Azamara Club Cruises
Formed by Royal Caribbean in 2007, the line’s two ships, the 697-guest Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey, have a country club casual dress code and relatively small staterooms. Think of this as "luxury light" at sea: The onboard experience has some of the hallmarks of luxury ships — including excellent food and service and an elegant ambience — without the matching price tag.
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What’s Included: Azamara includes plenty of extras that other lines charge for, including wine and beer with lunch and dinner, specialty coffees and teas, self-service laundry, transportation from the ship to the town center in most ports, and gratuities. Top suites also include butler service and fine liquors. The line hosts private on-land special events called “AzAmazing Evenings” once per cruise and those, too, are included.
Rewards for Repeat Customers: Returning passengers and guests in top suites are treated, once per cruise, to a lavish multicourse dinner hosted by the shipʼs officers.
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Low-Key Entertainment: From enrichment lectures to gourmet cooking lessons, piano recitals, and full production shows, the diversions tend to be classy and fun without the dazzle of mainstream cruise ships.
Locally Inspired Cusine: Fresh, beautifully presented local dishes are served with an Old World flair.
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Who It's Best For
People Who Like Smaller Ships: These two relatively intimate ships have none of the fancy features of bigger ships — such as sprawling spas or elaborate stage shows — but they also don’t have congestion and crowds.
Food and Culture Lovers: Azamara is ideal for those who enjoy the finer things, both in life and in their travel experiences.
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Cabins Are Tiny: Cabins in the non-suite category are relatively small, but that is reflected in the price.
Peter Knego is a California-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.