December 7, 2017.
Our favorite all-inclusive luxury cruise line is Azamara Club Cruises and they have just announced new voyages for their newest ship, the Azamara Pursuit. Wait to you read about the shore excursions!
Azamara Pursuit was purchased earlier this fall and the brand has been working tirelessly to curate new itineraries to new parts of the world, with longer stays, more overnights and stops in smaller ports. Given the number of smaller ports in the Mediterranean – ports that only small cruise ships can visit – it is easy to see why Azamara chose to focus on the region for their newest vessel.
In 2019, the Azamara Pursuit will:
- Visit 74 countries and 276 ports
- Add 27 ports and 2 countries not offered by other ships in 2019
- Visit maiden ports in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy; Trieste, Italy; Paula, Croatia
- Offer Country Intensive Voyages to Greece, Italy, Croatia, Spain, France and Israel
- Offer 77 late nights and 20 overnights during 176 days in port
Shore Excursions highlights include:
- Monemvasia, Greece – Cooking Class at Liotrivi Historic Mansion: At Liotrivi Historical Mansion, guests will explore the cultural heritage and enjoy a cooking lesson of 5 traditional dishes under the instruction of an experienced chef set against the backdrop of gardens and olive trees.
- Portofino, Italy – Rapallo Foodie Experience with Guido: Liguria is home to some of Italy’s most iconic foods and no one is more passionate about ‘pasta, pesto, focaccia & co.’ than local host Guido. Guests meet him at the Musical Kiosk with its fanciful fresco, before continuing on to Rapallo’s vibrant food market to explore the produce and herbs. The tour continues to a nearby artisanal pasta factory, followed by a stop for street food at Guido’s favorite focaccia baker serving the cheesy, decadent treat hot from the iron with a glass of local Vermentino wine. For the final stop, guests follow Guido to his own bottega, a veritable emporium filled with delicacies where guests will have the chance to make pesto alla Genovese.
- Pula, Croatia – Truffle Hunt: Guests visit the small village of Mala Huba for the special experience of truffle hunting! After the “truffle hunt” experience of almost 60 minutes with a local guide and truffle-sniffing dog, guests return to village of Mala Huba for light repast and wine tasting and the chance to buy truffle products.
Top itineraries include:
- 5 Night Riviera Weekend Voyage, May 2019: This voyage travels from the heart of the French Riviera to the Eternal City with a late-night stay in Marseilles and Saint-Tropez.
- 10 Night Greece Intensive Voyage, June 2019: A powerhouse line-up of ancient sites, friendly seaside tavernas and shops and whitewashed villages.
- 9 Night Italy to Greece Voyage, May 2019: This nine-night sailing showcases the exceptional beauty of the Adriatic and gorgeous Grecian ports with stops for Gondola rides, medieval city tours and a visit to the world’s largest underground canyon.