Azamara Club Cruises has revealed it will christen its new vessel Azamara Pursuit, previously P&O’s Adonia, in Southampton.
It will be the first time the line has christened a ship as both Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest were deployed straight after they were acquired and refit; neither ship was appointed a Godmother.
Carol Cabezas, Azamara’s chief operating officer has commented that Pursuit’s Godmother will be somebody who “embodies Azamara’s passion for destinations”.
Cabezas and managing director UK and Ireland, Richard Twynam has stated the move to christen Pursuit in the UK during a ceremony on August 28th followed a “truly overwhelming” demand for bookings from the UK market.
Cabezas added that the UK is currently contributing double what it usually would in terms of bookings following the release of Pursuit’s 2018-19 itineraries last month, which will include a Southampton round-trip sailing.
She stated: “This is a big deal for us to make the choice to have the global christening for the ship in the UK. This ship has a very strong British heritage and it has a fantastic following here. Plus we have seen a tremendous amount of demand from the UK audience.
There has always been a great affinity with the UK, so it makes sense for us to christen Azamara Pursuit here. We’ve never had a christening in our brand’s history and we want to do that in Southampton.”
After being revamped, the ship will leave dry dock for Barcelona on August 3rd 2018 to sail to Southampton and when it reaches the British port, it will sail on a Icelandic itinerary before returning to Southampton to be christened on August 28th.
What do you think of the news that Azamara Pursuit will be the line’s first ship to be christened? Do you think the small ship suits the luxury line rather than P&O? Have you sailed with either cruise line? Leave us your comments!
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