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MV Azamara Pursuit – Past and Present

MV Azamara Pursuit

ex Adonia, Royal Princess, Minerva II, R8

© Dennis Mortimer

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

Technical Data

  • 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, R3R4, R5, R6, and R7

Location Data

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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  © Mikkel

© 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  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (Dover, 26/05/2005)

July 24th 2006: Sold to Princess Cruises Lines Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas.

© Daniel Ferro  © Daniel Ferro

© Daniel Ferro

© Daniel Ferro

April 9th 2007: Renamed ROYAL PRINCESS.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Kiel, 06/01/2008)

© Ferryman

© Ferryman (Dover, 23/03/2008)

© John Mavin

© 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

©  Robbie Cox (Dublin, 09/08/2012)

© Eerik Laine  © Eerik Laine

© Eerik Laine (Stockholm, 31/05/2014)

© Robbie Cox

© Robbie Cox (Dublin,15/07/2017)

© Cees Bustraan  © Cees Bustraan

© 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  © Pieter Inpyn

© 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.

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

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