NCL cancels Panama Canal cruise due to ABB Pod issues

By ,   April 8, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

According to a statement from Norwegian Cruise Line, a “technical issue” with the ABB Azipod propulsion system of Norwegian Star, has forced the line to cancel a 15-day sailing through the Panama Canal from Los Angeles, departing on April 12.

The Norwegian Star will be out of service through April 26 to repair the azipod. Scheduled sailings will be resumed beginning on April 27 from Miami.

All guests booked on the sailing will receive a full refund along with a 50% future cruise credit. Norwegian Cruise Line announced they would cover hotel and air change fees associated with the cancellation. The line apologized for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation.

However, the last-minute itinerary change resulted in lots of disappointed vacationers as the line did not offer hotel and airline refunds, just the change fee associated with it. 

Norwegian Star was recently refurbished during a dry dock in Portland, Oregon.