It's back to the Med for Azamara Pursuit in 2019

Azamara Pursuit's 2019 Mediterranean season will offer 77 late nights and 20 overnights during 176 days in port Azamara Pursuit's 2019 Mediterranean season will offer 77 late nights and 20 overnights during 176 days in port

Azamara Club Cruises' new ship, Azamara Pursuit, will return to the Mediterranean in 2019. (This follows its entry to service in the Mediterranean in August 2018 and then South America deployment from late 2018 to early 2019.)

During its extended 2019 Mediterranean season, Azamara Pursuit will call at new ports including Alghero (Sardinia) and Trieste, Italy, and Pula, Croatia. Country-intensive voyages to Greece, Italy, Croatia, Spain, France and Israel are also featured.

Continuing the brand's penchant for longer stays at destinations, the ship will offer 77 late nights and 20 overnights during 176 days in port.

Among the itinerary highlights is a five-night 'Riviera Weekend Voyage' in May that travels from the heart of the French Riviera (Nice) to the Eternal City (Civitavecchia for Rome) with late-night stays at Marseilles and Saint-Tropez.

Also in May, a nine-night Italy to Greece voyage showcases the Adriatic and Grecian ports. It starts with an overnight in Venice and continues to Koper and Dubrovnik (overnight) in Croatia and Kotor in Montenegro before reaching Greece. There, calls include Igoumenitsa, Katakolon and Nafplio before the cruise ends at Piraeus.

A Greece-intensive 10-night voyage in June features a powerhouse lineup of ancient sites and whitewashed villages. The cruise embarks at Piraeus and visits Spetses, Mykonos, Lindos (Rhodes), Agios Nikolaos and Chania (Crete), Zakynthos and Igoumenitsa before continuing on to Kotor and ending at Venice.

Shore excursion highlights include, from Monemvasia, Greece, 'Cooking Class at Liotrivi Historic Mansion.' There, participants will learn how to cook five traditional dishes under the instruction of an experienced chef in a setting of gardens and olive trees.

From Portofino, Italy, the 'Rapallo Foodie Experience with Guido' features Liguria, home to some of Italy’s most iconic foods, and host Guido, who's passionate about ‘pasta, pesto, focaccia & co.’ Participants explore Rapallo’s vibrant food market then go to an artisanal pasta factory, followed by a stop for street food at Guido’s favorite focaccia baker with a glass of local Vermentino wine. The final stop is Guido's own bottega, where participants will have the chance to make pesto alla Genovese.

'Truffle Hunt,' offered from Pula, Croatia, will take participants to the small village of Mala Huba for an hour-long truffle hunt with a local guide and truffle-sniffing dog. Afterward, there's a light repast and wine tasting and the chance to buy truffle products.

The newly announced 2019 itineraries are here.

Posted 07 December 2017

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Anne Kalosh

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