Boutique cruise line Azamara has announced its sailing schedule for 2023 and 2024.
The line’s four ships will sail 39 new itineraries, taking passengers to various parts of the world with each vessel embarking in a different location: Azamara Pursuit in South Africa, Azamara Quest in South America, Azamara Journey in Australia and Asia, and Azamara Onward in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
“With this itinerary release, we are thrilled to offer over 20 maiden ports, dock in smaller destinations that large ships can’t access, and most exciting of all, for the first time we will have a ship in every corner of the world. In addition, this November we will be unveiling a new, highly requested offering from Azamara, which involves travel across the globe,” says Carol Cabezas, President of Azamara.
One thing Azamara is known for is its evening events in port called AzAmazing Evenings. As per usual, a number of these events will be available throughout the 2023 and 2024 season. Highlights include:
The Living Past of the Amazon
In Manaus, Brazil, passengers will discover the living past of the Amazon Rainforest through a four-part show called “North Symmetry. The Glorifications of Nature in the Amazon.” This production will take guests on a journey from pre-Columbian indigenous civilizations all the way to modern times through native dances, rituals, and traditional folklore music.
Traditional Korean Art Performances
In Busan, South Korea, visitors can watch as multiple traditional Korean art forms are combined to create a spectacular show. They’ll enjoy NANTA, one of the most famous non-verbal performances in Korea, which combines Korean folk and modern music; Korean dance performed while wearing the traditional Hanbok; and Taekkyeon, a traditional Korean martial art that uses fluid, rhythmic movements to strike an opponent.
Italian Arias Performed by Società Filarmonia
In Ravenna, Italy, guests can listen to classic arias made popular by renowned opera singer Maria Callas. The arias will be directed by Alfredo Barchi and performed by Società Filarmonia, which was established in 1998 to bring together diverse musical experiences, skills, and emerging talents.
Some shore excursion highlights for 2023 and 2024 include:
In the city known as the “Pearl of Tapajós” for its location on the merging of the Tapajós and Amazon rivers, cruise through Maica Lake and enjoy beautiful views of the Amazon Basin.
Guests will spot local inhabitants, many species of birds, and possibly even the unique Amazon river mammal, a freshwater pink dolphin.
Guests will join some of the most popular Senegalese chefs from the region’s local culinary school for a cooking tutorial. They’ll learn how to make signature Senegalese dishes followed by a meet and greet with the head of the culinary school to discuss cooking tips and techniques.
The afternoon concludes with a lunch and recipes to take home.
Spend the afternoon with a renowned Greek chef for a food and wine pairing with island products such as local cheeses. Indulge in local wines made from Assyrtiko grapes for white wine and Mavrotragano for the red.
Island-grown fruits and vegetables such as sun-dried tomatoes, pears, artichokes, and capers will also be enjoyed.
Pre and Post-Cruise Land Programs
Here are some highlights of the pre and post-cruise land programs that will be available in 2023 and 2024:
Stay Local in Hong Kong (Two Nights)
Explore the city of Hong Kong, stopping at the famous Victoria Peak for panoramic views of Kowloon and the surrounding islands, the tranquil Nan Lian Garden — designed in the Tang Dynasty-style with hills, water features, trees, rocks, and wooden structures — and go to the top of the 100th floor of the tallest building in the city.
Other highlights include a traditional Dim Sum lunch, a visit to Wong Tai Sin Temple, where locals go to pray for good health, and shopping for art products in Stanley Market.
Experience China’s Treasures (Four Nights)
From The Great Wall of China to charming local markets, journey through the ancient wonders and cultural riches of the region.
Visitors will explore the lakes, pavilions, and pagodas of the Summer Palace, known as the best-preserved royal garden in the world; learn how to make Chinese dumplings with the locals of Hutong, the oldest residential area in Beijing; and visit the Terracotta Army Museum, home to a collection of terra cotta sculptures depicting the armies of China’s first Emperor, who are buried with him to protect him during his afterlife.
Azamara guests can take advantage of an Early Booking Bonus with the 2023-2024 deployment, which is a first for the brand.