September 26, 2017
(9:25 a.m. EDT) -- Azamara has revealed it has acquired P&O Cruises' 704-passenger Adonia, with the line taking delivery of the ship in March 2018.
Adonia will sail its final voyage for P&O Cruises in the Caribbean in February 2018 before being rebranded as Azamara Pursuit.
Azamara has revealed that the ship's decor will be updated to suit its "upmarket position" while the focus will remain on destination immersive itineraries, including the line's Stay Longer and Experience More program.
It is the second time Adonia has left the P&O Cruises' fleet -- in 2016-17 it sailed under Carnival Corp.'s one-ship social impact cruise brand as Fathom Adonia, before the line was discontinued and the ship returned to P&O Cruises in June 2017.
Azamara's current fleet of two 690-passenger ships -- Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest -- once sailed as fleetmates of Adonia under the now defunct Renaissance Cruises as the line's R6, R7 and R8, respectively.
Azamara's President and CEO, Larry Pimental, said: "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.
"Our loyal guests and travel partners have asked for this expansion for a long time; we are very pleased to deliver this to them."
Adonia is P&O Cruises' smallest ship, and one of its most loved. It will be sorely missed by loyal passengers.
P&O Cruises' senior vice president Paul Ludlow said: "During her time with us Adonia has captured the hearts of many thousands of P&O Cruises guests. She has ventured into new ports of call around the globe and has negotiated Icelandic Fjords, European rivers and Caribbean coves. We will ensure that these discovery itineraries are continued on other ships in the fleet."
More information on Azamara Pursuit, including itineraries, will be released in October.
--By Kerry Spencer, Editor, U.K.