Belfast refit for Azamara Membership Cruises ship is a ‘game-changer’

Azamara Club Cruises' Azamara Pursuit

Azamara Pursuit might be christened within the UK

The refit of the previous P&O Cruises ship Adonia, which briefly sailed as Fathom Adonia for the now defunct eco-cruise line Fathom, will happen in April earlier than Azamara Pursuit’s christening in Southampton and maiden voyage in August. 

“The success of this undertaking has the potential to be a game-changer for the UK maritime trade,” the chief government of MJM Group that may undertaking handle the operation, instructed The Belfast Telegraph. 

Gary Annett added: “By securing this multi-million-pound contract we’re placing Northern Eire, and the UK’s marine trade, in a robust place to compete for future drydock and refit works. 

Most cruise ship refits are presently completed within the Bahamas, North America, Asia and European nations similar to Germany and France. 

However Mr Annett stated the multi-million-pound refit is a “milestone alternative” that may give MJM Group the possibility to revive Northern Eire’s shipbuilding trade.

“To safe the Azamara undertaking we needed to display that we had the flexibility to supply full undertaking administration, outfitting, berthing and ship yard companies. 

“With Harland & Wolff on our doorstep and our expertise within the trade we have been ready to do that. 

“This actually is a historic day for this trade in Northern Eire, for MJM Group and certainly our prospects,” he stated.

Azamara Pursuit will be a part of Azamara Membership Cruises’ two different ships, Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey, providing boutique ship luxurious cruises all over the world. 

View of Belfast’s Harland and Wolff

Azamara Membership Cruises will use Belfast’s Harland and Wolff to refit its new ship Azamara Pursuit

The three ships have been all initially a part of the Renaissance Cruises fleet and Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Membership Cruises, stated: “We’re doing plenty of work so the three sisters will appear to be three sisters.”

Pimentel has been very supportive of the ship’s British heritage and instructed Cruise Advisor: “The Azamara Pursuit has come from a UK model, its first voyages might be from the UK, will probably be christened within the UK and its captain is from the UK.

“Now our ship is being refurbished by a British firm.”

“It’s historic.  

“This has the chance to create a broadened trade proper right here within the UK.”

Azamara Pursuit’s décor might be up to date alongside related strains to latest renovations on Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest earlier than the ship sails eight cruises to Norway.

Mr Pimentel stated: “We’ve seen unprecedented assist from the UK marketplace for Azamara Pursuit, so we’re delighted to have the ability to present our recognition of this by permitting its transformational journey to happen right here. 

“We’ve seen double the UK demand for Azamara Pursuit than we normally see for its sister ships, so this can be a actually thrilling time for us as a model.”  

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