More trouble in Hawaii though this time passengers are minimally inconvenienced: Norwegian Star is reporting a malfunction in one of the transformers that powers its Azipods. As a result, the ship will skip the scheduled call at Fanning Island (the required foreign port due to U.S. cabotage laws). The ship will operate on just one of its two Azipods which basically just slows it down. An NCL spokeswoman says that parts are being flown to Hilo and repairs will take place during that port-of-call. No delays are expected.
The spokeswoman was unsure if Norwegian Cruise Lines would be fined by the U.S. government for missing the foreign port.
Norwegian Star's Mechanical Malfunction Slows Cruise
February 5, 2003