Imagine leaving your world behind to venture out and see the world for more than three months. You’d follow the route of earlier adventurers, sailing from Sydney on to London, calling ports in Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe—and channeling byline glamour.
This isn’t mere fantasy, or at least it won’t be for travelers who book this ambitious new voyage on the Azamara Journey, which sets sail in March 2018. If you’re intrigued, here are some numbers to keep in mind.
Over the 102-day journey, guests will call at 60 ports. Sydney with its majestic harbor is an inspiring starting point for an itinerary that includes other blockbuster destinations like romantic Bali, ancient Athens, and the Eternal City of Rome. There are ports that may capture your imagination—Kochi (or Cochin), the fascinating capital of Kerala in India, where you can explore the famous backwaters, or perhaps Ajaccio, on the island of Corsica. And other ports that, you’ve probably never have heard of before (extra points to every reader who can plot Muara, Portimão, or Safaga on a map).
In every city you’ll enjoy Azamara’s commitment to destination immersion, with many full days on shore and a number of overnights included on the itinerary. You’ll also enjoy 18 Late Nights, a signature program giving travelers the opportunity to explore cities after dark. Azamara recognizes that sometimes nightlife is as central to the experience of a city as any monuments or museums.
From exclusive concerts in cathedrals to canal cruises by night, Azamara coordinates unforgettable experiences in unique settings through its AzAmazing Evenings series. Guests on the World Journey will get to enjoy eight of these events on their trip, including an after-hours visit to Bangkok’s Ancient City with a reenactment of the Krathong ceremony, when lotus-shaped baskets bearing candles are placed to float upon the open water; a concert in an ancient Roman amphitheater in Israel’s Carmel Mountains; and an organ recital in a 15th-century church in Monnickendam, near Amsterdam.
Sometimes to see the world’s most celebrated sights, it’s necessary to spend a night away from your ship. Whether it’s an overnight in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) with its monumental Buddhist temples and stupas, or a trip to Agra to marvel at the Taj Mahal, Azamara encourages venturing inland on guided adventures, with overnight accommodations in leading hotels.
Before the start of the World Voyage, you can spend 13 days in New Zealand, visiting natural wonders like Milford Sound or sampling the country’s top wines in Marlborough. At the end of the trip, delay your return back to everyday life with a 12-night Baltic World Cup extension. You’ll get to visit an additional eight countries (Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, and Finland) and attend one of the most anticipated sporting events of 2018, the World Cup matches in St. Petersburg.
That’s the maximum capacity of the Azamara Journey, which will be your home for this once-in-a-lifetime voyage. The intimate size of Azamara’s ships is one of the greatest luxuries the line offers. You’ll likely end the journey not only having seen breathtaking sights and having sampled countless cuisines and cultures, but also having made new friends with your fellow passengers who, like you, saw an opportunity too good to pass up, and seized it.
And if 102 days isn’t entirely realistic, check out AFAR Journeys for more immersive Azamara sailings—starting with 8 days devoted to the Greek isles.