The first ship in Azamara Club Cruises’ bow-to-stern overhaul programme has emerged from a dry dock in Miami, revealing a host of upgraded features and unique design changes, including contemporary décor, new services and new technologies.
Azamara Journey, which is widely considered to be Azamara’s flagship vessel, is the first of two ships undergoing “major upgrades” as part of Azamara’s on-going overhaul programme. As part of the dry dock, Journey has been fitted with new venues, technologies and public spaces, providing a fresher and more diverse setting in which guests can relax aboard the ship.
Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises, said: “There is no area on the ship that has not been touched. Known for our land programs to provide our guests with the most personalized Destination Immersion experiences in the industry, Azamara needed to take our on-board product to the next level.
“Cruise ships are like fine hotels, after wear and tear, upgrades need to be made. We can’t wait to have our new and loyal guests on-board to see what we have done. It’s gorgeous and provides all the modern services and amenities that today’s traveller needs and demands. I think we have exceeded expectations.”
Prior to commencing Journey’s dry dock restoration, Azamara Club Cruises consulted with several of the hospitality sector’s leading designers and engineers — creating a blueprint upon which to redesign each of the line’s vessels from the keel up. The resulting design necessitated that each ship be completely overhauled and redesigned, in order to create the timeless and elegant ambiance that has become synonymous with the Azamara brand.
As well as several overarching design changes, Journey has also received a host of new services and amenities, including two new spa suites, a fully redesigned Club World Ocean lounge, and makeovers to several venues across the ship including The Patio, Windows Café, Discoveries Restaurant and Bar and The Living Room.
The second Azamara ship to receive the latest upgrades is Azamara Quest, which will enter dry dock in Singapore this April.
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