MV Azamara Pursuit
Azamara Pursuit as Adonia leaving Havana in July 2016
|Port of registry:|
|Acquired:||1 February 2001|
|General characteristics (as Adonia)|
|Class and type:||R-class cruise ship|
|Length:||180.45 m (592 ft)|
|Beam:||25.46 m (83 ft 6 in)|
|Draught:||Max. Draft 5.95 m (19 ft 6 in)|
|Decks:||12 (9 passenger accessible)|
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)|
|Capacity:||777 passengers (max. capacity)|
MV Azamara Pursuit (previously R Eight, Minerva II, Royal Princess and Adonia) is a cruise ship that is operated by Azamara Club Cruises. The ship was built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique at their shipyard in St. Nazaire, France in 2001.
Azamara Pursuit is a sister ship of Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, as well as Pacific Princess of Princess Cruises, and Regatta, Nautica, Insignia and Sirena of Oceania Cruises. She previously sailed for Renaissance Cruises, Swan Hellenic, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises and Fathom.
Originally built as the last of eight 'R' class ships for Renaissance Cruises, Azamara Pursuit was first known as R Eight, and entered service in 2001. After Renaissance ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy in late 2001, the vessel was seized by creditors and laid up in Marseille, France.
In 2003, the vessel re-entered operation, this time as the sole cruise ship in Swan Hellenic's fleet. The vessel was named Minerva II, after both the Roman goddess and the company's previous vessel, Minerva.
On 7 April 2007, Minerva II completed her final voyage with Swan Hellenic and was transferred by the parent company, Carnival Corporation & plc, to Princess Cruises. She was renamed Royal Princess and entered into service for Princess, with her  first voyage as a Princess Cruises ship on 19 April 2007.
On 18 June 2009, a major fire broke out in her engine room. Royal Princess was on a 12-day Holy Land voyage and just left Port Said, Egypt. A little while later a serious fire broke out in her engine room, disabling the ship. She waited to dock in Port Said for an assessment of the damage.
On 18 March 2013, two of the ship's passengers were shot in Bridgetown, Barbados, on her 2013 world cruise. P&O Cruises confirmed two of its passengers from the Adonia, which left Southampton on 8 January, believed to be a man in his 70s and a woman in her 50s, were taken to hospital after the incident. The ship's staff and medical team also provided support.
After completing a major refit in 2016, Adonia was reassigned within the Carnival Corporation, and became the first ship for a new brand called "fathom", focusing on the growing number of people who wanted to work alongside local communities as part of their travel experience in areas such as education, the environment and economic development. She sailed out of Miami to the Dominican Republic and Cuba on an alternating weekly basis. While in the Dominican Republic and Cuba, passengers had the opportunity to work on programs designed to make a positive social impact on the communities they visited.
On 2 May 2016, Adonia docked in the port of Havana, the first port of her Cuban itinerary for Fathom. It marked the first time in over 50 years that a U.S. cruise line has sailed from the U.S. to Cuba. It was also the first time in decades that Cuban-born individuals were able to travel by sea to or from Cuba. An outbreak of gastro-intestinal illnesses occurred on the initial voyage, striking 14 passengers.
In November 2016, Carnival announced that Fathom would discontinue operations in June 2017. The MV Adonia returned to Carnival’s P&O Cruises fleet at that time.
On September 26th 2017 P&O announced that Adonia would be retired in March 2018 with the last cruise leaving Barbados on February 23 and ending in Barbados on March 9, 2018. She arrived at the Grand Bahama Shipyard on March 13, 2018 and was officially handed over to Azamara the following day. She completed a short drydocking in Grand Bahama (which included hull inspections, along with changing her name and registry) before sailing for Belfast's Harland and Wolff shipyard.
Her first cruise under Azamara Club Cruises is scheduled for August 2018, joining two other R-Class vessels in the fleet. Before launching into service on a Norwegian fjord sailing in summer 2018, the ship will undergo a refit at Harland & Wolff shipyard.
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