Azamara cruises: Guided tour of luxury Journey cruise vessel
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The giant Azamara Quest cruise ship set sail from King George V Dock near Braehead in Renfrew today after being docked there since June 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic forced the industry to a halt. The ship departed Clyde’s shoreline at 12:30pm.
While docked in Scotland, the cruise ship was manned by skeleton staff during the pandemic.
In a Twitter post on Sunday, the cruise line announced: “Tomorrow the Azamara Quest will say goodbye to Glasgow.”
Crowds of people gathered along the river bank to bid farewell to the cruise ship.
Azamara Quest also passed Clydebank, Dumbarton and Helensburgh on its journey.
The ship marks the first of three ships forced to dock in the river finally leaving the area.
It was guided by tug boats and river pilots out of the mouth of the river and into the open ocean.
The ship, alongside its sister vessels Azamara Pursuit and Azamara Journey, will later embark on trial cruises testing out new Covid regulations.
A specific date has not yet been set for when the sister vessels will return to the sea.
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Once it returns to sailing, Azamara Quest will be able to hold up to 700 passengers.
Express.co.uk has contacted Miami-based Azamara for more information.
Throughout the last year, the cruise staff documented their time living onboard the vessel throughout the pandemic.
Sharing images to Twitter, the staff celebrated everything from birthdays to being freed from quarantine.
The cruise ship was initially thought to be staying until March, however, this time period was extended as the pandemic went on.
In January, the ship’s captain Gianmario Sanguineti was able to return home to Peru after remaining on the ship for six months.
The captain was able to remain with his wife onboard the ship after she signed up to be a crew member after coronavirus restrictions meant she could not return home during the peak of the pandemic.
He applauded Glasgow and its residents for being so “friendly” during his stay.
Captain Sanguineti also said he was “eternally grateful” to the care of global seafarer’s charity Stella Maris which was founded in Glasgow.
The captain told Stella Maris: “I would say Glasgow is the friendliest city I’ve ever been to.
“I come from a small town in Italy called Chiavari – near Genoa – where there is a real sense of community.
“I would say Glasgow and the Stella Maris team in this city are exactly the same – God bless them all.”
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