Fire Cancels Azamara Quest Voyage

Azamara Quest arrived at the port of Sandakan, Malaysia yesterday following an engine room fire on Friday night that left the ship without power for several hours and injured five crew members.

Carrying 590 passengers and 411 crew, the fire is reported to have started at approximately 8:19pm local time whilst the ship was en route from Manila, Philippines.

Contained to the engine room and quickly extinguished, engineers were reportedly able to get the ship back underway several hours following the incident with a majority of power restored overnight on Friday.

Five crew members were treated for smoke inhalation, with one crew member who sustained more serious injuries transferred to a local hospital in Sandakan.

No passengers were reported as being injured.

Azamara president and CEO Larry Pimentel is scheduled to arrive in Sandakan today to meet with passengers and crew.

“I would like to commend the crew onboard Azamara Quest, not just for their valiant and courageous efforts during the fire, but for the way they have worked tirelessly to make our guests as happy and comfortable as possible until the ship arrived in port,” Mr Pimentel said in a statement yesterday.

“The entire crew has been absolutely brilliant and I couldn’t be prouder of the exemplary way each and every one of them responded to the incident.”

The cruise line has announced that the remainder of the voyage has been cancelled with passengers given the option to remain onboard until 12 April or be transferred to a local hotel.

Whilst it remains unclear as to whether passengers will be assisted with costs incurred with travelling home, the line has offered a full refund on the cruise along with a certificate for a future cruise for 100 per cent of the fare paid on the stricken voyage.

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Words: Natalie Aroyan