Azamara announces new ship for Australasia

Carol Cabezas, centre, with Azamara business development manager Australia and New Zealand Belle Osmic, left, and Royal Caribbean Cruises’ regional chief Susan Bonner Carol Cabezas, centre, with Azamara business development manager Australia and New Zealand Belle Osmic, left, and Royal Caribbean Cruises’ regional chief Susan Bonner PHOTO: Helen Hutcheon

Azamara Club Cruises’ chief operating officer Carol Cabezas announced the newest addition to the company’s fleet, Azamara Pursuit, will visit Australia and New Zealand in 2021.

Cabezas said full details of Pursuit’s Australasian itineraries will be released shortly.

Australia a key market

She also confirmed that Australia is the third largest source market for Azamara Club Cruises, after the United States and the United Kingdom, and said the numbers are growing.

‘Australia is a key market for our brand,’ Cabezas told representatives of the media and travel industry during a cocktail reception in Sydney this evening in the Blu Bar on the 36th level of the Shangri-La Hotel, which has soaring windows and magnificent harbour views.

She said Azamara has more late nights and overnight port stays than any other cruise company and will have 470 late/overnights in 2020.

Cabezas said two-thirds of the company’s ports cannot be visited by larger vessels.

Wish-list destinations

‘We go off the beaten track and provide our passengers with wish-list destinations,’ she said.

Cabezas arrived on what is her first visit to Australia last Sunday and departs for Miami on Friday. She is spending the entire week in Sydney where she is deeply involved with travel partners.

Posted 23 October 2018

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Helen Hutcheon

Australasia correspondent