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Small Ship Cruising Becoming More And More Popular

Sept. 11, 2013 |

By Don & Maureen Anderson, Owners of the Cruise Store Small ship cruising is becoming more and more popular, and award winning Azamara Club Cruises is no exception. Cruise Critic voted the Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest “best overall” for small ships in the 2013 Cruisers’ Choice awards, and Travel & Leisure ranked Azamara as one of the top three cruise lines in the world in its 2012 Annual best awards. Their two boutique ships are not too big, not too small, and with only 694 guests you will experience a club like atmosphere, friendly, relaxed and unpretentious. The dress code is resort casual. There are six dining venues onboard, all with open seating. The two specialty restaurants, Prime C steakhouse and Aqualina (Mediterranean cuisine) carry a $25 cover charge, but are complimentary for suite guests. The lounges and bars make for great gathering places at night, with the Cabaret Lounge providing live entertainment. There is a casino, spa and fitness center onboard, and 24 hour room service. Destinations include Asia, Northern and Western Europe, the Mediterranean, Central and South America, California coast, the West Indies. Their smaller ships can sail to places larger ships can’t – the city center of Bordeaux; heart of Seville; doorstep of Bangkok; you will dock in prime spots close to town. Included in your journey price are select standard spirits, international beers and wines, bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas, gratuities, and their signature AzAmazing Evening event. AzAmazing evenings are complimentary private onshore events that showcase local traditions –dance, music, theater and cuisine in a landmark setting. For example, experience a Three Tenors concert in a Tuscan castle; a torchlight concert at a Roman amphitheater; dinner and a classical concert in Ephesus at night after the crowds have left; exclusive ballet at Mikhailovsky theater; an anchors away party on the USS Yorktown; a sunset hippie beach party in Ibiza; dinner in a lush garden in the Mekong Delta. We are currently offering a double upgrade from interior to balcony stateroom on select 2014 voyages that are booked by Sept. 30, 2013, and up to $1000 ChoiceAir credit per couple. One of those voyages is an 8 night Coastal California cruise departing on Feb 10, 2014 with prices starting at $2499 per person plus tax (subject to availability). The cruise is round trip from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, Monterey, with 3 days in San Francisco, and Ensenada. For these and other vacation ideas, drop us an email at sales@cruisestore.com or call us at 525-9001 Bon Voyage! Sponsored by The Cruise Store 55 Maple St., East Longmeadow | 413-525-9001 CruiseStore.com

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