Cruise Chat

Published on February 6th, 2013 | by Ann Rickard

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Cruise Chat – Added extras in cruises

With cruise enthusiasts having so many exciting itineraries to choose from this year, more are looking for added value and one of the most popular attractions is the inclusion of alcohol.  Azamara Club Cruises has expanded its complimentary drink offerings this European season.

As well as the boutique wines served at lunch and dinner, guests also can enjoy selected spirits, wines and international beers at any of the bars and lounges during opening hours. It is tremendously appealing to know you can disembark at the end of a voyage without receiving a big bar bill.

This is just one of the enhancements Azamara Club Cruises is offering this year.

It has just announced the AzAmazing Evening experience where guests immerse themselves in a complimentary event ashore. The complimentary evenings ashore vary from voyage to voyage. Guests sailing a Baltic voyage, for example, could enjoy a private ballet performance in StPetersburg while walking the red carpet and sipping champagne.

Those on a Mediterranean voyage may find themselves sampling Jerez, Spain’s famous sherry wine, at Gonzalez Byass and later enjoying a private equestrian ballet at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. All 2013 itineraries featurelate-night departures and overnight port stays, some as long as two or three days.

Ships upgraded 

– AZAMARA Quest,  the first of Azamara Club Cruises’ twin boutique ships to undergo refurbishment has just emerged from an eight-day drydock – complete with a new “Azamara Blue” hull.Renovations include new carpets, upholstery, new mattresses and upgraded veranda furniture, a resurfaced pool and new sun lounges. The Casino Bar has been
expanded and enhanced with new furniture, while the spa and fitness centre has been refreshed with a new steam room, showers, and state-of-the-art fitness equipment.
Contact travel agents,

or phone  –  1300 754 500.

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.



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