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Spotlight on Malaysia

clock 26th September 2017 | comment0 Comments

Malaysia is an interesting and exciting country, with a mainland uniquely separated by the South China Sea.

The destination offers a beautiful blend of cultures, with European, Chinese, Indian, and Malay influences impacting on the architecture, food, and general atmosphere of the place. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to how and where to spend their time, and it is likely that a return trip (or indeed trips!) will be necessary to see everything.

 



Kuala Lumpur

 

The capital of Malaysia is undeniably enchanting and invigorating. Here you will find some fantastic shopping opportunities, fascinating museums, impressive modern architecture, and not forgetting the delicious food. Both upscale restaurants and tasty street food can be found peppered throughout the city.

 

Sarawak

 

Located on the Island of Borneo, this Malaysian state is home to some incredible wildlife. Go on safari to see orangutans, crocodiles, all kinds of species of birds, and other beautiful creatures. If you have time, visit Gunung Mulu National Park where you can see more wildlife, including an immense colony of bats.

 

Cameron Highlands

 

This stunning area of Malaysia will bring a breath of fresh air – literally. Located at between 1,100 and 1,600 metres above sea level, the Cameron Highlands boast simply remarkable vistas, with bright green rolling hills stretching as far as the eye can see. The land was developed when the British were in Malaysia, to enable an escape from the heat of the lowlands.

 



George Town

 

On the island of Penang, George Town demonstrates the influx of cultures that have been present in Malaysia. There are colonial buildings, mosques, and Chinese style buildings all within this small town. Take in all the sights, visit the museums, and spend time in cafes and restaurants serving everything from otak otak (steamed fish curry), to cakes and ice cream.

These are just four of the top spots to visit in Malaysia, and it is entirely possible that you will want to spend all your time exploring only one of them considering how much they have to offer. The country truly has something for everyone; you just need to think about the kind of holiday you’re after before deciding where to spend your time.

Could Malaysia be the next adventure for you? Find out more about our Asia cruises and start planning your holiday today, and be sure to sign up for our new Asia brochure.



6 Grand Prix To See By Cruise

clock 19th March 2015 | comment0 Comments

Updated October 2017

Have you ever considered combining the glamour and relaxation of a cruise holiday, with the thrill and exhilaration of the Grand Prix?

The Formula One Grand Prix takes place in prestigious cities all around the world, and each circuit is unique to its city - making every race as thrilling and unpredictable as the next. As the season approaches, we take a look at the top 5 Grand Prix destinations that can be incorporated into a unique cruise adventure.

 

Spanish Grand Prix – Barcelona

During the month of May, Barcelona welcomes the F1 at the Circuit du Catalunya, in the town of Montmelo, 12 miles North East of the city centre. The circuit is 4.655km long and usually holds the first European race of the season. The crowds are vibrant and the city is electric during the lead up to the event.

Cruise lines that can take you here include Norwegian Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, and Royal Caribbean.
Mediterranean cruise itineraries can usually be combined with a Barcelona hotel stay before or after your cruise.

Take a look at this Barcelona Grand Prix Cruise

 

Singapore Grand Prix

The Singapore Grand Prix was the first Formula One street circuit in Asia. Taking place at night, the race is dramatic, fast-paced, and challenging. During this time, streets come alive with spectators.

A Singapore cruise will take you around Southeast Asia, or perhaps to or from the Middle East.

Take a look at this Singapore Grand Prix Cruise

 

United Arab Emirates Grand Prix – Abu Dhabi

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A truly luxurious destination with a multi-million dollar custom-built Formula One track, Abu Dhabi has boasted the Yas Marina circuit since 2009. The track is 5.554km long, and holds very few overtaking opportunities - creating an extremely exciting race which takes place from dusk until dark.

Experience modern luxury with Celebrity Cruises during the Formula One season finale.

Take a look at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Cruise

 

United States Grand Prix – Austin, Texas

The only Formula One circuit in the States, the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas was established in 2012. It’s 5.513km long and has long straights and high speed sections, delivering a fast paced and exciting race. The circuit is still considered fairly new and so the races are somewhat unpredictable and exciting.

Cruise holidays can be tailor-made with hotel stays and rail transfers in order to make the most of your trip. Carnival Cruise Lines will take you here during the US races.

 

Monaco Grand Prix – Monaco

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The most glamourous and well known, the Monaco Grand Prix is considered one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world - with its circuit being referred to as 'an exceptional location of glamour and prestige'. Established in 1929, the race is held on a narrow course through the streets of Monaco, and is one of the most demanding tracks in Formula One.

The race sees visitors gather from all over the world, including the rich and famous who spectate from their super yachts. 5* luxury all-inclusive cruise line, Azamara Club Cruises sail to Monaco during the F1 season. Read more about the Monaco Grand Prix Cruise.

Italian Grand Prix – Monza

Opened in 1922, The Autodromo Nazionale Monza has a rich and interesting history. It was controversially rebuilt in 1955 with banking of just less than 40 degrees - which equates to a gradient of around 80%. Many deem this aspect of the track to be unsafe, and it even led to British teams boycotting the race in 1960.

This fascinating circuit is fabulously located just north of Milan, close to Lake Como. This makes an F1 cruise to Italy a superb choice, as there are so many alternative options when it comes to how to spend your time either side of the race. Find out more about an Italian Grand Prix Cruise.

 

With so many destinations and itineraries to choose from, we recommend signing up for our F1 Grand Prix brochure, to learn more about how to combine your cruise holiday with the F1 racing schedule.

Find more information on our Grand Prix Cruise Packages, or view our Grand Prix Cruise Deals.



How to save over £1500 on the Monaco Grand Prix

clock 8th April 2014 | comment0 Comments

The Monaco Grand Prix - one of the most anticipated races of the F1 calendar, it represents the pinnacle of motor car racing at one of the most lavish addresses in the world.

Monte Carlo is a city that defines luxury with its water-front mansions, fancy boutiques and prime restaurants that line its iconic yacht harbors. Home to millionaires and A-list celebrities, it showcases the most glamorous lifestyles. Behind its flashy appearance lies fresh pastry shops, sun-drenched beaches and fascinating architecture, making it a must-see destination with lots to explore.

Most people, including myself, succumb to the fact we will only experience the Monaco Grand Prix on the TV or by winning the lottery, so I wanted to find out exactly how much it would cost in comparison to Azamara's Grand Prix cruise. Following on from my previous blog where I found out how great it was to combine a cruise with major sporting events, I wanted to delve into this further and find out if it is really is as good value for money as advertised...

 

  Independent Package Holiday Azamara Quest Cruise
Flights British Airways
Outbound 22/05/14
Economy: £164
Return 27/05/14
Economy: £436
Flights total for 2 people: £1200
Included
Return flights and all transfers
Hotel Columbus Monte Carlo 3*
Standard room: £198.59 per night
Hotel total for 2 people, 5 nights: £992.95
Included
5* Luxury stateroom accommodation
Grand Prix Tickets Sunday main race: £422.92 per person
Total for 2 people: £845.84
Sunday main race: £422.92 per person
Total for 2 people: £845.84
Food Average meal: £30 per person
Total for 2 people, 5 nights: £600
Included
All meals, snacks, bottled water,teas, coffees & spirits
Transport Aiport to hotel: £74.00
Average other taxi rides: £50
Total: £198
Included
Complimentary shuttle bus in Port
Total Price £3836.79 £2009.92

 

In addition to the above a cruise onboard Azamara Quest will include complimentary entertainment, fitness centre, enriching lectures, laundry service and gratuities.

With a saving of over £1500, even I was shocked by the phenomenal value for money you get from cruising to the Grand Prix...I am not relying on that lottery win anymore!

See our Grand Prix Cruise Deals 


By Sally Grimes



Is a cruise your golden ticket to the best sporting events?

clock 26th March 2014 | comment0 Comments

Sporting memories from a none-sporting fan...

When I think about my time at sea, the best memories are not always of the amazing destinations I visited. They are of the people I met from all over the world and the experiences we shared together.

One of my favourite memories is the 2010 World Cup. At the time I was working onboard Oasis of the Seas and every game created an electric atmosphere among the crew and guests, that will forever remain in my memory. I come from a very sporting family but I have never been into sport myself. However when I was surrounded with crew members from 97 different countries all supporting their countries, I too became passionate.

During a cruise to Bermuda I went for a bike ride and noticed crowds of people outside one of the island's golf courses. I went to see what everyone was looking at and saw it was the US Open Championships. The likes of Colin Montgomery were just a fence away from me. I remember thinking how special it would be to take this cruise and couple it with a major event like this.

Cruise lines continue to jump on the idea of combining a cruise with a major sporting event. I can definitely see why these cruises have become so popular and they offer guests an exclusive experience for a non-exclusive price.

From The Grand Prix to The British Open...

From the Monaco Grand Prix to The Ashes, the cruise lines have it covered. Two fantastic experiences in one, you can enjoy an incredible cruise as-well as the sporting event you have always dreamed of going to. People are often put off going to an event in another country because of flights, accommodation and the overall cost, which is why combining it with a cruise creates a hassle-free, valuable experience.

Here are my top picks:

Monaco F1 Grand Prix, Monaco

A place that defines luxury, Monaco is an extravagant playground of prime restaurants, glamorous yachts and celebrity hot-spots.

An indulging cruise combined with this anticipated event is a match made in heaven. Enjoy the thrill of screaming fans and racing tyres joined with elegant wine bars, charming harbours and a lavish nightlife.

Luxury line Azamara Club Cruises are offering an 8 night Grand Prix Voyage that includes two full days and an overnight in Monte Carlo during the Grand Prix. Other stops include Portofino, Saint-Tropez and Cannes.

After four years, Star Clippers are returning to the F1 scene with a 7 night sailing from Cannes calling at Corsica, Lerici and Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix.

2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil

The event that not only football fanatics are waiting for, but the whole world is anticipating. The 2014 FIFA World Cup is set to be the most memorable sporting event of 2014. Held in the vibrant city of Rio De Janeiro it is expected to attract sporting fans from all over the world.

Lasting a total of 30 days the World Cup sees football teams from around the world compete to take the title of world’s best team. Attracting lots of competitiveness, excitement and a buzzing atmosphere, Rio is the perfect place for it to be held.

There is no where else in the world like Rio De Janeiro with a backdrop of souring mountains combined with towering buildings that line the dramatic beaches. Home to colourful carnivals, exotic cuisine and breathtaking explorations, this city should definitely be one you tick off your wish list.

MSC Cruises are offering two sailings on MSC Divina to and from the World Cup this year. The first an 18 night cruise from Miami and the second a 19 night sailing from Rio De Janeiro.

For those unable to venture across the pond to experience the excitement first hand then P&O Cruises and Cunard have ensured you you won't miss a kick, goal or save as they promise to broadcast live coverage onboard their ships.

The British Open, United Kingdom

The pinnacle of summer tournaments, The British Open sees the world’s best golfers come together to compete on our renowned golf courses. Known as UK’s most spectated event, the iconic St Andrews golf course comes alive with famous golfers, celebrities and enthusiastic spectators.

Azamara Club Cruises have an amazing cruise in July that includes the British Open. Sail during the peak of summer around the iconic British Isles and have the opportunity to play golf at seven renowned courses as-well as watch part of the British Open. Departing Southampton on July 4th 2015 you will sail to the most captivating destinations Britain has to offer including Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Guernsey and Isle Of Skye.

Melbourne Cup, Melbourne

Named 'the race that stops a nation' this thoroughbred horse race held early November is one of Australia’s most significant sporting events. Attracting people from all over the world these famous races take place over three days and offer a phenomenal social experience. From the sophisticated women dressed in spectacular dresses to the groups of tourists enjoying placing bets, the atmosphere is sensational.

Melbourne is an urban jungle of culture, art, fashion and fun Australian locals. An energetic city that invites you to explore its souring architecture, water-side restaurants and vibrant theaters - combining a visit here with the Melbourne Cup is a fantastic opportunity.

This year sees the 45th anniversary of this event and more cruise lines are starting to delve into this part of the world. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises are just a few of the lines that sail to Australia. P&O Cruises Australia are sending Pacific Jewel on two Melbourne Cup cruises that will include a behind the scene tour of Flemington Race Track.

Pleasing Her + Pleasing Him = Perfect Couple...

Picture yourself sipping an exotic cocktail on the top deck of a state of the art cruise ship before you dock next to one of the most anticipated events of the year…it is a match made in heaven.

With more people realising that cruising gives you the golden ticket to the best sporting events in the world and the exceptional benefits of combining the two, these cruises rapidly sell out. There has never been a better time to combine your two favourite things, she is happy with the cruise and he is happy watching his favourite sport live..winners all around!


By Sally Grimes



Azamara Cruise to the Monaco GP

clock 19th May 2010 | comment0 Comments
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