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After a Day Adrift, Stricken Cruise Ship Arrives at Port

Azamara Quest lost power after a fire, had 1K people aboard
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 1, 2012 8:09 AM CDT
After a Day Adrift, Stricken Cruise Ship Arrives at Port
In this handout photo taken Saturday, March 31, 2012, the stricken cruise ship Azamara Quest is seen in the southern Philippines.   (PHILIPPINES AIR FORCE)

(Newser) – A luxury cruise ship stranded at sea for 24 hours because of a fire has safely reached a Malaysian port. The Azamara Quest was adrift off the southern Philippines for 24 hours with 1,000 people aboard after flames engulfed one of its engine rooms Friday night. It restored propulsion last night and reached the harbor of Sandakan city in Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah on Borneo island today.

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The ship is owned by Royal Caribbean, notes the BBC, and the rest of its voyage has been canceled. Five crew members suffered smoke inhalation, including one who was seriously injured. Cruise ships haven't been having a very good run of late. (Read more cruise ships stories.)

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