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Azamara is continuing to delight its passengers with a significant increase in the number of evening port stays featured in its huge range of itineraries. While cruise ships generally depart ports of call before sunset, this alternative deployment strategy offers passengers the chance to soak up the evening ambience of some of the line’s incredible destinations.
Azamara President and CEO Larry Pimentel explains the new focus, saying “The shipping industry as a whole has built massively beautiful, stunning ships … but oftentimes in many people’s minds the ship became the destination.” The new schedule shines the spotlight on a range of great destinations, some of which are best experienced after the sun goes down!
More time to explore!
The new approach offers passengers the best of both worlds, with the opportunity to enjoy all the amazing on-board facilities while at sea and stretch their legs for extended periods of time when the ships anchor in port. As well as giving passengers the chance to explore destinations more thoroughly, it also eases the pressure of getting back to the ship by nightfall. Perfect for those who want to indulge in a sunset cocktail or two!
Azamara aren’t the only ones embracing the trend, with other upscale, small vessel lines such as Crystal Cruises, Seabourn, Silversea Cruises, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas postponing their departure times in order to offer their passengers a more enhanced cruising experience.
A strong focus on exciting destinations
Crystal’s 2015 14 night Asian cruise is a great example of the new system, offering passengers a pre-departure overnight stay in Singapore, mid-cruise overnight in Ho Chi Minh City and terminating overnight stay on Hong Kong.
Silversea has also increased its overnight stays to include popular ports such as Italy’s Livorno and Sorrento, France’s Bordeaux and Scotland’s Leith. According to Silversea spokesman Brad Ball, late night departures are also scheduled for lively night life destinations such as St. Tropez, Portofino, Monaco, St. Barts and Amsterdam. Once again, this ensures passengers can get an authentic glimpse into what these amazing ports have to offer after dark!
Cruise lines roll out additional evening activities
Complementing the extended stays are a number of optional activities such as Azamara’s AzAmazing Evenings and Nights and Cool Places packages. These offer passengers the chance to experience exclusive on-shore events such as an opera recital at a Tuscan castle, visit to the Picasso Museum in Malaga and VIP access to view a breath-taking laser light show in Hong Kong harbour.
To find out more about the exciting new overnight itineraries and the extended opportunities and experiences on offer from all your favourite cruise lines, check out some of the amazing packages available from Cruise 1st or call 1300-857-345.
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