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by Chuck Brown on 05/08/16

This fall, folks from New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast areas have a terrific opportunity to cruise out of New Orleans aboard some 5-Star cruise ships on several 14- to 16-Night extended Caribbean voyages.

One of them, Azamara Club Cruises (which is a sister company of the more familiar Royal Caribbean International) owns and operates two small luxury ships – the Azamara Quest and the Azamara Journey.  Both ships have undergone a major refurbishment this winter, including Staterooms, Suites and all major interior spaces. The Azamara Quest, which accommodates just 690 guests, will sail from New Orleans on October 26, 2016 for 16 Nights to Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Curacao, St. Barts, Nevis, St. Maarten, and the British Virgin Islands. This is a great, diverse, itinerary which includes the Western, Southern, and Eastern portions of the Caribbean.

Stateroom prices begin around $3600 per person – WHICH IS A STEAL AND HERE’S WHY?

A couple can take a Luxury Cruise aboard the Azamara Quest to the Caribbean, visiting a kaleidoscope of Islands diverse in their beauty, culture, charm, and history – all from only $450 per night.  Now this price also includes “gourmet” cuisine and entertainment while onboard the ship.

Let’s compare, and just to make it simple, a 16-Night stay at a Luxury Resort on the Islands listed above.  Ritz-Carlton Grand Cyaman is $284 per night; Jamaica Inn is $329 per night; Tortuga Bay DR is $675 per night; Baoase Luxury Resort Cuaraco is $609 per night; Eden Roc St Barts is $650 per night; Four Season Nevis is $354 per night; La Samanna St Martin is $445 per night; Peter Island BVI is $550 per night.  And none of these comparative rates include: meals, entertainment or taxes.

Azamara is also offering Airfare discounts to fly home Miami where the cruise will end.  The cost to fly to any one of the Islands listed above is over $500 per person Roundtrip.

When you book both vacation types on a day-to-day basis it’s easy to see the value in some exceptional offers, and I know that this is one of them.

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