Ambience is the first ship from a brand new cruise line, Ambassador Cruise Line, set to launch in the U.K. in April 2022.
Born out of the ashes of the now defunct Cruise & Maritime Voyages (which went bust in 2020), most of Ambassador's management team are from CMV and the ship will fill the gap that CMV left in 2020 proving affordable no-fly cruises to the over-50s.
Ambience started life in 1991 as Regal Princess before joining the P&O Australia fleet and sailing as Pacific Dawn (interesting fact: the ship's godmother was former British PM Margaret Thatcher).
The 1,400-passenger ship has 798 cabins, just a fifth with balconies, due to its age.
The ship is being completely upgraded and refurbished before it launches, as well as fitted with emission reducing technologies to make it compliant with the latest updated rules regarding emission reductions.
In terms of onboard amenities, Ambience will have five restaurants including specialty dining options; two cafes, nine lounges, a swimming pool, spa, day and evening entertainment, fitness and leisure facilities complemented by enticing enrichment and lifestyle programmes.
The first full year programme operating until May 2023 will consist of 33 sailings visiting a total of 88 different ports, featuring the Baltics and St Petersburg, Greenland, the Arctic, and Iceland, whilst for the winter months a range of expedition style voyages will sail to the Canaries, Cuba, the Caribbean, Cape Verde and Scandinavia.
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