Stuart Pearce, Azamara’s strategic account manager, UK & Ireland, talks car washes, Croatia, and the delights of boutique-style cruising.
Why is your cruise line the best of all cruise lines?
As a destination specialist boutique cruise line, we stay longer in port than any other line, offering more time for our guests to really immerse themselves in the local culture, with all they need in their boutique ‘home from home’ to come back to.
With international beers, wines, select spirits and soft drinks, plus your gratuities included, there really is nothing to think about. You have all you need, making a cruise with us a very relaxed and luxurious experience.
If your cruise line was a famous person, who would it be and why?
Joanna Lumley – she’s refined, well-travelled and homely.
How long have you worked for your cruise line?
10 years – having fun goes fast.
Which geographical area do you cover?
My role is field-based, looking after UK and Ireland.
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you on the road?
I had an unfortunate incident in Cornwall, following a tractor/trailer towing fertilizer, which then shed its load all over my car. Thank goodness there was a car wash close by.
What’s the strangest question you have ever been asked about cruise?
“What view do I get from my balcony?”
How many of your cruise line’s ships have you sailed on? Do you have a favourite?
I have sailed on all three of our ships, including our beautiful new Azamara Pursuit that’s just entered service with us. Although all three ships are sisters, so extremely similar, my favourite has to be Azamara Quest as I took my honeymoon on her this year, visiting the islands of the Med. It was truly an amazing experience we will never forget.
Do you have a favourite on-board restaurant and why?
This is an easy question – it has to be Aqualina. Not only is the food outstanding – with my favourite being the Venetian seafood platter – but the experience is also amazing. You’ll spend the evening in Aqualina enjoying the ambience and the views, with beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows.
Which port would you definitely disembark in? What would you do there?
The island of Hvar, Croatia – it’s simply stunning. I love to sit in the restaurants and bars along the harbour, enjoying the view of the crystal-clear waters, and strolling through the streets, looking in all the local stores.
And which port would you opt to stay on board – and why?
None. No matter where you are in the world, there is always something to explore.
Which cruise is on your bucket list?
I am so excited that Azamara is offering the South Africa Intensive voyages for 2020. South Africa has always been on my bucket list, and to be able to cruise South Africa will be amazing.
If you didn’t work in the cruise industry, what do you think you would do?
I would definitely still be working in travel as it’s my passion – maybe for an airline to give me the opportunity still to explore the world.