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Norwegian Gem Propulsion Failure Forces Passengers to Fly Home

Norwegian Gem Propulsion Failure Forces Passengers to Fly Home

Norwegian Gem in New York
Photo By: Shinya Suzuki (Creative Commons)

It isn’t getting any better for Norwegian Gem as its propulsion system has failed and forcing guests to fly back home.

Norwegian Cruise Line has to deal with some issues with Norwegian Gem. The cruise ship has suddenly been forced to stop its current voyage and guests will have to fly back to the United States. According to passengers posting on social media, the ship’s engine failed and limping towards Barbados where the cruise line will fly everyone home.

Norwegian Gem is on an 11-night Eastern Caribbean cruise which departed New York on October 31. The suffering NCL cruise ship never made it to the scheduled call in St. Thomas and instead spent a day in Grenada before finally heading towards Barbados.

The cruise line had already canceled the ships November 11 sailing from New York so the propulsion could be fixed. Norwegian Gem is unable to sail at regular speed due to an Azipod issue. It comes as no surprise that guests are angry that Norwegian Cruise Line went ahead with the Oct 31 sailing knowing there was a propulsion problem.

The cruise line has not detailed when the Azipod issues will be repaired but we expect it will be during the time of the original scheduled November 11 sailing. Norwegian Cruise Line is compensating all guests onboard the ship.

Norwegian Gem is 93,530 gross tons and based out of New York carrying over 2,300 passengers.


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