Azamara Journey cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9200940, owned by Royal Caribbean and operated by its subsidiary – the Azamara Club Cruises line. Among the unfortunate events at sea are pirate attacks, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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Azamara Journey accidents & incidents
At the Azamara Journey CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Azamara ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents, including when operating as “R Six” and “Blue Star”). Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and Coast Guard reports.
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Pirate attack accident
- November 23, 2012, while sailing in Oman waters, the Azamara cruise ship Journey was approached (quote, “in an aggressive manner”) by Somali pirates. The incident occurred ~17 ml / 28 km off Mazeira Island (off the Oman’s east coast)while the ship was operating on a 15-days Suez Canal transition cruise itinerary (Nov 14-29) from Greece to India (Athens to Mumbai). Call ports in the region were Muscat Oman and Fujairah UAE.
- The two pirate skiffs were fast moving (equipped with large engines) and carrying 4 men each. One of the boats approached from front starboard, the other approached from the rear. The attack lasted for ~10 min and was aborted after the ship’s security fired warning shots (flares) at them.
- A curious fact is that among the ship’s security guards were former Marines, who during the pirate attack were on watch and armed with rifles. After the Captain commanded “safe haven” (via the PA system), all passengers were safely evacuated from the open-deck areas to the interior.
- The list of other cruise ships attacked by pirates includes Balmoral, OCEANIA Nautica, Star Breeze (as Seabourn Spirit).
- Notes: According to the USCG issued “Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act” (passed by CLIA in 2010), cruise ships sailing in certain high risk areas are required to have acoustic hailing devices (AHD). These devices consist of specialized loudspeakers emitting a high-volume and high-power sound waves directed toward attacking marine vessels. The effect is intense pain to the ears of the attackers. LRADs were introduced in 2002. Such “sound weapons” are usually used for crowd control, mass notification, critical infrastructure protection, wildlife protection and control. Such devices are used by law enforcement, military and various commercial groups.
- During its service history, the vessel was operating under the names R Six (2000-2003), Blue Star (2003-2005), Blue Dream (2005-2007).
- In 2001, the vessel’s owner Renaissance Cruises ceased operations due to liquidity. The vessel was launched in 2003, and operated by the charter Pullmantur Cruises under the name “Blue Star”. In 2005, Pullmantur officially renamed it to “Blue Dream”. In 2008, the Pullmantur line’s owner – the RCCL (Royal Caribbean) company – transferred it to its subsidiary (new luxury brand) “Azamara Cruises” and renamed it to “Azamara Journey”. The fleet of Azamara Cruises (in 2009 rebranded to “Azamara Club Cruises”) consists of only 2 ships – the other one being Azamara Quest (built as “R Seven”).
- May 5, 2007, after the ship’s launch on May 4, the scheduled for May 5 Inaugural cruise (7-days Bermuda itinerary from Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ) was delayed due to unfinished refurbishment works. The maiden voyage was rescheduled for May 6. All passenger who flew to Bayonne to board the ship were accommodated overnight in local hotels. A;; passengers who drove to the Cape Liberty port were compensated with free parking. As compensation, all passengers received a full refund plus US$100 per person in onboard credit.
- February 25, 2014, the vessel was operating on a 14-days Asia cruise itinerary from China to Japan (Feb 17 to Mar 3, Hong Kong to Tokyo), with call ports in Taiwan (Keelung) and Japan (Ishigaki, Okinawa, Tokyo, Osaka). While approaching Tokyo, the ship experienced propulsion problems – one of its 2 propellers was damaged by ocean debris. The incident resulted in a reduced cruising speed, itinerary change (call port Tokyo was dropped) and cruise cancellation. Passenger disembarkation was on Feb 28 in Kyoto-Osaka (instead of Tokyo on Mar 3) where the ship remained docked for repairs. Passengers were allowed to stay on board until the voyage’s last scheduled date (March 3). The Azamara cruise line provided all passengers with complimentary flights to Shanghai. As compensation, all passengers received a partial refund (for the lost 3 days) plus 25% a future Azamara cruise booking discount. The next sailing from Shanghai (scheduled for March 3) was also cancelled.
- In 2015, both Azamara cruise ships (Journey and Quest) were featured in the UKTV’s travel documentary “Cruise Ship Adventures with Nigel Marven”.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- Fortunately, there are no such tragic incidents officially reported so far.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- August 19, 2013, an 89-year-old male passenger sustained an injury (broken hip) after falling on the ship. On August 21, the man (Dodge Melkonian, a WWII veteran) and his wife (Jill Melkonian, also aged 89) were both disembarked in Bartin Turkey, left for treatment in a local hospital ashore. The incident involving the elderly US couple (both living in Clearwater Florida) was picked up by major US news media (including CBS, the Disney’s ABC News and the Turner’s CNN). The case gained publicity after US Senator Bill Nelson (Florida) accused the shipowner Royal Caribbean of abandoning its elderly guests in a foreign (non-English speaking) country without any support. Although the couple had travel insurance (purchased though the cruise line), the insurance company tried to cancel their transportation to a hospital in Istanbul for the needed hip surgery. The issue was resolved after their cruise booking agency contacted a local tour guide, who then contacted the US embassy in Turkey which assisted the 6-hours long ambulance transfer from Bartin to Istanbul. Subsequently, the Royal Caribbean company paid all medical expenses.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- August 7, 2004, while operating as “Blue Star” for Pullmantur Cruises, a Greek news media reported the ship experienced a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) with infected 30 passengers and 2 crew (or 3,8% of all on board). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins. The ship was on a 7-days Mediterranean cruise itinerary from Venice Italy to Piraeus-Athens Greece. The ship was carrying 785 passengers and 388 crew.
- Note: When the itinerary doesn’t include US cruise ports, the ship is not required to report to CDC, thus no official illness report would be issued.
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