7 things to do after 7pm (and the best destination to do it)
The crew of Azamara Club Cruises are some of the most well-travelled people in the industry, regularly sailing across all seven seas with the boutique cruise line.
“What makes Azamara special is that we stay longer in ports than any other cruise line, and many destinations really come alive after dark,” says Philip Herbert, Hotel Director aboard Azamara Quest, which is currently sailing Australia and NZ. “When they’re not providing world-class service to our guests on board, our crew are out exploring different ports. Being so well-travelled, they can be relied on for picking out some truly wondrous places to visit when the sun goes down, when Azamara’s is the only cruise ship left in port.”
The crew of Azamara Journey, Azamara Quest and Azamara Pursuit have shared their favourite spots around the globe: from the best place to spend New Year’s Eve to their favourite place to watch a sunset, these experts have spoken and the results are in.
1. Night markets
Where do you go if you are looking for the world’s best night markets? According to the crew, Hong Kong is the place to go. A crowd favourite is the Temple Street market where you can find an array of traditional cuisines including delicious siu mai and steamed pork dumplings, which are a crowd favourite.
Coming in at a close second are the markets in Bangkok, Thailand. With everything from satay to Pad Thai, these markets are a culinary wonderland and are home to so many variations of noodles that you could eat every meal there for a week and never have the same thing twice.
If you are chasing down the best sunset, then look no further than Santorini, Greece: around 80% of the crew listed this as their favourite place to enjoy a sunset. The beauty of the island’s whitewashed buildings is second only to the vibrant oranges and yellows of the setting sun. The crew also listed Santorini as one of the best places for a cocktail. Sunset drinks, anyone?
3. Local traditions
The best local traditions, according to the crew, can be found in Bali, Indonesia, although the crew can’t come to a consensus as to what part of Balinese tradition is the best. It’s between meeting local artisans, exploring ancient temples or walking through the rice terraces. One tradition that rightfully gets a number of mentions is the Balinese dances, including the Legong and the Joged Bumbung, which are both entertaining to watch and unforgettable if you join in.
4. Vibrant nightlife
Topping the list for the city that is brightest at night is Barcelona, Spain. Why? One crew member puts it down to the flamenco dance shows, while another says it’s because of the sangria. Whatever the reason, the crew has spoken, and Barcelona is not to be missed.
5. Local fauna
There’s nothing better than venturing into the local wilderness to spot native wildlife in its natural habitat. The favourite? An authentic safari adventure at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, home to Africa’s Big Five animals and the largest white rhino population on Earth.
6. NYE celebrations
Ever wondered where the best port is to spend New Year’s Eve? These experts will tell you that you can’t go wrong with either Rio, Brazil or, closer to home, Sydney, Australia. However, if you can make it across the waters, Rio and Brazil are both known for their impressive firework displays, and NYE in either port is sure to start your year off with a bang.
7. Lounging on board
The crew was also asked their favourite thing to do after dinner on board, and while the answers ranged from “dancing on the deck” to “drinking local wine”, the vast majority said, “sleep”. Take it from the people who know best: you need a good night’s sleep to be able to explore a new city every day. And if an early night isn’t for you, take part in an AzAmazing Evening. These private and bespoke, one-of-a-kind experiences create a night to remember, from the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra to watching Māori culture come alive with a performance at the Te Papa Museum.
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