Azamara Club Cruises has announced new details on the refit and inaugural voyage for its newest ship, the Azamara Pursuit.
The Azamara Pursuit, which previously sailed as the Adonia for Carnival Corporation’s Fathom brand, will undergo a transformation to be almost identical to its sibling vessels, the Azamara Quest and the Azamara Journey, the cruise line said. The R-class ship will go into wet dock in Belfast this spring, before embarking on its inaugural voyage from Southampton, England, in August, visiting eight destinations throughout Norway.
In a written release Azamara Club Cruises CEO Larry Pimentel noted that the UK is one of the line’s largest growth markets. “We’ve seen double the UK demand for Azamara Pursuit than we usually see for its sister ships, so this is a really exciting time for us as a brand,” he said.
The refit will take place at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland, and be completed by outfitting specialist MJM Group. Work will begin this spring, with completion expected by the end of July.
The inaugural voyage will depart Southampton on August 1 and travel to eight Norwegian destinations, including Kristiansand, Flam and Haugesund, with overnight stays in Oslo and Bergen. Azamara Pursuit’s sibling ship, Azamara Journey, will also be docked in Haugesund on the same day, marking their first meeting. Azamara Pursuit will then depart Southampton for an Iceland-intensive voyage on August 13, before a special christening voyage on August 28. The ship will then depart Southampton once more on August 30 for its 13-night Wine & Romance Voyage.
Looking ahead to 2019, the ship will sail a schedule of cruises spotlighting Greece, Italy and Croatia, with maiden calls in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy; Trieste, Italy; and Paula, Croatia. In total, the ship will visit 74 countries and 274 ports that year.