Azamara Quest

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Azamara Quest (ship, 2000) IMO 9210218; Split, 2013-09-29 (1).jpg
Azamara Quest as seen in Split, on 29 September 2013
  • 2000–2003: R Seven
  • 2003–2006: Delphin Renaissance
  • 2006–2007: Blue Moon
  • 2007-present: Azamara Quest
  • 2000–2001: Renaissance Cruises
  • 2003–2006: Delphin Seereisen
  • 2006–2007: Pullmantur Cruises
  • 2007-present: Azamara Cruises
Port of registry
BuilderChantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire, France
Yard numberY31
Laid down1999
Launched23 May 2000
Acquired28 September 2000
Maiden voyage2000
StatusIn service
General characteristics
Class and type R-class cruise ship
Tonnage30,277 GT[5]
Length181.00 m (593 ft 10 in)
Beam25.46 m (83 ft 6 in)
Draft5.95 metres
Depth5.95 m (20 ft)[5]
Decks11 (9 passenger decks)[3]
Installed power4 × 4,650 kW (6,240 hp) Wärtsilä Vasa 12V32
  • Diesel-electric; 2 × 6,750 kW (9,050 hp) GEC Alstom electric motors,
  • Two shafts; fixed pitch propellers
Speed18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Capacity686 passengers[6]

Azamara Quest is an R-class cruise ship that entered service for Azamara Cruises on 24 October 2007. She was built in 2000 for Renaissance Cruises as R Seven. Following the collapse of Renaissance Cruises in 2001 she was laid up for two years, until chartered to the Germany-based Delphin Seereisen as Delphin Renaissance.

In 2006 she was sold to the Spain-based Pullmantur Cruises and renamed Blue Moon. She sailed for Pullmantur until 2007 when she was transferred to Azamara Cruises.

The Azamara Quest carries about 710 passengers (double occupancy) plus 410 crew members (1:2 staff to guest ratio). Her first season was in the Caribbean. Due to her small size, she is able to call at some of the lesser-visited ports such as St. Barts and Guadeloupe.

Sisterships: Azamara Journey, Azamara Pursuit, MS Insignia, MS Sirena, MS Regatta, MS Nautica, Pacific Princess.

Effects of the worldwide pandemic[edit]

In 2020, due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, sailings were suspended, on various dates in the various regions, by all cruise lines. As of 12 January 2021, a report indicated that Azamara was suspending all sailings "through April 30".[7]

2012 fire[edit]

In March 2012 the ship suffered a fire in one of the engine rooms[8] which temporarily disabled the ship, carrying 1,001 passengers and crew in waters south of the Philippines.

Five crew were injured in the fire, which broke out on 30 March 2012 at 8:19pm EDT, a day after the ship left Manila for Sandakan, Malaysia. It was limited to the engine room and "quickly contained", according to Azamara. None of the passengers were injured.

Many guests praised the efforts of the crew and the entertainment department for keeping spirits high immediately following the harrowing experience.[9]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2015, the Azamara Journey and the Azamara Quest were the ships used by television presenter and biologist Nigel Marven for his UKTV documentary and travel program Cruise Ship Adventures with Nigel Marven. The program highlighted wildlife areas at popular cruise destinations.[10]



  1. ^ Asklander, Micke. "M/S R Seven (2000)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 December 2008.
  2. ^ Sebastian, Dave (19 January 2021). "Royal Caribbean to Sell Azamara Luxury Cruise Line for $201 Million". Wall Street Journal.
  3. ^ "Azamara Cruises: Azamara Quest (Deck plans)". Archived from the original on 9 December 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  4. ^ Azamara Quest® Ship Facts Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "Azamara Quest (33494)". DNV Vessel Register. DNV. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Our Ships". 11 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Royal Caribbean Extends Suspension of Cruising Through April". Cruise Industry News. 12 January 2021. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  8. ^ "BBC News - Fire disables Azamara cruise ship near Philippines". 17 January 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Parties Continued on Asia Cruise Ship After Fire". CBS News. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Reasons To Cruise Blog - Cruising Tips For First Timers". Reasons To Cruise.

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