(Update: February 19, 6:15 a.m. EST) -- P&O has confirmed that its ship, Oriana, has a "technical issue with her shaft, limiting her speed."
A statement from the line said: "Investigations are ongoing to verify the extent of repairs required. A full inspection will take place in Tenerife on Feb 22. Passengers are being notified with updates twice daily by the Captain. Any appropriate compensation will be confirmed at the end of the cruise."
Oriana is on a 14-night cruise which left Southampton on February 15.
(February 18, 6:15 a.m. EST) -- P&O cruise ship Oriana is missing a port of call in the Canary Islands after being slowed by a 'technical issue,' according to the line.
The 1,800-passenger, 69,000-ton vessel was due to arrive at La Palma on Thursday, February 20, but instead the ship will spend extra time at Madeira and then cruise to the sister Canary Island of Gran Canaria, arriving slightly later than scheduled on Friday, February 21.
Oriana, which mainly caters for British passengers, left Southampton on Saturday, February 15, on a 14-night itinerary to Madeira, the Spanish islands and Portugal.
Cruise Critic member oldfella73 posted a message on our forums saying: "Wednesdays arrival in Madeira delayed until 4.00 PM. Weather conditions blamed but reduced speed also due to an overheating shaft bearing. Surprise ! Would have thought this would have been repaired when it happened last week"
A P&O spokeswoman confirmed there was a technical problem and said: "Oriana will no longer make her scheduled arrival time for Madeira and will now be arriving on the evening of the February 19, 2014 and staying overnight. As a result of this La Palma will be cancelled and the call times at Gran Canaria amended. The extended call at Madeira is to maintain one of the highlight ports."
--by Jeannine Williamson, Cruise Critic Contributor