At Azamara Club Cruises, they take pride in understanding that a cruise is not just about the ‘cruise’. Their itineraries are longer, with more overnight stays in ports and less rushing around. You will be truly immersed in the destination on an Azamara cruise. With Azamara they see to it that you travel not only to the destination but to the very heart of culture. It’s the engagement with the local people that brings out the real character of the place as it is people who make the place what it is.

For instance, if you are in St. Petersburg get the red carpet treatment at the grand Mikhailovsky Theater, that happens to be one of the oldest opera and ballet houses in Russia. Be seated in a splendid theater that has a mirrored ceiling and sparkling chandeliers and raise your glass of champagne, while you watch a riveting ballet performance.

Go wine-tasting to the heart of wine country – Bordeaux. After all Medoc, Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild and Margaux all have their vineyards here. An AzAmazing evening at the Chateau Giscours, a Medoc estate classified in 1855. Here sip the different wines and pair it with French cheeses and desserts. The musician and girls’ choir will play soft music and see that you have an evening to remember.

When in Kusadasi Turkey, can you imagine turning back the clock to experience a journey back to Roman times at Ephesus? Watch the dusk turn into night as a peaceful mood settles over its Odeon theater that was once used for entertainment and meetings of the Senate. A cocktail and some snacks are served to you while you listen to the strains of Bach and Mozart by a 12-piece string orchestra filling the air. Sublime to say the least!

Partake in the Garden Festival while in Tokyo. Be greeted by graceful kimono clad women, enjoy the peaceful environs of Happo-en Japanese Garden and hear live music on a three-string Japanese shamisen. When you enter the matsuri (festival) Booming Taiko drums will welcome you to watch the performances in the main hall. Other things to see include Awa dancing, Sumo wrestling, Kanji calligraphy and intricate candy art. Be treated to some beverages and desserts as you explore the festival.

When in Barcelona, see a traditional flamenco show at Casa Llotja de Mar, in the beautiful Contracts Hall that has been in existence from medieval times. Enjoy a selection of canapés, wines and desserts, as you tap your feet and watch the colorful flamenco dancers perform with the clapping of their castinets, and stamping of their feet. An enjoyable evening indeed!

This is just a precursor of what to expect of an AzAmazing evening with Azamara. They are a first of a kind immersive experience and designed to give the guests an insightful evening. Best of all they are free – all guests on board are invited and all you have to do is to give your acceptance.