The cruise ship Norwegian Star suffered technical failure in one of the two pod drives, which pushed the crew to delay the Asia cruise and return in Singapore for special survey and inspection. The ship was allowed to resume voyage, but only with one azipod, which forced certain restrictions in the Asia cruise. The 2,240-passenger ship was at sea headed to Nha Trang, instead of Hong Kong, which will be visited later. The ship was due to call in the Thai ports Ko Samui and Laem Chabang, but will instead will spend three days at sea. Also according to the new cruise plan the call at Phu My, Vietnam will be substituted by Danang, Vietnam. The Asia Cruise will end in Hong Kong on December 22.
“On the evening of December 10, while departing the port of Singapore, Norwegian Star experienced a technical issue with one of the ship’s azipods”, said the company operator in official statement. “The ship has returned to port so that the azipod can be inspected further by a team from the manufacturer”, adds the statement.
Norwegian Cruise Line informed the passengers about the route changes and also made very sumptuous compensation offers, as the guests will get their entire travel price reimbursed and a 50% voucher for the next cruise.
There is no information if the company operator will cancel the next voyage, planned for December 22.
Norwegian Star (IMO: 9195157) is a Dawn-class cruise ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Line. The vessel was length of 294.00 m, moulded beam of 32.20 m and maximum draft of 8.20 m. The deadweight of the cruise ship is 7,500 DWT and the gross tonnage is 91,740 GRT. Norwegian Star was built by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Construction began on Norwegian Star in 2000 and was completed in mid-2001. The cruise vessel is driven by two ABB Azipod units, each with power of 19,500 kW.