(1:30 p.m.) -- Azamara Club Cruises has released its 2020 itineraries, and there's a lot that's new to the line -- from destinations to a cabin category and themed voyages.
"The addition of our third ship, the Azamara Pursuit, has allowed us to expand our footprint across all seven continents, bringing guests to new destinations, new experiences, and new opportunities," said Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises in a company statement. "In 2020, Azamara will offer a total of 473 late night and overnight stays, a 12 percent increase from 2019, which will allow us to provide our guests with the opportunity to experience night touring at some of the most compelling destinations."
Here's a breakdown of what's new.
In 2020, Azamara will visit South Africa and the African continent, and the South Pacific and Hawaii for the first time.
In South Africa, the line has teamed up with Micato Safaris to offer pre- and post-cruise packages to bucket list places such as Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls and Botswana's Chobe Game Reserve. Azamara's own destination-immersive tours include an overnight excursion to Kenya's Masai Mara, a trip to Shakaland to learn about Zulu culture and exploration of one of South Africa's famous wine regions, the Paarl. Itineraries take place in January-February and November-December.
In January 2020, Azamara will offer two South Pacific cruises, an 18-night voyage from Los Angeles to Tahiti via Hawaii and a 15-night cruise from Tahiti to New Zealand.
Other itineraries of note include new country-intensive cruises to Ireland, Scotland, Denmark and South Africa, and the first ever meeting of all three ships in Slovenia on October 8, highlighted by a special AzAmazing Evening. A 42-night sailing dubbed the Triple Tour lets passenger sail on all three ships during one voyage from Athens to Copenhagen.
Azamara Quest will sail the line's second ever world cruise, beginning February 20, from Cape Town to Southampton.
New Cabin Category
Following the trend of upscale lines offering more inclusive fares and deals, Azamara has revealed a new cabin category that opens up in 2020. Veranda Plus staterooms essentially will be regular balcony cabins that come with higher price tags because the fares include Wi-Fi (a choice of minutes or a discount on the unlimited package), one specialty dining meal for two every week of sailing, one bag of laundry each week, priority embarkation and in-cabin liquor set-up.
--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor