|November 30||Azamara Journey||Muscat Daily reports the cruise ship was approached by suspected Somali pirates off Masirah Island on November 23. Confirming last week's incident, officials from Azamara Club Cruises said that several skiffs were seen moving towards the vessel off the coast of Oman. The ship's captain asked guests on board to move to the interior of the vessel, and security personnel on the vessel fired flares at the approaching craft, forcing them to abort their approach. The ship departed from Piraeus, Greece, on November 14 and arrived in Mumbai, India, on November 29. During the cruise, the vessel made port calls at Muscat and Fujairah in the UAE.||
|November 14||Azamara Quest||
The Bermuda Sun reports the ship has cancelled her planned trip to Bermuda this week. The liner was scheduled to come into Hamilton tomorrow for a day’s stay before heading off to Miami. But the ship’s owners have made the decision to extend her period in dry dock over in Europe.
Canceed port call
|March 30||Azamara Quest||Travel Weekly UK reports passengers were called to muster stations after a fire broke out on the ship in Asia today. The blaze in the engine room was put out and there were no reported injuries to passengers, however Associated Press reports five crew members were injured, one seriously. The 716-passenger ship, on a 17-night cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore which departed on Monday, is running on back up power. The vessel is currently between Manila in the Philippines and Borneo. The ship is currently running on generator power until full power can be restored to the engine room. The remainder of the cruise will be canceled. Associated Press subsequently reports that after being adrift for 24 hours, the ship informed the coast guard late Saturday that its power and propulsion had been restored and it was moving slowly toward Sandakan, its next destination after it left Manila Thursday,||
||From a reader: Reported from the ship's Hong Kong to Beijing leg: Passengers did not board Quest in Hong Kong yesterday until 6.00pm because the ship was being cleaned from top to bottom due to norovirus. They were taken to Disneyland for the afternoon. Their luggage wasn't delivered until 8.30pm.||Illness|
||Azamara Quest||From a passenger: While docked in Chios (Greece)
there was a fire in the ship laundry room. Most passengers were on
excursions at the time. It was reported that 5 local fire engines
responded but were not needed. The fire was contained quickly and it
did not effect the schedule. There was also a problem with availability
of hot water in some starboard forward cabins but it was also addressed
||Azamara Quest||FROM A READER: There was a group of 160 French Canadians
traveling together with CAA. 50 of them had a precruise tour to
Luxor. On that tour, at least 30 of them came down with the "touristas"
and/or Bronchitus. One of my American friends and his wife both
became ill and were told by the Ship's doc that 200 of the passengers
became ill.. I have no way of verifying that and there appeared to be
no unusual precautions taken.
|1.3.08||Azamara Quest||The ship reported 2 (0.50%) crew and 21 (3.13%) passengers had reported ill on an 14 day cruise to/from Miami.||Illness|
||On May 4, Celebrity Cruises
issued press releases announcing the launch of its new deluxe cruise
line. The ship's planned departure the next day was delayed
because "boxes and cartons needed to be removed and additional
housekeeping and finishiong touches were required. The ship was
scheduled for a 7 day Bermuda
cruise from Cape Liberty in Bayonne (NJ), but departure was deferred
until May 6 because of an "intensive remodeling delay". (See www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=2041)
Passenger who flew in to join the ship were accommodated overnight in
hotels, and the line paid for parking for those who drove. All
passengers reportedly received a full refund plus a $100 onboard credit.