Azamara Quest Fire: Cruise Ship Carrying 1,000 Adrift After Engine Fire
In yet another incident involving cruise ships, the Azamara Quest Cruise Ship – a luxury liner with 1,001 people on board – has been adrift on the seas off Malaysia since Friday afternoon due to a fire in one of the ship’s engine rooms.
UPI writes that the fire broke out Friday night on the Azamara Quest and though no major injuries to the guests were reported five crew members were injured, four suffering bruises and a fifth reportedly in unstable condition with neurological damage from prolonged heat and smoke exposure.
Engineers onboard the vessel are currently working to restore the propulsion to the ship, Azamara Club Cruises stated on its website.
“Once they have restored the ship’s propulsion, Azamara Quest will sail directly to Sandakan (Sabah), Malaysia. When propulsion has been restored to the ship, we will be able to provide an estimated time of arrival,” said the statement.
Operator Azamara Club Cruises is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
According to the IBTimes, the Azamara Quest was on a 17-night sailing from Hong Kong that started on Monday, 26 March, and was meant to conclude in Singapore on Thursday, 12 April.
The company said the rest of the ship’s voyage would be canceled.
The Azamara Quest fire is the latest in a series of accidents hitting luxury cruise liners since January, when the Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy, killing 25 people and leaving seven others missing and presumed dead.