Updated: Fire on Cruise Ship MV Azamara Quest, Five Crew Injured

Update: A fire broke out late Friday in an engine room on the luxury cruise ship, MV Azamara Quest, while en route from Manila to Sandakan in Sabah, Malaysia.  Five members of the crew were injured, suffering smoke inhallation. One crew member is reported to be seriously injured.  No one among the 590 passengers was reported to be hurt. The ship has a crew of 411.  After a blackout during the fire, the ship had been drifting approximately 70 nautical miles from Tubbataha, in the Philippines, in calm seas.

The ship’s crew has been able to restore partial power for propulsion and to  “re-establish air conditioning, running water, plumbing, refrigeration and food preparation onboard for the comfort of our guests and crew,” according to a statement from the company.  The ship is now reported to be underway, “moving slowly toward Sandakan,” its next port of call in Malaysia.

MV Azamara Quest is owned by Azamara Club Cruises, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines,  the world’s second-largest cruise line operator, after Carnival.  The Azamara Quest was on a 17-night voyage that departed Hong Kong, China, on Monday, March 26, and included port calls to Manila, Philippines; Sandakan (Sabah), Malaysia; Palapo (Sulawesi), Benoa (Bali), Semarang and Komodo, Indonesia and was meant to conclude in Singapore on Thursday, April 12.  As a result of the fire, the rest of the ship’s voyage has been cancelled.

Stricken cruise ship repaired, heading to Malaysia

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3 Responses to Updated: Fire on Cruise Ship MV Azamara Quest, Five Crew Injured

  1. Phil says:

    Heard about this early this morning.
    Here is the latest.
    Stricken cruise ship repaired, heading to Malaysia
    The Associated Press – ‎10 minutes ago‎
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) – The Philippine coast guard says a cruise ship with 1000 people on board that was disabled by a fire in waters in the southern Philippines has been repaired and is sailing toward Malaysia.

  2. Rick Spilman says:

    Thanks Phil. I’ve updated the post.

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