Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Azamara Journey Caribbean and Panama Canal cruises

Azamara Cruises have detailed their winter 2009-2010 programme of Caribbean and Panama Canal cruises.

Azamara Journey, the 694 passenger cruise liner, underwent a $19 million restoration before launching in 2007, it will sail between December 2009 and mid April 2010 and will visit 23 ports in 15 countries.

Part of the Royal Caribbean cruises family the small luxury ship brand will make first time calls at Castries, St. Lucia; Willemstad. Curacao; San Diago and California.

The ship will also anchor off of the seven-mile island of Bequia in The Grenadines, which is a favoured port of call for small cruise ship and yachts because of its attractions and unspoiled atmosphere.

San Diago rather than Los Angeles will be the turnaround port for each of the two 16-night Panama Canal sailings; one of the ships will be departing westbound from Miami on December 18, 2009 and the other will be departing eastbound to Miami on January 3, 2010.

During both of the Panama Canal sailings, Azamara Journey will call at Port Antonio, Jamaica; Cartagena, Colombia; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; Willemstad, Curacao; and Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas and Huatulco, Mexico.

A new 10-night Easter voyage will be sailing from Miami 1, 2010 and will call a St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands; Marigot, St. Martin; Roseau, Dominica; Basseterre, St. Kitts, and Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands.

A rotation of the three different 12-night Caribbean itineraries from Miami January to March 2010 will feature a balance between beach, shopping and nature intensive ports. These will include Bequia; Castries; Roseau, Dominica; St. Croix, US Virgin Islands; Falmouth, Antigua; Fort de France, Martinique; Gustavia, St. Barts; Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe; plus others.

Shore tours include visiting the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica from the suspended bridges crossing the treetop canopy, the Morne Trois Pitons National Park in Dominica and Mexican cooking experience in Huatulco, passengers can learn to cook classic dishes such as enchiladas, stuffed chillies and Oaxaca chicken stew.

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