(7:45 a.m. EDT) -- The propeller problem is fixed and NCL's brand-new Norwegian Epic is ready to sail from the U.K.
The ship is currently in alongside Southampton, with some 2,500 media and travel agents on board for what was supposed to be a two-night preview 'cruise to nowhere'.
Epic arrived four hours late from Rotterdam yesterday, as engineers worked to fix the problem of a malfunctioning propeller shaft and the first night was spent in port instead of out at sea –- which meant the casino and the onboard shops remained closed. Day visitors who had been scheduled to tour the 153,000-ton ship were unable to get onboard.
Now, however, Epic is due to sail out into the Solent for the night, arriving back in Southampton on Thursday morning. A spokeswoman for NCL has told Cruise Critic that the problem was 'minor' and the transatlantic to New York on Thursday, with paying passengers onboard, will not be impacted.