Azamara Cruises revealed the name of Azamara Onward‘s godmother - Beth Santos, Founder & CEO of Wanderful (global female community and lifestyle brand).
Santos launched the travel blog Wanderful in 2009, and over a decade later it has attracted a community of ~45000 women with an active social network. The brand organizes group trips and events.
In 2014 Santos created the Women in Travel Summit and launched the Bessie Awards, which honor women who have made a significant impact in the travel industry. She also established Wanderfest, the first major outdoor travel festival by/for women.
Azamara Onward is to be christened by Beth Santos in Monte Carlo (Monaco) on May 2, before the ship sets sail on an 11-night itinerary, with ports of call including Livorno (Florence-Pisa, Italy), Civitavecchia-Rome (Italy), and Amalfi (Ravello, Italy), prior to concluding with an overnight in Venice (Marghera, Italy).
According to Azamara’s president Carol Cabezas, "as a leader in the travel industry with a commitment to inclusion and passion for discovering destinations around the world," Beth was the ideal godmother for their newest ship.
The 1999-built (as "Pacific Princess") cruise ship Azamara Onward was one of the two smallest vessels in the Princess Cruises fleet - together with Ocean Princess (Oceania Sirena since 2016). In January 2021, Princess sold the ship to Sycamore Partners (the new owner of Azamara Cruises) and the 22-years-old boat left the fleet - to join its new fleetmates Azamara Quest (2000-built), Azamara Journey (2000) and Azamara Pursuit (2001).