of Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina, the furthest south deep-water port. Guests can also expect holiday stops in Rio de Janeiro for New Year’s Eve 2018 and for Carnival in 2019. Like all Azamara voyages, the South American voyages will fully immerse guests in the most photo-worthy experiences, including:
- Stargazing in Atacama Desert (Antofagasta, Chile): The Atacama Desert is considered one of the best locations on earth to appreciate the Milky Way’s brilliant collection of stars. Sit back, look up and enjoy the peace, vastness and beauty of the stars in the world’s driest desert. The three-day/two-night stargazing experience offers unparalleled views of millions of tiny diamonds against a black sky. Azamara will take guests via chartered plane from Antofagasta to San Pedro de Atacama for a two-night stay at the 5-star Tierra Atacama (or similar). Visit Moon Valley, Quitor Fortress, Toconao Village & Chaxa Lagoon, then fly from Calama to La Serena via Santiago (on commercial air).
- Casa de Aliaga (Lima, Peru): Guests will explore and embrace Peru when they dine in the Casa de Aliaga in Lima, the oldest inhabited house in all of the Americas. This manor was built in 1536 during the Spanish conquest expedition of Peru. Its 17th generation family member and host, Maru de Aliagra will share this rich history of her family’s manor and the experiences of living there since she was seven.
- A Culinary Experience in Bohemian Barranco (Lima, Peru): As one of the world’s top culinary destinations, guests will join in local foodie Penelope Alzamora in Bohemian Barranco for a truly local experience. Alum of Johnson and Wales´ College of Culinary Arts and former teacher at San Francisco´s Tante Marie cooking school, Penelope now lives in Barranco and knows the city’s vast culinary offerings like no other. Walk through a typical Peruvian market, experience inspiring flavours and even prepare trademark Peruvian dishes like ceviche in Penelope’s home while sipping Pisco Sours.
- Yoga in the Paracas Desert (Pisco, Peru): While sailing on Azamara’s South American itineraries through its Cruise Global, Connect Local experience, travellers are in touch with nature and oneself as they take part in open-air yoga classes at Atenas Beach in the Paracas National Reserve.
Europe Featured Experiences
Azamara continues to enhance its authentic Europe experiences by adding additional ports that bigger ships cannot visit, including:
- Inside the Volcano (Reykjavik, Iceland): Take an elevator into the magma chamber of dormant volcano, Thrihnukagigur - once filled with hot lava. The Three Peaks Crater erupted 4,000 years ago and is truly a unique natural phenomenon.
- Cruise Global Stay Local – (Akureyri, Iceland to Seydisfjordur, Iceland): In the two day/one night excursion, guests can enjoy spectacular views of the Godafoss waterfall (the "Waterfall of the Gods"). See the natural wonders of Lake Mývatn including Skútustaðir craters, Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth and Námaskarð thermal field before ending the day in total relaxation at Mývatn Nature Baths health spa. Float in the bubbling warm lagoon or relax with a natural sulfur-free steam bath whilst experiencing true calm. On day two, guests will also travel alongside Jökulsárgljúfur Glacial canyon to Seyðisfjörður, to see the most powerful waterfalls in Europe. Passing Húsavík village, we visit Hljóðaklettar and their echoing cliffs known for basalt columns. This place is known to be the meeting place of the pagan Gods. The last stop on this one-night excursion will be at Dettifoss waterfall, the biggest waterfall in Iceland and believed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe.
- Greece Day Tour (Nauplion, Greece): Guests will visit the Monastery of St. John (Prodromos), built on the side of a rock face around 1167. They’ll enjoy a spectacular Greek lunch at the traditional Archontiko Anyfanti Hotel, a wealthy Arcadian mansion of the 1840s, where guests will meet with the hotel owners.
- An AzAmazing Evening in Rhodes, Greece where guests will spend the evening at Tafros Theater seeing an exclusive performance of the ancient Greek drama, Antigone by Sophocles (in English).
Azamara Pursuit is comparable in size to the Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, allowing guests access to unique ports that larger ships are unable to reach. Together, the three ships will now offer guests the opportunity to visit seven continents and 217 ports from 28 August 2018 to 5 April 2019.
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