Azamara has announced a five-month world cruise set for 2024 aboard its newest ship, Azamara Onward. The 155-night voyage departs on 05JAN from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to reach 40 countries in six continents with 22 overnight stays and 27 late nights in port. In addition, the cruise will also visit more than seven World Wonders.
Bookings are currently open to Azamara Circle Loyalty members only and will be open to all on 07DEC 2021.
“We are thrilled to finally unveil our World Voyage. With opportunities to visit the Seven Wonders of the World and other iconic sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Galapagos, and the Black Sea, we are allowing our guests to check off all their bucket list destinations in one sailing and to connect with more countries and cultures than ever before,” says Carol Cabezas, President of Azamara. “Not only are we taking our guests further, but we are also encouraging them to travel deeper with our unique overnight land experiences, designed to bring travellers to the heart of the destination and giving them enough time to appreciate its culture.”
Highlights of World’s Wonders experiences:
Great Wall of China (three-night land excursion): Travellers will become immersed in Beijing with a visit to the Great Wall of China, a guided tour through the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, and a rickshaw ride through the hutongs, or narrow alleys dating back to the 16th century.
Great Pyramids of Giza (shore excursion): Guests are driven to Egypt’s largest city, Cairo to see the Giza Plateau where the Great Pyramids are found, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence. An Egyptologist will guide guests through the mortuary complex to the Sphinx. In addition, travellers can explore other sites such as the Museum of Antiquities and cruise down the Nile river.
Chichén Itzá (shore excursion): Guests can fly over Caribbean waters and the Mayan Riviera’s tropical jungle to Chichén Itzá, where a tour guide will lead guests through the ruins to see the ancient Mayan way of life.
Petra (shore excursion): Guests can walk through the Siq, the narrow gorge that leads to the desert city of Petra, Jordan. Known as the “Rose Red City” for the color of stone from which it was carved, Petra is home to ancient royal tombs, Colonnaded Street, and the Temple of Qasr al-Bint.
Taj Mahal (three-night land excursion): Travellers can fly to New Delhi for sunrise and sunset visits to the Taj Mahal. Guests can also explore Agra Fort, the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, and I’timād-ud-Daulah tomb, the Taj Mahal’s precursor.
Christ the Redeemer (six-night land excursion): Travellers can enjoy exploration of Rio de Janeiro, including a visit to Corcovado to view the Christ the Redeemer statue, a cable car ride to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain, and a trip to Iguazú Falls to see both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides of the one of the world’s largest waterfalls.
Colosseum (shore excursion): Guests can experience the history inside the Colosseum. A local guide will lead the small group through the 2000-year-old amphitheater that once seated up to 55,000 spectators.
Other overnight experiences available on the World Voyage include a stay on a Great Barrier Reef island, with glass bottom boat excursions and snorkeling to see wildlife up close; a journey through the streets of Transylvania, Romania to learn about the life of Vlad the Impaler, who inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula; and an exploration of the centuries-old rock-cut churches and “fairy chimneys” of Cappadocia, Turkey with accommodation in a cave hotel.
Azamara’s World Voyage comes with exclusive amenities, including the company’s AzAmazing Evenings, designed to connect guests to the local culture of the destination, USD $7,000 in onboard credit, business class air travel, a pre-voyage hotel stay and gala, access to exclusive World Voyage events, and more. Shore excursions and overnight land excursions will be available at an additional price.
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