Azamara Club Cruises review

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A pleasant way to travel between boutique ports, with a focus on cultural immersion.

Azamara Club has a loyal following for a reason: It delivers a classy onboard experience without the premium price tag. While you’ll pay more than you would for a Carnival or Royal Caribbean cruise, these voyages are all-inclusive, and mid-sized ships dock at unique ports that larger cruise lines can’t access.

3 ships

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Target demographic Seniors
Number of ships 3 ships
Contact options Phone, Email
Payment options
Deposit required Deposit at checkout
Deposit required No price matching
Food Food included
Drink Alcohol included
Room service No free room service
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Amy Stoltenberg is a staff writer covering all things travel, shopping and lifestyle. After earning a BA at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked as technical designer in corporate fashion before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. When her laptop's closed, you can find her wandering around Los Angeles looking for hole-in-the-wall eateries and plotting her way to all 50 states (she's currently at 28).

Expert review

Azamara serves the casual cruiser that wants all-included amenities but doesn’t necessarily need white-glove butler service. It emphasizes longer days spent at each port — some itineraries even include overnight stays to give you more time to explore. These cruises are excellent for well-traveled individuals that love diving into the local flavor of each place they visit, rather than simply lazing on the beach.

Its niche itineraries really do let you see interesting cities and less-visited ports, and evening entertainment is inspired by the destinations you visit during the day. So even though it’s technically owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises, these voyages don’t feel too touristy. You can actually get authentic insight into the places you visit.

Travelers on a tight budget might need to look elsewhere, since these cruises — while less expensive than premium luxury lines — still cost a pretty penny. But if you’re visiting locations that’ve been on your cultural bucket list forever, the extra time in each port might be worth paying for.

Where do Azamara cruises depart from?

Near or far, here’s where you can kick off your Azamara adventure:

Amsterdam, Athens, Auckland, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Dublin, Lima, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Miami, Monte Carlo, Mumbai, Nice, Oslo, Papeete, Rio De Janeiro, Rome, San Antonio, San Juan, Singapore, Southampton, Stockholm, Sydney, Venice

Azamara cruise destinations

Azamara sails to all continents except Antarctica. Whether you’re looking for shimmering crystal Caribbean sands or an intensive tour of South Africa, there’s an itinerary to match every palette. Except polar: You’ll have to look elsewhere to visit penguins.

Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Middle East, Northern Europe, Panama Canal, South America, Southern Caribbean, Transatlantic, Western Europe, Western Mediterranean

How much do Azamara Club cruises cost?

Azamara Club cruises generally cost between $150 to $250 per day, depending on the itinerary.

But it’s difficult to compare Azamara Club to the competition apples to apples. Its itineraries are pretty unique, and grant access to cities and towns that you wouldn’t be able to reach on a more mainstream cruise line. And it frequently has deals and promotions that can drastically cut the price.

The best thing to do is head to its website to see for yourself — after snagging a coupon or deal below.

What’s included on Azamara cruises?

Azamara is a true all-inclusive cruise line. So though fare may be pricier up front, you’ll get decent bang for your buck. Here’s what’s covered:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner plus snacks
  • Standard spirits, beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and tea
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle transfers from your airport or hotel
  • Concierge service

Onboard Wi-Fi and shore excursions are extra.

Why you should (or shouldn’t) cruise with Azamara cruises

If Azamara has an itinerary that catches your eye, we think it’s well worth the investment. Still, it’s good to weigh the pros and cons before booking your trip.

Pros

  • Free alcohol and DIY laundry service
  • Entertainment inspired by the destination
  • Online reviewers rave of top-notch service
  • Mid-sized ships dock at boutique ports closer to key attractions.
  • Guest speakers and onboard experts
  • Snazzy fitness centers and casinos

Cons

  • Specialty restaurants are extra, unless you pay for a suite.
  • Fewer onboard activities than larger cruise lines
  • Fares can be pricier up front
  • No kids programs

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