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'Meeting Azamara's standard requires time'

'Meeting Azamara's standard requires time'

Twynam said details such as sheet metal bathroom linings, replacing wallpaper, hand-cut shower tray tiling and carpet resistant to water marks were examples of where Azamara’s partnership with MJM was creating a better quality result.

 

Although the refit will mirror that of Azamara’s other two ships, Quest and Journey, many of the new features coming to Pursuit will be retrofitted across the fleet. All three ships will shed their casinos to make way for a "destination-focused lounge" called The Den, for instance, and gain UK sockets and USB ports in cabins.

 

"By maritime law, you can only open your casino in international waters," said Twynam. "If you stay longer and overnight in port than any other cruise line, as we do, you’re not in international waters so the value of them to us was very limited. It [The Den] will look stunning.

 

"We’ve created entirely new steel cabins not on previous ships. The back of house stuff is incredible, and that’s before sexy stuff like carpets, mirrors, chairs and suites."

 

Azamara took delivery of the ship in April and it will sail on July 24: "To bring this ship up to Azamara’s standard requires a long time," said Twynam, reflecting on the considerably lengthier timescale compared against the 14-16 days for Quest and Journey.

 

"There are two ways to grow - build or buy. If you build at the moment on this sort of size, it’s two or three years. RCCL has a great track record of operating these kind of ships and Pursuit is the youngest one."

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