Sail the Spice Route to lush tropical islands, sacred caves and temples, colonial outposts and modern cities. Sample fine cuisine and shopping in sparkling Singapore. On Sumatra, visit an orangutan rehabilitation center and see the terraced rice paddies en route to Lake Toba in the volcanic highlands. Relax on Phuket's famous Patong Beach and shop the bustling Town Market, followed by three easygoing days at sea that bring you to Sri Lanka's famous elephant orphanage and splendid Buddhist monasteries and cave temples. Then it's on to India, a land big enough to embrace the peaceful Kerala backwaters near Cochin and buzzing Mumbai. Take advantage of your cruise to India and join an optional 6-night, land-based extension to India’s “Golden Triangle,” including the Taj Mahal. During your cruise enjoy Azamara Journey’s well-appointed spa and wellness facilities, complimentary amenities, inclusive gratuities and friendly international staff who are second to none.Check out our slide show for a photo journey of this cruise!
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April 1 and 2 — U.S. to Singapore
Depart the U.S. for your overnight flight to Singapore. Upon arrival at Singapore Changi Airport transfer to the InterContinental Singapore.April 3 — Singapore embark the Azamara Journey
Enjoy the morning is at leisure.
This afternoon, Air Program passengers will take a panoramic tour of Singapore en route to the ship. All passengers board Azamara Journey
(B (Air Program) and D)April 4 — At sea
You can spend the day exploring Azamara Journey, a deluxe boutique ship at your leisure. The ship’s many activities will keep you busy, and the crew will pamper you with stellar service.
(B, L, D)April 5 — Belawan, Sumatra, Indonesia
Today, enjoy exploring your first port of call. In each port, Azamara Club Cruises
offers optional excursions that give you an in-depth view of the places you visit. These expertly planned optional excursions will introduce you to the real culture of your destinations. In addition, Azamara
stays in port longer than most cruise lines, providing the opportunity for an optional night tours or an evening on the town on your own. Optional shore excursions are offered at an additional cost. In many ports, shuttle service to and from the city center is available. Shuttle information will be available onboard.
During Dutch colonial days, Medan
developed into the important commercial hub that it still is today. Many colonial-style buildings still stand in interesting contrast to the Grand Mosque with its black domes and turquoise tiles, the eclectic Sultan Deli palace and modern construction. Adventures await in the lush surrounding countryside. Visit an orangutan rehabilitation center, where these appealing primates are reintroduced to the wild or pass rubber plantations and terraced rice paddies en route to Lake Toba, the immense basin born of an enormous volcanic eruption
. In the center of the lake is Samosir Island
, cultural home of the Batak tribe.
(B, L, D)April 6 — Phuket, Thailand
Floating in the sparkling waters of the Andaman Sea
, palm-fringed white-sand beaches encircling its lush green interior, Phuket is nirvana for water sports enthusiasts looking for adventure, golfers in search of championship courses and nature lovers eager to take in the breathtaking scenery of Phang Nga Bay
. Cruise this waterway and see strangely shaped limestone karsts thrusting up from the water’s surface, and explore caves filled with wondrous stalactites and stalagmites. If all that isn’t enough, try an elephant ride through the jungle, a soothing Thai massage, or a detour through stores and galleries in handsome old Chinese shophouses.
(B, L, D)April 7 — At sea
Take advantage of time at sea to pamper yourself at the Azamara Spa. Whether you want to try a new hair style, slick some polish on your toes or submit to a blissful day of massages, body treatments and even acupuncture, you can count on the skilled aestheticians aboard Azamara Journey
to make your cares melt away!
(B, L, D)April 8 — At sea
Your time at sea can be just as fulfilling as your time on shore. Azamara’s enrichment programs feature a variety of activities from seminars and lectures by destination experts about the ports you will visit and the local history and culture. The day’s activities may range from a wine tasting hosted by the ship’s sommelier and culinary demonstrations to computer classes and destination lectures
(B, L, D)April 9 — At sea
Pull up a deck chair, and soak up the sun or catch up on your reading. Visit the Drawing Room, which has a library of books that are available to all guests. Check your e-mail at eConnections, the ship’s computer lounge. If you forgot your sunglasses or are looking for mementos of your journey, browse in the ship’s four stores.
(B, L, D)April 10 — Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka was once known as Serendib, origin of the word serendipity. What an apt description for the pleasant surprises certain to pop up as you explore this gem of an island with everything to offer: white beaches; lush tropical forests; fragrant gardens of cinnamon and clove; and a long and equally spicy history. From Colombo, the capital, you can meet the gang at the elephant orphanage, take a trip to Kandy to visit a temple purported to house a tooth of the Buddha or check out village life on a bicycle
. Don’t forget to take some of the excellent tea home with you, a product for which the island became world famous under yet another name: Ceylon.
(B, L, D)April 11 — At sea
In our daily lives, we often are too busy to enjoy little indulgences, but a day at sea gives you many opportunities to spoil yourself. Treat yourself to a spa day, join yoga and Pilates classes, sip tea and savor dainty sandwiches and pastries at afternoon tea or simply get cozy with a book in the library.
(B, L, D)April 12 — Kochi, India
Cochin provides a variety of unexpected sights and experiences: a tiny synagogue and a Jewish presence some claim dates back to the time of Solomon
; St. Francis Church, where Vasco de Gama was once buried
; Mattancherry Palace
, with remarkable murals painted on its wooden walls; cantilevered Chinese fishing nets gracefully silhouetted against sky and sea; an opportunity to sail the “backwaters,” a network of rivers, streams, and canals, for a peek at traditional rural lifestyles; and the spellbinding Kathakali dance
, with its highly stylized performances and elaborate makeup and costumes.
(B, L, D)April 13 — At sea
Enjoy your final full day at sea. Take a dip in the pool or join a yoga class. In the afternoon, sink into a comfortable chair in the Looking Glass lounge, and sip a cup of tea or toast your journey with a glass of Champagne!
(B, L, D)April 14 — Mumbai
The home of Bollywood and its now world-famous film industry, Mumbai is the glamour capital of India
. Even more fascinating, however, are the aspects of daily life — from the sublime to the mundane — that constitute the real Mumbai. The majority of Indians are Hindus, believing in a vast pantheon of deities. The most popular of these are visible everywhere — in large colorful temples, street corner shrines, shops and on the dashboards of cars. And then there are the dhobi-wallahs with their laundry and the tiffin-wallahs with their lunch delivery. Both of these popular and seemingly anachronistic services run with a razor-sharp precision that the West might be hard pressed to duplicate.
Air Program passengers will depart late this evening for an early morning return flight to the U.S. Your Travel Director will provide details about your checkout and the airport transfer.
(B, L, D)April 15 — Mumbai to U.S.
After breakfast, passengers participating in the extension will transfer to the airport for their flight to New Delhi.
Note: Program Itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions.