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MV Azamara Journey – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9200940

MV Azamara Journey

Ex Blue Dream, R6

© Simonwp

© 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

Technical Data

  • 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)

Current AIS Location

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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

© 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 © Frank Heine

© 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

© 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 © Frank Behrends

© Frank Behrends (Terneuzen, 01/06/2009)

© Cees Bustraan © Cees Bustraan © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan (Willemstad, 17/01/2010)

© Marcus S

© Marcus S (Rendsberg, 30/08/2010)

© Stan Muller © Stan Muller

© Stan Muller (Antwerp, 18/06/2018)

March 20th 2021: Registered to SP Cruises AJ Ltd. Manager: V Ship Leisure.

© Marcel and Ruud Coster © Marcel and Ruud Coster

© 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.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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