Azamara Pursuit and Azamara Journey meet in Haugesund (Image: Azamara Club Cruises)
Azamara Club Cruises’ new Azamara Pursuit met with her sister ship Azamara Journey during her maiden call in Haugesund, Norway on 7 August.
Azamara Pursuit, which was recently refitted by MJM Group at the Harland and Wolff yard in Northern Ireland, berthed at the port as part of her inaugural 12-night ‘Norway Intensive Voyage’, which features eight stops in the country. Meanwhile, Azamara Journey called during her 15-night ‘Journey to North Cape’ itinerary, stopping in the port to pick up new officers.
Azamara and the Port of Haugesund organised a welcome party on the pier, which featured a flag parade led by local children dressed in Bunad, the traditional Norwegian folk costumes that are worn for special events. There was also a plaque exchange ceremony between both captains, the mayor of Haugesund and port officials. In addition, guests and crew had the opportunity to take guided tours of each ship upon arrival in port.
After the welcome party, guests were able to enjoy time in Haugesund and also an exclusive tour of Kyvik Herring Factory led by the executive chefs onboard Azamara Pursuit and Azamara Journey.
As they departed the port, both ships blew their horns in unison and guests were then able to enjoy a cocktail mixed with Linie Akvavit – a signature Norwegian liquor – as they played ‘We are family’ by Sister Sledge over the loudspeakers. The evening concluded with Azamara’s white night-inspired sail away party on both vessels.
“Azamara Pursuit, joining its highly award-winning sister, Azamara Journey, marks a new era for the Azamara brand,” said Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “To celebrate the special meeting of the two ships, we could not think of a better way to welcome the new ship and team members than with a celebration that brings together our crew and guests. We are thrilled to do this in Norway – one of Azamara's most popular destinations.”
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