Our very own Jacqueline Kennedy from House of Travel Product, spent two nights on-board Azamara Pursuit, sailing from Southampton to Cherbourg. She was also lucky enough to attend the official Naming Ceremony of the ship.
Azamara Pursuit was a former Renaissance R Class ship and sister to the lines current ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. My first impression of the ship, as I pulled up at the port, was that she is small, and being a big ship sailor, I was a little bit nervous, especially as she was the smallest in port! However, she didn’t disappoint when on-board, the service was much more personalised due to high crew to passenger ratio and the décor throughout had a calming feeling.
With Azamara Pursuit being a small ship, I wasn’t expecting the hustle and bustle you get when boarding much larger ships, and I wasn’t wrong. From the minute I arrived at the port my luggage was swept away swiftly. I was at the check-in area and on the ship with a glass of champagne in hand in under 15 minutes. No need to worry about any certain check-in times; on small ships you can arrive when you are ready to board, and we were on-board by midday - in time for a pleasant lunch on the ship's sun-drenched deck.
What you can expect
One thing you can expect on all Azamara sailings of seven nights or more is the AzAmazing event. This can be held in certain ports of call and on this sailing the event was held in Cherbourg, France where they made the streets come alive with the French market culture of fresh breads, cheeses, crepes, cakes, wines and more. We were then swept away by the sultry energy and risqué fun of an authentic French cabaret. This event will be tailor-made to the port of call it is held, and is included in the fare. Not to be missed!
Azamara Pursuit launched in August 2018 and is the first in its fleet that doesn’t have a casino. Instead, they have changed this area into The Den which I found a much more convenient area for people to meet and mingle throughout the day.
On-board dining and entertainment
The dining on-board was impeccable with great attention to detail. Like all fleets it has the main dining room, Discoveries, where you can enjoy breakfast, sea day lunch and dinner. Tables are set for two to eight people so you can enjoy your own company or that of others. Windows Café is the ships casual buffet, open daily for all three meals. They also have The Patio Poolside Grill which serves hamburgers, meat skewers, chicken wings and fries for lunch, and the in the evening it is an alfresco outdoor dining room serving steaks, ribs, salmon and more. Alternatively, you can dine at the speciality restaurants Aqualina (four course Italian dinner) or Prime C (the ship's steakhouse).
They do have shows on-board which are small Broadway style shows, or join in on the top deck for the White Night Party where you dance the night away with a live band.
Overall the experience was excellent with a much more relaxed atmosphere as opposed the energy you constantly feel on larger vessels. You will find her in Eastern Med throughout October then Panama Canal and south America throughout December.
Bottom left: AzAmazing event, French market culture.