“We are pleased to expand our portfolio by 50 percent, allowing us to visit even more regions of the world through the acquisition of this sister ship,” President and CEO Larry Pimentel said in a press release. “Our loyal guests and travel partners have asked for this expansion for a long time; we are very pleased to deliver this to them.”
Just like Azamara’s two existing ships, this one was originally built for the now defunct Renaissance Cruises. The last of eight “R” ships for the line, the 30,277-gross-ton, 592-foot ship debuted in 2001 and has bumped around cruise lines including sailing as Princess Cruises Royal Princess from 2007-2011. The ship then moved over to Carnival Corp.’s P&O Cruises, which serves mostly British cruisers.
In 2016, it made the remarkable switch to the Fathom brand, becoming the first U.S.-based cruise ship to visit Cuba in years, before returning to P&O this year.
When it changes over to become Azamara Pursuit, the ship will have its decor refit to match its new sister ships, and the line will roll out itinerary details in October.
Azamara has tried to set itself apart from competing luxury brands like Seabourn and Crystal by focusing on its destinations, especially offering more time in port including overnight stays on most of its itineraries. It also gave both of its existing ships makeovers in the last two years.
“Azamara needed to take our onboard product to the next level,” Pimentel said in 2016. “Cruise ships are like fine hotels, after wear and tear, upgrades need to be made.”
For more on the new ship, go to www.azamara.com/pursuit.