Cruisers on board one luxury cruise line can hop off the boat and go on longer excursions. That is because, as part of its Destination Immersion program, Azamara Club Cruises has launched the City Stays feature in collaboration with Cox & Kings. City Stays programs are available before and after sailings and offer curated travel experiences with emphasis on local connections, allowing Azamara guests additional time to explore the arrival or departure ports.
The City Stays program includes accommodations for three or more nights, select meals and transportation services from the port to the hotel, as well as a prearranged transfer from the airport. Highlights from the new City Stays, available before and after select Azamara Club Cruises' voyages, include:
- Singapore: Travelers will set off on a scavenger hunt through the city's cultural sites and experience private visits with local artisans, including a fifth-generation baker, a master of making paper houses and a coffee connoisseur.
- Barcelona, Spain: Guests can expect to visit a fourth-generation candy artisan, stroll through the district of Born—an artistic neighborhood with luxury shopping and museums—and experience a flamenco performance at night. On a food exploration of the city, guests will have a meal with a local family while learning about their history, they will have a picnic lunch in the park with a Spanish family and join a local wine connoisseur in the evening to try a selection of Spanish wines.
- Rome, Italy: During this tour of Rome, travelers will journey to an organic farm on the outskirts of Rome, where travelers will learn how to make bread and gnocchi, forage for wild herbs, experience a lakefront lunch, visit a milk and cheese laboratory and go on a horseback ride. Following the excursion, participants will receive an exclusive tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel—before public opening hours—and have dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
This article originally appeared on travelagentcentral.com.