Azamara Pursuit Overview

Built in 2000, Azamara Pursuit is the newest ship in the fleet after being sold to Azamara Club Cruises. Pursuit exemplifies the cruise line's dedication to extraordinary travel experiences, spending more time at each port and providing a complimentary shuttle so cruisers have easy access to each location's city center. Travelers on Pursuit enjoy unique shore excursions, including Azamara's signature AzAmazing Evening events — exclusive activities that capture the spirit of the port.

Azamara Pursuit aims to enhance the travel experience with relevant onboard activities. As part of Pursuit's Destination Immersion program, enrichment options include a range of port-focused offerings and topics of global importance, such as marine conservation and sustainable agriculture. Cruisers can enjoy more hands-on learning by participating in the ship's wine tastings and culinary classes.

Entertainment is cabaret style with decade-spanning musical medleys, such as On Broadway, Musically Yours, and Four on the Floor, which pays tribute to beloved quartets such as ABBA, Led Zeppelin, and The Four Tops. At select ports, Pursuit brings local entertainment onboard so cruisers can enjoy regional dancers, musicians, and other vibrant performances without leaving the comfort of the ship. Once per cruise, Pursuit also hosts a festive, on-deck White Night party.

Itineraries and Departure Ports

Thanks to Azamara Pursuit's small size, Azamara now offers brand-new itineraries, including 15 maiden ports that are inaccessible to larger ships. New and exciting destinations include Lima, Peru; Antofagasta, Chile; and the Beagle Channel, which lies at the southern tip of South America. The ship sails from ports worldwide, including London, Athens, Venice, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Miami with stops throughout Europe, South America, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. Travelers can choose adventurous itineraries that follow the spice route or focus on ancient wonders, or enjoy country-intensive voyages to destinations such as Australia, Norway, and Japan.

This ship is best for: Accommodating only 702 passengers, this small cruise ship can reach ports that aren't accessible by larger vessels. Azamara Pursuit combines onshore experiences with related onboard activities and dining, which should appeal to travelers looking for a true destination-focused cruising adventure.

You should know: Azamara Pursuit doesn't offer a dedicated children's program, and most of its activities are aimed at mature cruisers. This is not the ideal ship for families with young kids or easily bored teenagers.

Activities on Azamara Pursuit

Pursuit emphasizes destination-focused activities and provides cruisers with engaging shore excursions, including AzAmazing Evening events, which were created exclusively for Azamara guests. Onboard, travelers enjoy vibrant musical shows such as On Broadway, Four on the Floor, and Musically Yours, a medley of decade-spanning songs by favorites such as Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, and Stevie Wonder. The ship also welcomes local performers onboard at select ports, treating cruisers to vibrant local entertainment, such as dancing and music.

Azamara also wants to help travelers experience the world in new ways through its Destination Immersion program. Whether it's a class, cooking demonstration, or thought-provoking seminar on marine conservation, cruisers on Pursuit have plenty of opportunities to take away new knowledge and open their minds to new possibilities.

Ship Highlights
  • AzAmazing Evening events
  • Destination Immersion program
  • Cabaret-style shows: On Broadway, Four on the Floor, and Musically Yours
  • White Night Party poolside barbecue
  • Acupuncture room
  • Fitness room
  • Sanctum Spa with thalassotherapy pool
  • Outdoor swimming pool and 2 whirlpools
  • Destination-focused enrichment offerings
  • Aqualina and Prime C specialty restaurants
  • Live music at Spirits Bar
  • Shuffleboard and ping-pong
  • The Wine Cellar
  • Hair salon
  • Swirl & Top self-serve frozen yogurt station

Cabins

Designed in elegant neutrals, Azamara Pursuit's stylish staterooms offer travelers all the amenities of an upscale hotel. Cruisers can choose an interior, oceanview, or veranda stateroom, and all cabins come with luxurious cotton sheets, terry bathrobes, turndown treats, and fresh-cut flowers for a special touch.

For travelers who want a five-star hotel experience, a variety of luxury suites are also available. All suites have a private veranda for enjoying invigorating sea breezes, and passengers in suites enjoy additional perks, such as English butler service, in-room afternoon tea, and priority embarkation.

Dining

Azamara's Destination Immersion program brings regional flavors to onboard restaurants so travelers enjoy a custom dining experience on every cruise. Fresh ingredients are always on the menu at Discoveries Restaurant, the ship's elegant main dining area. More casual dining is available at The Patio, Pursuit's alfresco grill, and Windows Cafe, which features a different regional cuisine each evening and includes a live station using ingredients purchased at the most recent port.

For a taste of authentic Italian cuisine with pasta made from scratch, cruisers should be sure to visit Aqualina, one of Pursuit's upscale specialty restaurants. At Prime C, the menu features steaks and seafood, and the restaurant offers exquisite views through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Both restaurants offer delectable vegetarian items, as well. Since the venues fill quickly, reservations are recommended.

Azamara Pursuit Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: XL
  • Total Passengers: 777
  • Total Crew: 263
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.95
  • Built: Sep 2000
  • Number of Decks: 8
  • Total Cabins: 352
  • Cabin Categories: 21
  • Gross Tonnage: 30,277

Ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.2
  • Children's Programs 1.0
  • Entertainment 3.7
  • Food and Dining 4.4
  • Onboard Activities 3.6
  • Service and Staff 4.8
  • Ship Quality 4.7

Cabins

352 cabins and 21 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
Avg. Size: 158 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $250/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(5 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 163 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $278/night
Balcony Balcony
(11 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 175 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $360/night
Suite Cabin Suite
Avg. Size: 401 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $566/night

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Dining

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Aqualina Specialty Dining Aqualina Specialty Dining
5.0
(3 Reviews)
The Patio The Patio
5.0
(1 Review)
Discoveries Restaurant Discoveries Restaurant
5.0
(1 Review)
Mosaic Cafe Mosaic Cafe
5.0
(1 Review)

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Onboard Activities

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The Den by AFAR
5.0
(1 Review)
Pool Bar
5.0
(1 Review)
Discoveries Bar Discoveries Bar
5.0
(1 Review)
Photo Shop
5.0
(1 Review)

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Wonderful Western Mediterranean Cruise by w4tny

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Protesters cancelled our tour in Tarragona and Barcelona... otherwise a great cruise... definitely recommend Azamara

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Awesome trip for adults only by francer

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A wonderful time. Very friendly & helpful staff. We loved Corfu & Croatia. Doesn’t offer much onboard activities.

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Not as good as expected by EdFLondon

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

All the pluses first Number of people in front of me at check-in at 11am: ZERO Boarding group number 4, and it looked like there were about 10 people (max) in each boarding group Had to wait for the Patio (and buffet) to open at noon. "Suffered" by lounging on the plush pool chairs. I really liked the Patio. Ate there twice. The cabin: Wonderful The sheets And those large plush pillows Plus, the mattress topper was so good that I could not feel the split between the two beds Also noticed that the curtains and drapes were much nicer, heavier than others. That quality feel The negative: the bathroom: smallest I’ve ever had and not the greatest water pressure in the sink or the shower Big towels, tho , almost too big, if that’s possible And those little sweets every night on the dish. Nice touch. The coffee table didn't match the decor and is in the way. Moved it Not a glaring colour in sight anywhere: no turquoise, no red battling with orange. The Den and The Living Room are amazing spaces, so was the Cabaret Discoveries: the food was amazing - both breakfast and dinner as an example: Sunday night dinner: over-baked salmon. Delicious (not a word I use often) and, when I lifted the salmon off the asparagus and potato under-parts, there were the two asparagus, perfectly crossed in an X, and I mean perfectly placed. Waiting: for anything: negligible…. Zero checking in, zipped through boarding, I think there were a max of three couples ahead of me getting into dinner. And especially disembarking: where I am used to long, long queues in large, large groups: nada. Walk off when I wanted Which leads me to the negatives: No served breakfast on the last day. That was a surprise. On NCL and on Celebrity, there is a full-service breakfast on the last day (as well as the buffet). I was really surprised that, on the last day, in Discoveries, it was a buffet. Granted, a nice enough one, including the carved ham station, but, still, buffet. Not the best in meeting my expectation. Also, surprised that there was no served lunch on embarkation day. Again, on all the other cruises I’ve been on, except Pullmantur, the MDR has been open for embarkation lunch. I did go to the buffet once: on the first day, for chocolate dessert which I took back to The Patio. It really was as much as a scrum as any other line – tho in a smaller space. Service: this is where Azamara did not meet my expectations. At that price, I expected near-flawless service. Three (negative) examples: I ate at the Patio on embarkation day. That went fine. I ordered chicken wings, then cold soup, then a burger. Came one at a time. But when I ate there on Saturday, I ordered chicken wings and a salmon burger and the wings and the burger arrived at the same time. Not a good move. It meant one wasn't was warm as it should've been by the time I got to it. Dinner on Sunday: the waiter plopped down a Caesar salad that belonged two tables to my left. And then gave me French onion soup when I had ordered clam chowder. The guy next to me ordered a steak medium rare, and it wasn’t. His wife was a bit disappointed too, and they’re frequent Azamara people. Twice, my sparkling water glass got topped up with still water. Granted, they were constantly asking to refill the wine, but they usually asked if I wanted more water AS they were pouring it in They were also not the most pleasant and engaging service staff in The Patio. Almost surly. Would I cruise AZ again: yes, with a couple of conditions -- it would need to be a more special itinerary and I would not pay a premium of more than a few hundred dollars

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Al60
Nov 10, 2019

Possibly to skip the Pissa/Florence excursion. Try to do Florence on it’s own.

bejacob
Oct 02, 2018

Interact with the crew, whether it is the servers in the bars or restaurants or the entertainers. They are great people and if you get to know them even a little, you'll enjoy your cruise even more.

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