Last night saw Azamara’s newest ship, Azamara Pursuit, formally welcomed into the fleet.
Acquired from P&O Cruises, where it sailed under the name Adonia, Azamara Pursuit underwent an extensive refurbishment before becoming the third ship in the Azamara fleet.
Travel Weekly’s editor-in-chief Lucy Huxley and co-godmother Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, EVP, chief revenue officer, AFAR Media, christened Azamara Club Cruises’ new vessel, in her role as the ship’s godmothers.
They simultaneously smashed two bottles of Champagne against the hull, and then joined Pimentel, Fain and Capt. Carl Smith for a selfie.
Speaking at the christening in Southampton Lucy Huxley said:
It with a sense of great pride that I address you as one of the godmothers of this beautiful ship, and I am privileged to join Ellen on the stage today. While it is, of course, a humbling experience to stand before you all, I am grateful to have the opportunity to do so on behalf of the travel trade, who are so important to Azamara Club Cruises, and particularly on behalf of the wonderful readers of my own publication, Travel Weekly, without whom I would not be here now. My passion for the industry has been driven by its commitment to perpetual innovation, evolution and yes, sometimes revolution, continually pushing boundaries and curating experiences which will last a lifetime. Nowhere is this commitment to richly-rewarding and culturally-immersive experiences more apparent than in the work of Azamara Club Cruises, which makes it even more special to be here today to christen this wonderful ship, Azamara Pursuit.
Larry Pimentel, Azamara’s president and chief executive, went on to say:
I can tell you without hesitation that all of us at Azamara have an even greater sense of purpose and a renewed spirit to deliver for our guests. We’re all keenly aware that this is a seminal moment in our company’s history and we fully intend to seize it, enjoy it, and see just how far we can take it.