5 unique experiences on Azamara Club Cruises
Azamara Club Cruises are a small-ship cruise line with a fleet of three identical sister-ships. Each vessel carries just fewer than 700 guests in luxurious and modern surroundings for a more-inclusive cruise holiday. Azamara Journey, Azamara Quest and just launched Azamara Pursuit sail on destination focussed cruise itineraries, offering longer stays in port and more overnight stops than any other cruise line. Additionally, on every voyage, Azamara Club Cruises organise a totally unique “AzAmazing Evening” which is a bespoke shore side experience that money can’t buy. Each event has been carefully crated by Azamara to offer its guest a taste of the destination they are visiting, and what’s more its entirely complimentary.
Here are our top 5 unique AzAmazing Evenings we think you should try.
Cello concert in Dubrovnik, Croatia Old Town
After dinner, Azamara Cruises guests will be taken by guides into the old town of Dubrovnik for a unique cello recital. Climbing the stone steps of the ancient city walls, guests can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the old town, with its narrow streets, cobblestone lanes and ancient ramparts – all illuminated for the evening.
Internationally acclaimed Croatian cellist Ana Rucner will perform a selection of traditional folkloric tunes juxtaposed with her own contemporary arrangements. Born in Zagreb to a family of musicians, Ana is one of the most innovative artists to emerge in recent times, and has won many awards both national and internationally. Ana holds the title of Cello Professor and her unique style has attracted a younger audient with her forays in to electric Cello.
Operatic evening at Livorno, Italy
Livorno is the port for the renaissance town of Florence and historic Pisa, however many people miss the delights of this coastal port and in particular its impressive theatre – the Teatro Goldini. This fully restored theatre is considered one of Italy’s most beautiful, and dates from 1847.
Guests are transferred from the ship by small motor coaches and escorted into the theatre where they are free to choose where to sit – whether the main floor with its red velvet seating, or even the box sets on the higher floors for a higher vantage. Three tenors, accompanied by just a piano, perform for the Azamara guests including operatic O Solo Mio, Sorrento and of course Nessum Dorma, after which they delight the expectant audience with some more modern songs. After the unique operatic performance, the guests return to their Azamara ship to enjoy a glass of chilled champagne to celebrate the end of a perfectly cultured evening.
Cuban rhythms in Santiago de Cuba
Guests depart their Azamara ship and transfer to the Teatro Heredia. The modern theatre was built in 1991 at a cost of some 41 million pesos, and was named after the famous Cuban poet José María Heredia.
It features nine rooms for various cultural activities and the main theatre has a capacity of over 2,400, and was designed by the Cuban architect Antonio Quintana. Azamara’s guest can enjoy over three hours of locally inspired music and authentic presentations that will take them on a stimulating journey throughout Cuba’s differing styles of dance and music.
Thai cultural performance at ancient Siam, Bangkok
Guests can partake in the Loi Krathong festival, which translates as “to float in a basket”. The guests can enjoy floating small bowls, traditionally made from banana leaf, containing a small portion of food. They are often decorated with flowers, incense and candles.
After the festival, guests can enjoy a Thai cultural performance of singing and dancing. The Ancient Siam is a park that houses many different styles of Thai architecture, monuments and symbols, and the Sanphet Prasat Palace is considered by many to be one of the parks most celebrated masterpieces. Guests can enjoy drinking local beers, herbal teas or indulge in some local delicacies like Thai chicken Satay.
Orchestral performance in ancient Ephesus
After a delicious dinner on board their Azamara ship, guests are transported back in time as they visit the ancient ruins of Ephesus, easily accessible from the port of Kusadasi, Turkey.
They can enjoy a 12-piece string orchestra as they sit on the ruins of the Odeon, an ancient amphitheatre constructed in the 2nd century. The building was originally used for meetings of the senate and also as a concert hall, built on the orders of two wealthy Ephesus citizens. The stone ruins are transformed with dramatic lighting and candles as the musicians perform classics by Mozart, Bach and Brahms as dusk falls.
Scott Anderson is General Manager at The Luxury Cruise Company. The Luxury Cruise Company is your port of call for incredible cruise holidays.