Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star is underway and scheduled to be alongside in Auckland, New Zealand, at 9:30 a.m. local time on February 18, according to the latest statement from the line provided to Travel Agent. There the ship will resume its previously scheduled itinerary.
The ship had experienced an issue with its azipod propulsion system that forced it to be towed to the Port of Melbourne for repairs. A small number of guests chose to disembark there, where Norwegian provided transport to the airport.
The ship’s propulsion system malfunctioned during the early morning of February 10 local time while it was about 20 miles offshore near Melbourne, Australia. While the ship maintained full power to all onboard services and guest amenities, it had to be towed into Melbourne, where guests were able to spend time ashore.
The ship had been sailing a cruise out of Sydney that had departed February 6. All guests onboard were provided a full refund, as well as a 50 percent future cruise credit. Norwegian provided guests that disembarked in port a credit of up to $350 per person for a flight to Auckland and guests that wished to fly home immediately up to $300 per ticket for a change fee allowance.