The Northern Territory today chalked up one of its major cruising highlights for 2015, four days before the year ends as Azamara Club Cruises tied up in Australia for the first time in its eight-year history.
The 686-passenger Azamara Quest, one of the line’s two ships, sailed into Darwin this morning, its first stop in a brief venture which will see five voyages taking in the East Coast and New Zealand, running until February next year. The visit to Darwin is part of the line’s “Bali, Komodo & the Great Barrier Reef” one-way itinerary from Bali to Cairns, which will also stop in Cooktown and Port Douglas.
Passengers on the boutique vessel – representing 20 nationalities around the world – will spend their day exploring all the Northern Territory capital has to offer including Litchfield National Park, a guide tour of the city of Darwin or time to explore and shop independently. Tonight, guests will be whisked off to popular local attraction Crocosaurus Cove for one of Azamara’s signature ‘AzAmazing Evening’ events – exclusive to guests – where they will enjoy the company of around 200 crocodiles. The ship will then depart at 10pm bound for Thursday Island in North Queensland.
“Today’s visit is very exciting for our cruise industry here in Darwin as it shows we are being increasingly recognised by international cruise liners as a must-visit destination,” said Northern Territory Acting Tourism Minister Willem Westra van Holthe.
Azamara Quest is one of 46 cruise ship visits scheduled for Darwin in the 2015/16 peak season. Her sister ship Azamara Journey will make its own debut visit to Australia next summer.