Azamara 2021
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Azamara Quest at sea
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Wednesday 19th May- Fly to Venice, Italy
for 3-night hotel stay
Thursday/Friday-Venice, Italy
Saturday 22nd May-Venice, Italy
Embark Azamara Quest.
Sunday-Sibenik, Croatia
Monday-Dubrovnik, Croatia
Tuesday-Kotor, Montenegro
Wednesday-at sea
Thursday-Amalfi, Italy
Friday-Sorrento, Italy
Saturday 29th May-Civitavecchia, Italy
Disembark & fly to UK

An entirely new line and a new ship for us, indeed at 30,277grt a much smaller ship, with only 690 passengers. And having booked one of the best suites, there was much to look forward to.

Formed in 2007 as a spin-off from Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises was orginally planned as part of their Celebrity Xpeditions brand but later as a seperate luxury boutique brand under the umbrella of Royal Caribbean. It began with two ships transferred from Pullmantur Cruises, after that line's purchase by Royal Caribbean. Both ships had originally been part of an 8-ship fleet belonging to Rennaissance Cruises, which foundered in 2001. Commonly known as the "R-ships" and numbered, rather than named, R1,R2,R3,etc.,"R6" became Azamara Journey and "R7" became Azamara Quest. Then in 2018, they were joined by Azamara Pursuit, originally "R8" but more recently sailing as P&O's Adonia. In 2019, Royal Caribbean finally dropped the 'Club Cruises' from the name, leaving it simply as Azamara.

Unfortunately, the ink was barely dry on our first booking with Azamara when we were told that the voyage was cancelled; not because of 'Covid-19' but because the ship had been chartered. Not an auspicious start! However, the original itinerary had not been our favourite choice and the chartering of the ship resulted in the creation of an alternative itinerary that was much more to our liking. see Original Itinerary >>

But there was more to come. In January 2021 it was announced that Royal Caribbean International had agreed to sell Azamara to New York private equity firm Sycamore Partners for $201 million, itself slightly disturbing news were it not for the announcement a few days later that Sycamore was also buying Pacific Princess from Princess Cruises. Originally built in 1999 as "R3" for Rennaissance Cruises, Pacific Princess, being identical in design, would be the perfect match and would immediately boost Azamara's fleet by 33% to a total of 4 identical ships.

However, the final 'coup-de-grace' came in February 2021, 10 days after we had paid the balance due for our hoped-for cruise. With the worldwide cruise industry on 'Hold' since March 2020 because of 'Covid-19', everyone was hopeful of a cautious return to sailings from May 2021. But it was not to be, as Azamara announced an extension of the suspension in sailings until at least July 2021 and our cruise was cancelled. Our next task was to select an alternative, in order to utilise our 125% enhanced cruise credit......

See Detailed Mileage Log for this cruise >>

Cruise Mileage: - nautical miles
Total Mileage to date: 212,771 n miles

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