Azamara takes passengers to shore of elusive Pitcairn Island for the first time

Azamara takes passengers to shore of elusive Pitcairn Island for the first time
Edited by Travel Weekly


    Azamara Cruises has announced Azamara Onward’s successful visit to Pitcairn Island during its 2024 World Cruise, marking the first time the cruise line brought guests ashore on this remote island.

    This extraordinary event exemplifies the cruise line’s commitment to exploration, with Pitcairn being an elusive destination known for its unpredictable weather conditions.

    “Not many cruisers get the opportunity to visit Pitcairn Island – the weather usually does not cooperate, and there are no bays or coves for the ship to anchor in,” head of itinerary planning, Azamara, Michael Pawlus, said. 

    “This is the very first time in my career that I have seen the weather allow for guests to go ashore on Pitcairn Island. I’ve designed nearly 20 itineraries that include the stop before, so I’m thrilled that all conditions were in our favour this time, giving our World Cruisers an incredibly unique experience in such an isolated destination.”

    The rugged coastlines of Pitcairn Island. (iStock – kensorrie)

    As the ship approached Pitcairn, ideal weather allowed Azamara Onward the rare opportunity to bring passengers ashore.

    Guests were able to fully immerse themselves on the island which offers paradisiacal blue waters in one of the world’s largest marine reserves, and some of the best stargazing on the planet due to the exceptionally dark skies.

    Though the island is home to only about 50 residents – descendants of the HMS Bounty mutineers and the Polynesians – the locals are known to be warm, welcoming, and eager to share their culture, crafts, and knowledge of the island with visitors.

    Travellers interested in exploring lesser-known destinations while enjoying all the advantages of Azamara’s small-ship experience should book now to reserve their spot on the cruise line’s 2025 World Cruise.

    On this 155-night expedition, guests will explore 37 countries at their own pace, without any hassle or crowds. 

    Azamara’s 2026 World Cruise offers 46 late nights and overnights, and 13 exclusive events, allowing for a deeper connection with each mesmerizing wonder and the diverse tapestry of cultures that surround them.

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