Boutique Appeal Onboard Azamara Club Cruises
e ability to connect locally and enjoy an exciting journey along the way is at the heart of the Azamara cruise experience.
One of the year’s hottest travel trends is not a private jet or overwater bungalows, but it is the mainstay of the travel world – the cruise. Cruising has taken on new life this past year thanks not only to retiring Baby Boomers and their desire to see the world, but also as a flexible travel option for Gen X-ers and Millennials. Cruise lines are constantly one-upping each other trying to provide the best and flashiest experiences on the high seas. Waterslides, robot bartenders and even more over-the-top extravagances abound. But for the luxury traveler, the trends have been different. Smaller ships, incredible culinary teams and a focus on local experiences and destinations are what the modern luxury cruiser cares most about – one of the cruise lines that is rising to the top of this trend is Azamara Club Cruises.
If you are not yet familiar with the brand, it is okay as an individual and low-key experience is exactly what they want as a company; but if you want to travel the world in style and enjoy immersive experiences, then this is one cruise line to consider.
Every travel entity says they are different from their competitors but, sadly, few actually are. Azamara is one of those rare examples of a cruise line that is indeed unlike most others in the industry. With only two ships in their fleet, it is easy to overlook Azamara but, as I learned, there is strength in keeping things small. It allows the cruise line to focus intensely on the passengers, and their travel experiences; making sure that every detail is taken care of, and that they have the best staff for the job. Not only is the fleet on the smaller side, so are their ships. Carrying only 690 passengers, they are a far cry from the 4,000 person mega-liners sailing today, but again, that is to their distinct advantage. Smaller ships allow for greater intimacy, better service and, ultimately, a better experience for the guests. No one feels like a number, or just another person passing through for the journey. Cruises, in general, are an increasingly popular option for solo travelers, and Azamara makes it easy for those of us who travel as a party of one to still enjoy the high life, and not feel like the proverbial third wheel. While the onboard accouterments are indeed impressive, they ultimately do not matter though unless they are backed up with outstanding service and quality.
Photography: Azamara Club Cruises