MIAMI, Sept 22 â€“ This October, Azamara Quest will commemorate one year of bringing cruisers deluxe vacation style in exotic destinations and Azamara Cruises is offering travel agents and consumers the opportunity to celebrate by taking advantage of special booking incentives. The booking promotion, called the â€œQuest for Europeâ€ sale, begins today. Guests who book the 2009 Europe cruises between Sept 22 and Oct 19, 2008, will enjoy onboard credit: US$600 per suite, US$400 per veranda, and US$200 per oceanview stateroom. Guests also can enjoy the freedom of 50% reduced deposits when booking Azamaraâ€™s 2009 Europe sailings between Sept 22 and Oct 19, 2008.
Azamara Cruisesâ€™ 2009 Europe season will include 20 new ports and overnight stays in some of the most romantic cities on the continent. The lineâ€™s series of seven- to 15-night itineraries will visit 91 ports in 36 countries, and depart from five different homeports: Athens, Greece; Barcelona, Spain; Copenhagen, Denmark; Rome and Venice, Italy. Overnight stays will be offered in Barcelona, Edinburgh, Scotland; Florence and Ravenna, Italy, Istanbul, Turkey; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Stockholm, Sweden. Late-night (10 p.m. or after) departures will be offered in 10 ports of call, allowing guests to capture more of the flavor of each localeâ€™s nightlife. Highlights of Azamaraâ€™s 2009 Europe season include:
New, harder-to-access port calls, including docking in Zadar, Croatia (where larger ships have to anchor); Rouen, France, just one hour from Paris (as opposed to Le Havre, where larger ships dock, which is two-and-a-half hours from the city); Volos, Greece, where Azamara will offer excursions to the Meteora Monasteries, high atop massive granite rocks(made famous in the film For Your Eyes Only); Amalfi, Italy, near the postcard-perfect Sorrento, Positano and Isle of Capri; a docking in La Spezia, Italy, where larger ships have to anchor; and Dartmouth, United Kingdom, inaccessible to larger ships.
A series of consecutive 7-night Mediterranean cruises, which, for travelers interested in pairing itineraries back-to-back, will present no repeat ports of call.
A new â€œIceland and Norwegian Fjordsâ€ voyage roundtrip from Copenhagen, Denmark, featuring three Icelandic ports. The sailing also includes calls on Scotlandâ€™s Shetland Islands, Denmarkâ€™s Faroe Islands, which received National Geographic Travelerâ€™s top score among islands in Europe in its Nov/Dec 2007 issue, and Scotlandâ€™s famed Shetland Islands.
An enhanced â€œBest of Italyâ€ itinerary with overnight stays in Venice and Sorrento, as well as in Ravenna, giving guests the opportunity to visit Florence by train to experience one of the worldâ€™s oldest republics, the independent state of San Marino; the Ferrari and Lamborghini factories; or the sixth-century church of Chiesa di San Vitale, noted on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and famed for its collection of Byzantine mosaics.
Azamaraâ€™s â€œQuest for Europeâ€ booking promotion is not combinable with any other offer. The offer is not available for United Kingdom bookings. The offer applies to individual and group bookings made between Sept 22-Oct 19, 2008. The onboard credit in this offer is per stateroom. For more information, consumers are invited to call 1-877-999-9553. Or, visit www.azamaracruises.com.