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Florida Port Welcomes Azamara Quest

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Port Tampa Bay executives and staff welcoming the 600-guest luxury ship Azamara Quest at Cruise Terminal 2 last week, for a one-time port of call for the cruising season.

Paul Alfonso, executive VP and chief commercial officer, headed up a small group of staff to greet the captain and crew when they arrived.  As is a maritime tradition, commemorative plaques for the ship’s first time in the port were exchanged.  Azamara Quest actually called in Tampa in October 2007 when it was diverted from Miami due to a tropical storm, but this time was the official maiden call.

The liner set sail on a clear evening out of Tampa, headed for New Orleans before embarking for further destinations.

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Azamara Club Cruises Will Be Expanding Their Fleet

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Azamara Club Cruises has announced that they’ve agreed to purchase a sister ship to Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, with delivery slated to take place in March.

The new addition will be called Azamara Pursuit, and is similar in size to her upcoming sister ships, meaning it will allow visits to unique ports that larger ships aren’t able to reach.  The ship will also continue Azamara’s tradition staying longer in ports, to allow guests to experience more there.

The ship’s décor will be updated to match Azamara’s other ships’ style, and will be similar to the renovations recently done on Journey and Quest. 

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For more information on Azamara Pursuit, visit azamara.com/pursuit.

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Putting The “Adult” In Adults-Only Cruising

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Get ready to make a whole lot of “Love Boat” jokes as we tell you about a special charter cruise being offered this September aboard the Azamara Quest. Sailing round-trip from Venice, Italy, the 7-night Venice Foreplay is being billed as the first-ever, couples only, clothing optional Desire Cruise. Those who blush easily may want to stop reading now… assuming it’s not too late!

“A Journey Of The Senses”

According to the not-quite-safe-for-work website, the folks sponsoring the cruise have “careful selected amongst the most luxurious ships, magnificent destinations and attractive itineraries for a full sensory overload.” As one might expect, there will be “provocative entertainment” including “spicy signature theme nights,” couples workshops, pool parties, clothing-optional areas and playrooms described as “popular, provocative, erotic hotspots designed for guests to mix and mingle with other open-minded couples.”

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Lest one think that this is going to be one big free-for-all, it’s important to note that there are definitely rules inplace. For example, the sponsors “ask that you use appropriate attire in all restaurants” and, knowing that playrooms can be exhausting, ask that “noise levels are kept to a minimum” after midnight. The discretion of those involved is a high priority, which means there is a strict policy against “taking photos or videos in any/all of the ship’s public areas.” That said, “Feel free to enjoy doing so in the privacy of your staterooms.”

Also, don’t be thinking that Doc or Gopher are there to fulfill your every desire! “It is a firm company policy,” reminds the website, “that all staff members are strictly forbidden from interacting intimately or drinking with guests.” Fans of Bravo’s reality show Below Deck Mediterranean will be forgiven if their minds immediately went to Danny, who has had a great deal of trouble following that particular rule this season!

For more on the adults-only sailing, see the not-entirely-safe-for-work website, found here.

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Holland America Receives Environmental Award

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Holland America has received their 6th Green Gateway Award in a row from the Port of Seattle. They present the awards annually to cruise and commercial shipping lines that call in the port, and whose environmental efforts are notable for recognition. The port also presented the cruise line with the Technology Innovator Award.

In years previous, Holland America has received the Green Gateway Award for their use of shore power, practices to reduce emissions, and their commitment to protecting the environment.  The cruise line has also invested in their Seattle-based fleet of ships to reduce fuel use – therefore reducing greenhouse gases.  That, along with their installation of IPCO Power Fuel Treatment systems, was the reason the port also recognized them with the Technology Innovator Award this year.

The cruise line was also named the 2014 Marine Environmental Business of the Year by the Seattle Propeller Club and the Port of Seattle.  The company was honored for their efforts to shrink their environmental footprint through a series of goals that reduce fuel and water consumption, engine emissions, and generation of solid waste.

Seattle offers the lowest carbon footprint for cargo shipped by sea from Asia to major Midwest and east coast markets, making it the “Green Gateway” for trade.  The designation was determined by the “Carbon Footprint Study of the Asia to North America Intermodal Trade.”  Holland America’s ships have been sailing from Seattle since the 1970s, and in 2002 they began using it as their home port for Alaska sailings.  This year, the cruise line has three ships based there sailing 50 Alaska cruises from May to September.

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