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Expansion of Boutique Fleet
                                                                                Boutique cruise line Azamara Club
                                                                                Cruises has announced it has entered
                                                                                into an agreement to purchase a sister
                                                                                ship to Azamara Journey and Azamara
                                                                                Quest, with delivery taking place in
                                                                                March 2018. Currently sailing as Adonia
                                                                                for P&O Cruises, it will be renamed
                                                                                Azamara Pursuit.
                                                                                “We are pleased to expand our
                                                                                portfolio by 50%, allowing us to visit
                                                                                even more regions of the world through
                                                                                the acquisition of this sister ship,” said
                                                                                Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of
                                                                                Azamara Club Cruises. “Our loyal guests
                                                                                and travel partners have asked for this
                                                                                expansion for a long time; we are very
                                                                                pleased to deliver this to them.”
                                                                                The new addition, Azamara Pursuit, is
                                                                                comparable in size to Azamara Journey
                                                                                and Azamara Quest. As such, it will also
       Cunard to add Fourth Ship to its Fleet                                   allow visits to unique ports that larger
                                                                                ships are unable to reach. Together,
       Cunard has announced it is adding a   and 2019, Cunard has also continued   the three ships will support the brand’s
       fourth ship to its fleet. This investment is   to evolve the guest experience to   commitment to enrich destination
       part of the company’s ambitious plans   meet the needs of the luxury consumer   immersion around the world, by
       for the future of Cunard globally.  by introducing new bar and dining    staying longer in port to allow guests to
       Carnival Corporation & plc – the    signatures, entertainment offerings and   experience more.
       world’s largest cruise company and   brand partners across the fleet.    The ship’s décor will be updated to
       parent of the Cunard brand – has    Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice        match the brand’s upmarket position.
       signed a memorandum of agreement    President, Cunard said: “We have only   These updates will be similar to the
       with Fincantieri S.p.A., Italy, to build a   recently marked the 50th anniversary   renovations recently introduced on the
       new ship that will join the Cunard fleet   of one of Cunard's much loved ocean   Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest,
       in 2022. The as yet unnamed ship will   liners, the legendary QE2. What better   bringing guests the experience of a
       join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and   way to celebrate her important role   boutique hotel at sea.
       Queen Elizabeth as the fourth member   in Cunard's past than by announcing   Information about deployment and
       of the Cunard fleet, the first time since   our commitment to Cunard's future   itineraries for Azamara Pursuit will be
       1998 that the luxury cruise brand will   with the commissioning of a new ship.   available soon.
       have four ships in simultaneous service.  Cunard offers unrivalled luxury ocean
       The iconic and unparalleled luxury   experiences and the new ship firmly
       cruise brand is going from strength to   underpins our plans to continue our
       strength, having seen crowds of more   growth across international markets.”
       than one million people gather in 2015   Cunard will be revealing exciting
       to celebrate the company’s 175th    details about the new ship during the
       anniversary. Cunard has subsequently   course of 2018 and through to the
       invested over £120 million refurbishing   ship’s launch.
       the flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen   Statistics: The new 113,000 GRT (Gross
       Victoria.                           Registered Tonnage) ship will carry
       Alongside an array of exciting new   3,000 guests and will be launched in
       itineraries featuring new destinations   2022; It will be the 249th ship to fly the
       and special event voyages for 2018   Cunard flag;

       First Major Construction Milestone of the New Quantum Ultra
                                           the official start of construction by   unprecedented experiences and
                                           cutting the first piece of steel for its   amenities.
                                           new Quantum Ultra ship. The next     “Today is a very special day in the
                                           engineering marvel in the innovative   development of our new Quantum
                                           cruise line’s lineup will officially be   Ultra ship, Spectrum of the Seas. We
                                           named Spectrum of the Seas.          are now one step closer to delighting
                                           Set to debut in 2019, Spectrum will   our guests in Asia Pacific with this
                                           be the next evolution of the cruise   remarkable ship,” said Michael
                                           line’s groundbreaking and high-tech   Bayley, President and CEO, Royal
                                           Quantum class of ships placing the   Caribbean International. “Spectrum
                                           ship in a new class of her own. The   will be another giant leap forward in
       On 15 August 2017 excitement was    revolutionary Quantum Ultra ship will   vessel design and guest experiences
       in the air at the Meyer Werft shipyard   specifically be designed for guests   that will provide travellers with ample
       in Papenburg, Germany, as Royal     in China and the Asia-Pacific region,   opportunities to create unforgettable
       Caribbean International marked      and will feature cutting-edge and    memories.”

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