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Azamara Journey departing the passenger port of Split on 19 September 2013
|Name:||2000–2003: R Six
2003–2005: Blue Star
2005–2007: Blue Dream
2007 onwards: Azamara Journey
|Owner:||2008–2012: Azamara Journey inc.|
|Operator:||2007 onwards: Azamara Cruises|
|Port of registry:||2000–2001: Monrovia, Liberia
2001–2005: Majuro, Marshall Islands
2005–2006: Nassau, Bahamas
2006–2013: Valletta, Malta
|Builder:||Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire|
IMO number: 9200940
MMSI number: 256204000
|Class and type:||R-class cruise ship|
|Length:||181.00 m (593.83 ft)|
|Beam:||25.46 m (83.5 ft)|
|Depth:||5.80 m (19.0 ft)|
|Propulsion:||two propeller shafts and two fixed pitch propellers|
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)|
Azamara Journey is an R-class cruise ship owned and operated by Azamara Club Cruises, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises. Gross register tonnage is 30,277, with a capacity of 694 passengers (double occupancy), plus 390 crew members. She was built in 2000 for Renaissance Cruises as R Six. After the bankruptcy of Renaissance Cruises, she sailed for Pullmantur Cruises who renamed her Blue Star in 2003 and Blue Dream in 2005.
The ship was built in 2000 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, the sixth ship of the comprehensive eight ships "R-Class" for Renaissance Cruises shipping company and was named R Six. The ship was sold in early 2001 to the Cruise Company Invest. Due to illiquidity turned Renaissance Cruises end of September 2001 the operation and the Six R was launched mid-2003. She was then chartered to the cruise line Pullmantur Cruises and use of this under the marketing name for Blue Star Cruises (but not yet officially renamed). Since July 2005, the ship was called the Blue Dream. From 2006, the ship was used by Pullmantur. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Since 2006, the parent company of Pullmantur, transferred the Blue Dream 15 December 2008 its new subsidiary Azamara Cruises, where it was renamed Azamara Journey and since then with her sister ship Azamara Quest, the former R Seven, is used worldwide for cruises. Azamara Cruises was now renamed Azamara Club Cruises.
In 2015, the Azamara Journey and the Azamara Quest were the ships used by television presenter and biologist Nigel Marven for his UKTV documentary/travel program "Cruise Ship Adventures with Nigel Marven", during which Nigel showed areas with outstanding wildlife that can be visited in popular cruise destinations.
Features include internet, a martini bar, a casino, pool, and shopping. There is a traditional one-story dining room, Discoveries, as well as a Deck 9 buffet restaurant. The ship also features two specialty restaurants, Aqualina and Prime C.
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- Official website
- Azamara Journey ship location in Google Maps
- Cruise Critic review
- "Azamara Journey" – review by Douglas Ward in The Daily Telegraph, London
- "Small and sweet" – review in traveller.com.au of a cruise on Azamara Journey