(AZAMARA CRUISING DIGEST)_Where to Cruise this Summer...Festivals & Events in Europe: This summer, the special events and festivals offered by Azamara will make this season one you won’t forget. This July, history buffs can relish in a night full of fireworks at the Festa Del Redentore in Venice, which celebrates the end of the plague in 1576. Golf enthusiasts can set sail on Azamara’s 12-night voyage to the British Isles and attend the 148th Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Another shore-excursion Azamara’s guests can book while on Azamara’s 10-night Northern Capitals Voyage is to the Edinburgh’s Royal Tattoo, which is one of the world’s greatest spectacles that honors the symbol of Scottish pride and passion.
Set Sail to America’s 49th State…For the first time ever, Azamara Quest will set sail to Alaska this summer, with a total of 11 ports of call including larger ports such as Juneau and Skagway and smaller ports including Hubbard Glacier and Ketchikan, which Azamara is able to access due to its smaller ship size. During these sailings, Azamara’s guests will be able to explore Alaska through the exclusive-to-Azamara Destination Immersion-focused program AzAmazing Evenings, which are complimentary signature evening shore excursions designed to connect guests to the local culture of a destination. AzAmazing Evenings include performances from Sitka’s native Alaskan dancers, Naa Kahídi Tlingit and Russian folk dancing group, the New Archangel Dancers. Aside from the signature AzAmazing Evenings, Azamara also offers other experiences for guests including a ride on the Wilderness Express, off-roading in a Tomcar Kart through Ketchikan’s expansive outdoors, dog sledding in Skagway, and boarding The Mount Roberts Tramway in Juneau.”
What’s New – 2021 and 2022 Itineraries…Amani, Japan and Arica, Chile to Fraser Island, Australia and Tema (Accra), Ghana are among the 10 maiden ports Azamara has added to its 2021/2022 voyages. Guests can expect over 140 overnight stays around the world as well as deepen their discovery of Eastern Europe with expanded itineraries to the Black Sea and Turkey, including overnights in Istanbul and a chance to explore hidden gems, Antalya and Sinop. Highlights of the Azamara shore programming include touring Seville’s Alcazar and Palacio de Duenas — two sumptuous Moorish style palaces constructed in the 1300s, which housed some of Spain’s most important kings and aristocratic figures — as well as Antalya, aboard the 15-Night Ancient Wonders Voyage to discover the famous Greco-Roman amphitheater, Aspendos — one of the world’s most well-preserved theaters, which can hold over 15,000 people and is still used today.
New Culinary Delights Aboard Azamara…Azamara Club Cruises has officially released the brand’s first-ever vegan menu, with wholesome, healthy options for all Azamara guests to enjoy. The vegan menu’s tasty dishes such as the “Tofu Satay with Nasi Goreng” and “Peking Seitan Duck Pancake Rolls,” are carefully crafted and prepared by the esteemed Azamara culinary team, who are committed to bringing the same high-caliber menu to the ship’s vegan and vegetarian community.
Further, specialty dining restaurant, Aqualina — which serves fine-dining Italian cuisine aboard all three Azamara ships — also launched a new menu. Azamara’s culinary team will infuse the restaurant's existing menu with more authentic Italian options such as the “Gnocchi con Salsiccia” — a homemade gnocchi with grilled Italian Sausage, zucchini, and marinara sauce and “Aragosta con Linguine al nero di seppia e Frutti di Mare” — lobster tail with squid ink pasta, shrimp, calamari, scallops, and light-garlic lemon jus.
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