Pursuit of the Azamara fleet

The pool and sun loungers of the top deck on-board Azamara Pursuit

Azamara has expanded its fleet once more after the recent acquisition of Adonia from Carnival Corp. The ship was previously sailing for Carnival’s brand, Fathom, until moving to P&O’s fleet in the UK. Now, Adonia has been renamed Azamara Pursuit and will mark a 50 per cent expansion in Azamara’s portfolio: something guests have eagerly awaited.

How Azamara Pursuit came to be

Azamara Pursuit in a Mediterranean cruise port at dusk

Each of the ships featured in Azamara’s current fleet are all former ‘R’ ships originally built for Renaissance Cruises. Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest were bought directly from Renaissance in 2007 (previously named R Six and R Seven), and Azamara Pursuit was R Eight before being sold to P&O Cruises in 2011.

Azamara Club Cruises CEO, Larry Pimentel, said he was open about the possibility of adding an existing ship to the fleet, rather than designing and building a new one from scratch. He said:

“I have a desire to grow a little differently. I’d like to be able to get more R class ships. The reason is that I think the size of the ship allows me to go, in comparison to our own sister company [Royal Caribbean], to about 52 per cent of the ports they can’t get into. So, I have a different product right from the very get go. I think the size of the ship is perfect.”

Immersive itineraries and interiors

The pool and sun loungers of the top deck on-board Azamara Pursuit

Before her launch in March 2018, Azamara Pursuit will undergo several décor updates to match the luxurious interiors seen on Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. Renowned for style and service, the Azamara ships encompass a boutique hotel atmosphere at sea, making it a dream to cruise on-board.

The ships are intimate and combine elements of contemporary designs which are elegant and relaxing, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in their destinations and surroundings.

Azamara’s new ship will boast seven restaurants including the Discoveries Restaurant and Bar, The Patio and Swirl & Top, as well as features including the Sanctum Spa, where you can experience treatments inspired by exotic cultures.

Panoramic view over lush cliffs in Rio de Janeiro

Azamara Pursuit will visit 15 new ports, with new destinations including Antofagasta in Chile, where you can explore the Atacama Desert; as well as Lima in Peru, where you can experience the energy of Latin America. Additional highlights include 19 new itineraries including a 15-night New Year’s Eve voyage in Rio – enjoy Christmas on-board Azamara Pursuit and celebrate the New Year at the home of Carnaval on Copacabana Beach!

With unforgettable, unique experiences to encounter on-board, Azamara Pursuit is set to be a fully immersive ship that visits dream destinations and offers amazing adventures.

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Emma Smith
Emma has more than six years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for over a year. She loves learning of new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in diary for 2020! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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