Azamara Club Cruises President/CEO Larry Pimentel reports that the company has acquired the Adonia – most recently famous as the home of Carnival Corp.’s short-lived Fathom brand -- and will rename her the Azamara Pursuit.
Reservations will open in mid-October and, after a long dry-dock, Azamara Pursuit will debut next summer.
"This is an extraordinary brand victory," Pimentel emailed Cruise Week.
"It is a 50% growth. The victory is one we have earned, one we have worked hard and efficiently for. 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, Pursuit was originally built for 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 bounced around lines, including serving as Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess from 2007-2011. The ship then moved over to Carnival Corp.'s P&O Cruises, which mostly serves the UK market.
In 2016, the ship made the remarkable switch to the Fathom brand, making history by becoming the first U.S.-based cruise ship to visit Cuba in decades, before returning to P&O this year.
When it changes over to become Azamara Pursuit, the ship will have a major refit to match its new sister ships. The line will roll out itinerary details in OCT.