Azamara Club Cruises is a fantastic upscale cruise line, and its recently overhauled Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest are fine ships. However, the brand is in desperate need of more, new-builds especially, to sustain its following among strong competitors Oceania Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises.
Well before I first sailed on Oceania and Viking, I experienced Azamara and instantly fell in love with the product. Its emphasis on the destination with longer port stays and more overnight calls, as well as its brilliant AzAmazing Evenings shoreside program, speaks to many loyalists as does the line’s exceptional value, read excellent dining and service for the price point.
Before the ships were remodeled, they only had one problem: they were former Renaissance Cruises ships that lo