Azamara Club Cruises has expanded its fleet with the purchase of P&O Cruises' Adonia, a former Renaissance R-class ship and sister to the line's current ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. The ship has recently sailed under Carnival Corporation's P&O and Fathom brands and previously as Princess Cruises' Royal Princess and Swan Hellenic's Minerva II.
The cruise line took delivery of the ship in March 2018 and embarked on a major refurbishment in order to relaunch it as Azamara Pursuit in August 2018.
The ship will have a few differences from its fleetmates. It will not have a casino; that space will be turned into a lounge. And, Deck 4 will have six additional outside cabins. The top 10 suites on the ship each feature a main bathroom with a shower (not a tub) plus a separate powder room. Spa suites will have tubs. Shore excursions and future cruise desks will relocate to Deck 5, but you'll still find guest relations in its original spot on Deck 4.
Everything else remains the same as Pursuit's fleetmates. Fares include a complimentary AzAmazing Evenings event (on most voyages); standard spirits, beer and wine; gratuities; bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffee and tea; self-service laundry facilities; and shuttle service in port.
Culinary offerings aboard Azamara Pursuit will mirror what's available aboard its fleetmates. Breakfast, sea day lunch and dinner are served in Discoveries, the main dining room. It's open seating so you can dine when you want and with whom you choose. Table setups are available for two to eight people. Windows Cafe is the ship's casual buffet and is open daily for all three meals. Also in the casual vein is The Patio poolside grill. The menu during the day is heavy on things like hamburgers, meat skewers, chicken wings and French fries. In the evening, the venue is an alfresco outdoor dining room that serves steaks, barbecue ribs, salmon and more.
Azamara Pursuit also houses two for-fee specialty restaurants: Aqualina Restaurant serves a traditional four-course Italian dinner while Prime C is the ship's steakhouse. Look for entrees ranging from steak, veal and lamb to swordfish. (There are also some vegetarian items on the menu.) Both specialty restaurants are only open for dinner, and reservations are recommended. There is a $30 per-person fee to dine at both Aqualina and Prime C, but that fee is waived for suite passengers.
If you don't feel like dining out, Azamara Pursuit offers 24-hour room service. Suite passengers can order items from the specialty restaurants during dinner hours.
The number of cabins aboard Azamara Pursuit is a departure from the rest of the fleet. While both Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey accommodate 690 passengers across 345 staterooms, Pursuit's accommodation offerings were expanded to house 702 passengers in 351 cabins. This was accomplished by adding six new oceanview cabins to Deck 4. To do this, Azamara removed some of the guest-facing desks on that deck.
Accommodations now include 26 Club Interior (158 square feet), 79 Club Oceanview (143 square feet) and 200 Club Veranda cabins (175 square feet with a 40-square-foot balcony). There are also 46 Club Suites.
All accommodations include a flat-screen TV, mini-bar, writing desk, in-room safe, hair dryer, USB ports under bedside reading lamps, terrycloth bathrobes and slippers, 24-hour room service, flowers and a welcome fruit basket at embarkation, a tote bag, use of umbrella and binoculars, shoeshine service and turndown treats.
Suite passengers also have access to English butler service, 235 minutes of internet per person, one complimentary bag of laundry service per suite, gratis specialty restaurant dining and afternoon tea served in-suite.
Top Deck Attractions
Visit the Sun Deck (Deck 11) for sunbathing and shuffleboard. There's a jogging track on Deck 10 overlooking the pool and two hot tubs, one deck below. The Sunset Veranda on Deck 9 aft is a lovely place to spend time during the day or evening hours. Head to Deck 9 forward for The Sanctum Spa, which includes a terrace with a thalassotherapy pool. Book a range of spa treatments or salon appointments, like hairstyling or a pedicure. Teeth whitening and acupuncture are also offered at the medi-spa. The nearby fitness center is outfitted with the type of gear you'd expect (stationary bikes, treadmills, free weights), and classes like yoga and Pilates are also on offer.
Expect the same type of nighttime entertainment on Pursuit as across the rest of Azamara's fleet. The Cabaret Lounge offers Broadway-style shows or you can while away time at any of the ship's lounges, including The Living Room and The Drawing Room or grab a caffeinated beverage at Mosaic Cafe Coffee Bar. Note that Azamara removed the small casino from Deck 5. So, if that's a must, Pursuit might not be the ship for you. In its place is the Den, a new lounge.
While Azamara allows children to sail on its ships -- infants must be at least 6 months old to sail, or 12 months for transatlantic itineraries -- there is no kids' club or children's programming. If you plan to bring kids aboard, you'll be responsible for keeping them entertained. They might enjoy the pool, Wii and some board games stocked in the library but -- other than that -- there's not a lot to keep them busy. Bring their favorite toys and games. Sometimes, if there are a lot of children onboard (say, during a holiday week or summer sailing), the entertainment staff might offer an activity or two designed for kids, but don't count on it.
Azamara Pursuit launches in August 2018, and will spend its first year offering itineraries in Northern Europe (including Norway), the Mediterranean and Greek Islands, a transatlantic voyage, Panama Canal transit and a trio of South American sailings in November and December. Antarctica is added to the mix in 2019, with one 17-night voyage in January. And 2020 will bring a few itineraries that call on Asia, Baltic, British Isles and Middle Eastern ports.