Azamara Makes Changes to 2009 Schedule
In a major change to their previously-announced itineraries, Azamara
has cancelled the Azamara Journey's 2008/2009 South America season
and the 2010 World Cruise.
Instead, starting on Nov. 12, 2008, the Journey will sail a new
12-night Western Mediterranean cruise roundtrip from Barcelona. On
Dec. 3, 2008, the ship will sail from Barcelona on a 15-night
transatlantic voyage concluding in Miami, where Azamara will present
two new, 16-night Panama Canal sailings, followed by a series of
12-night exotic Caribbean cruises through March 2009, when the ship
will relocate to Europe. Azamara Journey will retain its current,
published itinerary lineup until the Nov. 12 sailing. The new
deployment replaces the itineraries previously announced for Azamara
Journey in South America from December 2008 through March 2009.
"Demand from both our travel agent partners and guests for our new
Asia and exotic Caribbean cruises has led us to focus on these
markets in lieu of South America and a world cruise," said Azamara
President and CEO Dan Hanrahan. These changes will replace Azamara's
previously announced 2008-2009 sailings in South America and world
cruise in 2010. Azamara Cruises plans to announce details of its 2010
cruise itineraries for both Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest in late
March or early April.
I have to admit I'm a bit disappointed with this, but understand the
decision. The market for these wonderful, smaller ships is
sophisticated and fairly well traveled, the type who likely explored
South America in the past 2-3 years and are now looking farther
afield. It might also be a bit too soon for them to embark on a
World Cruise and have the support of those who have come to love the
line and can see the appeal. But I am excited about these new
itineraries as they offer a longer Caribbean itinerary for those who
want the warm weather but desire a more "connoisseurs Caribbean"
experience, along with Asia.
Bookings on these new itineraries will be open soon.