Azamara Journey will return to Cape Town, South Africa on December 20 to conclude its 21-night Western Africa voyage. The vessel will embark on six back-to-back ‘South Africa Intensive’ voyages.
Azamara Pursuit makes its South America comeback on the 16-Night ‘Portuguese Pursuit’ voyage, departing Lisbon on November 30 and finishing in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on December 16. It will cruise along picturesque coasts in South America, and stop in Rio de Janeiro for Brazil’s Carnival festivities. Azamara’s South America itineraries will also ply the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as the Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan, with stops in the Falkland Islands.
'Bucket-list travel destinations’
‘With the travel and cruising industries continuing to take significant steps forward, we are thrilled to bring our guests deeper to explore even more hidden gems of the world on our four ships,’ said Michael Pawlus, Azamara’s director of strategic itinerary & destination planning. ‘Both South Africa and many South American countries are bucket-list travel destinations for travellers, and we look forward to our guests discovering the rich culture and local life of these unique destinations with Azamara.’
The Portuguese Pursuit voyage marks Azamara’s official return to South America. The voyage offers its first two late stays in the Canary Islands giving passengers the chance to discover La Palma before arriving in Mindelo, Cape Verde for two nights to indulge in the local culture and history of the Torre de Belem. After a five-night Atlantic crossing, passengers arrive in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil for another late stay, offering the opportunity to dive deeper into Brazilian culture, observe the churches and architecture in Pelourinho, and sample local cuisine before concluding the journey atop Corcovado Mountain in Rio De Janeiro for Christ the Redeemer.
Azamara Journey’s 12-night South Africa Intensive sailing enables passengers to explore the destination at their own pace, with opportunities to discover Addo Elephant National Park in Port Elizabeth, stroll the beaches hidden away in the small city of East London and encounter the culturally diverse city of Maputo, Mozambique. The itinerary also allows golfers to add five rounds on some of South Africa’s most luxurious golf courses with Azamara’s exclusive partner and leading provider of international golf vacations, PerryGolf.
A 15-night ‘Carnival in Rio’ voyage will be operated by Azamara Pursuit. The ship will set sail from Buenos Aires and offer an overnight stay in Montevideo, Uruguay. A late stay in the city of São Paola, Brazil is scheduled where views atop the Banespa skyscraper can be perceived before heading into the rainforest of Ilhabela, a lesser-known archipelago off the Southeast coast of Brazil. The vessel will stay for two nights in Rio De Janeiro during the carnival. Passengers will be able to partake in traditions dating back to the 1700s, including Mardi Gras ('Fat Tuesday.')