Azamara Quest forced to cut short South-East Asian sailing

YET another luxury cruise ship has been involved in a mid-sea mishap. The AZAMARAQuest, en route to Sandakan following its maiden call in Manila, was left adrift in Philippine waters for 24 hours after a fire disabled two of its engines last Friday.

The cruise ship, with about 590 passengers who boarded in Hong Kong, was scheduled to make several stops in Indonesia as part of a 17-day South-east Asian itinerary ending in Singapore on April 12.

Even though the fire was immediately extinguished, air conditioning on board was knocked out following the incident. Five crew members suffered from smoke inhalation, but none of the passengers were injured.

The ship eventually managed to restore propulsion and made it to Sandakan on Sunday.

Azamara Club Cruises, part of the Royal Caribbean fleet, has since announced that the rest of the cruise has been cancelled. Guests will be refunded in full.

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