Azamara Details Major Upgrades for Both Ships
PHOTO: Azamara Quest, pictured, and its twin Azamara Journey, will both undergo major upgrades early next year. (Courtesy of Azamara Club Cruises)
Azamara Club Cruises, the upmarket destination-focused cruise line, plans to completely renovate its two ships, the 686-passenger Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, in early 2016.
The company is not revealing how much it is investing in the project, but says no area on either ship will be untouched. The bulk of the work will take place in dry docks on the Azamara Journey in January in the Bahamas and April 2016 in Singapore for the Azamara Quest.
Some of the work was already completed at the end of last year when the top suites were remodeled while in operation. The dry docks will last for 14 days, but some work will continue for another six days after the ship returns to operation. According to the company, this work will not disturb guests or their onboard experience.
Here’s a summary of what the project will include.
Suites and staterooms:
The 10 Club World Ocean and Owner’s Suites were upgraded in October, but even more upgrades are in store when the ships go into dry dock. The top suites will get additional furniture and new LED lighting on dimmers, while the bathrooms will be completely redone.
Club Continent Suites will get new curtains, fabrics and furnishings, modern TVs, headboards, art, lighting, closet doors and vanities, bathrooms and electrical work.
All staterooms and suites will get general upgrades including new black-out curtains, bed linens, duvets and pillows, sofas and drapes, carpeting, lighting and TVs. The bathrooms will be modernized and vanities reconditioned. A new color scheme will tie together sofas, curtains and furnishings.
An Asian fusion restaurant (pictured) will be added outside on Deck 9 and will feature eclectic cuisine from Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and Korea with a la carte pricing. The bar area will be used as a sushi bar, and will feature high-end wines, sake and other liquors. An awning will be added to the uncovered outdoor area.
Windows Café on Deck 9, the casual dining venue for breakfast and lunch, will be redesigned with contemporary furniture, recessed lighting and place settings. Large tables will be replaced with tables for two that can be combined to accommodate groups of four or six. The new Pool Grill and Bar Pool Grill concept will replace Sunset Bar, the current included casual outdoor dining option on Deck 9. It will have a new grill, salad bar, and a venue for soft-serve yogurt machines and fresh fruit, nuts, and other toppings.
In the evening, the Chef’s Grill will become a no-charge, casual open-air dining option with a water fountain and a screen for movies.
A unique spa and salon concept called The Sanctum has been developed for Azamara by spa contractor Steiner. The focus will be on wellness and vigor, with a holistic health and beauty program combining eastern and western wellness treatments. The salon floor will include a nail bar and pedicure area and dedicated stations for barber services, teeth whitening and hair services, as well as the relocated Medi-Spa and acupuncture clinic.
The décor in Cabaret Lounge on Deck 5 will be updated to include new carpeting, chairs, tables and lamps, painting, fabric and wood paneling, storage, lighting including LED rope lights, and refinishing or replacement of the dance and stage floor.
Casino Luxe and Casino Bar on Deck 5 will complete refurbishments that began in 2012. The casino will get refurbished video slot machines, a new entrance, carpeting, and stool reupholstering. Since the venue has become the place to watch sports, it will get flat-screen TVs and additional bar chairs and tables.
A guest services portal will provide access to interactive TV, movies, magazines, the Internet Café platform, restaurant bookings, spa packages and bookings, shore excursions, future cruise bookings and more. Most guests travel with personal iPads, computers and/or smartphones, so this portal will be available as a downloadable app before boarding the ship. Also, Wi-Fi will be pervasive through the entire ship.
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