Azamara welcomed its fourth vessel, Azamara Onward, on May 2, 2022, as the ship was christened in Monte Carlo, Monaco, before embarking on her maiden voyage. The festive celebration was led by Carol Cabezas, president of Azamara; Carl Smith, captain of Onward; and Beth Santos, godmother and founder of Wanderful, a support and networking community for solo female travelers.
Transformed from her former life — the ship was Princess Cruises’ Pacific Princess for almost 20 years — Azamara Onward now sports the same main elements as her three near-identical sisters.
However, elements of the original ship’s “bones” remain, with old plumbing fixtures in some stateroom bathrooms and signs of age still showing in other areas. The pandemic also had a severe impact on the refurbishment, as a lack of workers and delayed supply shipments resulted in the pool area not being finished, and stateroom amenities such as hairdryers and veranda chairs had not yet arrived.
Returning guests will find Onward almost identical to her sister Azamara Pursuit, which was launched in 2018. Discoveries Restaurant, Windows Cafe, specialty restaurants Aqualina (Italian) and Prime C (a steakhouse) remain unchanged.
Public areas such as the Living Room, The Den, the Cabaret Lounge and the Patio are also back, as are the Sanctum Spa and fitness center. The Onward Boutiques now span a larger area, and the adjacent Mosaic Cafe footprint was slightly reduced.
New to Onward is Atlas Bar, which replaces the Drawing Room that once housed the library found on all other Azamara ships (the library is now in The Den). The result is a cozy space with conversational seating groups, a focal bar and a vibrant digital wall.