Hi, I’m Gary Bembridge and this is another of my Tips for Travellers. In this episode I’m going to tell you 8 things that I think you really need to know about the newest ship to join the Azamara Club cruises fleet- Azamara Pursuit, including the facilities, the dining and very importantly all of the accommodation available to you as a passenger. So Azamara Pursuit has a really interesting history. It started its life in 2001 as part of Renaissance cruises and it has also been part of Swan Hellenic, Princess Cruises and most recently under the name Adonia in the P&O Cruises fleet and the Fathom fleet. In 2018 it became part of Azamara Club Cruises when they did a major refit in Belfast and launched it and named it in August 2018 as Azamara Pursuit. It is a totally revitalized, revamped and refreshed ship. Azamara Pursuit is a small cruise ship. It holds 702 guests in double occupancy. It has 8 passenger decks and the great thing about the ship is it’s able, because it’s small, to get into more out-of-the-way ports. It’s what’s known as an R class ship. Eight ships were built and now Azamara Club Cruises has three of them: Azamara Journey, Azamara Quest and of course now the Azamara Pursuit. The great thing about being a small ship is not only can it get into more out-of-the-way and unusual ports (so it means that itineraries are very interesting) but also as a passenger it’s very easy to find your way around. The third thing I want to talk about are the bars and lounges onboard the ship. There are six key ones. One of the big innovations onboard is The Den. The Den is the newest feature onboard Azamara club cruises and part of it is where the casino used to be. So in the Den you have the shore excursions, you have future cruise sales, you have the Photoshop but very importantly you have Spirits bar. This is a very popular place to hang out both in the day and in the evening. Also on deck 5 you have the Discoveries bar. This is the bar which is just as you go into the main dining room and so it becomes a very popular place before and after dinner. A really great and fantastic area on board, and a really popular one with passengers, is the Living Room. On many ships this is known as the Crow’s Nest as it’s right up on the front of the ship and overlooks the bow of the ship. A big part of the Living Room is the card room area, so you have a tables there with games and also in the Living Room you have the cybercafe area which is known as In Touch. In the evenings you will have some dancing up here with the DJ. Up on the pool deck on deck 9 you have the bar which is known as the pool bar (so not particularly original name!) very popular all throughout the day but also in the evenings it’s a great place to go and have cocktails – particularly sailing through very sunny climates. The Drawing Room is a feature across all of Azamara Club Cruises. This is the library and it’s a place where you can go if you looking for some really quiet space to just relax and chill out. Unfortunately hours on my cruise it was actually being used so I couldn’t actually film. So those are the main lounges and bars on the ship, although all of the restaurants have their own bar – so each of the speciality restaurants have their own bar. The next thing I’d like to talk about is dining. There’s a surprisingly large range of choices on a ship of this size. The Discoveries restaurant is the main dining room. This is open seated dining and there’s lots and lots of tables for two – which is fantastic. It is waiter service and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has monstrous menus. The menus at dinner are absolutely huge and the food is magnificent. If you’re looking for more informal dining up on deck 9 is the Windows Cafe and the Sunset Veranda where you can eat outside. This is a buffet restaurant and is open again for breakfast, lunch and for dinner. Food again magnificent. It’s a really nice venue actually and of course if you’re in warm climates sitting out on the Sunset Veranda it is a great place to have your breakfast, your lunch or your dinner. Again if you’re looking for something a little bit more informal you’ve got the pool grill out by the pool. During the day this serves very informal food (hamburgers, hot dogs) and in the evening it becomes an alfresco dining venue. The other thing which is great right next door to that, they have their ice cream feature which is called Swirl and Top. So of course you can get your soft-serve ice cream with lots of toppings. In terms of specialty dining there are two restaurants. If you’re travelling in a suite, eating in the specialty restaurants is included within your fare. If you’re not in a suite you at the time of recording anyway pay $30 per person to eat there. The first of the restaurants is called Aqualina restaurant and this is the italian restaurant serving magnificent Italian food. It’s a very beautiful restaurant. I love the decor and look of this restaurant and as I mentioned earlier it has its own bar. Next to that is is the Prime C restaurant, this is the seafood and steak restaurant. These are up next to each other on Deck 10. so what about entertainment onboard? Well, in terms of entertainment as I’ve already mentioned the casino has gone. The Cabaret lounge which is on Deck five in the front of the ship is the main venue for entertainment. There will be production style shows here. They have on board the Azamara singers and they will perform song and dance shows. There may be some local entertainment brought on board based on the destination or region that the Azamara Pursuit is cruising through. The White Night party is a feature of Azamara Club Cruises and there is one on Azamara Pursuit. At least once during the cruise you will have a White Night party. If it’s good weather you’ll be up on the pool deck. It’s a great feature. There is huge amounts of food. There is a spa on board. It’s actually quite a big spa considering the size of the ship. It’s called the Sanctum spa and terrace. You have as you would expect a fitness area, with a section where you can have classes. Some classes are free and some are paid for. A nice good spread of machines and free weights then the Sanctum Spa also has a terrace outside where you can either before or after your treatments relax and of course enjoy the pool outside. The next thing I want to talk about is accommodation. Now the great news about the Azamara Pursuit is there’s a wide choice of accommodation ranging from an inside cabin right up to a big owner’s suite. So I’m going to show you through all of the accommodation. All of the cabins have had major upgrades to them. So let’s start with an inside cabin. As you’d expect it’s a relatively small cabin as inside cabins are, but it’s cozy and it has a great bathroom very similar to some of the other higher grades on board the ship. This is an ocean view room. it’s a good-sized room. It has a nice big window and again it has a bathroom which is very consistent with the interiors and the veranda cabins. The next grade is veranda cabin, and this is in terms of numbers the main type of cabin you’re going to find on board Azamara Pursuit. This particular one I’m showing you is the one that I cruised in. It’s a great cabin and it’s quite small it’s quite cozy but it’s very nicely done. The bedding I would say on all of the Azamara Pursuit cabins is fantastic. The next one I’m going to show you is the cabin that I liked the most, and it’s actually the cabin type that is completely new to Azamara Pursuit. This grade and style cabin didn’t exist before, and this is what’s known as a Continental Suite. It’s the entry level into Suites. You can choose to have it with a bath or you can choose to have it just with a shower. The great thing about a Continental suite is it’s the entry level up for a suite. So it gets all the suite benefits.You get butler service, you get some free Wi-Fi, you get free laundry and you get of course the free specialty dining. If you’re looking for something a little bigger than that, something a little bit more even more luxurious than that then the next three Suites could be of interest to you. This is an Ocean Suite. It’s right towards the front of the ship. You have a seating area and you have a separate bedroom area and of course you have a really large bathroom. The Spa Suites are another big innovation for Azamara and Azamara Pursuit and there are only two of these. These are beautiful Suites and they have this magnificent bath area with this big picture window so you can lie in the bath and watch the sea or the landscape go by. The ultimate suite on board is the World Owner’s Suite which has a whole seating area, it has a bedroom area and as you’d expect a massive big balcony. In terms of other facilities of course you’ve got your guest relations as you would expect, you have a concierge, then you have some shopping onboard. You have the Pursuit Shop which sells branded merchandise and other essential products / daily products. Then you have Indulgences which is the jewellery and watch shop. Up on deck 11 you have a little hideaway spot which is a quiet Terrace area, but also where you can play deck games. One very important facility that everyone asks me about whenever I do a ship tour or a ship review is… yes there is a guest laundry! Azamara Pursuit does have a guest laundry. There is only one guest laundry and it’s on deck 7. Azamara Pursuit is an R Class ship and these were built some time ago. This particular one was built right back in 2001 and it’s had many owners, but it has now been taken by Azamara Club Cruises and they spent a lot of money on it. It’s been dramatically updated, refreshed, modernized and new facilities added like the whole Den area and new classes of cabins. It feels a very comfortable ship. It’s very tastefully done. It’s not very in-your-face and the great thing is, because of its size, it’s able to get into interesting ports and places. So not only is it a beautiful small ship with lots of facilities, beautiful food, restaurants, beautiful cabins and beautiful public spaces, but also you can go on itineraries which get you into slightly more unusual places and places. I hope you found this review of Azamara Pursuit helpful, if you did I’d love it if you watch many more of my Tips For Travellers videos because you’ll get much more inspiration, advice and tips to help you hopefully make the most of your very precious to travel time and money.