Update, 10 a.m. GMT: P&O tells us that the maintenance work on Aurora is nearing completion and the ship will now sail from Auckland on Wednesday evening (March 11).
(March 9) -- Continued maintenance to repair a thrust bearing on P&O Cruises' 76,000-ton, 2,000-passenger Aurora has prompted the line to make additional changes to the ship's itinerary. Last week, Aurora had to skip calls at Wellington and Napier en route to Auckland, because it was sailing at a reduced rate of speed.
The ship is currently docked in Auckland, where it arrived on 7 March, and a team of technical experts is working on the thrust bearing. According to an official statement from the line, the maintenance work will continue at least through 10 March. An exact departure time from Auckland is yet to be determined.
Because of the extended stay in Auckland, two additional port calls have been cancelled -- Moorea and Papeete -- as Aurora will need to take a more direct course to Honolulu.
Aurora is currently sailing a 93-night world cruise, which departed Southampton on 11 January. After arriving in Honolulu, Aurora is expected to continue as scheduled to San Francisco and onwards to Southampton.
We'll keep you posted as the situation warrants.
--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor, with Reporting by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor
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Update: Maintenance Prompts P&O to Cancel More Aurora Calls
March 10, 2009