MV Azamara Pursuit
ex Adonia, Royal Princess, Minerva II, R8
Azamara Pursuit – © Dennis Mortimer
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2001 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, Frankrike (Yard No Z31) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship
- Cost: $150 million
- Length: 180.95m (overall), 157.85m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth of hull: 25.46m
- Depth: 18.1m
- Draught: 5.95m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 30,277 gross/11,481 net/2,700 deadweight
- Engines: Four 4 Stroke 12-cylinder Wartsila 12V32 diesel-electric
- Power/Propellers: 13,500kW/2
- Speed: 18.5 knots
- Passenger decks: 9
- Capacity: 702/670 passengers
- Crew: 300/385
- Call Sign: ZCDV2, 9HA4800
- IMO Number: 9210220
- DNV GL Id No: 39658
- Registry: Monrovia/Liberia,Majuro/Marshall/Islands,Hamilton/Bermuda, Valletta/Malta
- Sister Ships: R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, and R7
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March 1st 1999: Contract date.
April 10th 2000: Keel struck.
September 16th 2000: Launched.
February 16th 2001: Delivered to Renaissance Cruises Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia as R EIGHT.
February 2001: Commenced cruising.
© Mikkel (Copenhagen)
September 25th 2001: Renaissance Cruises went bankrupt and ceased operations.
2001 (Late): Seized by creditors and laid up in Marseille, France.
April 2003: Sold to Octavian Shipping Ltd, Majuro, Marshall Islands.
April 2003: Chartered to Swan Hellenic Cruises and renamed MINERVA II.
July 2004: Registered Owner; Carnival PLC, Majuro, Marshall Islands.
© Nigel Thornton (Dover, 26/05/2005)
July 24th 2006: Sold to Princess Cruises Lines Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas.
© Daniel Ferro
April 9th 2007: Renamed ROYAL PRINCESS.
© Simonwp (Kiel, 06/01/2008)
© Ferryman (Dover, 23/03/2008)
© John Mavin (Dover, 23/03/2008)
© Aleksi Lindström (Rendsburg, 08/11/2008)
June 21st 2009: Suffered an engine-room fire. Extinguished by crew and the ship was able to return to Port Said, Egypt for damage assessment.
April 2011: Registered owner; Carnival PLC, Hamilton, Bermuda.
April 2011: Transferred to P&O Cruises and renamed ADONIA.
© Robbie Cox (Dublin, 09/08/2012)
© Eerik Laine (Stockholm, 31/05/2014)
© Robbie Cox (Dublin,15/07/2017)
© Cees Bustraan (Santa Anna Bay, 19/12/2017)
February 23rd 2018 – March 9th 2020: Final cruise for P&O Cruises.
March 13th 2018: Arrived Grand Bahama Shipyard, Bahamas.
March 13th 2018: Sold to AP Acquisition Inc, Valletta, Malta and chartered to Azamara Club Cruises. Renamed AZAMARA PURSUIT.
March 2018: Departed Grand Bahama Shipyard, Bahamas and sailed to Harland & Wolff, Belfast.
© Pieter Inpyn (Belfast, 14/04/2018)
August 2018: Maiden cruise for Azamara.
August 31st 2018: Sold to Azamara Pursuit Inc, Miamai, USA.
July 18th 2020: Due at Dover.
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Cees Bustraan, Robbie Cox. Daniel Ferro, Pieter Inpyn, Eerik Laine, Aleksi Lindström, John Mavin, Mikkel, Dennis Mortimer and Simonwp for their assistance in producing this feature.