The Best Value Luxury Fleet? Amazara’s Cruise Ships Compared

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Azamara has four cruise ships – Azamara Quest, Azamara Journey, Azamara Pursuit and Azamara Onward.

In this guide, we’ll compare the four ships, looking at the age, history, size and amenities of each vessel. This will help you to know if you should be choosing an Azamara ship solely on the destinations offered, or if other factors should play a role in your decision making.

Azamara ship

Azamara Cruise Ships

The following table compares the four Azamara ships…

ShipBuiltJoined FleetRefurbishedSize (Gross Tons)GuestsCrew
Azamara Journey20002007202130,277690408
Azamara Quest19992007201630,277704408
Azamara Pursuit20012018201830,277702408
Azamara Onward20002022202230,277684408

As you can see, the ships were all built within a couple of years around the millennium and are each identical in terms of gross tonnage (volume).

All of the ships are scheduled for refurbishment in the second half of 2024.

How many passengers are on Azamara cruise ships?

Azamara cruise ships are relatively small, with each accommodating between 684 and 704 guests based on double occupancy. Some rooms have sofa beds, which would take the maximum occupancy up to 826 if all berths were in use.

Azamara Journey

Azamara Deck Plans

When comparing the deck plans for the four Azamara ships, the layouts are virtually identical. There are some slight differences in cabin configurations and the locations of accessible rooms, but on the whole, the ships are the same.

Azamara Journey267320046345
Azamara Quest268020046352
Azamara Pursuit267920046351
Azamara Onward267910964278

One important distinction between the ships can be observed on Deck 8 of Azamara Onward. On the other ships, this deck is half balcony staterooms and half suites. However, on Azamara Onward, almost the whole deck comprises suites. That’s why the guest capacity is slightly lower on Azamara Onward, compared to the other ships in the fleet.

The Azamara cruise ships are all identical in terms of restaurants, pools, spas, and entertainment venues. Any differences will be minor and decorative.

What is the newest Azamara cruise ship?

The newest Azamara cruise ship is Azamara Onward. Formerly, Pacific Princess for Princess Cruises, the ship was handed over to Azamara on 21st January 2021 and made her maiden voyage for Azamara on 2nd May 2022.

Azamara Onward

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The History of Azamara’s Cruise Ships

Azamara Cruises was founded in 2007, several years after the Azamara ships were built. Founded by the Royal Caribbean Group, Azamara was created to compete with Oceania Cruises, a luxury cruise brand owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

In 2009, Azamara Cruises was rebranded to Azamara Club Cruises, before being renamed to simply Azamara in 2019.

When Azamara was founded in 2007, the first two ships, Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey, we obtained from Royal Caribbean Group’s Pullmantur Cruises brand. Instead of being transferred to Celebrity Cruises as planned, they were instead used to launch the new Azamara brand.

In 2018, Azamara bought Adonia from P&O Cruises and renamed it to Azamara Pursuit.

In 2021, Royal Caribbean Group sold the Azamara brand to the private equity firm Sycamore Partners. The company then bought Pacific Princess from Princess Cruises and renamed it to Azamara Onward.

Here’s a little more on the history of each Azamara ship:

Azamara Quest History

  • 2000 – 2003: R Seven for Renaissance Cruises
  • 2003 – 2006: Delphin Renaissance for Delphin Seerisen
  • 2006 – 2007: Blue Moon for Pullmantur Cruises
  • 2007 – Present: Azamara Quest for Azamara

Azamara Journey History

  • 2000 – 2003: R Six for Renaissance Cruises
  • 2003 – 2005: Blue Star for Pullmantur Cruises
  • 2005 – 2007: Blue Dream for Pullmantur Cruises
  • 2007 – Present: Azamara Journey for Azamara

Azamara Pursuit History

  • 2001 – 2003: R Eight for Renaissance Cruises
  • 2003 – 2007: Minerva II for Swan Hellenic
  • 2007 – 2011: Royal Princess for Princess Cruises
  • 2011 to 2018 – Adonia for P&O Cruises
  • 2018 – Present: Azamara Pursuit for Azamara

Azamara Onward History

  • 1999 – 2002: R Three for Renaissance Cruises
  • 2002 – 2021: Pacific Princess for Princess Cruises
  • 2022 – Present: Azamara Onward for Azamara

Other R Class ships

There were eight vessels launched in Renaissance Cruises’ R Class in the late 90s to early 00s. So, in theory, if Azamara wanted to add more cruises to the fleet, there are four identical sister ships that the cruise line could seek to purchase.

However, the acquisition of these ships is unlikely because they are all currently owned by Oceania Cruises – Azamara’s main rival.

Oceania Cruises R-class ships that are identical to Azamara ships:

  • R One – Currently Insignia for Oceania Cruises
  • R Two – Currently Regatta for Oceania Cruises
  • R Four – Currently Sirena for Oceania Cruises
  • R Five – Currently Nautica for Oceania Cruises

What to Expect from Azamara Ships

Azamara cruises are very much focused on the destinations, with immersive, port-intensive itineraries. The ships are large enough to cross oceans, yet small enough to call at smaller ports and sail into rivers.

On an Azamara cruise, you’ll find a lot included in your cruise fare:

  • Drinks – standard spirits, wines, beers, water, soft drinks, tea and coffee
  • Gratuities (tips)
  • AzAmazing Evening events filled with music and dance
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities
  • Self-service laundry

Additional amenities for ‘Veranda Plus’ guests:

  • Free mini bar
  • One night of speciality dining
  • 120 minutes of free wifi
  • One bag of laundry
  • Priority boarding and debarkation

Additional amenities for suite guests:

  • Butler service
  • Free mini bar
  • Speciality dining every day
  • In-suite afternoon tea
  • 240 minutes of free wifi
  • One bag of laundry
  • Priority boarding and debarkation

Guests staying in Club World Owner’s Suites, Club Ocean Suites and Club Spa Suites also get $300 per person on onboard credit.

Which Ship to Choose?

The four Azamara ships are virtually identical in terms of size, age and amenities. When it comes to choosing a ship for your next Azamara cruise, that makes it very easy. All you need to concern yourself with is your choice of destination. You can relax knowing that whichever ship you choose, you’ll enjoy the same luxury experience.

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4 thoughts on “The Best Value Luxury Fleet? Amazara’s Cruise Ships Compared”

  1. Azamara is starting on wrong foot with customers the ships are outdated and need to be refurbish I went on Azamara Pursuit on September 25 2023 for 12 days voyage my bathroom only work every other day we reported to customer relations and they are keep fixing and next day stop working again it’s like putting band aid and problem we were not offer another room my spose had to go upstairs to public bathroom in meddle of the night it was horrible never again we amid cruisers and was our 31 cruise and 1st with Azamara and probable last. The customer service horrible no response don’t waist your money and seek other better cruise line

  2. One major difference between the Azamara Quest and Journey ships is the configuration of the bathrooms in the Owner’s suites and Ocean suites. The Onward and Pursuit have a separate guest toilet (two in total), dual sinks, and an extra large walk in shower but no bath tub. The Quest and Journey have a bath tub but no guest toilet or dual sinks. I would love to know if the Quest and Journey bathrooms will be refurbished to the standard as the Onward and Pursuit in their next dry dock.

  3. Are the hallways of the Azamara Onward the same size as other Azamara ships?


  4. Yes, useful.

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