Larry Pimentel - President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises - couldn’t conceal his pride at the naming ceremony of their new ship in August. “The launch of Pursuit begins a bold new chapter in the seafaring story of Azamara. She’s far more than the third ship in our fleet. Pursuit will lead the charge as Azamara extends its reach to more corners of the world than ever before. The choice of Southampton for the christening ceremony reflects our committed to the British market,” he said. Also present at the ceremony were the ship’s two Godmothers – Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, EVP of AFAR Media and Lucy Huxley, Editor in Chief, Travel Weekly. Both elegantly-attired ladies activated triggers to send the champagne smashing into the hull.
Following the naming ceremony, Azamara Pursuit embarked on a two-night voyage to Cherbourg where the company’s signature ‘AzAmazing Evening’ experience was recreated when the historic Cité de la Mar cruise terminal was transformed into a French market. Guests were also entertained with French cabaret performances by an orchestra, dancers and singers.
Azamara Pursuit, which was completely revamped at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, is similar to her two sister ships from the outside, but interiors have some major differences. There are more suites and staterooms, due in part to the elimination of the casino. In its place is a new lounge and bar called The Den, which is now one of the ship’s focal hubs.
Other public rooms on Azamara Pursuit mirror Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, however the décor on Pursuit is sleek, understated and elegant. The Discoveries restaurant is the ship’s main dining room and menus reflect a creative approach to cuisine which is always of a very high standard. Speciality dining options include Aqualina - offering Italian cuisine; and Prime C - a delightful steakhouse. Buffet selections are on offer in the Windows Café, while the Patio grill stays open late if guests just want to chillax beside the swimming pool in the evening.
Many staterooms and suites have balconies, especially the larger Club Room Suites. Owner’s Suites overlooking the bow and stern have outdoor terraces. Staterooms are spacious enough, with super comfortable new mattresses and quality linens.
- 22nd November 2018
Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.