MV Azamara Journey
Ex Blue Dream, R6
© Simonwp (Terneuzen, 01/05/2001)
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France (Yard No Q31) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Renaissance Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia
- • Cost: $150 million
• Length: 181.00m (overall) 157.85m (between perpendiculars)
• Breadth of hull: 25.46m
• Depth: 18.1m
• Draught: 5.95m (maximum)
• Tonnage: 30277 gross/11748 net/2700 deadweight
• Engines: Four 12-cylinder 12V32LN Wartsila diesel-electric
• Power/Propellers: 18600kW/2
• Speed: 18 knots
• Passenger decks: 9
• Capacity: 702/670 passengers
• Crew: 376
• Call Sign: 9HOB8
• MMSI Number: 256204000
• IMO Number: 9200940
• Official Number:
• DNV id: 33493
• Registry: Majuro/Marshall Islands 🇲🇭, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Valletta/Malta 🇲🇹
• Sister Ships: R1 (H31), R2 (I31), R3 (N31), R4 (O31), R5 (P31), R7 (Y31) and R8 (Z31)
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The sixth of a series of eight “R Class” built between 1998 and 2001. They were all built at the shipyard of Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire France and were designed, internally and externally, by British Designer John McNeece
January 17th 2000: Launched.
June 2000: Delivered to Renaissance Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia and introduced in world cruising.
© Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, July 2001)
January 1st 2007: Registered to Cruiseinvest Six, Marshall Islands.
© HAR (Amsterdam, 06/06/2000)
August 23rd 2001: Registered to Ouessant Cruises, Marshall Islands.
October 16th 2001: Arrested in Gibraltar.
December 2001: Sold to Cruiseinvest one, Marshall Islands and laid-up in Marseille, France.
© Frank Heine (Marseille, 01/08/2002)
June 30th 2003 – October 6th 2003: Chartered to Pullmantur for cruising in the western Mediterranean . (Marketed as BLUE STAR).
July 25th 2005: Renamed BLUE DREAM.
© Dieter Potts (Piraeus, 20/10/2005)
June 5th 2006: Registered to Pullmantur Cruises Blue Dream, Valletta, Malta.
May 2007: Registered to Celebrity Journey Inc, Valletta, Malta and renamed AZAMARA JOURNEY.
October 2008: Registered to Azamara Journey Inc, Valletta, Malta.
© Frank Behrends (Terneuzen, 01/06/2009)
© Cees Bustraan (Willemstad, 17/01/2010)
© Marcus S (Rendsberg, 30/08/2010)
© Stan Muller (Antwerp, 18/06/2018)
March 20th 2021: Registered to SP Cruises AJ Ltd. Manager: V Ship Leisure.
© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 21/04/2022)
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: Franks Behrends, Cees Bustraan, Marcel and Ruud Coster, HAR, Frank Heine, Aleksi Lindström, Stan Muller and Simonwp for their assistance in producing this feature.
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