Azamara Club Cruises

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Azamara Club Cruises is a luxury boutique cruise line for affluent travelers seeking exotic locations that many larger cruise lines have trouble accessing. Cruises are available in over 70 countries on five continents. This cruise line features longer cruise stays up to 17 days. The Azamara Club Cruise line also stays longer in port, allowing guests more time to enjoy these destinations and all they have to offer.

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The Good

  • Great service
  • CruiseCare Vacation Plan
  • Amenities

Great Service

Azamara's two ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, are designed to carry 690 passengers and 390 crew members. This passenger/staff ratio is much higher than many other mainstream lines. Services include real butler service and attendants that will unpack your luggage for you.

At the beginning of every cruise, shipboard crew members guide every one of our guests through a mandatory drill known as the "Muster Drill", to ensure they are familiar with what to do and where to go in the unlikely event of an emergency. Any theft or illegal activity should be reported immediately to the ship's management and they will report it to the authorities.

CruiseCare Vacation Plan

Azamara Club Cruises offers a CruiseCare Vacation Plan that covers guests before, during, and after a trip with cancellation and interruption benefits, sickness and accident medical services, and baggage protection. CruiseCare Vacation Protection Plan is made up of a penalty waiver program, a travel insurance program and worldwide emergency assistance program.

Amenities

The two cruise ships feature six specialty dining options to choose from. Guests can shop on board or attend one of the many enrichment programs and lectures available. Complimentary beverages and laundry services are available on board as well. Cruise guests can relax at the spa, get their hair done at the salon, or get fit in the state-of the art fitness center. Room services is also available. Standard amenities on all Azamara ships include:

  • AzAmazing EveningsSM event (except transatlantic crossings and voyages that are less than seven nights long)
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available at no charge. Gratuities except for spa services are included into the price of the fare. The dress code is casual so guests may relax in comfort during their stay. The décor features a country club feel.

Free Shuttle

Free shuttle service to and from the ship is available. Azamara Club Cruises also partners with GroundLink. GroundLink picks guests up from their homes and drives them to the airport, and from the airport to the pier. They service many Azamara ports-of-call, arrival and departure ports and 5,000 airports around the world. They can provide you with a car, a van or a limo almost anywhere worldwide.

If requested in advance, Azamara Club Cruises® can arrange for accessible transportation to transfer guests between the airport and the pier. This service is offered at no extra charge to our air/sea guests or those who have purchased cruise-only transfers.

The Bad

  • Not for families
  • Expensive
  • Issues with tenders

Not for Families

Azamara Club Cruises is not ideal for families. There are no kid activities offered by the cruise line. Azamera Club Cruises is geared for couples in their mid-40s who desire an intimate cruise with less crowds. Azamara also has one of the most restrictive non-smoking policies of any cruise line, so smokers will not find Azamara to be the cruise line that will fit their needs. Smoking is only allowed on the port side section of the Looking Glass Lounge and in one section of the Pool Deck. The only entertainment provided by Azamara includes the following:

  • On Board Shopping
  • Bars, Lounges, and Gathering Spots
  • Enrichment Programs and Lectures
  • Library
  • Internet Computer Stations
  • Spa, Salon, Fitness Center, and Acupuncture
  • Six Specialty Dining Restaurants
  • Fine Wines
  • Room Service

Expensive

Prices are expensive year-round since only luxury cruises are made available. Cruise seekers on an income less than $300,000 a year who are seeking a budget deal that fits their pocketbook won't find what they are looking for with Azamera Club Cruises. Onboard activities are limited when compared to other cruise lines. Shore excursions are not included in the price of the cruise.

Issues with Tenders

At some ports, the ship will anchor off shore, and guests are taken to shore by small boats called tenders. Even if the ship is scheduled to dock at a pier, it can change to tendering. Weather, sea conditions and other factors may preclude tendering. If guests are unable to tender or disembark due to these circumstances, there will be no refund or credit for missed ports.

The Bottom Line

For affluent travelers, Azamara Club Cruises can be an excellent way to travel to exotic locations and immerse themselves in destinations other mainstream cruise lines have trouble accessing. However for those who are not affluent, Azamera Club Cruises is a bit too pricey and these travelers may want to look for another cruise line that fits their financial budget.