Heralded by itself as the “Destination Immersion” cruise line, one of the unique experiences Azamara Club Cruises offers its guests on many voyages around the world is a concept it has coined the “AzAmazing Evening”.
The idea sees passengers cruising onboard the line’s two ships Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey – the latter of which is bound for Australia and New Zealand later this year – are given a first-hand taste of a particular destination’s culture, heritage and identity in the form of a specially arranged event taking place in a local amphitheatre, concert hall or attraction. Sometimes, this may even take place onboard while the ship is docked.
AzAmazing Evenings see guests whisked off the ship (if needed), transported to the venue and often greeted by a lavish light display, table spread or by performers associated with the evening’s entertainment. There will always be a range of beverages and refreshments prepared and served to guests on their arrival (for culturally sensitive reasons, not always will this include alcohol) and the next few hours will be spent in a state of awe and wonder as the evening’s cultural presentation plays out before them.
With only two ships in the fleet permanently moving around the world, this concept requires Azamara Club Cruises to design and prepare its AzAmazing Evenings in a huge number of cities globally. While most voyages will include at least one, Trans-Atlantic crossings and sailings of six nights or less will not.
Some of the different AzAmazing Evening cultural performances guests will enjoy include:
- An Evening at Crocosaurus Cove (Darwin, Australia). Guests travel from the ship to local Darwin attraction Crocosaurus Cove to meet as many as 200 saltwater crocodiles.
- Dazzling Dance & Opera (Gustavia, St Barts). A modern dance and opera performance plays out on the top deck of Azamara Quest.
- Dance of the Dead (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico). A performance of acrobatics and dance in a natural amphitheatre carved out of the depths of a cavernous canyon.
- A Night with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Hobart, Australia). Guests can meet the orchestra following an angelic performance in an iconic Tasmanian institution.
- Andreas Boutsikakis Piano Recital (Chania, Greece). Popular Greek composer and musician Andrea Boutsikakis performs some classic works on the piano.
- Traditions of Old Naples (Sorrento, Italy). Guests can get up close and personal at Agrumento Gardens as they attend the Festival of Piedigrotta, one of Italy’s most famous and longest running community celebrations of folk music.
As Azamara ships move into other parts of the world including the Arabian Peninsula, Asia or India, many other entertainment offerings have been put together focusing on Middle Eastern dance, Asian theatre and Bollywood dancing, to name just a few more examples.
Attendance at these unique cultural events are included in cruise fares, however guests need to register to attend so the line books enough coaches, if needed, to get everyone to the event. These signups can be done before you even board and are accepted up until the morning of the event itself. If you need to withdraw, you have until 10pm the night before to do so without incurring a cancellation fee.
In some cases, an AzAmazing Evening will take place at a port where the ship is going to be docked for the entire evening, meaning guests can continue their night by heading off the ship after the show if they wish to engage in a region’s nightlife (where possible). Azamara’s onboard concierge will be in place to provide expert advice on the hottest (or coolest, depending on your slant on the vernacular). Concierges can sometimes even get their hands on some exclusive tickets for a port’s top events for you to continue your parts onshore.