According to an official statement from the cruise line, the damaged bearing poses no safety issues. However, because of the speed reduction, Aurora will skip its 5 March call at Wellington and 6 March call at Napier. The ship will undergo maintenance to the bearing during its scheduled call in Auckland on 7 March, after which the itinerary is expected to continue as scheduled.
The 76,000-ton, 2,000-passenger ship is currently sailing a 93-night world cruise, which departed Southampton on 11 January.
--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor