Azamara's Second Ship Nears Launch

October 9, 2007
Azamara Journey won't be an only child for much longer. Identical sibling Azamara Quest, the second entrant in brand-new line Azamara Cruises' fleet, has been released from the European shipyard where it's been undergoing a massive refit.

Like Azamara Journey, the 30,277-ton, 694-passenger Azamara Quest -- formerly Pullmantur's Blue Moon -- received new soft goods and furniture, extra suites, two new restaurants, a teak pool deck, and renovated spa and fitness facilities.

Though Azamara Cruises did not initially announce which shipyard would be doing the work, Cruise Critic members have been tracking Quest's progress at Hamburg's Blohm + Voss via Web cams and eagle eyes. Today, seawise posts on the Azamara forum that the ship has left Hamburg and is "currently passing through [the] English Channel, off Dover."

Azamara Quest is on its way to Miami where it will officially launch on October 24 -- five days later than initially planned in order to ensure the ship is ready for service (the adjustment was made after the lackluster debut of Azamara Journey; that ship's extensive refurbishment was not completed in time for its inaugural sailing). The ship will sail Caribbean and Panama Canal itineraries throughout fall and winter.

Stay tuned for more information.

--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor