There are people that you meet that are cruise enthusiasts. They can think of no better way to travel and rack up loyalty points on their favorite cruise line like frequent flyers or loyal shoppers do at their favorite stores. They love the fact that everything is prepaid and that they can travel to different ports around the world without unpacking or hauling luggage on and off transport.
Then there are other people to whom cruising is an untested form of travel. "I don't think I'd like cruising," these people say. Their concerns have much to do with the image of an "RSL on the sea", the food served on board and how much (or in fact little) time that they have in each destination.
Whether you fall into the former or latter category, we thought there was one cruise line really taking a deeper look at, Azamara.
Part of the Norwegian American company Royal Caribbean, Azamara has two ships: the Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest and positions itself as an upper premium cruise line with a more boutique feel. These smaller cruise ships have 347 staterooms and suites and caters for around 700 guests. In 2015/2016 they will be visiting Australia for the first time. The majority of guests are American, which is nice because Americans tend to be chatty and friendly. There are no formals nights at all on the Azamara ships.
One of the most delightful things about cruising is how well looked after you are and your room steward is like a fairy that cleans your room twice daily and deposits things like food and the next day's programs. A breakfast menu lies on the bed - room service is free on board and breakfast in your room is part of the service or you can have it at the breakfast buffet (as a room service freak it was always going to be room service). There is also an option for a complimentary afternoon tea and savories service that you can pre order to have in your stateroom.