17 nights onboard Azamara Onward

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Step aboard the new Azamara Onward℠, and arrive at the doorstep of the globe’s most hidden gems and storied cities. Built to cross oceans, cruise along scenic waterways and dock at locations larger ships can’t access — this small ship cruising experience is unlike any other.

Leaving from: Bangkok
Cruise ship: Azamara Onward
Visiting: Bangkok Bangkok Kuala Lumpur Georgetown, Penang
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Sold by Royal Caribbean Group in January 2021, Azamara is already expanding under its new owners, Sycamore Partners. The destination-focused line has brought forth a ship, Azamara Onward - the former Pacific Princess - which, like the rest of the fleet, is a Renaissance Cruises R-class. But regular customers needn't worry.

In fact, they'll notice little change under the new ownership, as many itineraries will continue to be based on single countries, with late nights and overnight stays in port. The signature AzAmazing evenings - exclusive shore-based cultural events - and optional pre or post-cruise land tours are also staying.

692
Passengers
375
Crew
1999
Launched
2022
Last refit
30277t
Tonnage
180m
Length
25m
Width
19kts
Speed
11
Decks
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Cruise Itinerary
Days 1 - 2
Bangkok, Thailand
Day 5
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Day 6
Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Day 7
Phuket, Thailand
Days 10 - 11
Chennai, India
Days 13 - 14
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Days 15 - 16
Cochin, India
Day 18
Mumbai (ex Bombay), India
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Days 1 - 2
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok hits your senses harder than extra chillies on a bowl of Som Tam. Few cities in the world so effortlessly intertwine the old and new, with centuries-old Buddhist temples and creaky tuk-tuk rickshaws found alongside glistening high rises and shiny rooftop bars – there’s no cultural feast like it. Arriving at this buzzy city on a cruise ship is perfect for those who want to experience all it has to offer without holidaying there and the city features two cruise ports. Most ships will dock at the port of Laem Chabang, around an hour and a half transfer from the city, but smaller vessels can dock at Klong Toey on the Chao Phraya River, just a 30-minute drive away. So, in this surprisingly big city, what should you see? Don’t miss the Grand Palace and ornate Wat Arun, haggle over local leather goods at super mall MBK, soak up one of the city’s many floating markets, and, when you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the bustling stalls of Nang Loeng Market and feast on Tom Yum soup, pad thai and a myriad of mouth-watering curries. Then before you head back to port, make sure you visit one of the city’s luxurious rooftop bars such as Sky Bar or Vertigo, where the gleaming heady metropolis seems almost peaceful.

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Day 5
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Day 6
Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
An island off the northwest coast of peninsular Malaysia, Penang is blessed with a multicultural history that's led to a fascinating fusion of East and West. Claimed by the British East India Company in 1786, the island's city center of Georgetown—listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is filled with colonial architecture, temples, and museums. The island has also attracted many Chinese immigrants, who now make up the majority of the population. On Penang you'll find an exciting mix of jungle, coast, farmland, and fishing villages, along with the country's largest Buddhist temple.
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Day 7
Phuket, Thailand
Though few tourists linger here, Phuket Town, the provincial capital, is one of the more culturally interesting places on the island to spend half a day. About one-third of the island's population lives here, and the town is an intriguing mix of old Sino-Portuguese architecture and the influences of the Chinese, Muslims, and Thais that inhabit it. The old Chinese quarter along Talang Street is especially good for a stroll, as its history has not yet been replaced by modern concrete and tile. And this same area has a variety of antiques shops, art studios, and trendy cafés. Besides Talang, the major thoroughfares are Ratsada, Phuket, and Ranong roads. Ratsada connects Phuket Road (where you'll find the Tourism Authority of Thailand office) to Ranong Road, where there's an aromatic local market filled with fruits, vegetables, spices, and meats.
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Days 10 - 11
Chennai, India
Madras was the site of the East India Company’s first settlement, founded in 1639 on land given by the Raja of Chandragiri. A small fort was built on the settlement in 1644, and a town which subsequently became known as George Town, in the area of Fort St. George was built north of it. The settlement became independent of Banten, Java in 1683 and was granted its first municipal charter in 1688 by James II. It is therefore the oldest municipal corporation in India. During the 18th and 19th centuries, when the British and French competed for supremacy in India, the city’s fortunes waned.
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Days 13 - 14
Colombo, Sri Lanka

The largest port city and capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is situated on Kelani River's southwestern shores. As well as being a major commercial city, being one of Asia’s industrial and financial hubs, Colombo also has a wealth of cultural attractions that make it the perfect port of call on a Far East or Asia cruise, from numerous churches and monuments to restaurants and shopping malls – offering the perfect blend of history and modernity.

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Days 15 - 16
Cochin, India
Kochi, formerly and still commonly known as Cochin, is one of the west coast's largest and oldest ports. The streets behind the docks of the historic Fort Cochin and Mattancherry districts are lined with old merchant houses, godowns (warehouses), and open courtyards heaped with betel nuts, ginger, peppercorns, and tea. Throughout the second millennium this ancient city exported spices, coffee, and coir (the fiber made from coconut husks), and imported culture and religion from Europe, China, and the Middle East. Today Kochi has a synagogue, several mosques, Portuguese Catholic churches, Hindu temples, and the United Church of South India (an amalgamation of several Protestant denominations). The city is spread out over mainland, peninsula, and islands. Ernakulam, on the mainland 2 km (3 miles) from the harbor, is the commercial center and the one-time capital of the former state of Cochin. Willingdon Island, which was created by dredging the harbor, holds several luxury hotels as well as a navy base. The beautiful Bolghatty Island, north of Ernakulam, is a favorite picnic spot for locals. On it there's a government-run hotel in a colonial structure that was once used by the Dutch governor and later by the British Resident. Another local favorite is Cherai beach on Vypin Island, which is a 10-minute ferry ride from Fort Cochin. The Fort Cochin district, Kochi's historic center, is at the northern tip of the Mattancherry peninsula. Houses here often recall Tudor manors; some have been converted to hotels, others remain in the hands of the venerable tea and trading companies. South of Fort Cochin, in the Mattancherry district, is where you'll find the city's dwindling Jewish community. Their small neighborhood, called Jew Town, which is now dotted with cafés and shops selling curios and antiques, is centered on the synagogue.
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Day 18
Mumbai (ex Bombay), India
Mumbai, India's financial capital, is a city of contrasts and colors, where towering skyscrapers stand alongside bustling bazaars. From the iconic Gateway of India to the vibrant street food scene of Chowpatty Beach, it's a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. The heartbeat of Bollywood echoes through its bustling streets, while historic landmarks like the Elephanta Caves whisper tales of bygone eras. With its bustling local trains and bustling markets, Mumbai is a city that never sleeps, where dreams are pursued against the backdrop of the Arabian Sea's shimmering waters.
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Step aboard the new Azamara Onward℠, and arrive at the doorstep of the globe’s most hidden gems and storied cities. Built to cross oceans, cruise along scenic waterways and dock at locations larger ships can’t access — this small ship cruising experience is unlike any other.

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