– Avalon Myanmar – Myanmar River Cruise – April 2017
*Azamara Club Cruises – Azamara Journey – Singapore to Dubai (April 8, 2018)
* Azamara Quest – Southeast Asia and Japan (February 2015)
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Part I
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part II
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part III
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part IV
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Some Final Observations and Thoughts
– The Prologue to the Travelogue
– The Adventure Begins…With a Bump or Two
– Settling In Made Easy
– Luxury Touches Here, There and OK, Not, Everywhere…But There Are Lots of Them!
– Asian Flair Onboard and On Shore
– Private Tours, Israel and Conflicts in Perceptions and Perspective
Celebrity Equinox 2009 – Egypt…Impressive and Depressing
– Dining With the Captain and the Reidel Wine Seminar
– The Last Dinner (Tuscan Grille) and Disembarkation
– What Happens When A Class Act Meets Highly Discounted Cruise Fare
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part I
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part II
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part III
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part IV (Food & Wine!)
– Princess Cruises Doesn’t Treat You Like Royalty; Celebrity Cruises Does! Which is a Better Value for the Upscale Cruise Guest? Part I
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. -Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part II: The Standard Veranda Staterooms
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part III: Treating You Right From The Start
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part IV: The Wine Lists Speak Volumes (As Do The Beverage Packages)
Regent Seven Seas Voyager – August 2017
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part I
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part II (Getting There, The Stateroom and First Impressions)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part III (“You Can’t Teach Five Star Service” and Bonafacio, Corsica)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part IV (Calvi, Monaco, Portofino, Porto Azzurro…and Stale Bread)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part V (My Last Day…and How The Chef’s Team Makes It Happen)
I have become increasingly impressed with Azamara Club Cruises and have decided be an Ensemble Travel host on Azamara Journey’s August 29, 2011 Cruise and to encourage my clients to give Azamara Club – and this particular cruise – a try.
A few years ago Azamara Cruises came into existence with a deafening silence and then a thud. It then became lost and considered – because it operates the same types of ships – to be something akin to another cruise line – but with mystery as to what the product really was. Times have changed and, so too, has the renamed Azamara Club Cruises. It now proudly boasts that its guest satisfaction ratings are extraordinarily high.
Azamara Club Cruises is its own distinct cruise experience that is a bridge between the premium and luxury cruise experience with the concept of providing a meaningfully inclusive upscale adult cruise experience with the basic “upscale” items included in the cruise fare such as gratuities (even for bar staff), wine with lunch and dinner, specialty coffees & teas, water and soft drinks and shuttles into town. This country club casual cruise line offers open-seat dining in the main dining room, two alternative restaurants (Prime C for steaks and Aqualina with a Mediterranean seafood theme) as well as the Pool Grill and Windows Café. And Azamara Club Cruises prides itself on its superior 8,000 bottle wine cellar and vintage complimentary pours. Couple the foregoing with multiple late night and overnight port stays with a focus on unique itineraries and you can understand Azamara Club Cruises’ approach.
Why this particular cruise? This cruise has some unique and interesting ports as well as highlights in various “arts”:
*In Bilbao, Spain I will be hosting a wonderful and complimentary Ensemble Experience where we will visit the world famous Guggenheim Museum as well as other art treasures and enjoy a nice Spanish lunch. (I am sure I will find some special things to do along the way…as I do…dealing with, say, Whiskey and Wine!)
Combine those with port calls in Holyhead, Wales (with its seabird watching, rugged seacoast and picturesque setting), Gijon, Spain (a 3,000 year old fishing village, rural northern Spain and beaches), Vigo, Spain (for a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostello) and Lisbon, Portugal and you have a great cross-section of one of the lesser visited and extremely diverse ports of Europe.
Mon, Aug 29 Dublin, Ireland – Depart 11:59 PM – Late NightTue, Aug 30 Holyhead, Wales – Docked Arrive 8:00 AM Depart 7:00 PM
Wed, Aug 31 Cork (Cobh), Ireland – Docked Arrive 9:00 AM Depart 7:00 PM
Thu, Sep 01 At Sea
Fri, Sep 02 Bordeaux, France – Docked Arrive 12:00 PM – Overnight
Sat, Sep 03 Bordeaux, France – Docked Depart 6:00 PM
Sun, Sep 04 Bilbao, Spain – Docked Arrive 12:00 PM Depart 7:00 PM
Mon, Sep 05 Gijon, Spain – Docked Arrive 7:00 AM Depart 2:00 PM
Tue, Sep 06 Vigo, Spain – Docked Arrive 10:00 AM Depart 7:00 PM
Wed, Sep 07 Lisbon, Portugal – Docked Arrive 2:00 PM – Overnight
Thu, Sep 08 Lisbon, Portugal – Disembark
What also makes this an attractive ten day cruise is its value. You can sail in an Oceanview Stateroom for as little as $3,400 per person including all fees, taxes and gratuities and most drinks. Moving up to a Veranda Stateroom and it will be approximately $4,100 per person and a Club Continent Suite (266 square feet with a 60 square foot veranda) is about $5,200 per person. Of course the upper suites are also available.
If you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (877) 2GO-LUXURY or internationally on +1 732 383-7398 or UK on +44 20 8133 3450 or Australia on +61 7 3102 4685.
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