Azamara Club Cruises has become the latest cruise line to set sail Down Under, after its ship, Azamara Quest, arrived at the port of Darwin last week. The vessel, which was carrying a full occupancy of 686 passengers, arrived on the north coast of Australia on Dec 28 as part of a 16-night Indonesian voyage, later calling at Bali, Komodo Island and the Great Barrier Reef.
Renowned for their intimate, luxury vessels, Azamara Club Cruises have become increasingly popular in recent years — particularly in Europe and North America. Since merging with Royal Caribbean in 2009, Azamara has steadily increased its global reach — with Australia now one of the cruise line’s largest cruise markets.
The ship, which weighs just 30,277 tonnes and is 181 metres in length, will sail three local itineraries during her maiden season Down Under from three different ports, including Cairns, Sydney and Auckland. Those who choose to sail aboard this unique, boutique-scale cruise ship will be treated to an English-style butler service, as well as some of the most stimulating excursions of any cruise operator.
Adam Armstrong, regional commercial director at Royal Caribbean, who operate Azamara, enthused: “We are delighted to finally welcome Azamara Club Cruises to Australian waters for the very first time. Australia is now our third largest market for Azamara and we know that much more growth will follow Azamara Quest’s inaugural season down under.”
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