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It's official: Pacific Princess will join Azamara fleet

Pacific Princess will undergo a full renovation and be renamed before joining Azamara for the Europe 2022 season
Sycamore Partners, which is acquiring Azamara, is already expanding the three-ship fleet with the addition of Pacific Princess.

This will make four sister vessels that were built as R ships for Renaissance Cruises.

Pacific Princess is the former R3, while Azamara Pursuit was built as R8, Azamara Quest as R7 and Azamara Journey as R6.

The sale of Pacific Princess was announced Friday by Princess Cruises. It is the 16th of 19 ships that will be exiting Carnival Corp. & plc.

33% capacity expansion

With a fourth vessel, Azamara's capacity increases by 33%.

Renovation and renaming

A renaming and full renovation of Pacific Princess are planned before it joins Azamara for an inaugural 2022 Europe season. Itineraries will be announced.

'The addition of this ship is an important milestone and reflects Sycamore Partners’ commitment to supporting Azamara in its next phase of growth,' said Stefan Kaluzny, managing director of Sycamore Partners. 'Expanding the fleet will allow Azamara to continue to serve loyal customers, as well as those new to the brand, with more unique destination immersion programming and itineraries.'

'We are thrilled to be expanding our fleet with a fourth ship, allowing us to visit even more regions of the world and better serve our guests,' Azamara President Carol Cabezas added. 'We look forward to launching even more unique and immersive itineraries and feel this is just the beginning of an exciting growth phase for Azamara.'

Azamara's aquisition by Sycamore is expected to close in 60 days.