Norwegian Cruise Ship Delayed by Propulsion On One Year Anniversary

May 4, 2014
Norwegian Breakaway (11:56 a.m. EST) -- Norwegian Breakaway had to be tugged back into its New York City homeport on the same day the cruise line planned to celebrate the ship's one year anniversary.

According to CBS New York, Norwegian Breakaway experienced a problem with its propulsion system, preventing the ship from being able to dock. The Coast Guard ordered the captain to submit a tug-assist plan and was able to dock around 10 a.m. this morning.

However, Norwegian Cruise Line spokeswoman AnneMarie Mathews told Cruise Critic there was no real propulsion problem. Only a "small, technical maintenance item on one of the two azipods."

"So we were closely monitoring the currents in the river and being very cautious. We don't expect it to have any affect on the next sailing." Norwegian Cruise Line christened Breakaway on May 8 of last year. The cruise line had planned a one-year birthday party for the ship, with guests invited to a special Pajama Jam buffet party.

--By Dori Saltzman, News Editor