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  • Haworth, Wokingham
    started a topic Azamara Pursuit Visit

    Azamara Pursuit Visit

    Today is the first day of the maiden voyage of Azamara Pursuit, the 3rd ship in the family, she was originally R8 when built for Renaissance cruises, since then the ship has sailed as Minerva 11, Royal Princess and latterly Adonia.




    She was sold by Carnival/P&O to Azamara last year and joined Azamara in March and following an extensive re fit in Belfast enters service today.


    We were lucky to be invited to visit and tour the ship yesterday, and the refit has created a modern looking new addition to the Azamara fleet, below is an example of that look in the library, lots of grey and contrasting red fabrics in other areas such as the living room







    The pool area has been totally refurbished, new loungers and mattresses (still to come) but it looks very comfortable, with a pool bar and further outside seating.







    All the dining areas have been updated and look bright and airy



    And a sample of the menu from Prime C, one of the speciality restaurants.




    We were able to tour a variety of cabins and suites, as you would expect the high-end suites look very nice but at a price, the inside, ocean view and balcony cabins would suit the majority, well laid out, bight and airy but with small bathrooms and shower curtains.

    Finally, lunch was served in the other specialty restaurant, a four course affair with wine and soft drinks including:

    Beef carpaccio or crab cakes
    Soup or salad
    Fillet steak, baked aubergine or prawn risotto
    Chocolate cake or lemon and pistachio

    It was excellent.


    Would we cruise on this ship, yes but as ever with the caveat of itinerary and price being appropriate?

  • philhar, wallasey
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    Thanks for the review John.Like many I'd try her or the other Azamara if the price was right or I won the lottery (I'm still dreaming!)

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  • JohnR, Chippenham
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    Originally posted by History Addict, Alfreton View Post
    One thing I do remember from the Adonia ship visit all those years ago was the cabin doors. They seemed to be made of a cheap plastic and had lots of dints in them. I remember thinking how poor an impression it gave of the ship.
    I would be very surprised if they were made of plastic which may well distort or ignite in a fire situation.

    I also have seen cabin doors on cruise ships where trolleys or baggage has dented them. I suspect they have a frame clad with aluminium on both sides with a fire retardant core of some sort. They will be designed to be as light as possible commensurate with dimensional stability.

    Adonia was the 8th and last of the R Class ships built originally for Renaissance Cruises in 2001. I imagine all ships in the class had similar floors, walls, doors, ceilings etc., albeit with perhaps different "trim". In her time she was owned/operated by Renaissance Cruises, Swan Hellenic Cruises, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises and now Azamara Cruises.

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  • History Addict, Alfreton
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    One thing I do remember from the Adonia ship visit all those years ago was the cabin doors. They seemed to be made of a cheap plastic and had lots of dints in them. I remember thinking how poor an impression it gave of the ship.

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  • JohnR, Chippenham
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    Originally posted by Wilba View Post
    John,

    Click on the photo you wish to post

    Bottom right is a bent arrow.........click on that.

    A URL address will appear.

    Make picture size 800 x 600

    Highlight it and copy & paste to your post.
    Thanks to Delboy and Wilba I am now able to include images in a post, albeit a rather tortuous process.

    Please see below images of Adonia taken on a Norway cruise in 2013.

    It will be very interesting to see if the new owners remove much of the heavy panelling, mouldings, beautiful wrought iron work and traditional fittings to create a "modern" look or keep the traditional look and give her a quick paint job with new carpets and chair coverings.

    Deck


    Anderson's Bar


    Library


    Landing


    Stairs


    Inside Cabin


    Main Dining Room
    Last edited by JohnR, Chippenham; 3rd August 2018, 01:31 PM.

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  • Wansbrough, North Somerset
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    Sounds like you had a nice day out. Thanks for sharing your experience of a cruise line we would like to try one day.

    Nothing like a ship visit to pacify the urge in between cruises. We have done 7 to date but seem to be having a bit of a break at the moment as the last one was 2 years ago.

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  • Delboy, Essex
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    Originally posted by History Addict, Alfreton View Post
    I've just checked the date and Adonia joined the P and O fleet in 2011. It was on the CD ship visit that I met many of the other forum members for the first time, although I know some had met previously on a ship christening. Hard to believe it was 7 years ago now.
    A remember the inaugural Adonia ships visit, the name badges made by Neil pinned on with the CD forums official name badge. Think that was the first time we wore ours.

    Also the red carpet entrance.









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  • History Addict, Alfreton
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    I've just checked the date and Adonia joined the P and O fleet in 2011. It was on the CD ship visit that I met many of the other forum members for the first time, although I know some had met previously on a ship christening. Hard to believe it was 7 years ago now.

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  • Mrs M
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    Originally posted by Delboy, Essex View Post
    I also did the Inaugural Ships Visit curtesy of CD when the ship was called Adonia part of the P&O fleet, did not appeal to me then and looking at the photos (great photos) still still does not appeal, also for us prices way above what we would be prepared to pay
    I have loads of photos from that lunch Delboy and looking over them, I can't see anything about the ship which appealed whatsoever. Maybe Azamara have tweaked the decor/ replaced sunbeds etc but the structure will [I imagine] still be the same. I described the ship as ''claustrophobic and pokey'' when asked by some folk after my return.
    No thank you.

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  • Wilba
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    Originally posted by JohnR, Chippenham View Post
    Thanks Delboy.


    I have opened a Flickr account and managed to upload some photos but have not been able to get them into a post. A little more help please.

    John,

    Click on the photo you wish to post

    Bottom right is a bent arrow.........click on that.

    A URL address will appear.

    Make picture size 800 x 600

    Highlight it and copy & paste to your post.

    Leave a comment:


  • JohnR, Chippenham
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    Originally posted by Delboy, Essex View Post
    John

    You cannot post photos direct from your computer to the forum, you have to post via a photo sharing site, Haworth was using Photobucket in order to post his photos, I use Flik'r.
    Thanks Delboy.


    I have opened a Flickr account and managed to upload some photos but have not been able to get them into a post. A little more help please.

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  • Delboy, Essex
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    I also did the Inaugural Ships Visit curtesy of CD when the ship was called Adonia part of the P&O fleet, did not appeal to me then and looking at the photos (great photos) still still does not appeal, also for us prices way above what we would be prepared to pay
    Last edited by Delboy, Essex; 1st August 2018, 05:22 PM.

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  • Delboy, Essex
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    Originally posted by JohnR, Chippenham View Post
    Hi Wilba, I am not sure you can say that from the photos.

    From comparison with photos I took on her in 2013 apart from new carpets, and recovered chairs and a paint job she looks remarkably similar. There was a lot of dark panelling on Adonia in cabins and public rooms and the panelling in the library now looks a couple of shades darker. Probably the same elsewhere.

    Adonia was a lovely ship although fares were usually higher than the P&O bigger ships.

    Try as I might I just cannot insert photods from my computer. I click on the Insert Image button. Up come a new window, I Chose an image file, click on Upload Files and get a message telling me the dimension limits for this type of files are 700 x 0 and my image is 800 x 640.

    I have made an image smaller and now it will upload but goodness knows where it goes but it doesn't go to my reply.

    Help
    John

    You cannot post photos direct from your computer to the forum, you have to post via a photo sharing site, Haworth was using Photobucket in order to post his photos, I use Flik'r.

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  • Haworth, Wokingham
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    Originally posted by Garfield, Waterlooville View Post
    Hi John
    Thanks for taking the time and effort to post your review of the Azamara visit.
    Not for us as the prices are beyond what I would like to pay for a cruise.
    Great photos btw.
    Regards
    Garfield
    Right now we are finding most prices are beyond what we want to pay for any cruise, we are looking to go back to land based as even the last minute deals seem expensive.

    John

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  • Garfield, Waterlooville
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    Hi John
    Thanks for taking the time and effort to post your review of the Azamara visit.
    Not for us as the prices are beyond what I would like to pay for a cruise.
    Great photos btw.
    Regards
    Garfield

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