Azamara Quest cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9210218, owned by Royal Caribbean and operated by its subsidiary – the Azamara Club Cruises line. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, collision, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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Azamara Quest accidents & incidents
At the Azamara Quest CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Azamara ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents, including when operating as “R Seven” and “Blue Moon”). 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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- October 29, 2008, a fire broke out in the ship’s laundry room, but was quickly contained. The incident occurred when the vessel was docked in call port Chios (aka Híos) Greece, operating on an Eastern Mediterranean itinerary in Southern Europe. No injuries were reported. Fortunately, most of the passengers were ashore on excursions. Reportedly, 5 fire trucks responded, but their assistance was not needed.
- March 30, 2012, at ~8:20 pm, the vessel suffered an engine room fire, which was quickly extinguished. The accident occurred while the ship was en-route to Sandakan (Sabah, Malaysia) from Manila (Philippines). All systems and onboard services remained operational, being powered by the ship’s emergency generator. The incident resulted in 5 injured crew members (no injured passengers were reported). For nearly 1 full day the ship (carrying 590 passengers and 411 crew) was adrift in the waters of Sulu Sea, between Borneo and the Philippines. The remainder of the itinerary was canceled. All passengers were disembarked in Sandakan and flown to Singapore via charter flights. During the accident, the ship called for help and was assisted by Philippine Armed Forces and Coast Guard vessels. When the fire accident happened, the ship was operating on a 17-days Asian cruise itinerary (Hong Kong to Singapore, March 26 to April 12), with scheduled call ports Manila, Balikpapan (Borneo Island) and Indonesia (Palapo Sulawesi, Benoa Bali, Semarang Java, Komodo Island) before Singapore.
Rock collision accident
- January 27, 2016, while in Marlborough Sounds (New Zealand) and entering Tory Channel, at 9:20 am the ship was reported to NZ’s maritime authorities for sailing too close to the rocks (within 30 m / 100 ft) and consequently striking them. Local police divers were later dispatched from Wellington NZ and found paint on the side of a rock. The following investigation in call port Napier NZ found hull damage. The pilot who guided the cruise ship was suspended. Further information on the incident is pending as investigation could take up to 18 months.
- The place of the accident – Marlborough Sounds – is a network of sea-drowned valleys at the South Island’s north end.
- Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).
- During its service history, the vessel was operating under the names R Seven (2000-2003), Delphin Renaissance (2003-2006), Blue Moon (2006-2007).
- In 2001, the vessel’s owner Renaissance Cruises ceased operations due to liquidity. The vessel was launched in 2003 to be operated by the charter Delphin Seereisen under the name “Delphin Renaissance”. In 2006, Pullmantur bought the ship and renamed it to “Blue Moon”. In 2007, the Pullmantur line’s owner RCCL (Royal Caribbean) transferred it to its new subsidiary – the luxury brand “Azamara Cruises” – and renamed it to “Azamara Quest”. The fleet of Azamara Cruises (in 2009 rebranded to “Azamara Club Cruises”) consists of only 2 ships – the other one being Azamara Journey (built as “R Six”).
- In 2015, both Azamara cruise ships (Quest and Journey) were featured in the UKTV’s travel documentary “Cruise Ship Adventures with Nigel Marven”.
- March 2016, the vessel’s Singapore dry-dock refurbishment period was extended by 3 days. The next scheduled itinerary (March 17) was re-scheduled for March 20th, and the overnight stay in call port Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) was canceled. All passengers booked on the affected itinerary received a 3-night refund, plus US$500 in shipboard credit, 20% in future Azamara cruise credit. Another US$500 per person were paid for any expenses due to flight and/or hotel changes. The company also gave all passengers the option for a 25% future Azamara cruise booking discount if the booking is done on the ship and during the affected itinerary. The option of cruise cancellation and full refund was also given to all booked passengers.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- Fortunately, there are no such tragic incidents officially reported so far.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- March 30, 2012, during the fire accident (see above”) 5 crew suffered smoke inhalation. One of them (Juan Carlos Rivera Escobar) was reported being in an unstable condition and later offloaded and transported to a Sandakan hospital (ashore). The other 4 were treated at the ship’s infirmary.
Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks
- March 1, 2008, on a 14-days Caribbean cruise round-trip from homeport Miami Florida, the ship reported a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) affecting 21 passengers (or 3,1% of all) and 2 crew (or 0,5% of all). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.
- March 1, 2009, passenger embarkation in Hong Kong China was delayed by ~9 hours due to the ship’s extensive cleaning after the Norovirus outbreak on its previous sailing. As compensation, all passengers were taken to the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The boarding started at ~6 pm.
- 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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