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Azamara World Journey 2018

The stunning port of Sydney, Australia, is the perfect send-off as you step onboard your club-like home for the next several months. This is only the beginning of the extraordinary places you’ll see.

DEPARTURE DATES INSIDE OCEANVIEW BALCONY SUITE
CURRENT SELECTION
Wed 7 Mar 2018 $40,039
$392 per day
$44,589
$437 per day
$53,789
$527 per day
$70,069
$687 per day
Our flexible easy layby plans are very popular and available to suit - find out more

Places beguiling and exotic. Charming, legendary, and historic. And endlessly fascinating. Sail from winter into spring. See temples, deserts and architectural marvels. Ruins, rivieras and cities old and new. Ending in the heart of London, England, right beneath the legendary Tower Bridge.

And as you come and go, exploring one magical destination after another, always return to the same friendly, attentive service. The same sparkling accommodations. And all of the finest amenities you can imagine. While you travel the world, our world revolves around you. The world is waiting for you. What are you waiting for?

The 2018 World Journey will be sailing from Sydney to London as follows:
* Sydney, Australia 7-Mar-2018 to London, England 17-Jun-2018:
* 102 days
* 61 ports
* 29 countries
* 18 late nights
* 14 overnights
* Azamazing Evenings

World Voyage Inclusions
* Roundtrip Economy Class airfare from select gateways
* Upgrade to business class for $2,999 per person.
* Roundtrip Business class for Suite Guests from select gateways
* One night pre-voyage hotel in Sydney (5-star), including a kick-off party hosted by Azamara President & CEO Larry Pimentel
* US$1,000 per person Onboard Spending Money
* One laundry bag per week, per person
* Up to US$500 per person luggage reimbursement
* Free Internet onboard… Two VIP onboard events… Complimentary Gifts
Always included:
* Complimentary AzAmazing Evenings
* 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
And for Suites, so is this...
* English butler service
* 235 complimentary Internet minutes, per guest
* One free bag of laundry service per suite, each seven days
* Complimentary seating in specialty restaurants
* Afternoon tea service in-suite

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The smaller size of the Azamara Journey allows us to navigate famous waterways. Dock right in the city center. Take you to ports where larger ships won’t fit. We keep your destinations just where you like them. On your doorstep... Contact us today on 1800 121 187 and talk to an Azamara specialist!

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Wed 7 Mar 2018 Sydney, Australia 21:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Cruise ships berthed at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) access sweeping views of the harbour, Opera House, CBD, Circular Quay ferry terminal, and Sydney Harbour Bridge – all within a few minutes’ walk. The White Bay Cruise Terminal for mid-sized vessels that can pass under the Bridge docks two cruise ships. White Bay is 30 minutes’ drive by taxi or shuttle bus from the CBD and Central Station, or take a ferry from Circular Quay (am) or Darling Harbour (pm) on cruise days. Long term car parking is not too far away from each terminal. During the crowded summer season cruise ships occasionally tender passengers from Athol Buoy and Point Piper Buoy. QM2 has docked at Garden Island Naval Base.

Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is Australia's first and largest city. Astride the magnificent Sydney Harbour, it has come a long way from its convict beginnings in 1788, but still exudes a rough and colonial energy. Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour on a wide range of vessels including yachts, tall ships, catamarans, or even kayaks. If adventurous try a jet boat ride, or perhaps decide that there's no better way to see the sights than on a Sydney Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Harbour Cruise. Take surfing lessons at Manly and Bondi Beaches. On the harbour’s north shore are Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Aquarium, and on a tiny island in the middle of the harbour tour historic Fort Denison.

Adjacent to the OPT investigate The Rocks precinct with its images of a colourful convict past. Day options include a climb to the top of the ‘Coathanger’, tour of the Opera House, dining at the Skywalk of Sydney Tower, strolling in Hyde Park, dining at an ethnic restaurant, Duty-Free shopping, and striking up a conversation with friendly locals. One-day coach tours visit the highlights of Sydney, Hunter Valley wine region, and the spectacular Blue Mountains. Take a scenic flight over the Harbour and Pacific surfing coastline. For lovers of sport, whale-watching, sky diving, and hot air ballooning are also on offer.

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2 Thu 8 Mar 2018 At Sea
3 Fri 9 Mar 2018 Brisbane, Australia 8:00 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal at Hamilton, up-river and 6 km from the CBD, is accessed by ships that clear the twin Gateway Bridges and less than 270m in length. Pacific Dawn sails year-round from here to the South Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, and PNG. Pacific Aria is based here in summer months, and replaced by Pacific Eden from November 2016. Sun and Sea Princess, and Legend of the Seas also use Portwide Wharf in their itineraies. Larger vessels berth at the Port of Brisbane where the river enters Moreton Bay, 20 km from the CBD. In early 2016 P&O’s Aurora and Arcadia, and Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary II begin sectors of their world cruises in Brisbane. This semi-tropical city, situated on the Brisbane River, is the capital of the Sunshine State.

A day’s trip away are the Sunshine and Gold Coasts with their beautiful hinterlands, and the famous Australia Zoo. In the CBD take a free bus around past heritage landmarks, such as the historic Windmill and the Old Commissariat Store, some built by convicts in 1828. Do visit the newly-restored City Hall. Across the river from the CBD is South Bank, with its sandy beach and eateries, Gallery of Modern Art, Museum & Science Centre, Piazza and ferry terminal. Take a CityCat upstream to view river-side parklands, the University of Queensland, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (a world top-ten zoo). Feed and handle the animals, home to koalas, kangaroos, Australian birds, Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes and reptiles. Be photographed cuddling a koala or a python. Climb the Story Bridge at dusk, it’s fantastic.

Take a bus to Mount Coot-tha and take in a 300 degree view of the entire city, while visiting the interesting cafes. The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a great vantage point to see the Brisbane River and city buildings, while those wanting ‘action’ can go rock climbing and abseiling with the Riverlife Adventure Centre. Meet with the local aboriginal tribe, Mirrabooka, and share in rich Aboriginal culture presented by the Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers in the natural bushland of Kangaroo Point.

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4 Sat 10 Mar 2018 At Sea
5 Sun 11 Mar 2018 Hardy Reef, Australia 7:30 9:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Hardy Reef is situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef approximately 80 km NE of the Whitsunday Islands. It is a platform reef, which means that it has grown to its full height of 20 – 30 metres, and is now expanding outward with large shallow areas ideal for diving and snorkelling. On display amongst the beautiful corals are turtles and amazing, brilliantly coloured giant clams, some of which even glow in the sunlight. There are several platforms from which to explore the reef, including 'Reef World' that is permanently located in a deep channel traversing the reef.

There are no islands on the reef, but the underwater observatory and semi-submersible provide underwater viewing for non-divers. Spectacular fish life include Trevally, Coral Trout, Snapper and a host of smaller marine life. Giant Maori Wrasse and Giant Queensland Groper usually congregate for a free feed. All this together with the sparkling water and scenic helicopter flights, add to the enjoyment of the diversity of this underwater playground.



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5 Sun 11 Mar 2018 Whitsundays, Australia 10:30 13:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Bordered by the Great Barrier Reef in the calm waters of the Coral Sea, the 74 tropical islands of the Whitsundays lie midway up the Queensland coast. A secluded haven of natural wonders, they are Australia's answer to the cruising grounds of the Caribbean. A visit to the Whitsundays - surrounded by natural beauty, dotted with secluded beaches, and friendly towns from which to explore - is a wonderful experience. It’s no wonder that some of the largest ships on World Cruises anchor here, alongside white-sailed yachts and coral-viewing boats! Named by Cook in 1770, the Whitsundays is the largest group of offshore islands in Australia.

Activities to be enjoyed naturally include swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and interacting with the marine life. But there's also bush walking and visits to fascinating places like Whitehaven Beach and other perfect locations. Home to tens of thousands of species of brilliantly coloured fish, coral and other marine life, the Great Barrier Reef is a spectacular underwater playground and the Whitsundays lie in the very heart of the reef.

With by far the majority of the islands designated national park, they are in their purest natural state for all to enjoy. The region’s sparkling azure seas, coral cays, fringing coral reefs and stunning beaches offer a lifetime's worth of quiet anchorages and empty white-sand beaches fanned by steady breezes virtually every day of the year. The spectacular views and pure escapism will be forever etched in your memory.

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5 Sun 11 Mar 2018 Hamilton Island, Australia 13:00 19:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Perfectly situated amongst the 74 Whitsunday islands in the Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coast, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other. Unlike most islands off the east coast of Australia, Hamilton Island is used almost exclusively for tourism.

Mainland motor vehicles are prohibited, except those for tradespeople. Transport needs are mostly served by a fleet of golf buggies available for rent. Tourism Queensland's promotion of the island for “The best job in the world” campaign has generated more than 200 million dollars US in global publicity, and thus promoted Hamilton as a global tourist destination.

With restaurants and take-away outlets offering a huge range of cuisine including the freshest seafood, glorious weather (the average year round temperature is 27 deg.), azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, and activities including scenic flights, safari tours, water skiing and all the other enjoyable water sports, there is always something to do! Add to this, fantastic shopping at over 20 boutiques and specialty stores throughout the marina village and resort centre, and you'll be truly sad to leave this stunning destination.

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6 Mon 12 Mar 2018 Townsville, Australia 8:00 19:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Townsville is a city on the NE coast of Queensland, Australia. Adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef, the city has direct access to the beach. It lies in the dry tropics region, with old gold mining towns, rainforest waterfalls and a relaxed Queensland ambience that add up to 'life in Townsville'. A couple of notable 'must-dos' include viewing the city and Magnetic Island from Castle Hill that overlooks the CBD. Many also visit the preserved World War II bunkers on Castle Hill. Take a stroll along The Strand, the city's beach-front promenade. Stroll by cafes and shops in the mall, and perhaps visit the Museum of Tropical Queensland with its fascinating relics.

Many types of day trips and adventures are available. In town view the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet at the world's largest living-coral reef aquarium. Visit the surrounding rural townships to learn about their historic gold mining origins. The nearby national parks include some amazing sights such as the Wallaman Falls (Australia's tallest sheer drop waterfall), Australia's youngest dormant volcano, World Heritage listed rainforest, and a ‘who’s who’ of native Australian animals. If you like your fish bigger, tastier, and preferably at the end of a line, you’re going to love Townsville. Adventurers may even wish to try white water rafting, go reef diving at the Lady Bowen Dive Site at Mission Beach, or take a scenic flight and try skydiving.

This is a city that offers cosmopolitan sophistication with the sights and sounds of the pristine wilderness areas fringing its borders. A range of centres showcase natural and cultural attractions sponsored by local indigenous Australians. If you have the time, a day’s trip takes you to the heritage buildings of the old gold-mining centres of Charters Towers and Ravenswood. Eight kilometres off shore is the animal sanctuary on Magnetic Island with koalas in their natural habitat.

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7 Tue 13 Mar 2018 Cairns, Australia 7:00 21:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Cairns, located on the warm waters of Trinity Bay, 400km from the northernmost part of the State, is the gateway to tropical north Queensland. Pacific Eden will homeport at Cairns from September to November 2016. Nearby are many attractions, including The Great Barrier Reef - 90 min. by boat - and the Daintree National Park, Cairns is a tourist magnet. The city itself has several theme parks for tourists, which offer an overview of its natural surroundings. These include: Rainforestation Nature Park, Tjaipukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, and one of the world's most beautiful rainforest experiences, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This is a gondola cableway over the rainforest canopy, between Cairns and Kuranda, offering unsurpassed views of steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park.

Whilst Cairns continues to develop and modernise, one can experience touches from its pioneering days at the Pioneer Cemetery and the Cairns City Library. The Cairns Historical Society Museum is cleverly put together to provide a walk back in time through the use of artefacts and information from indigenous and early settlers. It certainly is well worth visiting. Enjoy the tropical Palm trees, the shopping, watching the unique bird life feeding along the mudflats, and absorb the city's cosmopolitan, colourful, almost carnival atmosphere. Muddy’s Playground, set on the Esplanade with ocean views, is an amazing - and free - wonderland for children. Cairns Lagoon is also well known for topless sunbathing.

There are several parks, such as the Cairns Botanic Gardens, a tropical wonderland with a great diversity of lush tropical plants, which offer an oasis of calm. For those interested in day tours, the Green Island Day Trip from Cairns offers visitors a variety of activities such as glass-bottom boat tours, semi-submarine coral viewing tours, scuba diving, and snorkelling. The historic Kuranda Scenic Railway’s day trip not only offers spectacular views of Barron Falls, but also includes an onboard commentary during the train ride, as well as the opportunity to explore Kuranda Village and browse the famous Heritage Markets. If time permits, many take snorkelling tours that also offer scuba-diving lessons, meals and entertainment.

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8 Wed 14 Mar 2018 At Sea
9 Thu 15 Mar 2018 Thursday Island, Australia 7:00 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Thursday Island, or 'T.I.' as it's usually known, is the name of the island and the town that is the administrative and commercial centre of the Torres Strait Islands. The island group is off the far north Queensland mainland in Torres Strait, just 39 km north of Cape York Peninsula. The lucrative pearling industry founded in 1885 attracted workers from around Asia, particularly South Pacific Islanders, and this has resulted in a fascinating cultural mosaic. Green Fort Hill provides views over the town of Thursday Island, and provides fascinating insights into the local history that dates back to 1880 when it acted as the defence centre for Australia. The gun emplacements are still there and the magazines below have been converted to a very interesting museum.

Although just three square kilometres in area, it is the most developed island in the Torres Strait Island Group and offers reef, island, and harbour cruises, helicopter flights, opportunities for diving, fishing and snorkelling, as well as a guided bus tour. No other place in Australia has a history longer or more colourful than these islands. Passing through the Strait were many famous seamen, including Captains Cook and Bligh, and even Jules Verne novel stranded the Nautilus there in Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Visit the Torres Strait Museum and the Japanese Pearl Divers Memorial. Explore the local township, the new Cultural Centre, and the shops that feature the island's most famous export, pearls.

Another option is to take the ferry to the Horn Island Jetty where one can catch live bait in an instance and then chuck out a handline and bring in a good catch every time. The Maritime Museum, and The Quetta Memorial Museum attached to the Quetta Memorial Church, are also worth visiting. The island is an attractive and easy going little place, but is one of the last great frontiers in Australia. English is the official language of the island, although Torres Strait Creole is predominant on a social level.

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10 Fri 16 Mar 2018 At Sea
11 Sat 17 Mar 2018 At Sea
12 Sun 18 Mar 2018 Darwin, Australia 7:00 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 The new Darwin cruise ship terminal, adjacent to Stokes Hill wharf waterfront area and convention centre, is only one kilometre from Darwin’s CBD. Modern amenities, hotels and parking are right there, alongside a mini-market with beautiful local productions – Aboriginal art and crafts, diamonds and opals, and eateries, all very distinctive of the Top End. Darwin is a home port for the small luxury vessels Coral Princess and Oceanic Discoverer that explore the Kimberley coast to Broome. A score of cruise ship lines include Darwin in their itineraries for Australia, Indonesia, South-East Asia and World Cruises. The harbour, seven times the area of Sydney Harbour, and bounded by mangrove forest, offers great fishing, sunken ships, and sea life.

Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia. Its tropical climate has two seasons, Wet and Dry. The hottest month is November, just before the onset of the monsoon season, locally known as 'Mango Madness' season. Originally a pioneer outpost, Darwin has been rebuilt twice. Air raids during World War II landed more bombs than on Pearl Harbour. Then came the devastation of Cyclone Tracy in 1974 that flattened 70% of the city. Visits to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the East Point Military Museum, the Aviation Heritage Centre, and the Myilly Point Historical Precinct, give one a truly fascinating understanding and 'feel' for the local history.

The lazy beaches, modern wave pool, buzzing markets, the orchids and traditional Aboriginal plants in the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, and numerous annual festivals make Darwin a cultural melting pot of exotic smells and flavours. Stroll around this vibrant, cosmopolitan, yet casual city, passing the occasional busker intoning the droning sound of a didgeridoo. Quite special. Truly a young city rich in history and cultural heritage.

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13 Mon 19 Mar 2018 At Sea
14 Tue 20 Mar 2018 At Sea
15 Wed 21 Mar 2018 Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia 7:00 22:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Bali is an Indonesian island located at the western-most of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. It is one of the country's 33 provinces, with the provincial capital at Denpasar towards the south of the island. The island is home to the vast majority of Indonesia's small Hindu minority, and it is also the largest tourist destination in the country. Activities on offer include premium white water rafting, jungle trekking, river kayaking, mountain cycling and scuba diving. Visit the Elephant Safari Park & Lodge, where you can touch, feed and ride an elephant through the tropical jungle, or an ideal place for families is the Circus Waterpark Bali that allows for exciting rides or simply relaxing.

In the town of Denpasar you will be fascinated by the great range of shopping opportunities, including wooden carvings, paintings, silverware, batik cloth, and a range of other handicrafts. However assure yourself of the quality of the products and be sure to bargain politely. If possible listen to a gamelan orchestra, perhaps accompanying an hour-long Balinese costumed dance. Don't forget to see the famous Kuta Beach perhaps for a delightful swim followed by a massage or hair braiding opportunity. Nusa Dua, Tanah Lot, and the artists’ town of Ubud with its Monkey Forest – where you need to protect your belongings from the monkeys – are other great spots for tourists. (Be alert not be bitten by a dog or monkey carrying rabies.)



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16 Thu 22 Mar 2018 Celukan Bawang, Indonesia 7:30 19:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Celukan Bawang, with its large wharf, is the main cargo port of northern Bali, trading in timber and cement from Kalimantan (Borneo) and Java. Bugis schooners, the magnificent sailing vessels that take their name from the seafaring people of Sulawesi, anchor here. What you see here is not the westernised tourist potpourri of Kuta Beach. The beaches are clean, and a small boat will take you out to coral reefs good for snorkelling. Find local transport for the 30 km drive east along the coastal road to the town of Lovina.

En route get a feeling for village life, stop to browse at small roadside warungs, and photograph the black volcanic beaches, Balinese temples, and roadside rice fields. Shop along the way for handicrafts, and do try tasty local food. Be adventurous. Chat with locals who are keen to try out their English. Practise friendly bartering. Whatever you pay for intricate filigree silverware, or a first-grade wooden carving, will be a bargain.



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17 Fri 23 Mar 2018 At Sea
18 Sat 24 Mar 2018 At Sea
19 Sun 25 Mar 2018 Singapore, Singapore 8:00 17:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Singapore is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It lies 137 km N of the Equator, just south of the Malaysian state of Johor. One of the few remaining city-states in the world, Singapore is a thriving cosmopolitan city that is brimming with diversity and has a multiplicity of culture, language, arts and architecture and a world famous variety of cuisine. You'll find historic sites like the Thian Hock Keng temple, superlative shopping, including gargantuan malls, and numerous beaches. You will certainly not be surprised to know that over ten million tourists visit Singapore each year.

Before the shops open at 11 am visit the famed Botanic Gardens with its virgin rainforest and its magnificent orchids, and have a delightful breakfast at the food court at Tanglin Gate. Then you will probably gravitate to the famed retail stretch of Orchard Road. Continue on to see the 'real Singapore'. Visit the amazing artwork at the Ritz Carlton, tour the unheralded Chinatown Heritage Centre, go to Haji Lane for some unique shopping, take a ride on the 165 m high Flyer, and perhaps travel to Dempsey Hill and enjoy the historical setting as well as eat at the White Rabbit.

There are a series of delightful tours that include the famous Raffles Hotel, harbour cruises, visiting the famous Sentosa Island by the scenic cable car and which offers some truly fantastic experiences for children and adults alike. Or, take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour with its inviting buses and interesting commentary, and hence get 'a feel' for the island. Singapore also happens to be one of the cleanest and safest cities of its size in the world. Just make sure you heed all the local laws, as penalties here are renowned for being very severe.

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20 Mon 26 Mar 2018 At Sea
21 Tue 27 Mar 2018 Bintulu (for Simalajau National Park), Malaysia 8:00 17:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Bintulu is a coastal town, and the capital of Bintulu District in the Bintulu Division of Sarawak, Malaysia. Although it is possibly best known for currently being the world's largest liquefied natural gas production facility on a single site, it is also a central gateway to tourist spots such as the Bakun Resort, the Niah Caves, and the Bario Highlands.

Just 30 km from the town centre is Simalajau National Park, a recreational resort that features rainforests, beaches of white and golden sand, as well as being rich in flora and fauna. Apart from the tropical vegetation, a variety of turtles come to nest from March to September, while all year round numerous birds are to be seen, and in the waters there are marine mammals including whales, dugongs and dolphins aplenty.

There are also a variety of interesting trails ranging from some short walks to jungle trekking, though you may choose to reach a range of focal points by privately arranging travel by a fast boat. Along the way enjoy getting to know the people and do some shopping.

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22 Wed 28 Mar 2018 Bandar Seri, Brunei 8:00 22:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Bandar Seri Begawan, or Bandar as it's known locally, is the capital of Brunei and the sultanate's only settlement of any real size. Straddling the northern bank of a bend in the Brunei River, the city is distinguished by its unlikely mixture of striking modern buildings and traditional homes. Due mainly to the discovery of oil, it now stands as an attractive, clean and modern city. The city incorporates a nearby water village, Kampong Ayer, which has houses on stilts and stretches about 8 km along the river. It is a well preserved national heritage site, the largest of its kind in the world, with approximately 30,000 residents. The name Venice of the East is most appropriate.

For its historical background, visit the museum in Twelve Roofs House. The city has a mixture of sights that include mosques, palaces, museums, parks and historic buildings. Places of interest include the free Royal Regalia Building (home to the Sultan's treasures), the Disneyland-style Jerudong Playground, the Kampong Ayer Cultural and tourism Gallery, and the Sultan's Palace. Above all, remember that the city offers a great shopping experience, and possibly enjoy a visit to the Tamu to purchase fantastic ethnic artefacts to take home as gifts.



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23 Thu 29 Mar 2018 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia 8:00 17:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Kota Kinabalu, or KK for short, is the capital of Sabah State in East Malaysia and is located on the northern coast of Borneo. With its modern office buildings, commercial edifices and extensive construction work being undertaken on every corner, one could be forgiven for forgetting the almost century-long British control, and think that KK was built just yesterday. Take the time to visit the old Post Office and the Atkinson Clock Tower and absorb the older part of the capital. Then walk up to Signal Hill and enjoy the breathtaking view of the whole city and some of the islands and you will get a complete 'feel' of this great and friendly city.

Just 'around the corner', you have long sandy beaches, paradise islands, virgin coral reefs, tropical rain forests, and the mighty Mount Kinabalu. Travel is easy as there are buses, taxis, ferries, and even bicycle rentals. With 30 ethnic groups, the food is varied in texture and taste. Shopping is most enjoyable both in the very modern malls and the local markets. Visiting the Mount Kinabalu area - just a two-hour car drive away - is regarded as a 'must do', as there you will find Malaysia's first world heritage listed park, the Kinabalu Park, renowned for its orchids and unique ferns.



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24 Fri 30 Mar 2018 At Sea
25 Sat 31 Mar 2018 Ho Chi Minh City (Vungtau), Vietnam 12:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, Vungtau), the largest city of Vietnam in SE Asia, is situated on the banks of the Saigon River which flows into the Mekong delta, in the south of the country. Phu My, 70km to the SE, is one of the many ports used by tourist ships bringing visitors to this rapidly developing and dynamic city with more than 6 million citizens. Ho Chi Minh City’s architecture and lifestyle is a combination of American and Chinese influences. Modern office skyscrapers, amidst Chinese style pagodas and food stalls along the street, create a dynamic urban area in a very special sense.

Almost half a century has passed since the Vietnam War ended in 1975 with the fall of this bustling metropolis, yet the essence of the city, a major trading centre since the 18th century, remains unchanged. The air is filled with the cries of street hawkers and honking horns. Swarms of motorbikes buzz down the crowded streets balancing every sort of cargo imaginable, from clinging families to coops of live chickens. And everywhere friendly faces and warm greetings meet you, while people sell everything from fruit to DVDs. The city post-office, Notre Dame church and Ben Thanh market, are notable sights.

The city remains the economic capital of the country and is booming, with new hotels and businesses opening daily. Many of the landmarks from the colonial days remain, and they give an otherwise sprawling metropolis some much needed ambience. If you want to learn more about the present, District 1 provides the experience of a dynamic and booming economy. Streets and boulevards are lined with tall evergreen trees and most major tourist venues are in this District. The three main amusement parks: Dam Sen, Suoi Tien and Dai Nam, all have zoos, water and non-water games, so are well-fitted for a family trip.

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26 Sun 1 Apr 2018 Ho Chi Minh City (Vungtau), Vietnam 13:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, Vungtau), the largest city of Vietnam in SE Asia, is situated on the banks of the Saigon River which flows into the Mekong delta, in the south of the country. Phu My, 70km to the SE, is one of the many ports used by tourist ships bringing visitors to this rapidly developing and dynamic city with more than 6 million citizens. Ho Chi Minh City’s architecture and lifestyle is a combination of American and Chinese influences. Modern office skyscrapers, amidst Chinese style pagodas and food stalls along the street, create a dynamic urban area in a very special sense.

Almost half a century has passed since the Vietnam War ended in 1975 with the fall of this bustling metropolis, yet the essence of the city, a major trading centre since the 18th century, remains unchanged. The air is filled with the cries of street hawkers and honking horns. Swarms of motorbikes buzz down the crowded streets balancing every sort of cargo imaginable, from clinging families to coops of live chickens. And everywhere friendly faces and warm greetings meet you, while people sell everything from fruit to DVDs. The city post-office, Notre Dame church and Ben Thanh market, are notable sights.

The city remains the economic capital of the country and is booming, with new hotels and businesses opening daily. Many of the landmarks from the colonial days remain, and they give an otherwise sprawling metropolis some much needed ambience. If you want to learn more about the present, District 1 provides the experience of a dynamic and booming economy. Streets and boulevards are lined with tall evergreen trees and most major tourist venues are in this District. The three main amusement parks: Dam Sen, Suoi Tien and Dai Nam, all have zoos, water and non-water games, so are well-fitted for a family trip.

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27 Mon 2 Apr 2018 At Sea
28 Tue 3 Apr 2018 Bangkok (Klong Toey), Thailand 9:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Klong Toey Port lands you right in the heart of Bangkok, the capital, largest urban area, and primary city of Thailand. The city is situated at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. It is a place where the past, present, and future live harmoniously together, as reflected by the luxury hotels and gleaming skyscrapers that grace the skyline alongside dazzling, historical, temples. The city's wealth of cultural landmarks and attractions in addition to its notorious entertainment venues has made it synonymous with exoticism. There are some wonderful boat tours on offer that provide a peaceful, relaxing way of seeing some fantastic sights.

Places well worth visiting include the country's most visited historical venues such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun, as well as the Vimanmek Palace Complex, and a few of its thousands of temples. The National Museum and the National Gallery Museum have wonderful displays of traditional and contemporary works. For something different, visit the Snake and Crocodile Farms, or even the largest outdoor museum in the world, Ancient City, with its replicas of famous buildings. Alternatively get lost in ancient Siamese history with a river cruise to the famous ruins of Ayuthaya, the Kingdom's former capital.

Be aware that foreign residents and tourists alike complain of widespread scams and blatant price gouging, but by being circumspect, you will thoroughly enjoy this amazing city which draws in eleven million international visitors annually. You are sure to find exactly what you are looking for among dazzling temples, eclectic markets, gleaming palaces, ritzy shopping malls, a famous nightlife and the many things in between. It is one of the most cosmopolitan, contrasting and, above all, compelling of Asian cities. Make sure to arrive in Bangkok with a zest to explore, and to make the most of every minute in this magical metropolis.

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29 Wed 4 Apr 2018 Bangkok (Klong Toey), Thailand
Azamara World Journey 2018 Klong Toey Port lands you right in the heart of Bangkok, the capital, largest urban area, and primary city of Thailand. The city is situated at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. It is a place where the past, present, and future live harmoniously together, as reflected by the luxury hotels and gleaming skyscrapers that grace the skyline alongside dazzling, historical, temples. The city's wealth of cultural landmarks and attractions in addition to its notorious entertainment venues has made it synonymous with exoticism. There are some wonderful boat tours on offer that provide a peaceful, relaxing way of seeing some fantastic sights.

Places well worth visiting include the country's most visited historical venues such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun, as well as the Vimanmek Palace Complex, and a few of its thousands of temples. The National Museum and the National Gallery Museum have wonderful displays of traditional and contemporary works. For something different, visit the Snake and Crocodile Farms, or even the largest outdoor museum in the world, Ancient City, with its replicas of famous buildings. Alternatively get lost in ancient Siamese history with a river cruise to the famous ruins of Ayuthaya, the Kingdom's former capital.

Be aware that foreign residents and tourists alike complain of widespread scams and blatant price gouging, but by being circumspect, you will thoroughly enjoy this amazing city which draws in eleven million international visitors annually. You are sure to find exactly what you are looking for among dazzling temples, eclectic markets, gleaming palaces, ritzy shopping malls, a famous nightlife and the many things in between. It is one of the most cosmopolitan, contrasting and, above all, compelling of Asian cities. Make sure to arrive in Bangkok with a zest to explore, and to make the most of every minute in this magical metropolis.

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30 Thu 5 Apr 2018 Bangkok (Klong Toey), Thailand 14:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Klong Toey Port lands you right in the heart of Bangkok, the capital, largest urban area, and primary city of Thailand. The city is situated at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. It is a place where the past, present, and future live harmoniously together, as reflected by the luxury hotels and gleaming skyscrapers that grace the skyline alongside dazzling, historical, temples. The city's wealth of cultural landmarks and attractions in addition to its notorious entertainment venues has made it synonymous with exoticism. There are some wonderful boat tours on offer that provide a peaceful, relaxing way of seeing some fantastic sights.

Places well worth visiting include the country's most visited historical venues such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun, as well as the Vimanmek Palace Complex, and a few of its thousands of temples. The National Museum and the National Gallery Museum have wonderful displays of traditional and contemporary works. For something different, visit the Snake and Crocodile Farms, or even the largest outdoor museum in the world, Ancient City, with its replicas of famous buildings. Alternatively get lost in ancient Siamese history with a river cruise to the famous ruins of Ayuthaya, the Kingdom's former capital.

Be aware that foreign residents and tourists alike complain of widespread scams and blatant price gouging, but by being circumspect, you will thoroughly enjoy this amazing city which draws in eleven million international visitors annually. You are sure to find exactly what you are looking for among dazzling temples, eclectic markets, gleaming palaces, ritzy shopping malls, a famous nightlife and the many things in between. It is one of the most cosmopolitan, contrasting and, above all, compelling of Asian cities. Make sure to arrive in Bangkok with a zest to explore, and to make the most of every minute in this magical metropolis.

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31 Fri 6 Apr 2018 Ko Samui, Thailand 8:00 14:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Ko Samui (Koh Samui) is an island off the E coast of the Kra Isthmus in Thailand, about 35 km NE of Surat Thani town. It is Thailand's third largest island, the central part of which is an uninhabitable mountainous jungle. The various lowland areas are connected by a single road that circumnavigates the island. Explore pristine beaches, villages, and relaxing beach-side restaurants, either by hiring a bicycle or hiring a local Samui driver/guide to show you around. The island is truly an oasis of natural beauty, with its white sandy beaches, dazzling coral, luscious lagoons, picturesque waterfalls, swaying coconut trees and crystal clear water.

The Big Buddha, located on the north of the island, is in all the guide books of Samui; but there are several other temples and chedis worth seeking out. Most of the freely distributed maps indicate where the best lookouts are and which waterfalls are notable. Then there are the famous, erotically shaped Hin Ta and Hin Ya rocks at the southern end of Lamai. It is also possible to visit some of the surrounding islands, while a day trip to the gorgeous Ang Thong National Park, which is the least spoilt of all, and accessible with a guide, may be your choice.



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32 Sat 7 Apr 2018 At Sea
33 Sun 8 Apr 2018 Singapore, Singapore 8:00 17:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Singapore is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It lies 137 km N of the Equator, just south of the Malaysian state of Johor. One of the few remaining city-states in the world, Singapore is a thriving cosmopolitan city that is brimming with diversity and has a multiplicity of culture, language, arts and architecture and a world famous variety of cuisine. You'll find historic sites like the Thian Hock Keng temple, superlative shopping, including gargantuan malls, and numerous beaches. You will certainly not be surprised to know that over ten million tourists visit Singapore each year.

Before the shops open at 11 am visit the famed Botanic Gardens with its virgin rainforest and its magnificent orchids, and have a delightful breakfast at the food court at Tanglin Gate. Then you will probably gravitate to the famed retail stretch of Orchard Road. Continue on to see the 'real Singapore'. Visit the amazing artwork at the Ritz Carlton, tour the unheralded Chinatown Heritage Centre, go to Haji Lane for some unique shopping, take a ride on the 165 m high Flyer, and perhaps travel to Dempsey Hill and enjoy the historical setting as well as eat at the White Rabbit.

There are a series of delightful tours that include the famous Raffles Hotel, harbour cruises, visiting the famous Sentosa Island by the scenic cable car and which offers some truly fantastic experiences for children and adults alike. Or, take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour with its inviting buses and interesting commentary, and hence get 'a feel' for the island. Singapore also happens to be one of the cleanest and safest cities of its size in the world. Just make sure you heed all the local laws, as penalties here are renowned for being very severe.

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34 Mon 9 Apr 2018 Kuala Lumpur (Kelang), Malaysia 8:00 19:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Kuala Lumpur - or KL as it is known - is situated midway along the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsula, and as the nation's capital city it is the focal point of the new Malaysia. The city truly brings together Malaysia's past and present and its varied cultures. Visitors can appreciate the evocative British buildings as well as the unbounded spirit of progress that symbolises Malaysia's unhesitating leap into the future. Indeed it is home to the Petronas Twin Towers, among the tallest twin towers in the world. It is also a shopper’s paradise, with vast shopping centres like Suria KLCC that offer everything from designer goods and upmarket electronics to arts and crafts. Exceptional dining opportunities are also on offer.

There are innumerable places of interest to visit, including Independence Square, the National Palace, the historical National Museum, the National Mosque, National Zoo, and the Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre. Not to be overlooked are the Lake Gardens for its unsurpassed beauty and a wide variety of the country's plants and animals. As Kuala Lumpur means ‘Muddy Confluence’ (of two local rivers), canoeing, kayaking and white-water rafting have become passions here. You may even get a chance to take in a game of Canoe Polo. If it's a thrill you seek, look no further than Cosmo's World Theme Park, one of the world's largest indoor amusement parks.

Another amazing feature, considered to be one of Malaysia's most distinctive geographical features and situated just outside the city, are the Batu Caves, whose awe-inspiring natural caverns are reachable by 272 steps. In town enjoy shopping at some of the designated shopping zones such as Petaling Street, and the Central Markets, for local textiles, fabrics and handicrafts. Here you can savour a variety of cuisines, and enjoy this great meeting place for people from all over the world.

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35 Tue 10 Apr 2018 Penang, Malaysia 8:00 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Penang Island is located on the NW coast of the Malaysian Peninsula, by the Strait of Malacca, while Penang State includes a narrow hinterland on the Malaysian Peninsula that is separated from the island by a channel. All tourists should visit the World Heritage Listed site of George Town. Take a trishaw ride or a guided walking tour to explore the nooks and crannies of George Town which, with its unique architectural and cultural townscape, and where every clanhouse and building represents a page of its colourful history, is definitely a ‘must-see’. Also well worth doing is to take a thirty minute cable car ride, or a three-hour hike through lush foliage of the rainforest, to Penang Hill with its amazing views are amazing.

Grand churches, elaborate Buddhist and Indian temples, and magnificent mosques, with their ornate and individual architectural styles also provide an insight to this port of call. The National Park, with its lake consisting of sea water and fresh water that do not mix, and its old lighthouse built in 1883 where visitors are welcome, is also well worth visiting. Be adventurous and explore. Stroll through the malls offering a wide range of merchandise, also enjoy the flea markets, and discover the antique shops and handicraft centres and hone your bargaining skills.

Simply soak up the sun at one of the beautiful beaches such as Batu Ferringhi, and appreciate the respite from the hustle and bustle of town. Long regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang also entices visitors with its scrumptious cuisines. Penang gourmet ranges from street food to fine dining, but its myriads of flavours are definitely unique to the island state. You simply have to try some. You are sure to be fascinated by the fusion of traditional old world fascination and modernity, and of the East and the West.

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36 Wed 11 Apr 2018 Phuket, Thailand 8:00 14:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Phuket is the main town in the SE of an island of the same name, in the south of Thailand. This destination provides perfect silky-soft beaches, together with superb hospitality. With spectacular scenery and warm blue waters, it is not surprising that it is Asia's most popular beach destination. A range of fantastic day trips are of offer that include rafting, trekking, riding an elephant in Khao Lak, snorkelling at Coral Island, sea kayaking or canoeing in Phang Nga Bay, or taking a Jungle Safari in Khao Sok National Park where you get to ride elephants through the jungle - to name but a few.

Other activities include rock climbing, game fishing, scuba diving, or even taking a trip on a speed boat or a Chinese junk to go island-hopping. You may even get to see James Bond Island. Take a walking tour of Old Phuket with its well preserved mansions and shops. The architectural style, typical of the region, is described as Sino-Portuguese and has a strongly Mediterranean character. Interestingly, many shops in the area have old wooden doors with Chinese fretwork carving. Other old European-style buildings of note are the Provincial Hall (Sala Klang), the Phuket Courthouse (San Changwat), and Nakhon Luang Thai Bank.

You may prefer to simply relax on one of the delightful local beaches, and for family fun visit the zoo or the Aquarium, perhaps visiting an island temple to learn about the local culture. Don't forget to savour Thailand's famous food at restaurants, street vendors and all manner of places, which are sure to open your eyes to new taste sensations. There is also great shopping at the range of malls and department stores, as well as the fascinating markets. Attend a Thai cooking class – truly an unforgettable experience. Phuket is certainly a place to extend your horizons.

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37 Thu 12 Apr 2018 At Sea
38 Fri 13 Apr 2018 Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar 9:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Yangon, aka Rangoon, is Myanmar’s largest city and most important commercial centre. It is regarded as the Garden City of the East, and is also famous for its entirely unfamiliar cuisine. Interestingly, due to its international isolation over the last five decades, Yangon has been left not only with its unmistakably colonial style buildings - downtown is a warren of historic streets concealing some of the best British colonial-era architecture - but also an enduring colonial charm and that has all but disappeared elsewhere. Then there’s the Museum that is home to priceless rubies, sapphires, jade and the world's largest pearl that was discovered in 2001.

In contrast, the centrepiece of the city, the stunning Shwedagon Paya - a gleaming golden stupa visible from all over town - and the Strand or Pansodan St that resembles Pall Mall, are very modern. Places like the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda with its pinnacle studded with priceless gems, and the famous bell - that the British and many others have tried unsuccessfully to remove from Myanmar - are also of great interest.

The Cultural Museum where the regalia of the last Myanmar King and imperial throne are housed is another fascinating place to visit. Your memories will be of Yangon’s vibrant and colourful streets, its hectic open-air markets, as well as the friendliest locals from a very wide variety of countries. Yangon’s wide tree-lined avenues endow it with a strange mix of old world delight and modern vitality.

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39 Sat 14 Apr 2018 Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Azamara World Journey 2018 Yangon, aka Rangoon, is Myanmar’s largest city and most important commercial centre. It is regarded as the Garden City of the East, and is also famous for its entirely unfamiliar cuisine. Interestingly, due to its international isolation over the last five decades, Yangon has been left not only with its unmistakably colonial style buildings - downtown is a warren of historic streets concealing some of the best British colonial-era architecture - but also an enduring colonial charm and that has all but disappeared elsewhere. Then there’s the Museum that is home to priceless rubies, sapphires, jade and the world's largest pearl that was discovered in 2001.

In contrast, the centrepiece of the city, the stunning Shwedagon Paya - a gleaming golden stupa visible from all over town - and the Strand or Pansodan St that resembles Pall Mall, are very modern. Places like the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda with its pinnacle studded with priceless gems, and the famous bell - that the British and many others have tried unsuccessfully to remove from Myanmar - are also of great interest.

The Cultural Museum where the regalia of the last Myanmar King and imperial throne are housed is another fascinating place to visit. Your memories will be of Yangon’s vibrant and colourful streets, its hectic open-air markets, as well as the friendliest locals from a very wide variety of countries. Yangon’s wide tree-lined avenues endow it with a strange mix of old world delight and modern vitality.

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40 Sun 15 Apr 2018 Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Yangon, aka Rangoon, is Myanmar’s largest city and most important commercial centre. It is regarded as the Garden City of the East, and is also famous for its entirely unfamiliar cuisine. Interestingly, due to its international isolation over the last five decades, Yangon has been left not only with its unmistakably colonial style buildings - downtown is a warren of historic streets concealing some of the best British colonial-era architecture - but also an enduring colonial charm and that has all but disappeared elsewhere. Then there’s the Museum that is home to priceless rubies, sapphires, jade and the world's largest pearl that was discovered in 2001.

In contrast, the centrepiece of the city, the stunning Shwedagon Paya - a gleaming golden stupa visible from all over town - and the Strand or Pansodan St that resembles Pall Mall, are very modern. Places like the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda with its pinnacle studded with priceless gems, and the famous bell - that the British and many others have tried unsuccessfully to remove from Myanmar - are also of great interest.

The Cultural Museum where the regalia of the last Myanmar King and imperial throne are housed is another fascinating place to visit. Your memories will be of Yangon’s vibrant and colourful streets, its hectic open-air markets, as well as the friendliest locals from a very wide variety of countries. Yangon’s wide tree-lined avenues endow it with a strange mix of old world delight and modern vitality.

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41 Mon 16 Apr 2018 At Sea
42 Tue 17 Apr 2018 At Sea
43 Wed 18 Apr 2018 At Sea
44 Thu 19 Apr 2018 Colombo, Sri Lanka 7:00 17:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Colombo is the largest city, and the commercial, industrial and cultural capital of Sri Lanka. Despite its frenetic traffic and the general hustle and bustle of being where you can see some of the tallest buildings in Asia, it does offer some interesting attractions. In the northern part of the city you can find the British fort, dating from the 19th C, as well as the gracious old buildings of previous colonial eras. Visit the national museum, and the Pettah bazaar district where the streets are crammed with shops and stalls selling everything from vegetables to gemstones.

Other attractions include: Kelaniya, a Buddhist temple located about 8 km away from the city that has become famous because of its beautiful paintings and sculpture; Bere Lake, built by the Portuguese, right in the middle of the city; and the Bellanwila Athidiya Wet Land that is not only renowned for bird watching, but also for being home to some 52 species of butterflies. The Dehiwala Zoo is located in a beautiful setting and is home to a wonderful range of fauna, as well as caring for several endangered species. If possible, don’t miss the 5.15 pm evening elephant show.

Perhaps hire a taxi and simply drive around and appreciate the elegant mansions and tree-lined streets of Cinnamon Gardens. Alternatively, hop on board the exciting open double decker of the Colombo City Tour to witness the charm of Colombo. Take in some Art at the Colombo National Museum that has some terrific examples of ancient paintings, sculptures and sketches dating back to the 4th century BC. Above all, enjoy the variety of foods that can be sampled at restaurants, pavement cafes, and kiosks, as well as at any one of the city's plentiful bars.

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45 Fri 20 Apr 2018 Cochin, India 12:00 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Cochin, which now takes in much of the region adjoining the original town, is a vibrant city on the SW coast of India. It is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west and it enjoys a moderate equatorial climate. It is a blend of modern India, while the old quarter maintains a colonial 'feel'. Successive waves of migration over several centuries of people from all parts of Kerala and most of India has resulted in all being rather more cosmopolitan in outlook. This is seen in many of the women becoming more fashion-conscious and not wearing the traditional Kerala, but rather western clothing.

The most famous landmark of the city is a row of unique Chinese fishing nets at the mouth of the harbour. Enjoy visiting the Fort Kochi area with its beautiful beach, delicious seafood offerings and historical foreshore. St. Francis, the oldest European built church in India, Vasco House, one of the oldest Portuguese houses in India, and the Santa Cruz Basilica are all worth visiting. If possible, stroll along Marine Drive, the long tree-lined coastal pathway that lines the busy backwater, from which you can observe the invitingly diversified array of fishing boats, speedboats, ships, tankers and passenger boats.

Take one of the fascinating tours on offer and you may well enjoy many other delightful places of interest, including Mattancherry Palace with its fine collection of Hindi mural paintings, Bolgatty Palace, and Palliport Fort. Then there are the museums and the well known Bird Sanctuary, to be explored. Needless to say, shopping for handicrafts, clothes and jewellery is also very popular with tourists. There are just so many places of genuine interest to be enjoyed in this city that is also known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’.

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46 Sat 21 Apr 2018 At Sea
47 Sun 22 Apr 2018 Mumbai, India 7:00 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Mumbai, with its natural deep harbour on India's west coast, is its most populous city as well as the richest. Comprising seven islands that once were home to communities of fishing colonies, over time, joined to form the city earlier known as Bombay. It is now the commercial and entertainment capital of India. Surprisingly, the townscape is more reminiscent of a prosperous 19th-century English industrial city than anything you'd expect to find on the edge of the Arabian Sea. Glistening skyscrapers and malls full of designer labels, Bollywood cinema, cricket on the Oval Maidan, and red double-decker buses flourish.

The entrepreneurial spirit and pulsing pace of life provide a sharp contrast to much of the rest of India. There are innumerable fascinating tours to be taken that could well include the Gateway of India that is an historic gateway built in British style, the Prince of Wales Museum, an intriguing selection of temples and tombs, as well as the beach at Chowpatty - with its masseurs, snake handlers and monkey trainers - to name but a few of the fascinating sights. Contemporary art is featured in both government-funded art spaces as well as private commercial galleries.

The Prince of Wales Museum is a renowned museum in South Mumbai that houses rare ancient exhibits of Indian history. If you have a real sense of adventure, and an open wallet, you could dive into Mumbai's madness head first and visit your choice of exciting yet different attractions. It certainly is a bustling, diverse metropolis with a flair all its own. Be sure to dine at some of the finest restaurants in the country. Whatever your choice, you will ever remember your experience of this truly amazing multi-lingual and multi-cultural society.

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48 Mon 23 Apr 2018 At Sea
49 Tue 24 Apr 2018 At Sea
50 Wed 25 Apr 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 17:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Dubai, in the Arabian Gulf, has the world’s largest cruise terminal capable of handling 14,000 passengers per day. The subtropical climate sees blue skies, hot sun, temperatures reaching the mid-40s in Summer, and little precipitation year round, which can make outdoor spaces rather uncomfortable. However, the city is all about contemporary shopping - there are more than 70 shopping malls in the city - and indoor entertainment. Regarded as a shopper’s paradise (everything is available!), price negotiation is often acceptable, especially in the market district. Then there are the astonishing artificial archipelagos, the Palm Islands, and the two other artificial archipelagos - The World and The Universe - that are located between the Palm Islands. Among these islands there are innumerable luxury hotels, exclusive residential beach-side villas and apartments, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities and health spas.

Although much of Dubai is of ultra-modern construction and design, one should not forget that it is home to a wealth of sites with Old World appeal. A ‘must see’ is the Dubai Museum, a former fort constructed in the eighteenth century. Here one finds amazing artefacts - from weapons to musical instruments - that relate to traditional Arabian life down through the centuries. Of great historical importance is the Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House, the palace of a former ruler of the area that is now a museum, affording full insight into the privileged lifestyle of the period. The fantastic architecture of the Jumeirah Mosque - Dubai’s largest – offers tours on certain days, and is best appreciated when the floodlights come on after dark.

Visit the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, and the inspiring Dubai Fountains. Experience the culturally significant Bastakiya Quarteror ride in a wooden boat taxi and take in the sights and smells of the Souks. Visitors can even go skiing at the indoor Ski Dubai resort located in one of the largest shopping malls in the world. It also offers snowboarding and tobogganing, or simply playing in the snow, and even provides chair lifts to the top of the 5 runs. Visits to the Heritage, Diving (pearl) villages and the Museum with artefacts from 3000 B.C are also recommended. Dubai is a place of fascinating contrasts where the East and the West meet, the ancient and the modern merge, and the desert and the sea blend.

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51 Thu 26 Apr 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Dubai, in the Arabian Gulf, has the world’s largest cruise terminal capable of handling 14,000 passengers per day. The subtropical climate sees blue skies, hot sun, temperatures reaching the mid-40s in Summer, and little precipitation year round, which can make outdoor spaces rather uncomfortable. However, the city is all about contemporary shopping - there are more than 70 shopping malls in the city - and indoor entertainment. Regarded as a shopper’s paradise (everything is available!), price negotiation is often acceptable, especially in the market district. Then there are the astonishing artificial archipelagos, the Palm Islands, and the two other artificial archipelagos - The World and The Universe - that are located between the Palm Islands. Among these islands there are innumerable luxury hotels, exclusive residential beach-side villas and apartments, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities and health spas.

Although much of Dubai is of ultra-modern construction and design, one should not forget that it is home to a wealth of sites with Old World appeal. A ‘must see’ is the Dubai Museum, a former fort constructed in the eighteenth century. Here one finds amazing artefacts - from weapons to musical instruments - that relate to traditional Arabian life down through the centuries. Of great historical importance is the Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House, the palace of a former ruler of the area that is now a museum, affording full insight into the privileged lifestyle of the period. The fantastic architecture of the Jumeirah Mosque - Dubai’s largest – offers tours on certain days, and is best appreciated when the floodlights come on after dark.

Visit the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, and the inspiring Dubai Fountains. Experience the culturally significant Bastakiya Quarteror ride in a wooden boat taxi and take in the sights and smells of the Souks. Visitors can even go skiing at the indoor Ski Dubai resort located in one of the largest shopping malls in the world. It also offers snowboarding and tobogganing, or simply playing in the snow, and even provides chair lifts to the top of the 5 runs. Visits to the Heritage, Diving (pearl) villages and the Museum with artefacts from 3000 B.C are also recommended. Dubai is a place of fascinating contrasts where the East and the West meet, the ancient and the modern merge, and the desert and the sea blend.

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52 Fri 27 Apr 2018 Muscat, Oman 15:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Muscat, lying on the Arabian Sea along the Gulf of Oman, is the capital and largest city in the Sultanate of Oman. The climate is very hot, with annual average temperatures ranging from 24C. to 33C., but it can get as high as 49C in the summer. It is, though, very dry, hence humidity is not a problem. With brilliant blue skies and the sparkling white buildings built in traditional Arabic style, it has an atmosphere all of its own. Wedged between the Gulf and the mountains, the scenery is simply spectacular. Visiting Muscat is a truly fascinating experience.

Due to the streets essentially not having names, it is undoubtedly wisest to take tours to visit the many places of interest. A city tour, for example, would include: the Grand Mosque of Sultan Qaboos, with its bright colours and innumerable lights and a room large enough for six thousand men; the walled city centre with its fish market; and the famous and 'glorious' Mutrah Souq - the oldest market - for souvenirs that highlight mother of pearl artefacts. Then there’s the Sultan's Palace, now flanked by unused forts. You may even wish to take a short trip to see desert dunes.

As an alternative, travel along The Sultan Qaboos Highway, as heading along this road you pass several districts, each one with a range of sights to see. There is also a very long beach road from Qurum to Seeb some 50km. Travelling partially along this you discover the true beauty of the Oman coast-line. One finds kilometres of beaches, fishermen with drag-nets, and open space to walk for hours. Certainly have a meal at one of the traditional Omani restaurants, but be prepared to sit on the floor on cushions and if eating anything by hand, be sure to use your right hand only.

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53 Sat 28 Apr 2018 Muscat, Oman 17:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Muscat, lying on the Arabian Sea along the Gulf of Oman, is the capital and largest city in the Sultanate of Oman. The climate is very hot, with annual average temperatures ranging from 24C. to 33C., but it can get as high as 49C in the summer. It is, though, very dry, hence humidity is not a problem. With brilliant blue skies and the sparkling white buildings built in traditional Arabic style, it has an atmosphere all of its own. Wedged between the Gulf and the mountains, the scenery is simply spectacular. Visiting Muscat is a truly fascinating experience.

Due to the streets essentially not having names, it is undoubtedly wisest to take tours to visit the many places of interest. A city tour, for example, would include: the Grand Mosque of Sultan Qaboos, with its bright colours and innumerable lights and a room large enough for six thousand men; the walled city centre with its fish market; and the famous and 'glorious' Mutrah Souq - the oldest market - for souvenirs that highlight mother of pearl artefacts. Then there’s the Sultan's Palace, now flanked by unused forts. You may even wish to take a short trip to see desert dunes.

As an alternative, travel along The Sultan Qaboos Highway, as heading along this road you pass several districts, each one with a range of sights to see. There is also a very long beach road from Qurum to Seeb some 50km. Travelling partially along this you discover the true beauty of the Oman coast-line. One finds kilometres of beaches, fishermen with drag-nets, and open space to walk for hours. Certainly have a meal at one of the traditional Omani restaurants, but be prepared to sit on the floor on cushions and if eating anything by hand, be sure to use your right hand only.

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54 Sun 29 Apr 2018 At Sea
55 Mon 30 Apr 2018 Salalah, Oman 9:00 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Salalah, which lies in the southern Dhofar region, is the second largest city in Oman, and is known for its glorious history, heritage, rich culture, traditions and wonders of nature. The beautiful beaches are also very popular, with scuba diving and bird watching favourite tourist activities. Not surprisingly, it is known as the ‘Stunning Jewel’ of Oman. Don’t miss Wadi Darbat, a natural park with majestic views of waterfalls, lakes, mountains, wildlife, and lush green vegetation. There is a 100m waterfall, and many cave chambers with old stalactites and stalagmites, as well as unusual coloured animal paintings on the cave walls.

There is a delightful collection of places to visit and these include: the Al-Baleed Archaeological Park, at the site of the ancient port of Zafa dating back to around 2,000 BC, and which still has the remains of a house from this period; the unique historical site, the Frankincense Trail; and Nabi Ayoub's (Job’s) Tomb, about 40 km from Salalah, where the remains of the prophet can be found. The Museums - not open on Thursdays and Fridays - are storehouses of pottery, silver coins, sculptures and wonderful works of art. Perhaps the best known museum is the one at the port of Sohar.

Dominated by mountains and sandy beaches, the natural attractions of lush and green countryside in the monsoon period, the nearby mountains, delightful frankincense trees, the wild life including leopards and hyenas, and the unusual baobab trees, make this a popular destination for tourists. Shoppers will be sure to visit the Salalah Gardens Mall. Be aware that the sea shore in Salalah has very strong ocean currents and steepens drastically, so that it is very unsafe for swimmers - experienced or beginners - and children must be watched carefully. You surely will enjoy your visit to the 'Perfume capital of Arabia'.

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56 Tue 1 May 2018 At Sea
57 Wed 2 May 2018 At Sea
58 Thu 3 May 2018 At Sea
59 Fri 4 May 2018 At Sea
60 Sat 5 May 2018 Safaga, Egypt 7:00 20:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 (Note: Check if your cruise still visits Safaga, due to current safety concerns.) Port Safaga is a town in Egypt on the coast of the Red Sea, in what is now known as the Red Sea Riviera. With its unpolluted atmosphere, black sand-dunes and mineral springs, Safaga City is considered - by important medical researchers - an important therapeutic tourist centre, and has resulted in attracting international tourism. It also serves as an embarkation point for flights to Luxor and the Upper Nile, enabling visitors to explore the wonderful highlights of Egypt. Safaga has a small but thriving tourism industry specialising in scuba diving.

This is due to the bay’s chain reefs of Tobia Arbaa, the impressive walls of Panorama, and the Abu Qifan towering reefs, where large tunas, sharks, and mantas can often be spotted. Victoria Wharf, a vast two-story mall attached to the Table Bay Hotel, is packed with high-end boutiques and eateries that are well worth visiting. Indeed, the town with its wide azure bay, long sandy beaches, and pretty islands, is a favourite sports destination, especially popular among kitesurfers and windsurfers.

This is due to the bay’s chain reefs of Tobia Arbaa, the impressive walls of Panorama, and the Abu Qifan towering reefs, where large tunas, sharks, and mantas can often be spotted. Victoria Wharf, a vast two-story mall attached to the Table Bay Hotel, is packed with high-end boutiques and eateries that are well worth visiting. Indeed, the town with its wide azure bay, long sandy beaches, and pretty islands, is a favourite sports destination, especially popular among kitesurfers and windsurfers. Safaga acquires its uniqueness from both its port and the small surrounding village. While Safaga is mainly about watersports if staying overnight, try to attend one of the pleasant beach parties organised by the local divers and surfers. Safaga is also a good starting point for a day trip into the Eastern Desert to check out the granite quarries of Mons Claudianus, or to the sights of Luxor, one of the most impressive sights of Egypt, only 220 km away.

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61 Sun 6 May 2018 Aqaba, Jordan 9:00 21:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Aqaba, in the far south of Jordan, is the country’s only port city and, due to the rich coral reefs in the Gulf, is one of the top scuba diving destinations in the world. Cooled by a steady northerly breeze, and ringed by mountains that change in colour with the change of hours, many visitors simply just relax on the sandy beaches. Aqaba is the port for the 3800 year-old ‘hidden city’ of Petra, 100 km to the north. Expect 20 tour coaches to meet your ship for a Petra tour! The red sand-stone Treasury, carved into a vertical rock face, is one of the world’s most recognised tourist attractions.

Aqaba’s many beaches are very popular, and offer such activities as snorkelling, water skiing, wind surfing, parasailing, fishing and a variety of other water sports. Don’t forget the unsurpassed scuba diving amongst spectacular coral reefs, myriads of colourful fish, and even swim with friendly turtles and dolphins. Alternatively, all the deep sea wonders can be viewed through a glass-bottomed boat or by submarine. Visit the Aquarium and the many coffee shops that, as well as delightful brews, also offer some stunning desserts. Another very popular venue is the Turkish Bath built in 306 AD, which is a delightful spot to relax on a hot day.

There are many ancient and medieval archaeological sites within the area, including what is believed to be the oldest purpose-built church in the world from the late 3rd century AD. Of special interest is the early Islamic city called Ayla, and the Aqaba Fort, which was originally a Crusader castle. It is now home to a very fine museum containing a fascinating collection of artefacts collected in the region. Then there are excellent fish restaurants, and craftsmen selling small bottles filled with coloured sand in intricate geometric designs.

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62 Mon 7 May 2018 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt 6:00 15:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Sharm el-Sheikh, or just Sharm, is a well-known port and resort town at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It includes smaller coastal towns as well as the very well-known Saint Catherine’s Monastery and Mount Sinai which, for many, are essential places to be visited. With its dramatic landscape, mainly dry, temperate climate, crystal clear water, magnificent corals, exotic under water flora and rare tropical fish, it is not surprising that Sharm el-Sheikh's major industry is foreign and domestic tourism.

Not surprisingly, most water sports are on offer, while the national park of Ras Mohammed and Nabq, have famous dive sites with 800 m deep reef walls, pounding current and brilliant coral gardens. Also enjoy the sulphur springs, considered to be cures for those suffering from rheumatic and skin problems. Not to be forgotten are the opportunities to engage in horse or camel riding, or even go on a desert safari. The colorful handicraft stands of the local Bedouin culture are also a popular attraction.

Na’ama Bay’s seafront boasts a beautiful paved walkway, lined with bougainvillaea and oleander, following the full sweep of the bay. This is where you will find many shops, restaurants, bars and 'Sheesha' cafes. The picturesque Sharm El Maya is a natural harbour and home to many small boats. With its beautiful sandy beach and the shade of a profusion of palm trees attracting sun loungers, one must not forget that the old town of Sharm El Sheikh is only a short walk away and should not be missed.

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63 Tue 8 May 2018 Suez Canal - Transit, Egypt 3:30 17:30
Azamara World Journey 2018 Located in Egypt to the west of the Sinai Peninsula, the Suez Canal, measuring 163 km in length and 300 metres width at its narrowest point, serves as a two-way water transportation route between Europe and Asia. Almost 8 per cent of the total world's shipping is controlled by the Suez Canal. It essentially comprises two parts, north and south of the Great Bitter Lake that acts as a buffer to the canal, protecting it from the effects of tidal currents. Located in Egypt to the west of the Sinai Peninsula, the Suez Canal, measuring 163 km in length and 300 metres width at its narrowest point, serves as a two-way water transportation route between Europe and Asia. Almost 8 per cent of the total world's shipping is controlled by the Suez Canal. It essentially comprises two parts, north and south of the Great Bitter Lake that acts as a buffer to the canal, protecting it from the effects of tidal currents. A second parallel canal is planned for 2017/2019, at a cost of US$4 billion.

Located in Egypt to the west of the Sinai Peninsula, the Suez Canal, measuring 163 km in length and 300 metres width at its narrowest point, serves as a two-way water transportation route between Europe and Asia. Almost 8 per cent of the total world's shipping is controlled by the Suez Canal. It essentially comprises two parts, north and south of the Great Bitter Lake that acts as a buffer to the canal, protecting it from the effects of tidal currents.

Located in Egypt to the west of the Sinai Peninsula, the Suez Canal, measuring 163 km in length and 300 metres width at its narrowest point, serves as a two-way water transportation route between Europe and Asia. Almost 8 per cent of the total world's shipping is controlled by the Suez Canal. It essentially comprises two parts, north and south of the Great Bitter Lake that acts as a buffer to the canal, protecting it from the effects of tidal currents.

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64 Wed 9 May 2018 Ashdod, Israel 8:00 23:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 (NOTE: Check that your cruise still visits Ashdod due to current safety concerns.) Ashdod - aka Isdud - is a city on the Mediterranean Sea coast in the South District of Israel, approximately 70 km from Jerusalem and Beer Sheba. It is a major industrial centre and Israel’s largest and busiest cargo port, through which over 100,000 tourists visit annually. It is also one of the most ancient cities in the world, dating back to the Canaanite culture of the 17th century BC, and interestingly is mentioned thirteen times in the Bible. Ashdod is a convenient jumping-off point for exploring several of Israel's most interesting cities, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Bethlehem.

The best place to begin your visit to the vibrant port city of Ashdod is at the towering hill of Givat Yonah, the traditional site of the tomb of the sea-faring Jonah the prophet, who was swallowed by a large fish. A wonderful overview of Ashdod awaits you there. Take a relaxing walk along the Lachish Stream promenade where a free zoo features zebras, rare Berber sheep, deer, ostriches and other animals, or visit Ashdod's beaches that are a venue for water sports with windsurfing, yachting, and scuba-diving, operating in the Marina area.

There is much history to be found, with human settlement dating from the Paleolithic Age. The Korin Maman Museum has a permanent archaeology exhibition called Philistian World as well as various changing art exhibitions. The Ashdod Museum of Art has 12 galleries and a fascinating pyramidal entrance that is reminiscent of the Louvre, while the outdoor sculpture of Samson cannot be missed. Many visit nearby Jerusalem’s magnificent golden Dome of the Rock that dominates the vast 35-acre Temple Mount. Be aware that security check lines to enter the area are often long, so it's best to come early.

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65 Thu 10 May 2018 Haifa, Israel 7:00 19:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 (NOTE: Check that your cruise still visits Haifa due to current safety concerns.) Israel’s third largest city and one of its prettiest, Haifa is situated on the Israeli Mediterranean Coastal Plain, the historic land bridge between Europe, Africa, and Asia. The city is split over three tiers. The lowest is the centre of commerce and industry including the Port of Haifa, the middle level is on the slopes of Mount Carmel consists of older residential neighbourhoods, while the upper level is known for its modern suburbs. From here there are some fascinating views. Also enjoy the 17 km of beaches. Traditional, contemporary, sophisticated and relaxed, Haifa is a winning combination.

The main tourist attraction is the Bahai World Centre, with the golden-domed Shrine of the Bab and the surrounding gardens. In 2008, the Bahai gardens were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To the NE across the sparkling waters of the harbor sits the medieval walled fortress city of Acre. It is also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it is considered to be of extraordinary significance to the world’s cultural heritage. Other renowned sites include: the restored German Colony with some of the old Templer homes restored and even turned into cafes, boutiques and restaurants; and Stella Maris the Carmelite Monastery.

Many tourists are drawn to the Cave of Elijah, as he is considered a prophet by both Judaism and Islam. There are also several museums to be visited, such as the Tikotin Museum which is the only museum in the Middle East dedicated solely to Japanese art. Haifa has a well-known reputation in Israel for its wide variety of malls and shopping centres such as the kiryon, kastra centre, Kanyon Haifa and 'lev hamifratz'. Grand Kanyon is considered to be the newest and biggest mall, and includes international brand names. Haifa is a party for the kids and for the family.

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66 Fri 11 May 2018 Limassol, Cyprus 8:00 17:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Limassol, located on Akrotiri Bay on the southern coast of Cyprus, is widely known for its long cultural tradition and offers tourists a wide spectrum of activities, as well as a number of museums and archaeological sites. A series of public sculptures, created by renowned artists from Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Germany and Egypt, are found along 1.6 km of seafront reclaimed land and are appreciated by all visitors. If time permits, visit the ancient city kingdom of Amathus to explore the ruins and its ancient port. The large seaside resort at Akrotiri Bay on the sunny southern coast offers lively nightlife and a range of energetic festivals.

In the city itself, well worth visiting due to its great historical interest, is the medieval castle built around 1000 AD. It was used as a prison between 1790 and 1940, and today is the Cyprus Medieval Museum, as it highlights a wide range of fascinating medieval artefacts. Other museums of interest are the Archaeological Museum which highlights the era of 400-1870 AD, and the Folk Art Museum - a beautifully preserved house - that highlights Cypriot culture through fine hand-made exhibits. The historic village of Omodos is located only 42 km from the city of Limassol, and is the centre of the wine-villages of the area.



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67 Sat 12 May 2018 At Sea
68 Sun 13 May 2018 Athens, Greece 6:00 23:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece, is also one of the world's oldest cities with an unparalleled history that spans around 3,400 years. Experiencing long periods of sunshine throughout the year, and known as "the cradle of Western civilisation", it is a 'must-see' destination for world travellers. The city contains a fascinating variety of different architectural styles, ranging from Greco-Roman through Neo-Classical, to Modern. They are usually all found together in the same areas, as a walk through the old neighbourhoods of the famous historic triangle will reveal. All this together with fancy restaurants and traditional taverns ensure a delightful visit. Watch the changing of the guard at the Parliament Building!

The Acropolis hill, or the "Sacred Rock" of Athens, is one of the most recognisable monuments of the world. It includes the glorious marble structures of the Parthenon built in honour of Athena, the patron goddess of the city, the monumental entrances to the sacred area called the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike dedicated to the winged maidens who attended to her, and the Erechtheion "Porch of the Maiden". The Byzantine, Archaeological and Historical Museums, the Municipal Gallery, and the Athens Concert Hall are among many other sites worth viewing. Numerous tours are available, or you could hire a car.

Next to big institutions such as the National Gallery and the Benaki Museum, a large number of small private galleries, hosting the works of contemporary visual and media artists, are spread. For shoppers, the many well-known and international name brands and traditional Greek art and folklore shops as well as innumerable chic boutiques and specialty shops provide for every taste and budget. Many families visit one of the fun parks and enjoy the many activities they offer. Wild life lovers shouldn’t fail to pay a visit to the Athens Zoo, which hosts amongst others one of the biggest varieties of birds.

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69 Mon 14 May 2018 Mykonos, Greece 8:00 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Mykonos is the principal town of the island of the same name, which is part of the Cyclades, and could well be described as the most sophisticated of the Greek Islands. Visited by innumerable international celebrities - you may even see some enjoying a coffee on the sidewalk - it is not surprising that it is considered by many to be one of the top tourist destinations in the world. It is also an island with beautiful landscapes, scores of churches, some fascinating monuments, and windmills. Best known for its beautiful sandy golden beaches lapped by transparent waters, there are so many from which to choose.

While most beaches offer water sports facilities, you may wish to rent a car or a motorbike and search for the one that you consider ideal. There certainly is a huge range from which to choose. Another option is to discover the archaeological island of Delos, one of the most sacred centres of Ancient Greece. A boat tour will uncover many secrets of the past, while you can see for yourself the fantastic display of a life from the third millennium BC onwards. You will never forget this site, which is included in the World's Cultural Heritage, protected by UNESCO.

Despite the island’s rapid growth and development, it’s traditional Cycladic architectural style and character has remained firmly intact, thanks to the island’s strict building regulations. Expect to find shops by Channel, Burberry, Louis Vitton and other well known, high-end brands. Visit Ano Mera, a small village on the middle of the island about 7 km east of Mykonos Town, which is regarded as one of the island’s main communities. It is based around a large central square, which is lined on three sides by a series of Greek tavernas. The monastery of Panagia Tourliani, founded in 1542, is Ano Mera's most significant highlight.

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70 Tue 15 May 2018 Kusadasi, Turkey 8:00 22:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast and the centre of the seaside district of the same name. While best known as a starting point for visiting Ephesus, once one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a history dating from 3000 BC, there’s also a delightful range of activities in town. Places of interest include: the City Walls, of which one gate remains to-day; the peninsula at the end of the bay with its castle and swimming beaches; several aqua parks with wave-pools and white-water slides; Ladies Beach, once segregated but now open to all; and Dilek Peninsula National Park. See all this in a pleasant walk.

If visiting in summer take time out for a swim. Scuba diving is a popular activity and a visit to the local markets will provide some interesting bargains. You could visit the Greek island of Samos, just an hour and a quarter away by ferry. It is an island with green mountains, breath taking beaches and rich archaeological sites. There are abundant opportunities for walking, mountain biking and windsurfing. For those who would rather soak up some history there are lots of old fishing villages such as Pythagorean and Ireon, picturesque towns, ancient sites and museums around the island.

Take a coach to ancient Ephesus, one of the great outdoor museums of Turkey. It was a pilgrimage centre of first Cybele, and then Artemis. It was the birthplace of the philosopher Heraclitus. Amazons, Greeks, Lydians, Romans and many other civilizations lived and left traces here. The apostle Paul spent some years in this city. e sure to tour this excellent ancient city with the Basilica of St John, and the restored Temple of Artemis, that is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Further along the road is Miletus, with its massive amphitheatre and ruins, again visited by the apostle Paul.

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71 Wed 16 May 2018 Rhodes, Greece 8:30 21:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Rhodes is the principal city of the island of the same name, situated in the Aegean Sea. It is renowned for having the longest summer of any of the Greek islands. It is famous for being the site of the Colossus of Rhodes - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - as well as being the home of the Citadel of Rhodes, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. The capital itself is very beautiful. Explore the Old Town and visit the castle of the Grand Master that is famed for its superb mosaic floors.

Walk on the Road of the Knights, visit the Castle of the Knights, and simply soak in the atmosphere. Climb the hill of Monte Smith and enjoy the panoramic view of the Mandraki area, and then visit its harbour where you can see the two famous bronze deer that stand where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood. Other places of interest are the white town of Lindos with its amazing acropolis ruins, the healing baths of Kallithea, some of the picturesque villages, the ruins of Kamiros, the monastery of Filerimos, and the Valley of the Butterflies.

Rhodes is ideal not only for those who want to relax but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday. With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, it is truly a blessed place. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of the cosmopolitan and traditional, as well as numerous cultural and archaeological sites, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. Outside the walls of the Old Town lies the ’new city’, with its magnificent Venetian, neoclassic and modern buildings. The island certainly has some of the best beaches, archaeological sites, shops and restaurants in Greece.

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72 Thu 17 May 2018 Santorini, Greece 8:00 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the Aegean Sea, about 200 km from Greece's mainland. It is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion some 3500 years ago, which destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and which resulted in the creation of the current geological caldera. Take the cable car to view the beautiful panorama of Santorini. The most exotic spot on Santorini is Red Beach. It is a difficult walk, but you can take a water taxi from Kamari or Perissa, and absorb the dramatic colour of the rocks 'spilling' onto the beach.

There are tours on offer to visit the beautiful beaches, while many tourists hire cars, scooters, or quad bikes and dune buggies to get off the beaten track. You could even enjoy the amazing experience of mule riding. Hot springs at Palia Kameni, with water at a temperature of about 33 C and that contains sulfur which is good for the skin, has become a popular destination, although it involves swimming from boats into a muddy-looking bay. A swim and a mud bath can be quite refreshing after a hot walk to the volcano. The volcano is frequently explored, and if climbed, will provide a view of ancient lava streams.

You can visit the well-preserved Minoan village of Akrotiri, believed to be part of the legendary lost Atlantis, or travel to the delightful village of nearby Oia. You will find shops selling intricate hand-made goods at the capital Fira, and even a winery nearby. Also worth visiting are the museums, such as the Museum of Pre-historic Thira, Imerovigili that provides the best views of the caldera, and the traditional village of Megalochiri. On the other side of the city you can visit Rodíni Park, a true paradise with many peacocks, streams and paths amidst oleander bushes, cypress, maple and pine trees.

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73 Fri 18 May 2018 At Sea
74 Sat 19 May 2018 Taormina, Italy 8:00 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Taormina is a small town on the island of Sicily in Italy, in the Province of Messina. Settled on a hill, the town - accessible via an aerial tramway - dominates two sweeping bays, and on the southern side the top of Mount Etna can be seen. While it is unashamedly touristy and has a main street lined with high-end designer shops, the town remains a striking location with gorgeous medieval churches, a stunning Greek theatre, and sweeping views. It seems to have a magical atmosphere that has attracted visitors from all over the world for many years.

For most of the year you can swim, sun bake, scuba dive, sail or windsurf. Performances at the Greek theatre, painting exhibitions at local churches, elegant shopping, art museums, and even classical music cafes, are all very popular attractions. Then there is the delightful Sicilian food offered at a wide range of venues. Plenty of agencies offer day trips to Mount Etna. Only those with a guide are allowed to walk right to the top, but the lava flows are impressive. It is over 3000m high and often covered in clouds, so at all times have warm clothing.

Nowadays visitors can still find fine examples of Taormina's golden times such as the Roman ‘Naumachiae’, and the 13th century Cathedral of Saint Nicola. There are also numerous monuments including the Odeon, Palazzo Ciampoli, and the ancient theatre. While going through the city you will notice a very wide range of landmarks. These include: the fountain in the piazza duomo; traces of ancient walls and gates; the Clock Tower; the Byzantine Madonna; and the public Gardens, to name a few. There truly seems to be no end to fascinating places that can be thoroughly enjoyed. Castelmola is a hilltop village 5km above Taormina, with even better views.

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75 Sun 20 May 2018 Amalfi, Italy 8:00 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Amalfi is a town in the region of Campania, Italy, on the Gulf of Salerno, 40 km SE of Naples. It lies at the mouth of a deep ravine at the foot of Monte Cerreto, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. Take a drive along the coast, past precipices defying gravity, green terraces of grapevines and groves of lemon and olive trees sweeping down slopes to clear blue water below, and you are presented with some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery in the world. Be adventurous and examine every nook and cranny while walking the streets and you'll be amazed at what you may find.

Amalfi is famous for establishing the 'rules of the sea' in the fourteenth century, and while tourist shops are housed in the shipyards where powerful galleys were once built, the former glory is remembered on a tiled map. The town also boasts a grand cathedral with an imposing stairway, a fanciful neo-Byzantine facade, as well as superb carvings and paintings, considering their age. Visit the small villages where the faded yellow-pink buildings, the scent of roses and carnations, and the pink oleander hanging over the crumbling walls, all meld together in a palette of seductive colours.

The Amalfi Cathedral displays original wall paintings. The carvings and paintings on the ceilings are stunning, while the artefacts are fantastic. The building just improves around every corner. Also very popular is the Valle delle Ferriere. On a lovely day - maybe not in mid-summer - walk up the hill following the river with its many waterfalls. There are numerous old paper mills with the river running through them. One can take a circular walk, or retrace their footsteps, but it is worth walking round. Keep in mind that there are hundreds of steps to come back down. Whatever you choose to do, you will be utterly delighted by the simplicity and beauty surrounding you.

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76 Mon 21 May 2018 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 7:00 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Rome, the capital, and largest city of Italy, is full of unending possibilities. It can be reached from the port of Civitavecchia in approximately ninety minutes either by train or coach. Rome greets visitors with a multitude of faces, such as the Ancient City with ruins like: the Colosseum; the seven hills; the Roman Forum; and the Sacred Way, the path used for triumphal processions. There is Renaissance Rome, full of winding streets and sun-dappled piazzas, and the Vatican, home to the Pope. Also popular are the Sistine Chapel with Michaelangelo's famous Creation of Adam fresco, and his masterpiece, La Pieta, at St. Peter's Cathedral.

Art is everywhere, with masterpieces often hidden in tiny, nondescript churches. Organised tours, with strictly controlled numbers, are regarded by many as the ideal way to 'see Rome', as they generally result in more prompt access, without lengthy queues. However you can explore Rome at your own pace, perhaps with a city's Roma Pass, on an extensive hop-on hop off itinerary, including 17 stops, through the heart of Rome. You have the choice of a 24 or 48 hours ticket, in especially appointed tourist friendly buses. The 48 hours ticket also allows for an interchangeable hop-on hop-off Rome cruise.

Rome has at least 40 underground burial places - catacombs - under or near the city. Though most famous for Christian burials, they include pagan and Jewish burials, either in separate catacombs or mixed together. The first large-scale catacombs were excavated from the 2nd century onwards and continued until recent decades. Most visitors don’t forget to visit the Trevi Fountain, to throw in their coins and make their wishes! If you have already visited Rome, the surrounding countryside offers many fascinating choices, including the picturesque hill towns of Orvieto, Viterbo, and Bagnoreggio which are just an hour away from the port.

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77 Tue 22 May 2018 Livorno, Italy 8:00 19:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Livorno is the third largest port on the west coast of Italy, and is well known for supporting cruise ship tourism to Florence, the Tower of Pisa, the hill towns of Tuscany, Cinque Terre with its enchanting villages, and the Chianti wine region, generally with time allowed for visiting some famous outlet stores of famous fashion houses. However the port of Livorno itself has a lot to offer visitors. Criss-crossed by Medicean canals that are still navigable, and with its port overlooked by towers and fortresses, this well-planned city is most appealing. In or out of town, you are sure to have a wonderful time.

Home to the first bathing establishments in Italy, many still remain along the promenade that stretches for many kilometres between impressive 19th-century buildings. There are also villas in the Liberty style, and green vegetation consisting of pine trees, tamarisks and oleanders. Local places of interest include: the Naval Academy founded in 1881; the city Aquarium; and the Museo Mascagnano with its records of famous operas. Also popular are the hands-on Natural History Museum of the Mediterranean with its 20m-long whale skeleton called Annie, and the Terrazza Mascagni that offers a wonderful view of some of the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.

Be sure to take a walk along Terrazza Mascagni, an elegant terrace with its stone balustrades, which sweeps gracefully along the seafront in a dramatic chessboard flurry of black-and-white checks. The Fortezza Nuova, built in the late 16th century, is in an area known as Little Venice because of its small canals. The interior is now a park and little remains of the fort except for the sturdy outer walls. The old-fashioned baths, Bagni Pancaldi, first opened in 1846, are great for those who enjoy the opportunity to swim, rent canoes, hang out in coloured canvas cabins and frolic in the sun.

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78 Wed 23 May 2018 Cannes, France 8:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 The picturesque and elegant French city of Cannes, situated on the French Riviera, is possibly best known for its famous annual Film Festival, though it is also known for some beautiful beaches, glamorous yachts, a variety of luxury shops, and restaurants. Cannes is a most cosmopolitan town, and visitors are hard pressed to find a genuine native, as many attracted to the Côte d'Azur have chosen to make it their home. Not surprisingly, restaurants have international cuisines, including the traditional gastronomic delights. Relax at the waterfront - known for its beaches, restaurants, cafes and boutiques.

Nearby, tourists can check out the beauty and architecture of Le Suquet with its cobbled streets and breathtaking views, or sit at street-side tables and enjoy the favoured hobby of people-watching. Visit the historic Notre Dame d'Esperance, a grand church known to date back to the middle of the 17th century, as well as the Musée de la Castre, the city's premier tourist attraction that is home to an array of Mediterranean antiquities and archaeological treasures. Walking, often the fastest mode of transport in Cannes, gives visitors the chance to stumble upon hidden sights that otherwise may be missed.

It took "The Man in the Iron Mask" 11 years to leave the tiny, forested Saint-Marguerite Island. His cell can be visited in the Fort of St Marguerite, now renamed the Museum of the Sea that also houses discoveries of the 1st and 10th centuries from shipwrecks lying off the island. Also of great interest is St Honorat Island with medieval remains in the resident Cistercian monks’ stark church, and in the ruins of the 11th-century monastery on the sea’s edge. Cannes is undoubtedly best known as the venue for the most famous film festival in the world that takes place annually in mid-May.

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79 Thu 24 May 2018 Cannes, France 23:59
Azamara World Journey 2018 The picturesque and elegant French city of Cannes, situated on the French Riviera, is possibly best known for its famous annual Film Festival, though it is also known for some beautiful beaches, glamorous yachts, a variety of luxury shops, and restaurants. Cannes is a most cosmopolitan town, and visitors are hard pressed to find a genuine native, as many attracted to the Côte d'Azur have chosen to make it their home. Not surprisingly, restaurants have international cuisines, including the traditional gastronomic delights. Relax at the waterfront - known for its beaches, restaurants, cafes and boutiques.

Nearby, tourists can check out the beauty and architecture of Le Suquet with its cobbled streets and breathtaking views, or sit at street-side tables and enjoy the favoured hobby of people-watching. Visit the historic Notre Dame d'Esperance, a grand church known to date back to the middle of the 17th century, as well as the Musée de la Castre, the city's premier tourist attraction that is home to an array of Mediterranean antiquities and archaeological treasures. Walking, often the fastest mode of transport in Cannes, gives visitors the chance to stumble upon hidden sights that otherwise may be missed.

It took "The Man in the Iron Mask" 11 years to leave the tiny, forested Saint-Marguerite Island. His cell can be visited in the Fort of St Marguerite, now renamed the Museum of the Sea that also houses discoveries of the 1st and 10th centuries from shipwrecks lying off the island. Also of great interest is St Honorat Island with medieval remains in the resident Cistercian monks’ stark church, and in the ruins of the 11th-century monastery on the sea’s edge. Cannes is undoubtedly best known as the venue for the most famous film festival in the world that takes place annually in mid-May.

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80 Fri 25 May 2018 Ajaccio, France 12:00 19:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Ajaccio (aka Aiacciu, Aiaccio) is a port on the west coast of the island of Corsica, 390 km SE of Marseille. It occupies a sheltered position at the foot of wooded hills on the northern shore of the Gulf of Ajaccio. The city not only encloses the entire harbour but takes up the better part of the Gulf. Ajaccio is a relaxed and pleasant town with an exceptionally mild climate, and a wealth of smart cafés, restaurants and shops. The birthplace of the legendary Napoleon Bonaparte whose association with the town is emphasised everywhere by street-names and statues.

Perhaps the biggest attraction is the National Museum of the Bonaparte Residence that is dedicated to the legendary Napoleon Bonaparte who was born there in 1769. Art lovers will appreciate the Fesch Museum which, though small, has a fine collection of over a thousand Renaissance paintings. Other museums of interest include: the Musee de Capitello, dedicated to the capital’s history; and the Musée a Bandera that covers the history of Corsica and the Mediterranean region as a whole. The The sentier des Cretes (Crest Trail) starting from the city centre, is an easy hike offering splendid views of the Gulf.

There are several beaches near Ajaccio that can be used for windsurfing, swimming, diving or sunbathing. Wander along the quayside to the Jetee de la Citadelle and be rewarded with great views of the town, marina and the Gulf d'Ajaccio. From the jetty take a boat to the stunning Iles Sanguinaires that is known for its huge colony of seagulls. At the daily market in the old town of Ajaccio be sure to try some of the many fine pastries, cheeses and liqueurs on sale. Everyone will love moseying around the city, replete with mellow-toned buildings and buzzing cafes.

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81 Sat 26 May 2018 Monte Carlo, Monaco 8:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Monte Carlo is an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco in France. It really has a fairy-tale image with its beautiful Riviera - Cote d'Azur - setting, yacht-filled harbor and the elegant Casino that visitors can’t miss, though most don’t even enter to see the opulence and grandeur reflecting its exorbitant cost. It is an extremely rich place, where fast cars, big diamonds and flashy yachts are the norm. With its own Royal family who have ruled here since the 13th century, it is a place with which all of us are familiar. After all, who can forget Princess Grace Kelly?

The official language is French, but Italian and English are widely spoken and understood. Take in an overview of all the major sights on a ‘little train tour’. The eastern part of Monaco that contains the palace, at which guided visits are available, is probably the most interesting part of town. The Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium is a great attraction for families and it also features an excellent restaurant overlooking the Riviera. Nearby, the appealing information and historical exhibits found within the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology may be of interest, along with the rather unexpected and impressive, Prince of Monaco's Collection of Classic Cars.

If you are more interested in art, then the main avenues of Monte Carlo are littered with pricey galleries, with highlights including both the Marlborough Fine Art Gallery and the Galerie Monaco Fine Arts. Visitors may simply relax and absorb the beauty of the yachts in the harbour, wander through the covered passageways of the old quarter, have a drink in the grand Hotel de Paris, or shop in chic boutiques. On the other hand the more energetic may prefer to participate in the water sports on offer at Larvotto Beach, or walk along the Avenue St Martin to soak up the atmosphere and views from the cliff-side gardens.

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82 Sun 27 May 2018 Monte Carlo, Monaco 22:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Monte Carlo is an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco in France. It really has a fairy-tale image with its beautiful Riviera - Cote d'Azur - setting, yacht-filled harbor and the elegant Casino that visitors can’t miss, though most don’t even enter to see the opulence and grandeur reflecting its exorbitant cost. It is an extremely rich place, where fast cars, big diamonds and flashy yachts are the norm. With its own Royal family who have ruled here since the 13th century, it is a place with which all of us are familiar. After all, who can forget Princess Grace Kelly?

The official language is French, but Italian and English are widely spoken and understood. Take in an overview of all the major sights on a ‘little train tour’. The eastern part of Monaco that contains the palace, at which guided visits are available, is probably the most interesting part of town. The Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium is a great attraction for families and it also features an excellent restaurant overlooking the Riviera. Nearby, the appealing information and historical exhibits found within the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology may be of interest, along with the rather unexpected and impressive, Prince of Monaco's Collection of Classic Cars.

If you are more interested in art, then the main avenues of Monte Carlo are littered with pricey galleries, with highlights including both the Marlborough Fine Art Gallery and the Galerie Monaco Fine Arts. Visitors may simply relax and absorb the beauty of the yachts in the harbour, wander through the covered passageways of the old quarter, have a drink in the grand Hotel de Paris, or shop in chic boutiques. On the other hand the more energetic may prefer to participate in the water sports on offer at Larvotto Beach, or walk along the Avenue St Martin to soak up the atmosphere and views from the cliff-side gardens.

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83 Mon 28 May 2018 Barcelona, Spain 17:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Barcelona, located in Catalonia Spain, is Europe's largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast, and one of the world’s major global cities. Today, Barcelona balances itself on the cutting edge of architecture, intellectual life, and style. Indeed Barcelona won the 1999 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for its architecture, the first time that the winner has been a city, and not an individual architect. The ‘Gothic Quarter’ is the centre of the old city of Barcelona, where many of the buildings date as far back as the Roman settlement. The Art Nouveau architectural style has a great number of buildings listed as World Heritage Sites.

An outstanding example of this is the immense, remarkable, but still unfinished church of the Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882, with completion planned for 2026. There are far too many famous attractions for all to be listed, however a few of the most popular include: the Barcelona Aquarium, with the IMAX cinema right next door; the Spanish Village that is home to replicate styles of houses from different parts of Spain; as well as fascinating traditionally made Spanish goods; and for football fanatics, the not-to-be-missed Barcelona Football Club Museum.

Add to this the Picasso Museum with his paintings displayed in alphabetical order, the Zoo, the National Museum of Art of Catalunya, and the Magic fountain on Montjuic, and one realises that this city with its old world attraction will not disappoint. Last but not least is Barcelona's old town, the heart of the city. It's made up of many small neighbourhoods, full of old-world character, linked by narrow, winding streets. Students, foreigners and artists thrive in this area, attracted by its sense of history and cosmopolitan feel, along with its trendy bars, concert halls and good restaurants.

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84 Tue 29 May 2018 Barcelona, Spain 22:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Barcelona, located in Catalonia Spain, is Europe's largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast, and one of the world’s major global cities. Today, Barcelona balances itself on the cutting edge of architecture, intellectual life, and style. Indeed Barcelona won the 1999 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for its architecture, the first time that the winner has been a city, and not an individual architect. The ‘Gothic Quarter’ is the centre of the old city of Barcelona, where many of the buildings date as far back as the Roman settlement. The Art Nouveau architectural style has a great number of buildings listed as World Heritage Sites.

An outstanding example of this is the immense, remarkable, but still unfinished church of the Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882, with completion planned for 2026. There are far too many famous attractions for all to be listed, however a few of the most popular include: the Barcelona Aquarium, with the IMAX cinema right next door; the Spanish Village that is home to replicate styles of houses from different parts of Spain; as well as fascinating traditionally made Spanish goods; and for football fanatics, the not-to-be-missed Barcelona Football Club Museum.

Add to this the Picasso Museum with his paintings displayed in alphabetical order, the Zoo, the National Museum of Art of Catalunya, and the Magic fountain on Montjuic, and one realises that this city with its old world attraction will not disappoint. Last but not least is Barcelona's old town, the heart of the city. It's made up of many small neighbourhoods, full of old-world character, linked by narrow, winding streets. Students, foreigners and artists thrive in this area, attracted by its sense of history and cosmopolitan feel, along with its trendy bars, concert halls and good restaurants.

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85 Wed 30 May 2018 Pollensa, Spain 7:30 18:30
Azamara World Journey 2018 Port de Pollensa (aka Pollença) is a seaside town situated on the north coast of the island of Majorca in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Facing a horseshoe bay with marina and sandy beaches, the town’s 17th and 18th century narrow streets and houses take one back to a medieval era. The central square, dominated by a 13th century church built by the Knights Templar, is surrounded by cafes. North of the square is a 365-step stairway leading to a chapel atop a hill. Behind the town is the impressive Tramuntana mountain range.

The scenery is an artist’s paradise, with blue waters alongside white beaches. In 2001 it was voted the favourite holiday destination of the world by readers of the UK’s Sunday Times. The town of Pollensa is six kilometres away inland.



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86 Thu 31 May 2018 Valencia, Spain 8:00 22:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Valencia city, the administrative capital of the Valencian community and the centre of the region of L’Horta, is situated in the centre of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline. The Old City of Valencia, with its monuments, museums, and gardens, is a major tourist attraction. Here one finds the Gothic building of La Lonja that has been declared by UNESCO as a universal heritage monument. Built between 1482 and 1548, this late Valencian Gothic style building is possibly its major attraction.The Cathedral of Valencia, with its amazing Apostles Door that is situated in the centre of the ancient Roman city, where some believe the temple of Diana once stood, is also well worth visiting.

Then there’s ‘The Hospital’, built in 1409 with its fascinating history, as well as numerous medieval churches such as Saints John (Baptist and Evangelist) that contain some amazing frescos, and El Tempo with its large pillars imitating palm trees, all of which deserve special mention.The other half of Valencia's old town is more commercial and workaday. Here you can see the remains of the ancient city wall with its 15th century Serrano and Quart towers and the gateways used by traders and labourers to enter and leave the city. Nowadays, these old neighbourhoods live in much the same way as they have always done.

In contrast are the wide pavements, broad landscaped thoroughfares, and countless instances of modernist architecture that are equally as appealing. Here one finds a range of Squares, the largest being the Plaça de l'Ajuntament that contains the town hall, delightful gardens such as the relaxing Turia Gardens, as well as many museums housed in memorable modernistic buildings. These include the avant-garde and futuristic ‘City of Arts’ and ‘Science’ buildings that appear to be floating on water and contain the largest aquarium in Europe. This amazing city is also known for its main festival, the Falles, as well as the traditional dish paella that originated here.

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87 Fri 1 Jun 2018 Alicante, Spain 8:00 19:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Alicante lies on the east coast of Spain and is Valencia region's second-largest city. Famous for its excellent weather and its long stretches of sandy beaches such as San Juan, thousands visit each year. Its most notable feature is undoubtedly the Castle of Santa Barbara situated on Mount Benacantil that dominates the city. Also of interest is the colourful quarter of the old city, Barrio de la Santa Cruz, with its small houses, decorated with their tubs of flowers and flags, that climb up the hill through narrow streets to the castle.

The harbour itself is ideal for pleasant relaxing walks along beautiful long streets, such as the promenade Explanada de Espana, covered with millions of marble floor tiles that form a wavy pattern, and lined with palm trees. There are also many historical buildings around the entire city as well as countless sightseeing attractions, from cathedrals to churches. Its old town, Barrio de la Santa Cruz, has narrow streets, coloured houses and a lively nightlife scene. From here, an elevator or a steep climb leads to medieval Castillo de Santa Bárbara, set on a hilltop with sweeping views of the Mediterranean coast.

Two museums often visited are the Provincial Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Apart from the Castle of Santa Barbara that is definitely worth exploring, visiting the Guadalest Valley and the village of Guadalest is very special. Many take a trip along the coast or to the wonderful island of Tabarca. One can also do some scuba diving, or simply enjoy the L’Ereta Park that offers opportunities to take in the panoramic view overlooking the city, or the El Palmeral Park with playgrounds for children and delightful brooks and ponds. If looking for something more active then visit Karting Alacante for some great racing.

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88 Sat 2 Jun 2018 Cartagena, Spain 8:00 14:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Cartagena is a Mediterranean city and naval station located in the Region of Murcia, SE Spain. The rich Carthaginian heritage extends as far as the Sea Wall, built by Charles III in the 18th century, and which defines the old quarter. Overlooking the Mediterranean there are two elements that are clearly connected with the sea: the prototype of the submarine by the inventor Isaac Peral; and the National Museum of Maritime Archaeology. The museum is home to the National Centre of Underwater Archaeological Research that highlights aspects of naval construction from ancient times.

Thanks to its strategic position on the Murcia coast, the city has been inhabited by several cultures that have left their mark on its artistic heritage. The best way to discover the Modernist architecture of Cartagena is to take a walk along the Calle Mayor, which leads off the Plaza del Ayuntamiento square, while the fishing quarter of Santa Lucia is also well worth visiting. To enjoy all the different types of cuisine in Murcia, the best idea is to head for the NW of the region, in order to visit the Sierra de Moratalla, Caravaca de la Cruz and Calasparra. Also of interest to many visitors are the beaches such as Los Nietos Beach, with 2 km of fine dark stand and provision to enjoy various water sports.

In the port area, visitors are provided with fascinating historical information at the Monument to Heroes of Cavite. Among the numerous museums, Teatro Romano, with the right blend of original features and reconstruction, is amazing. The Roman Theatre Museum, built sympathetically around historic remains, and the Augusteum Roman Museum, are also very well worth visiting. Of great interest to most visitors, the Conception Castle that once served as a fortress provides a wonderful view of the port, and explains the history of Cartgena from 229 BC.

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89 Sun 3 Jun 2018 Gibraltar, United Kingdom 8:00 22:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Gibraltar shares a northern border with Spain, but is a UK Overseas Territory located near the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar. It has an area of 6 sq.km. and a 1.2 km border with Spain. Under its 2006 constitution Gibraltar governs its own affairs, though some powers such as defense and foreign relations remain the responsibility of the UK Government. The Rock of Gibraltar dominates the entrance to the Mediterranean between the southern tip of Spain and the continent of Africa 14 km to the south. Both famous and enigmatic, Gibraltar contains some of the most extensive military fortifications in Europe, spanning over 1200 years of Moorish, Spanish and British history.

Undoubtedly, the most famous attraction is the geological formation of the Rock of Gibraltar itself, and visitors are keen to ride the cable car that takes them to the top and back, providing excellent views of the port and surrounds. Remember that an integral part of tourism here are the Barbary Macaques, the only wild apes in Europe, which although cute will attack you for anything that appeals to them such as your ice-cream. The nature reserve provides tourists with sightseeing activities such as caves, the great siege tunnels, large military guns and many more sites of historical and geological interest.

The City of Gibraltar is enclosed by impressive fortress walls, the oldest being those of the Moorish Castle complex. Narrow passages and steps that climb steeply between the buildings can be found in the upper part of the town. The Gibraltar Museum is a must for the visitor with an academic interest in Gibraltar. It includes military and archaeological artefacts, especially remains of Neanderthal man. Also of interest are: the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park; the Moorish Castle; Europa Point; and the Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque. The colony has a tax-free status, hence offers some relatively low-priced goods.

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90 Mon 4 Jun 2018 Seville, Spain 7:30 20:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Seville is the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain, and represents all that is Andalucian - flamenco, the horses, toros and more. It is a child of the Arab occupation and domain from which it acquired its flourishing architecture and personality. However it was reconquered by the Catholic kings, so it is not surprising that the city's cathedral, built from 1401–1519 and lavishly decorated with a lot of gold evident, sits on the former site of the city's mosque. It is amongst the largest of all medieval and Gothic cathedrals in terms of both area and volume and is the city’s main attraction.

Very close to the cathedral is the majestic tower - the Giralda - the old steeple of the original mosque temple that offers astonishing views from its highest point. Very well maintained is the Porch of the Oranges and close to hand historians will thoroughly appreciate the Archives of India with almost 35 thousand manuscripts of Christopher Columbus. Then there is the Tower of Gold, a defence fortification of the Arab occupation. Across the river is the ever so popular neighbourhood of Triana with its folklore of flamenco tradition, as well as the Cartuja with its famous china ware.

The centre of the city with its chic, exquisite and fashionable boutiques is a highlight, as is the Fine Arts Museum, housed in an old convent. Take time to visit Maria Luisa Park with its many statues of historic people. Also within the park the Plaza de Espana, with its elegant semi-circular Square paying tribute to all of the Spanish provinces, and 58 tiled benches representing each one, should not be missed. Relax in one of the shady Squares of Seville and be sure to savour some of the Tapas or delicious light snacks that all bars, cafes and restaurants have to offer.

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91 Tue 5 Jun 2018 Portimao, Portugal 7:30 18:30
Azamara World Journey 2018 Portimao is a city located in the District of Faro in the Region of Algarve in southern coastal area of Portugal. It is a popular holiday resort, undoubtedly due to the fact that it enjoys around 300 days of sunshine each year. Portimao is also known for its sporting events. In the summer, a beach soccer tournament called 'Little World Cup' is held, and the Lisbon to Dakar Rally passes through. However, the gently lapping waves on fine golden sand framed by cliffs and rocks, and the great surfing and kitesurfing, make it a truly international destination for holidays relaxing in the sun.

Then there’s the rich heritage of historical monuments that include, the Main Church, two stretches of wall from an ancient Castle, and the Marabout Chapels, all found at Alvor. While there, hire a boat to explore the natural beauty of the Alvor River and discover the fascinating wildlife. Added to this is the charm of cultivated fields and slopes covered with pine trees and wild flowers. Certainly visitors grasp the opportunity to walk or take a tour on a quad bike up into the hills to vZ the city from a different perspective.

The Lagos Zoo is just a short distance away to the west, and the Zoomarine at Guia that is just a short distance to the east, are both great family days out. Alternatively, for those who prefer to keep cool, the Slide and Splash Water Park at Lagoa is nearby. Many visitors take a boat and follow the coast watching the marvelous caves and natural sculptures made by sea and wind. In terms of shops and markets there is a good selection, especially at Portimao Retail Park, as well as the Marina where one can enjoy a refreshing meal.

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92 Wed 6 Jun 2018 Lisbon, Portugal 9:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, lies in the western Iberian Peninsula aside the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River. As one of the oldest cities in the world, it is rich in Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Modern and Post-Modern constructions. The city is also crossed by historical boulevards and monuments along the main thoroughfares. The Lisbon Coast hosts some fine sandy beaches at Cascais and Estoril and fishing villages like Sesimbra. With a little travelling, visitors often visit Sintra to appreciate the stunning views from Europe’s westernmost point, and to explore its royal palaces and the country’s best kept secrets, the historic villages.

The variety of museums such as: the Ancient Art National Museum; the Film Museum-The Cinema Museum; the Municipal Photographics Archive; and the Portuguese Guitar House, make them extremely popular destinations for visitors. Other attractions include the Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém, Casino Lisboa, and the Knowledge Pavilion promoting scientific and technological culture, to name some of the most popular. Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums are all part of the colourful cityscape, but the real delights of discovery lie in wandering the narrow lanes of Lisbon’s lovely backstreets.

There are some fascinating places not far from the city that also ‘call’ tourists. Explore the majestic structures around Evora or the pilgrimage centre of Fatima. Many enjoy the individuality of the hop on-hop off buses, or hiring a car. You can visit the countryside and the National Parks, do some wine tasting and then be sure to engage in some shopping and try some of the great local cuisine. If that's not enough, take a boat along the Sado or Tagus for a nautical view of the coast. Take home some amazing gifts made from cork, including clothes, accessories, and shoes.

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93 Thu 7 Jun 2018 Lisbon, Portugal 17:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, lies in the western Iberian Peninsula aside the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River. As one of the oldest cities in the world, it is rich in Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Modern and Post-Modern constructions. The city is also crossed by historical boulevards and monuments along the main thoroughfares. The Lisbon Coast hosts some fine sandy beaches at Cascais and Estoril and fishing villages like Sesimbra. With a little travelling, visitors often visit Sintra to appreciate the stunning views from Europe’s westernmost point, and to explore its royal palaces and the country’s best kept secrets, the historic villages.

The variety of museums such as: the Ancient Art National Museum; the Film Museum-The Cinema Museum; the Municipal Photographics Archive; and the Portuguese Guitar House, make them extremely popular destinations for visitors. Other attractions include the Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém, Casino Lisboa, and the Knowledge Pavilion promoting scientific and technological culture, to name some of the most popular. Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums are all part of the colourful cityscape, but the real delights of discovery lie in wandering the narrow lanes of Lisbon’s lovely backstreets.

There are some fascinating places not far from the city that also ‘call’ tourists. Explore the majestic structures around Evora or the pilgrimage centre of Fatima. Many enjoy the individuality of the hop on-hop off buses, or hiring a car. You can visit the countryside and the National Parks, do some wine tasting and then be sure to engage in some shopping and try some of the great local cuisine. If that's not enough, take a boat along the Sado or Tagus for a nautical view of the coast. Take home some amazing gifts made from cork, including clothes, accessories, and shoes.

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94 Fri 8 Jun 2018 Oporto, Portugal 9:00 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Located in the scenic estuary of the Douro River with swathes of vineyards clinging to the hills, Oporto - aka Porto - is Portugal's second largest metropolis, and one of Europe's most charismatic cities. The city is home to monuments by leading world architects from the past and the present, and some fantastic baroque carvings. Then there’s the world-famous sweet wine, and Ribeira - Its historical centre - that was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO. Understandably, it is considered the economic and cultural heart of the entire region. Oporto is also well known for its enterprising spirit, distinctive culture, and local cuisine.

The city has been continuously inhabited since at least the 4th Century, hence quite varied architecturally, with medieval as well as modern buildings side by side. Porto's geography is hard on the feet, but pleasant to the eye. The city is extremely hilly, with many buildings built into a cliff face that overlooks the river. Stairs cut into the stone run up and down the cliff face and offer a laborious but rewarding walking tour. Across the river from Porto proper, in the suburb of Gaia, the warehouses of notable companies dealing with Port Wine are located.

Oporto has always been a mercantile city, and this is evident in the style of the buildings lining the Avenida dos Aliados, the core of the downtown area. The centre of town, unlike other major Portuguese cities, which tend towards the baroque, is granite and monumental. Porto district is one of the most industrialised districts in Portugal, so not surprisingly Maia, one of Porto's satellite cities, has one of the largest industrial parks in the country. Visiting Portugal’s prestigious and scenic Douro Valley on a full-day wine tour from Porto is an extremely popular option.

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95 Sat 9 Jun 2018 At Sea
96 Sun 10 Jun 2018 Guernsey, United Kingdom 13:00 21:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 The isle of Guernsey, the second largest of the Channel Islands, lying just 12km off the coast of France, offers the visitor a mild climate, breathtaking scenery and a peaceful, unspoiled ambience. Between the wide, sandy beaches to the north and the rocky cliffs to the south are wooded valleys, marshland, and winding country lanes. Guernsey soaks up nearly 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, making it one of the sunniest places in the British Isles. Discover the island by bus, coach, mini bus, or taxi. Tours of St Peter Port, St Sampsons Harbour, the cliffs, Lihou Island and the hidden Green Lanes are all available.

If interested in the history of the island then be sure to visit the German Occupation Museum, the Little Chapel, Hauteville House, Castle Cornet, and the German Underground Hospital. The Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum and the Guernsey Museum are also both well worth visiting, as is the Gallery of artistic work at St Peter Port. Relax with a visit to the Sculpture Garden of Saumarez Manor in St Martins or visit Cobo to walk along the beach and pop into Cobo tea rooms to sample their gorgeous cakes. Indeed there is a large range of local gourmet specialties that should be tried.

There is a series of 11 self-guided walks designed with walkers of all ages and abilities in mind. Each has an audio guide, a full audio transcript, and an interactive map that highlights all the points of interest along the way. The walks –Tasty Walks – are all punctuated with cafes and restaurants, beachside kiosks and cliff top cafes to help you make the most of your journey around our island. Whether it's the rugged south coast cliff paths, the long sweeping bays of the west or uncovering the historic past of the island's capital, the island has much to offer.

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97 Mon 11 Jun 2018 Cherbourg, France 7:00 21:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Cherbourg is a coast town of Normandy, France, on the English Channel. Of special note is that Cherbourg was the first stop of the Titanic after leaving England. Also of note are the massive man-made sea walls and the ever-busy piers. While many passengers visit the Normandy beaches, the Saire Valley, Cap de la Hague, or Mont Saint Michel from Cherbourg, a 15 minute walk or short ride in a shuttle bus takes visitors to the township that is best known for its aquarium, parks and museums. It truly offers everything you could want from a seaside town in France.

Don’t miss La Cité de la Mer, which is a museum, aquarium, and oceanographic centre all rolled into one. Here visitors are impressed by the collection of sea life in the Ocean Exhibition aquatic galleries, as well as the opportunity to explore La Redoutable, a nuclear submarine that was once used by the French navy. Then there’s the Cherbourg Theatre, now listed as an historical monument, and the amazing Renaissance style castle, the Ravalet Chateau with its beautiful 19th C gardens and numerous varieties of plants, spring-fed ponds, and native animals and rare birds.

Of historic interest is the Liberation Museum. This little museum in a 19th century fort above Cherbourg has interesting information about civilian life in Cherbourg during WW2, the German occupation, the taking of Cherbourg by the allies and its reconstruction. Musee d'art Thomas-Henry has a permanent exhibition that features local artists, while there may also be a temporary exhibition to enjoy. Quepos also offers some wonderful shopping opportunities. These include: the open-air markets in front of the theatre, the cobblestone streets with delightful boutiques just behind the waterfront, and the Old Town District. Also be sure to dine at one of the many delightful restaurants.

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98 Tue 12 Jun 2018 Honfleur , France 7:00 19:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Honfleur is a commune in the NW of France located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from Le Havre. A quintessential French harbour town, Honfleur is more than delightful. The fishing and sailing port is pretty and very dear to the Impressionists and more modern artists. The postcard-sized port town also offers history, culture, and ambience. Visitors could be forgiven for thinking they'd been transported centuries back in time. A wander through the narrow cobbled streets allows a close-up view of the many architectural styles jumbled together, with buildings dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries.

The main sights in town are: the 17th century Bassin and the Lieutenance buildings; the church of Sainte Catherine that has a bell-tower separate from the principal building; and the Saint Leonard church with a flamboyant Gothic style façade and interior entirely painted in murals. Then there’s Notre Dame de Grace, that can be reached by tourist train or car. This quiet and quaint church offers a great insight into the sea-faring history of Honfleur. Then there’s the lookout that offers a picturesque view of both the city and the Normandy Bridge connecting Honfleur and Le Havre.

La Lieutenance, at the very tip of the Vieux Bassin, is the splendid residence of the king's lieutenant, the governor of Honfleur. It is built over the town's original 11th-century fortifications, helping to conjure up the atmosphere of this once-strategic port. Art lovers should visit the Museum Eugene Boudin. Other museums of interest include the Naval Museum and the Museum Erik Satie. While taking a walking tour around Old Honfleur visit the Vieux Honfleur Museum. Naturospace, an indoor rainforest, gives visitors the opportunity to get up close to the many species of free-flying butterflies that are housed there, as well as the opportunity to appreciate the tropical flora.

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99 Wed 13 Jun 2018 Zeebrugge, Belgium 8:30 19:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 The port city of Zeebrugge is a harbour town at the western end of the Belgian coast and a subdivision of the city of Bruges - one of the best preserved cities in Europe - for which it is the modern port. The new port has reinvigorated the city as an art and tourist centre for northern Europe. Upon visiting Bruges you will immediately notice that this city has always carefully cherished its architectural and artistic treasures from the past, but what makes Bruges so unique though is the way it deals with this past today. There is something for everybody.

Not surprisingly, UNESCO included the entire historical city centre on the World Heritage list. Walking along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you imagine yourself to be in medieval times. The wealth of museums is a striking image of this city's stirring history so be sure to visit them. Appreciate the great diversity from the Flemish primitives to contemporary art, from the classic 'fine arts' to archaeological excavations, as well as the furniture, silverware, and folklore. Bruges is also home to contemporary culture, such as the new Concert Hall, which is one of the most prominent music complexes in Flanders.

Then there are the restaurants and the exclusive hotels in Bruges that offer gastronomic cuisine, a true feast for those who enjoy the good things in life. There are several options of travel, be it by car, train, or tram that will enable visitors to enjoy this city as much as the locals do. The brewery, De Halve Maan, boasts a rich history, which dates to as early as 1546. Today, the famed Belgian brewery is still thriving and is known for producing the Straffe Hendrik beer. Known as the Venice of the North, Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

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100 Thu 14 Jun 2018 Amsterdam, Netherlands 8:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Originally a dam in the river Amstel, Amsterdam today is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, as engineered dams, sea gates, and the 19-mile dyke walling out the Zuider Zee prevent this low-lying country from being reclaimed by the North Sea. Interestingly, the 17th century canals of Amsterdam located in the heart of the city have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The main tourist attractions are undoubtedly the famous Museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum. However, there is much more to be seen and appreciated.

The fascinating and historical Dam Square, dominated by the Royal Palace with its classical facade and fine sculptures cannot be missed. The impressive history of the square is well documented at the Historical Museum. Other famous squares include Rembrandtplien - lined with restaurants, cafes and pubs and the vibrant and colourful Leidseplein. Then, of course, there is the Red Light District that includes the calm haven of the Oude Kirk (Old Church) with attached houses, built in the Gothic-renaissance style, and the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world.

Cruise along some of the delightful and historic canals in this ‘Venice of the North’ and you cannot possibly leave without seeing windmills as there are eight stunning windmills in at the heart of the city just waiting to be admired. Visit the delightful parks, the largest being Vondelpark right in the middle of the city, and thoroughly appreciate the experience of the ‘do-it-yourself for all ages’ voyage of discovery between fantasy and reality. The NEMO Science and technology Centre which also offers breathtaking views of the city, is a fantastic experience, as is a visit to Coster's diamond cutting factory where one is shown the secrets of cutting and polishing diamonds.

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101 Fri 15 Jun 2018 Amsterdam, Netherlands 18:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 Originally a dam in the river Amstel, Amsterdam today is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, as engineered dams, sea gates, and the 19-mile dyke walling out the Zuider Zee prevent this low-lying country from being reclaimed by the North Sea. Interestingly, the 17th century canals of Amsterdam located in the heart of the city have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The main tourist attractions are undoubtedly the famous Museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum. However, there is much more to be seen and appreciated.

The fascinating and historical Dam Square, dominated by the Royal Palace with its classical facade and fine sculptures cannot be missed. The impressive history of the square is well documented at the Historical Museum. Other famous squares include Rembrandtplien - lined with restaurants, cafes and pubs and the vibrant and colourful Leidseplein. Then, of course, there is the Red Light District that includes the calm haven of the Oude Kirk (Old Church) with attached houses, built in the Gothic-renaissance style, and the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world.

Cruise along some of the delightful and historic canals in this ‘Venice of the North’ and you cannot possibly leave without seeing windmills as there are eight stunning windmills in at the heart of the city just waiting to be admired. Visit the delightful parks, the largest being Vondelpark right in the middle of the city, and thoroughly appreciate the experience of the ‘do-it-yourself for all ages’ voyage of discovery between fantasy and reality. The NEMO Science and technology Centre which also offers breathtaking views of the city, is a fantastic experience, as is a visit to Coster's diamond cutting factory where one is shown the secrets of cutting and polishing diamonds.

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102 Sat 16 Jun 2018 London, United Kingdom 13:00
Azamara World Journey 2018 London, located on the River Thames, is the capital city of England and the UK, and with over 14 million international visitors per year it’s the most visited city in Europe. It is an important hub for tourists, and the city is home to an array of famous attractions. The four World Heritage Sites include the Tower of London, Kew Gardens, the historic settlement of Greenwich at zero degrees longitude, and the site containing Westminster Abbey, the Palace of Westminster, and St Margaret’s Church. Interestingly, the London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world.

This is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic Big Ben clock tower and Westminster Abbey, the site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city. The Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace bring visitors to the City of Westminster to the west, which also accounts for many of London's top museums and galleries. Amongst its attractions are the British Museum, the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, the Tate Gallery, London Zoo and Madame Tussauds are extremely popular tourist destinations.

The numerous Royal attractions, such as the ceremonial House Guards’ Parade and the various well-known palaces, such as Buckingham Palace seem never to lose their world-wide appeal. Other famous landmarks include St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower Bridge, and Wembley Stadium. London is also home to numerous museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events and other cultural institutions. These include the: British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Museum, British Library, Wimbledon, and 40 West End theatres. The Downing Street home of the Prime Minister is also considered a ‘must-see’.

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Azamara World Cruise 2018 Exclusive Excursion Program

Ho Chi Minh City

Land Discoveries Series: Journey to Mekong Delta

Head two-hours outside of Ho Chi Minh City to the quaint provincial town of My Tho. The drive will take you through the peaceful Vietnamese countryside—complete with view of rice threshing and milling, vegetables drying on the flat hot roadside, and children caring for their water buffalo. From My Tho, you’ll board a boat for a trip on the Mekong River eventually leading to one of the many islands in the Delta. Here, you will have the chance to visit the traditional home of a fruit farmer and have the opportunity to sample exotic tropical fruits.

Nights and Cool Places Series: Ao Dai Musum and a Unique Fashion Show

Discover the incredible fashion culture in Vietnam with a trip to the Áo Dài museum complete with a fashion show! Áo Dài is the national dress of Vietnam and Si Hoang is the nation’s premiere contemporary designer not to mention the steward of an exquisite collection of outfits from the 17th century to the present. Tour the Áo Dài museum with a backdrop of bamboo bridges and lotus ponds, and then watch a spectacular live fashion show highlighting Si Hoang’s own work in a gorgeous rainbow of brightly colored silk and voile.

Land Discoveries Series: Angkor Wat UNESCO Overnight

Journey to the temple complex of Angkor War on this exploration of ancient Khmer culture. Spend the night in Siem Reap in luxurious accommodations and enjoy a sumptuous dinner. The next morning, set out to see the terraces of the Elephant and the Leper King, the magnificent Bayon Temple with its 200 half-smiling carved faces, and the jungle temple Ta Prohm. After lunch, take in the sights of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest temple. Admire intricate depictions including the Churning of the Ocean of Milk and battles between demons and gods.

Bangkok

Nights and Cool Places Series: Night Cruise with Loi Krathong Ritual

Cruise under the stars and city lights of Bangkok past temples and skyscrapers for an evening of glittering views and leisurely relaxation on the Chao Phraya River. Sip a cocktail while floating past the city and set a few personal intentions for the Loi Krathong ceremony. Originating in the 13th century, this ancient water prayer is usually celebrated under a full moon. Decorated baskets are deployed in the river, their natural course symbolizing the importance of releasing the past, accepting the present, and flowing with life’s abundant offerings of joy.

Insider Access Series: Prasart Museum

Slip into a luxurious world of incredible treasures and unknown wealth at the Prasart Museum. Privately owned by a former real estate tycoon who wanted to staunch the flow of Thailand’s cultural riches to other countries, the museum drips with gorgeous relics. The collection includes artifacts from different subcultures across the country and spans centuries of Thailand’s history. After a guided tour, wander the lush gardens—an oasis of palms, flowers, and incense—before light refreshments and a chance to speak with Mr. Prasart Vongsakul.

Yangon

Land Discoveries Series: Ancient Temples of Bagan Overnight

The capital of the first unified empire of Anawrahta, Bagan was founded in AD 849. Today, it is the richest archaeological site in Asia and includes more than 3,000 religious monuments like Shwezigon Stupa, and temples like Ananda, Thatbyinnyu, Dhamayangyi, Sulamuni, Gawdawpalin, and Gubyaukgyi. Bagan is renowned for its ancient pagodas, temples, and other religious buildings which constitute one of the architectural wonders of the world. Climb to the top of one of the numerous structures to enjoy the sunset or simply taken in the panoramic view of the incredible sites below.

Insider Access Series: Traditional Medicine

Learn about the fascinating healing practices of Myanmar’s traditional medicine doctors. Steeped in a culture of plant medicine, these holistic practitioners seek to balance the body with varied practices that range from herbs and thermoregulation to astrology and alchemy. Stroll the stalls of Kon Zay Dan Street, a bustling market where locals sell ingredients for traditional medicine remedies. After browsing, journey to the office of a well-respected local practitioner to learn techniques for detecting imbalances and administering healing treatments. Time permitting, you might just receive an individual health consultation or analysis.

Dubai

Land Discoveries Series: Wonders of Dubai with a Visit to the Top

Experience the most impressive landmarks of a city well known for its unapologetic excess. Begin on Palm Island Jumeirah, a manmade isle shaped like a collection of palm trees surrounded by the blue waters of the Persian Gulf. Continue to the heart of downtown to explore the Souk Al Bahar, a sprawling collection of shops and restaurants that mixes high fashion with Dubai’s rich Arabian heritage. Take a high-speed elevator to the 124th floor of the world’s tallest building, where an outdoor observation deck gives you Dubai as far as the eye can see.

Muscat

Land Discoveries Series: Dhow Cruise

Experience the best of Muscat on an enlightening and elegant cruise aboard a traditional Omani “dhow”. These exquisite vessels are handcrafted by master builders using secrets that have been passed down for generations. Relax in the comfort of a saloon adorned with stained glass windows or soak up the sights from the deck in a raised majlis seat. Cruise along glistening waterways past landmarks showcasing the rich Portuguese heritage of the land. Admire the majestic Al Alam Palace and the gleaming skyline of Muscat, all while being cradled in traditional Omani ambiance.

Nights in Cool Places Series: A Night Out at Bait Al Bilad

Relax under the tranquil Omani night sky with an evening at Bait Al Bilad—a fully restored, authentic village house. The night begins with a picturesque drive along the Corniche with photo op at Al Alam Palace—the ceremonial palace of the Sultan. A short jaunt through the fishing village of Qantab leads to Bait Al Bilad for a night of Omani hospitality. Listen to a classic loud player strum his guitar-like instrument for a warm, rich soundscape. Try on a little henna, enjoy refreshments, and listen to the lapping waves nearby.

Insider Access Series: Lunch with an Omani Family

Omani families take great pride in hospitality and this is your chance to go on an enriching journey to a local family’s home to eat a traditionally prepared meal together. After a tantalizing home-cooked lunch of meat, vegetables and savory complements, gather to learn more about Omani culture. The men and women split up to inspect a few fashion trends between Western and Middle Eastern cultures. Ladies have the choice to try on an abaya, the flowing robe-like dress of Oman, with a head scarf while men can try on customary headpieces.

Barcelona

Land Discoveries Series: An Evening of Spanish Flamenco

Lose yourself in the stomping heels, sensual moves, and masterful guitar of Spanish Flamenco with a visit to the acclaimed Palacio del Flamenco for an exclusive show. Learn about the origins of this vibrant art form and the underground movement of the early 1900s that gave birth to a Spanish sensation. Applaud as dancers exude their passion through heel stomps, clapping, and finger-snapping; marvel at the intricate picking and dramatic strumming of master Flamenco guitarists; and feel the power of this music created to release anger, reveal emotion, and exude romance.

Nights in Cool Places Series: La Pedrera by Night

Witness a spectacular nighttime experience at a magnificent architectural icon in central Barcelona. La Pedrera is one of the city’s most emblematic buildings, a beautiful testament to world-renowned architect Antoni Gaudí’s reverence for nature and details on a grand scale. Gaudí’s Pedrera: The Origins is an exceptional audiovisual show that follows the origin of life and the essence of the master’s architecture with projections in stairwells, incredible light effects, and a dramatic soundtrack. Discover the building’s most remarkable treasures with a glass of Cava at the end of the evening.

CRUISE GLOBAL, EAT LOCAL SERIES: La Rumbeta

Enjoy the rhythms of flamenco rumba, a style developed by Barcelona’s gypsies in the 1950s, at this seafood restaurant.

Lisbon

Land Discoveries Series: Royal Lisbon

Enjoy a narrated tour through the streets of Lisbon that showcases the city’s most impressive landmarks and attractions. Begin in the city center, travel to the hilltop oasis of Eduard VII Park, continue past Parliament and the Prime Minister’s residence, passing Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue and Rossio Square. In the Belem district, visit the Carriages Museum, then take a short stroll to Jerónimos Monastery, a 16th-century Gothic Manueline masterpiece whose church houses the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Finally, enjoy a sweet treat—a tasting of the city’s custard cream.

CRUISE GLOBAL, EAT LOCAL SERIES:Casa de Pasto
Sample the wonderful variety of traditional Portuguese specialties with a round of appetizers known as pesticos before enjoying a sumptuous meal.

AMSTERDAM

Land Discoveries Series: Amsterdam, Anne Frank, and Canal Cruise

Starting at Westerkerk near the statue of Anne Frank, walk to the Anne Frank House for a self-guided tour. See the authentically preserved secret annex where Anne Frank lived in hiding and wrote the diary that is still read by millions every year. Next you’ll board a glass-topped boat for a cruise along Amsterdam’s beautiful canals. Following your cruise, enjoy a drive around Amsterdam to view some of its most iconic landmarks, including the baroque Royal Palace; Nieuwe Kerk, site of many royal coronations; the old Mint Tower; and the 15th century Weepers’ Tower.

Insider Access Series: At Home in Historic Edam

Embark on a journey to Edam—home to the famous cheese—where you’ll enjoy the hospitality of a local family at a residence built in 1597. Edam’s history as one of the most important commercial centers in the Netherlands is evident in its striking 17th century architecture, well-preserved gables, and bridges. Your hostess, born and raised in the residence, will show you the 17th century painted ceiling, and give you a tour of the home’s floating basement, pointing out remnants of rare delft blue tiles. Then, enjoy coffee and apple pie while listening to stories of the home’s history.

Monte Carlo

Land Discoveries Series: 74th Grand Prix de Monaco Package

Experience the thrills of the world's most glamorous racing event at the 74th Grand Prix de Monaco. A complimentary backpack provides race-day necessities—Bushnell binoculars, ear plugs, a hat, rain gear, and a seat cushion. The race lasts a scintillating 2 to 2-1/2 hours on a 78-lap course with Ferraris, Mercedes, and other Formula One machines twisting and turning dangerously at speeds of 175 miles per hour. Conclude the day with an escorted walk back to the pier or enjoy the waning afternoon in the glitzy city of Monte Carlo.

Ship Facts:

  • Star rating: 4.5 stars
  • Maiden Voyage: 2000
  • Number of Decks: 9
  • Tonnage: 30277
  • Cabins: 347
  • Passenger Capacity: 694
  • Number of Crew: 408

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"Thank you Jacqui, Dan and the team at Clean Cruising. It has been the most remarkable experience to work with you over the last 18 months. We have had some good partners in our 35 years in business, but none to equal your commitment to making our first two cruises and our forthcoming War Comes to Australia Northern Territory tour a success. You have not only provided professional services and advice, but gone the extra mile to make our events successful."
Alan Phillips, Gould's Genealogy
Mar 2011