Azamara Club Cruises celebrated the addition of Azamara Pursuit to the brand's existing fleet with a naming ceremony on board the ship in Southampton, UK. Azamara Pursuit's two Godmothers, Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio and Lucy Huxley, christened the vessel alongside Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Richard Fain; President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises, Larry Pimentel; and the Board of Directors.
"Since the announcement of Azamara Pursuit in September 2017, we have eagerly awaited this special moment to celebrate the ship's debut," said Larry Pimentel, President & CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. "Azamara Pursuit's two godmothers both have a fearless dedication to adventure, and we could not be more pleased for them to lead us in this ceremony."
Following the naming ceremony, the vessel set sail for a two-night voyage to Cherbourg, France to kick off the festivities with an AzAmazing Afternoon event. Inspired by Azamara's signature AzAmazing Evenings – a complimentary excursion offered to guests to connect them with the local culture and discover the destination's heritage – the afternoon was designed help guests uncover and embrace the true nature of the destination through moments that reflect the French town's personality and charm. The celebration began with exploring a French market that was constructed steps from the gangway and consisted of stalls selling flowers, cheeses & fresh fruits, pastries, French wines, baguettes, and much more. Later in the afternoon, Main Hall at La Cité de la Mar was transformed into a cabaret house where guests enjoyed performances by a 15-piece orchestra, dancers, a solo singer, among others.
Honoring Azamara's commitment to Destination Immersion, guests on board also had the opportunity to connect with the local culture from a selection of curated shore programs. Experiences ranged from viewing Bayeux Tapestry – which depicts the events leading up to Norman conquest of England – and Panoramic Cherbourg, offering views of the city's most historic landmarks, including Abbey of Our Lady of the Vow, a 12th-century Catholic monastery and former marine hospital.
The voyage concluded with a White Night celebration, an evening soirée where cruisers can enjoy a feast served poolside by Azamara's officers and crew before dancing late into the night.
Azamara Pursuit will now journey from Southampton, U.K. to Barcelona, Spain on a 13-Night Wine & Romance Voyage.
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