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Repairs under way, Norwegian Star expected to sail Tuesday

Norwegian Star, pictured in this file photo, is expected to resume its scheduled program on Feb. 18 in Auckland Norwegian Star, pictured in this file photo, is expected to resume its scheduled program on Feb. 18 in Auckland

Repairs to Norwegian Star's Azipod propulsion system are under way now that the ship is alongside at Melbourne, Australia.

Norwegian Cruise Line expects Norwegian Star to be able to depart during the afternoon of Feb. 14. Arrival at Auckland is expected on Feb. 18, when the ship is to resume its scheduled cruise program.

Norwegian said 'a small number' of passengers have chosen to disembark, and transportation to the airport is being provided. A company spokeswman said shuttles would be available, and phone and Internet were opened at no charge to facilitate passengers making travel arrangements.

For those continuing with the cruise, full services and amenities are available aboard ship, and passengers can explore Melbourne during the stay.

Norwegian Star had been towed to shore following a propulsion failure about 20 miles off the coast. The ship has had problems with its Azipod system since late last year at the start of the company’s first Asia program in more than a decade.

Passengers on the current sailing are getting a full refund and a 50% future cruise credit.

Posted 12 February 2017

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