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Behind the Scenes of Azamara’s Transformation

What’s the best way to stay on the top of “Best of” lists? To keep topping yourself. Already one of the world’s most luxurious ship lines, Azamara Club Cruises is making sure its petite fleet of top-rated sea vessels remains ship-shape with a just-completed bow-to-stern refurbishment across nearly every department both on-board and off. “We’re taking what was already an incredibly good product and are devoted to making it absolutely exceptional,” says Azamara’s President Larry Pimentel who calls Azamara his “baby boutique brand.” 

Also proud of the brand’s ships is British captain Magnus Davidson who has steered both the Journey and Quest, two identical R-class vessels built in the shipyards of St. Nazaire, France. We recently tagged along with the captain for an insider tour of the refreshed 690-passenger Azamara Journey while final decorative and technological upgrades were being completed on its twin sister Azamara Quest. “We looked good before, but now I’m even more impressed,” Davidson said as we strolled through scenic deck 10 with its elegant Drawing Room and new Living Room lounge featuring evening wine and tapas bars. “Everywhere there’s a lighter, more contemporary feel, and the details are second to none,” remarked Davidson.

Vicki Arkoff

Based in Los Angeles, Vicki Arkoff is Contributor for JustLuxe, reporting on travel, entertainment, and luxury goods and experiences. She is Editor at Large for The Awesomer, Rides & Drives, Pursuitist and Technabob, and reports for Atlas Obscura, Connect, The Daily Meal, Day Spa Magazine, Lonely Planet, Prevue, WestJet Magazine, Where Guestbook, Where Traveler Magazine, Baltimore Sun, Bing News, ...(Read More)

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