Norwegian Star has suffered azipod failure during a voyage in Indonesia, Singapore and Australia via the Great Barrier Reef. During the passage out of Singapore to Bali, the cruise ship has suffered technical failure in one of its two pod drives, but succeeded to dock at the port in the resort. However, the crew was not able to repair and the failed azipod, which means that the vessel will be without full power and with reduced maneuverability on next sailings.
The Master of the 2,240-passenger vessel has informed the passengers that will have to change the itinerary and will head directly to Sydney, skipping trip to the Great Barrier Reef and call in Brisbane. The guests received $500 compensation at their onboard accounts.
This is the second failure of the same pod drive, which in mid-December delayed the cruise of Norwegian Star in Asia. After this accident, instead of dry docking the ship, Norwegian Cruise Line hired board contractors to repair the failed pod driver.