I have been struggling to get to Liverpool recently and it was good that a meeting in the City coincided with her visit.
Built by Atlantique in St.Nazaire she was completed in 2000 as Yard Number y31 and is 181m long with a 25.48m beam and 5.95m draught.
Originally she was built for Renaissance Cruises as R Seven but following the collapse of this Company in 2001 she was laid up for two years until being chartered by Delphin Seereisen and being renamed Delphin Renaissance. In 2006 she was sold to Pullmantur Cruises and sailed as Blue Moon until being acquired by Azamara where she entered service on 27 October 2007.
She carries approximately 710 passengers (double occupancy) plus 410 crew.
In March 2012 the ship suffered a fire in one of her engine rooms South of the Phillipines, a number of crew were injured although the fire was quickly contained. In November 2012 she had an eight day dry dock which in addition to a newly painted hull also resulted in new soft furnishings, a new steam room and a new caviar and champagne bar being installed
Azamara joined the cruise industry in 2007 after Royal Caribbean acquired Pullmantur, Celebrity Cruises who are part of the Royal Carribben Group taking on the vessel. The line was however rebranded as Azamara Club Cruises in April 2010.
MMSI - 256216000
REG - MT, Valetta
IMO - 9210218
Call Sign - 9HOM8
Passenger Cruise Ship
Built - Atlantique, St.Nazaire, FR
Yard No. - y31
L 181m W 25.46m
Year - 2000
Liverpool, 8 July 2015