MV Azamara Pursuit
ex Adonia, Royal Princess, Minerva II, R Eight
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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The eighth 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
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.
R Eight – © 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.
Minerva II – 🆕© John Mavin (Dover, 11/09/2004)
Minerva II – © Nigel Thornton (Dover, 26/05/2005)
July 24th 2006: Sold to Princess Cruises Lines Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas.
Minerva II/Royal Princess – © Daniel Ferro
April 9th 2007: Renamed ROYAL PRINCESS.
Royal Princess – © Simonwp (Kiel, 06/01/2008)
Royal Princess – © Ferryman (Dover, 23/03/2008)
Royal Princess – © John Mavin (Dover, 23/03/2008)
Royal Princess – © 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.
Adonia – © Robbie Cox (Dublin, 09/08/2012)
Adonia – © Eerik Laine (Stockholm, 31/05/2014)
Adonia – © Robbie Cox (Dublin,15/07/2017)
Adonia – © 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.
Azamara Pursuit – © Pieter Inpyn (Belfast, 14/04/2018)
August 2018: Maiden cruise for Azamara.
August 31st 2018: Sold to Azamara Pursuit Inc, Miamai, USA.
March 2nd 2020: “Left Buenos Aires, Argentina, on a cruise that was scheduled to end in Lima, Peru, on 23 March. Carrying 675 passengers and 389 crew members, it left Ushuaia, Argentina, on 8 March 2020. It was then denied landing at Puerto Chacabuco, Chile after Chilean authorities said that it was carrying suspected cases of the coronavirus. However, the company said that it had confirmed that there were no positive coronavirus cases on board. From Chile, the ship began sailing to Miami, via the Panama Canal, with all passengers and crew still on board. By 24 March, it was off the coast of Ecuador, and finally arrived in Miami on 29 March; no passengers had become ill from the coronavirus.”.
May 17th 2020: Left Miami.
June 1st 2020: Arrived at King George V Dock, Glasgow and laid-up.
August 7th 2021: Left Glasgow bound for Cadiz where she will undergo a refit before recommencing cruising.
Azamara Pursuit – 🆕 © Brian Donovan (Clyde, 07/08/2021)
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, Brian Donovan, Daniel Ferro, Pieter Inpyn, Eerik Laine, Aleksi Lindström, John Mavin, Mikkel, Dennis Mortimer and Simonwp for their assistance in producing this feature.