Azamara Pursuit completes transformation in Belfast - July 2018
GoCruise – 31/07/18
In February 2018, Adonia completed her last sailing for P&O Cruises – taking passengers on a farewell sailing out of Barbados prior to her retirement from the fleet. The 777-passenger ship was the smallest vessel of the P&O Cruises fleet and was very popular among her passengers who enjoyed her charm and intimate feel compared to her larger sisters. The news of her departure came shortly before the announcement that a new 5,200-passenger ship would be joining the fleet, which would later be named Iona.
Following a short dry docking in Barbados, Adonia arrived in Belfast on 4th April 2018 for a complete transformation that would see her prepared for sailings under Azamara Club Cruises. This refurbishment is the first of its kind to be undertaken in the UK for many years and the £50m contract is thought to have been a game changer for the MJM shipyard and marine industry in Northern Ireland. Just a few months is all that it took the Northern Irish shipyard to complete the transformation, which will see Adonia become Azamara Pursuit.
Emblazoned with traditional dark blue colours and fitted with a range of relaxing lounges, she will cater to those with a sense of adventure. Itineraries with Azamara Club Cruises are particularly renowned for offering more time in port and taking passengers to a range of destinations that are generally considered to be off the beaten track.
With the refurbishment work now complete, she will head to Southampton for her official christening ceremony. No previous ship has ever received such a ceremony and, as such, does not have a godmother. However, following a surge in bookings for the ship from the British market due to her popularity as Adonia, the line is planning on doing things a little differently.
On August 1st 2018, she will be christened by two godmothers who have made a significant impact on the travel industry. Travel Weekly’s Editor-in-chief, Lucy Huxley, and Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio of AFAR Media, will take the collective honour of being the first godmothers of an Azamara Club Cruises ship. This a huge honour for two women who have made a considerable contribution to the cruise industry and is a huge recognition of the British travel market.
Following her ceremony, Azamara Pursuit will take passengers from Southampton to Norway on an 11-night cruise, after which, she will be united with her new sister, Azamara Journey. This will be followed by a 15-night “Wonders of Iceland” itinerary, which will see her embark on a journey out of Southampton and call into Belfast on her return leg.
If you enjoy spending more time in port, along with an enriching on board experience which compliments the ports of call you are visiting, you may be interested to learn more about the range of experiences available with Azamara Club Cruises.