Azamara Club Cruises will visit Alaska and Canada for the first time in 2019 as it shifts focus from the Black Sea and Turkey.
The luxury line has unveiled 11 sailings on three itineraries in the region, and has teamed up with Rocky Mountaineer to offer post‑sailing experiences.
Azamara also plans to host an agent fam trip with the Canadian rail-tour company in May 2019.
Azamara Quest will sail one eight-night itinerary and two 10-night itineraries in Alaska and Canada between May and September 2019.
These will include overnight stays in Seattle and port calls at Vancouver and Victoria plus Seward and Ketchikan in Alaska.
For its Alaska sailings, the operator offers eight pre- or post‑voyage options of up to six nights in duration.
Michael Pawlus, strategic itinerary and destination planning director, said: “We are trying to keep the brand fresh [in terms of] destinations, and our past guests have been asking for Alaska and Canada more than anything else.
“With our presence in the Mediterranean decreasing after reduced access to the Black Sea and Turkey, it was a natural next step.
“The duration of our itineraries are longer than other cruise lines’ too, meaning we are able to add two or three ports and Azamazing evenings and overnights due to the extended length.”
Richard Twynam, managing director for the UK and Ireland, said: “Alaska was the most‑requested destination from the UK market.
“We are the first Royal Caribbean brand to engage with Rocky Mountaineer on creating a fully immersive experience and it will really enhance our cruise itineraries.”
Other aspects of the 2019 programme include 45 maiden port calls in destinations such as Japan, China and New Zealand, a visit to the Monaco Grand Prix, and a France itinerary to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The line has also expanded its Perry Golf offerings, including an itinerary which visits Augusta golf course in Georgia.
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