Azamara Pursuit accidents and incidents

Azamara Pursuit cruise ship

Former names
Adonia (P&O, Carnival fathom), Royal Princess, R8, R-Eight (Renaissance Cruises)

Length (LOA)
181 m / 594 ft

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CruiseMapper's Azamara Pursuit cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 774-passenger vessel owned by Azamara Cruises. Our Azamara Pursuit accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • fires - 2009, 2012, 2020
  • 2016 - transferred to the “fathom” cruise line (new Carnival brand for cruises to Cuba)
  • propulsion/power loss - 2016 (fathom)
  • Norovirus (passengers/crew) - 2006 (23 / 3), 2016 (23 / 2)
  • injuries/crimes - armed robbery (2013, Barbados)
  • Carnival Corporation bad publicity - 2016 (lawsuit against Carnival Corp and Fathom Travel cruise line for discrimination against Cuba-born Americans)
  • medevacs - 2020

Previously, the vessel was operated under the names R Eight (2001–2003 by Renaissance Cruises), Minerva II (2003–2007 by Swan Hellenic), Royal Princess (2007–2011 by Princess Cruises), Adonia (2011–2018 by P&O Cruises UK) and Azamara Pursuit (since 2018 by Azamara Club Cruises).

  • The ship was built in 2001 for Renaissance Cruises under the name “R Eight”. The same year, the company ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy. The ship was seized by creditors and until 2003 remained laid up in Port Marseille (France).
  • In 2003, it re-entered service (as “Minerva II”) for Swan Hellenic. In April 2007, it completed the Swan Hellenic service and was transferred to Princess Cruises. Renamed to “Royal Princess“, the liner entered into service in April 2007.

10 April 2020Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

On April 10, 2020, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (MDFR) dispatched Fireboat 73 to medevac an injured male crew from Azamara Pursuit. The man was hospitalized in Miami. The ship was anchored off East Florida's coast (near PortMiami) following RCCL's (shipowner, Azamara Cruises' parent company) decision to suspend fleetwide operations globally due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

16 February 2020Fire Accident

On February 16, 2020, while en-route from the Falklands (UK) to Uruguay the vessel suffered a fire accident.

(CruiseMapper emailed accident report by William Boswell) On the Azamara Pursuit, a laundry fire on February 16, 2020, resulted in a Bravo-Bravo-Bravo (marine vessel emergency code for a fire) announcement followed about 20 minutes later by a Kilo-Kilo-Kilo (crew to report to the ship's emergency stations) announcement.

Baseboard emergency lights were turned on, fire doors were closed and cabin crew prepared to search each room and mark it as Evacuated. The fire was extinguished and the smoke smell disappeared after ventilation by opening veranda and hall doors.

The accident occurred at the end of the 15-day South America cruise from Valparaiso-Santiago (Chile) to Buenos Aires (Argentina) with call ports in Chile (Puerto Montt, Puerto Chacabuco, Punta Arenas), Argentina (Ushuaia), UK (Port Stanley, East Falkland Island) and Uruguay (Montevideo).

24 November 2016Other Incidents

(P&O Adonia) On November 24, 2016, was announced that the ship's Carnival fathom cruise line service will be terminated and it returns to P&O UK fleet in June 2017.

October 2016Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

(P&O Adonia) October 2016, CDC reported on itinerary Oct 16-23, a Norovirus outbreak affected 23 passengers (out of 668, or 3,4%) and 2 crew (out of 388, or 0,5%). The 7-day Cuban cruise was roundtrip from homeport Miami to Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba.

29 May 2016Propulsion / Power Loss

(P&O Adonia) On May 29, 2016, while en-route to Cuba from Miami, the ship experienced a power outage accident. The USCG was notified. The power loss occurred at ~5 pm and lasted for ~30 min. The ship returned to Miami, but left the port again at 3 am (May 30) to continue the 7-day Cuban itinerary. The vessel docked in Havana on May 31 (at 7:30 am) and departed on June 1 (at 6 pm). The incident resulted in itinerary change – call port Cienfuegos was skipped, continuing directly to Santiago de Cuba.

02 May 2016Other Incidents

(P&O Adonia) On May 2, 2016, the ship docked in Havana Cuba as the first port of call on the fathom cruise line’s new Cuban itinerary round-trip from Miami Florida (USA). For the first time in 50+ years, an US-based cruise line (Carnival fathom) sailed to Cuba from the USA. It was also the first time when Cuba-born passengers were able to travel by ship to or from Cuba.

May 2016Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

(P&O Adonia) On May 7, 2016, US media reported a possible Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness), based on reports from the ship’s Captain. At least 14 passengers (from ~600, or over 2%) suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps) and were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours. Crew members were engaged in rubbing and scrubbing of all public areas’ surfaces. The self-serve buffet was closed and replaced with a crew in gloves service.

10 April 2016Other Incidents

(P&O Adonia) On April 10, 2016, Fathom cruise line's ever first scheduled voyage from Miami was delayed until April 11 due to USCG operational testing. Booked passengers waited at the terminal in Miami hoping to board the ship, but the entire itinerary (roundtrip to the Dominican Republic) was canceled in the afternoon.

17 March 2013Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

(P&O Adonia) On March 17, 2013, during an attempted robbery, two cruise passengers (of British origin) were shot in Bridgetown Barbados. Both tourists were on their way back to the ship. The incident occurred during the 85-day World Cruise (itinerary January 8 – April 3) roundtrip from Southampton.

The 59-year-old woman was shot in the right thigh, while the 72-year-old man was shot in the pelvis. Before the police’s arrival, the shooter fled the crime scene with the woman’s handbag. Passers-by rushed to the couple using towels as bandages until the ambulance arrived. The pair was hospitalized in Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

On March 22, both Adonia passengers (Philip and Ann Prior, from Woodbridge, Suffolk) were discharged from the hospital and embarked again on the ship in St Kitts to continue on the voyage back to the UK.

25 March 2012Fire Accident

(P&O Adonia) On March 25, 2012, the USCG reported a fire accident.

07 January 2012Structural and Technical Issues

(P&O Adonia) On January 7, 2012, for 2 days the vessel underwent emergency repairs at a shipyard in Cornwall (England). Works were a preparation for the ship’s first (under P&O UK) 87-day long World Cruise itinerary (starting January 13).

18 June 2009Fire Accident

(Royal Princess) On June 18, 2009, a fire broke out in the engine room. The accident occurred during 12-day Holy Land cruise. The ship was disabled soon after leaving Port Said (Egypt).

January 2006Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

(MS Minerva II) In January 2006, CDC reported a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 23 passengers (out of 562, or 4,1%) and 3 crew (out of 326, or 0,9%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (predominantly diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.

The operated by Swan Hellenic ship was on 14-day Hawaii cruise (itinerary January 12-26) roundtrip from homeport San Francisco CA.

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