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Julian Bray Reports:
Azamara Club Cruises said the fire was confined to the engine room of the Azamara Quest and was quickly extinguished.
The cruise line said it would be offering passengers a full refund for the cruise and was planning to cancel the rest of the cruise once the ship reached Sandakan. The company's president and CEO Larry Pimentel was planning to fly to Sandakan to meet passengers personally.
Royal Caribbean International said there were approximately 60 British Citizens and 300 Americans on board out of a total of 617 guests, all are well and safe. Azamara Club Cruises is a member cruise line of Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Late Friday, the cruise line said engineers aboard the ship had restored power to one of the ship's engines. "This additional power has permitted the ship to re-establish air conditioning, running water, plumbing, refrigeration and food preparation onboard for the comfort of our guests and crew,"
A later report confirmed that full motive power and propulsion has now been restored by the permanent onboard engineering crew, and the ship is making rapid progress towards port. The cruise will however still be cancelled and passengers disembarked. It is thought the ship is approximately 110 miles off the coast of Balikpapan (Borneo), Indonesia, and in in calm seas.
The high specification super luxury Azamara Quest was on a 17-night sailing that departed from Hong Kong, China, on Monday, March 26, and included ports of call to Manila, Philippines; Sandakan (Sabah), Malaysia; Palapo (Sulawesi), Benoa (Bali), Semarang and Komodo, Indonesia and was scheduled to finish in Singapore on Thursday, April 12.
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