ICYMI: Cruise in Oct 2017
Azamara acquires third ship
Azamara Club Cruises will increase its fleet by 50% following the purchase of P&O Cruises UK’s Adonia, which will join the line in March 2018.
Larry Pimentel, Azamara’s CEO and president, said the acquisition will allow the brand to visit “even more regions of the world”.
The ship was originally a sister ship for the now Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey, which were all built as “R” class ships for the now defunct Renaissance Cruises.
When Adonia is delivered to Azamara in Mar 2018, it will mark the first time that the three 30,277GRT vessels have sailed together under the same brand since Renaissance Cruises went bust.
U by Uniworld to Asia
Ahead of the launch of the new youth-focussed brand from Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, U by Uniworld, the brand has announced it will expand into Asia.
Making the big reveal during a preview sailing of U by Uniworld in France, CEO Ellen Bettridge said an Asia program would be coming soon, with a new ship to set sail on the Mekong.
The line said it is looking to double its fleet to four ships, but was staying tight lipped on the location of a fourth ship.
Bookable sailings on U by Uniworld’s first two ships, The A and The B, will begin in Europe in April.
Princess to homeport in Fremantle
Princess Cruises has confirmed it will be homeporting its 2,000-guest Sun Princess ship in Fremantle in October and early November next year, following news of the West Australian Government’s commitment to fix issue at Broome Port.
Tidal access to Broome Port has been a source of frustration for cruise liners, limiting their ability to dock for a reasonable amount of time for passengers to enjoy the city.
For this reason, the state government has pledged to fix the port’s deficiencies allowing all-tidal access when completed.
In the meantime, Princess Cruises will offer a series of five cruises from Fremantle next year which will be combine a mix of short breaks and longer itineraries.