Azamara Club Cruises has announced the complete list of winter/spring itineraries for 2021-22. As part of the line's Destination Immersion programming, guests can expect over 140 overnight stays around the world, as well as an exploration of Eastern Europe with expanded itineraries to the Black Sea and Turkey, including overnights in Istanbul and a chance to explore such cities as Antalya and Sinop.
The new lineup includes destinations, including Guayaquil, Ecuador, with an overland expedition to the Galapagos Islands. The cruise line is also returning to Japan, which visits ports like Tokyo and Kobe, as well as the Kitakyushu and Kanazawa. Other maiden ports include Amami, Japan; Arica, Chile; Brest, France; Fraser Island, Australia; Manta, Ecuador; Milos and Pylos, Greece; Tema (Accra), Ghana; and Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland.
Azamara has doubled its overnights in France and Spain since 2015. An example of a shore excursion in Spain is the Andalusian Gastronomy Experience in Seville. In the mudéjar- and Gothic-style buildings of Seville, the shore excursion will offer guests the opportunity to learn how to cook like Sevillanos at the Taller Andaluz de Cocina. The Andalusian Cooking Workshop is located near the Mercado de Triano and is guided by a local professional chef; participants will prepare the region’s dishes, later tasting them with the group. Another excursion would be Nantes/Loire Valley, a returning port for Azamara guests, where travelers will experience old-world French culture with a visit to the privately owned Chateau de Goulaine. Chateau-goers can view the 15th-century kitchen and winery; a local white wine tasting is included. Directly after, visitors will drive to Clisson, a town known for its medieval, Italian atmosphere and former Middle Ages fortress, Castle of Clisson.
In Turkey, highlights of the shore programming include three overnights in Istanbul, providing guests with a one-and-a-half-day tour. Guests will take a trip to the ancient Hippodrome; the St. Sophia Museum, which originated as a church in 360 AD under Constantine; and the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans on the shores of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn. Returning ports will be the cities of Antalya and Sinop. Guests going ashore in Antalya will discover the Greco-Roman amphitheater, Aspendos, which has seating for 15,000 people and is still being used today.
Additionally, the new Grand Voyages offer guests the option to book back-to-back sailings across the globe and receive onboard credit for each leg of their voyage, plus free Wi-Fi. Azamara’s Grand Voyages are designed for guests to opt in for longer sailings by visiting more destinations, connecting with locals and their culture. One example of a new Grand Voyage is a 69-night circumnavigation of South America. The itinerary sails round trip out of Miami, starting January 2022, and it covers 32 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Uruguay and Colombia, with a sailing through the Antarctic Sound.
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