Azamara Quest as seen in Split, on 29 September 2013
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|Builder:||Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire, France|
|Launched:||23 May 2000|
|Acquired:||28 September 2000|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||R-class cruise ship|
|Length:||181.00 m (593 ft 10 in)|
|Beam:||25.46 m (83 ft 6 in)|
|Depth:||5.95 m (20 ft)|
|Decks:||11 (9 passenger decks)|
|Propulsion:||two propeller shafts and two fixed propellers|
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)|
Azamara Quest is an R-class cruise ship that entered service for Azamara Cruises on October 24, 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.
The Azamara Quest carries about 710 passengers (double occupancy) plus 410 crew members (1:2 staff to guest ratio). Her first season will be in the Caribbean. Due to her small size, she will be able to call at some of the lesser-visited ports such as St. Barts and Guadeloupe. She will then offer some Panama Canal sailings.
- Main engines: 4 x Wartsila Vasa 12V32 diesel engines installed power each 18596 kW
- Generators: 4 x Cegelec Alstom each 4650 kW
- Propulsion: 2 x GEC Alstom electric motors power each 6750 kW
Features include a cyber cafe, a martini bar, a casino, pool, shopping area, gymnasium and several restaurants including Prime C and the Aqualina restaurant. Azamara Quest also offers a 24-hour butler service.
In March 2012 the ship suffered a fire in one of the engine rooms.
A fire temporarily disabled the Azamara Quest cruise ship, carrying 1,001 people (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 ship's time (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.
In popular culture
In 2015, the Azamara Journey and the Azamara Quest were the ships used by television presenter and biologist Nigel Marven for his UKTV documentary/travel program "Cruise Ship Adventures with Nigel Marven", during which Nigel showed areas with outstanding wildlife that can be visited in popular cruise destinations.
Azamara Quest in her previous livery, as seen off the coast of Santorini in July 2008
Azamara Quest departing Split, Nov 13 2011
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