Fire-Stricken Cruise Liner Arrives in Malaysia

April 1, 2012 Updated: April 2, 2012

A fire-stricken cruise ship with around 1,000 people on board arrived in Malaysia on Sunday for repairs.

The Azamara Quest cruise liner was left adrift off the waters of the Philippines on Friday, the company said. Five crew members were injured due to smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in one of ship’s engine rooms. There were no reports of injuries to passengers.

The ship, which was was carrying hundreds of tourists from North America and Europe, arrived on the island of Borneo late on Sunday under the escort of the Malaysian coast guard.

“We understand that this was a difficult journey, and we appreciate their upbeat and positive attitude. We look forward to welcoming them back soon,” Larry Pimentel, the head of Azamara Club Cruises, said in a statement.

The statement said that the fire forced the cruise ship to suspend the rest of its trip once it arrived in Malaysia.

The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said in a statement that it “has responsibility for providing consular services for U.S. citizens.”

The U.K. embassy is attempting to provide assistance to Britons on board the cruise liner.

The ship is owned by the world’s second largest cruise company, Royal Caribbean.