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Azamara Club Cruises' Land Discoveries Programmes to offer more than 100 immersive experiences

Azamara Club Cruises transformed luxury cruising by offering discerning guests longer stays, more overnights and night touring on nearly all of its voyages. It is once again evolving its Land Discoveries shore excursion programme with two new offerings aimed at culture-seekers. Beginning with the 2014 Europe season, guests seeking a more in depth, personalised destination experience can choose from two exclusive programmes that will immerse them in a destination through its people. 

The first programme, Insider Access, features exclusive invitation into the ancestral home, workshop or place of business of a local insider. It allows guests to actively engage with knowledgeable individuals who will share colourful stories and historic tales of their home destination on a personal level. The second, Nights and Cool Places, makes the most of Azamara’s longer stays in port and overnights with an intimate night touring programme. These custom after dinner experiences give guests exclusive opportunities to visit world-famous museums after hours, such as Malaga’s Picasso Museum; sip cocktails at a local hot spot, such as Rio de Janeiro’s Scenarium; or take a stroll on an intimate guided architectural walk – all with a local guide.  

“Azamara Club Cruises offers our guests access to the nightlife of captivating places worldwide by creating voyages with the unique ability to stay at port well after other ships have departed, and often overnight,” said Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises.  “This access allows travellers to engage, explore and discover a culture when it is at its most vibrant. The demand for immersive experience is such that we developed two new, intimate shore excursion programmes to provide our guests with an insider’s perspective that, not only connects them to local environments, but that will stimulate their mind and senses.”   

Azamara and its two intimate boutique ships are known for their hand-crafted voyages which discover the world through lesser-known and less travelled ports of call.  Guests of Azamara are often port collectors looking for their next adventure to add to the collection.  

Through these new Land Discoveries programmes, Azamara is curating these sought-after collectible moments for its guests. For example, as part of the new Insider Access programme, guests calling at Haifa, Israel, can step into the home of a Druze family for a hands-on cooking workshop. While the meal is being prepared guests will get insight to the secret religion, tradition and culture of the Druze people who have inhabited the holy land for hundreds of years.  

Both of these new programmes continue to build on Azamara’s promise of destination immersion to its guests.  The Insider Access programme creates an intimate group of eight to 12 curious and adventurous guests and provides them with access to the people of a destination, while the Nights and Cool Places programme will offer 15-20 guests exclusive access to some of the world’s best known sights. For example guests sailing an Asia itinerary can sign up for an unforgettable night tour to view Hong Kong’s famous Symphony of Lights from the Sky Terrace at the Peak following a tram ride offering incredible panoramic views.  

The Insider Access and Nights and Cool Places programmes are available for booking now.

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