As a travel blogger, my journey takes me to many places around the globe but my heart seems to have a soft spot for the Mediterranean. It’s truly one of the most gorgeous corners of the world and there’s no better way to experience it than sailing. Recently, we embarked on a 9 night Best of Italy & Crete voyage with Azamara Club Cruises onboard the Azamara Quest. The unforgettable journey reminded me of all the reasons why sailing is the best way to go. Here are 6 reasons why you should consider sailing the Mediterranean this summer.
1. Beautiful Ports
From embarking in the port of Nice to sipping wine in Italy and island hopping in Greece, our itinerary was filled with beauty. One the perks of sailing with Azamara is that the ships are the perfect size which enables the ship to visit smaller and more unique ports that larger ships aren’t able to reach.
Photo collab with Fanny of @peacefulmonkey
2. You only have to unpack once
With its numerous steps, cobbled stone streets, trains, buses and more, Europe is not the easiest place to travel to. One of the perks of sailing is that you only have to unpack once, all the while still being able to visit multiple destinations without lugging that huge suitcase around!
3. Destination immersion
When most people think of cruising, they automatically assume that you spend more time on the ship than the actual destinations. But with Azamara, this is quite the contrary since their focus is on destination immersion with full days in port and overnights in many destinations, allowing you the freedom to experience the night life of the places you visit.
4. Shore Excursions through the lens of a local
Who would have ever thought you could hang out in a city like Lucca in the morning, wine taste in Tuscany in the afternoon and watch the sunset from your ship in the port of Livorno by evening, all in one day? Azamara offers some of the best excursions offering tons of #Azalocal opportunities to connect with, see and taste all things local.
5. Intimate setting
With approximately 690 guests on board, cruising the Mediterranean on this boutique ship gives travelers tons of opportunities to recharge from long days of sightseeing, beautiful rooms to rest in and an overall high quality experience. One of my favorite things about Azamara is their crew- each and every crew member onboard takes the time to remember your name and will even remember you during your next visit back! They’re so warm and friendly and know exactly how to make you feel comfortable and right at home.
6. AzAmazing Evenings
Imagine spending the evening listening to live Italian opera with a view of the gorgeous town of Amalfi to your left and the stunning sea views of the Mediterranean sea to your right. This is just one example of Azamara’s unique AzAamazing Evenings with a creatively themed evening offered on each voyage and the event is always complimentary.
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I was invited as guest by Azamara Club Cruises. As always, all opinions are my own.