Norwegian Star finally got under way yesterday as she departed Melbourne after repairs to her azipod propulsion system.
The ship experienced an azipod ‘malfunction’ in the early hours of Friday 10th February (Australian time) which resulted in loss of propulsion and the ship drifting off the coast of Australia.
The ship was then towed to Melbourne, where an inspection and repairs were carried out. The ship then got clearance on Tuesday afternoon (Australian time) to leave Melbourne and continue on her altered itinerary to Auckland, where she is due to arrive on the 18th February.
In a statement, Norwegian Cruise Line confirmed that the ship had indeed sailed after her repairs were successfully completed and thanked passengers for the patience in the matter.
“Norwegian Star departed from Melbourne on February 14 at 2pm local time and will proceed directly to Auckland, after completing a short sea trial period.
Norwegian Cruise Line would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to our guests for their patience and understanding during this cruise and to the ship’s crew for ensuring that all guests were able to make the most of their amended journey.”
Guests embarking on Norwegian Star’s February 18 cruise will be contacted in the next 48 hours to confirm the ship’s embarkation time on February 18″
Passengers on the cruise will recieve a full refund for their cruise and also a 50% future cruise credit as well.
Once in Auckland, Norwegian Star will undergo a turnaround of guests and will then proceed on a 19 night cruise to Australia and Asia.
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