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#1
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There are problems with this and those of us on the 8/24 sailing will have NO time to disembark in Victoria and a shortened time in Ketchikan because the Pearl has to travel more slowly to preserve the integrity of this apparatus which helps move the ship.

NCL has offered a full refund if passengers so choose or else a $50 per cabin credit.
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I was wondering how long it would be till this news made it here.

Hey you are from Avon Lake! I have lots of family there.
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#3
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James,

I remember you told me about this a couple of weeks ago it seems? Knew it would show up eventually.

It's too bad as Victoria was very, very pretty. After planning for such a long time though I think I'd go ahead with my Alaska plans.

My family still discusses which was better, out Hawaii vacation or our Alaska one. I'm on the Hawaii side.
#4
Lakewood, Washington
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Originally posted by TMLAalum
There are problems with this and those of us on the 8/24 sailing will have NO time to disembark in Victoria and a shortened time in Ketchikan because the Pearl has to travel more slowly to preserve the integrity of this apparatus which helps move the ship.

NCL has offered a full refund if passengers so choose or else a $50 per cabin credit.
That's not good news at all! How did you hear about it?
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#5
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What is an Azipod?
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#6
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Originally posted by lambchoplady
What is an Azipod?
Does anyone know anything about electricron? He is an awesome poster when it comes to this technical stuff. I haven't seen him for a while.
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Lakewood, Washington
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Originally posted by TMLAalum
There are problems with this and those of us on the 8/24 sailing will have NO time to disembark in Victoria and a shortened time in Ketchikan because the Pearl has to travel more slowly to preserve the integrity of this apparatus which helps move the ship.

NCL has offered a full refund if passengers so choose or else a $50 per cabin credit.
I would think this would not only affect your cruise, but the ones after you on the 31st and into September. Has anyone else heard anything?
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#11
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here is a picture of an azipod drive on some NCL ship -- sorry, can't remember which one.
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#12
Staten Island, New York
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This is not good. I hope they don't have to cancel any cruises because of this problem.

How easily can an azipod be fixed? Does it require a drydock?
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#13
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Victoria is nice, but if you are going to skip a port, that's the one you'd want to miss.

My parents chose to stay on the boat in Victoria. The port time is normally 6 PM to 11:30 PM, and that is pretty late, and interferes with cocktail and dinner hour for many.

We did go ashore and are glad we did, but if I had to choose between not going and getting a refund and the port changes, I'd go on the cruise. The 50 bucks is a nice gesture.

Ketchikan is a really nice port, and less port time there may impact excursions some. How much shorter is that port of call?
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#14
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Thank you all for enlightening me about the azipod - the picture was very helpful . I sure hope it's fixed before we sail on the 7th!
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I have known about this since the night it happened. It sounded like at first they were going to have to do an emergency dry dock before the repo cruise to Miami but now I think they are in no rush so I wouldn't worry too much.
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#16
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Originally posted by lambchoplady
Thank you all for enlightening me about the azipod - the picture was very helpful . I sure hope it's fixed before we sail on the 7th!
I really don't want to appear negative, but there is very little chance that it will be fixed before the 7th.
#17
Toms River NJ
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We are on the repo cruise on 9/21...any info out there, as to how this
might effect us ?
We are spending a fortune for this trip and $50 OBC will not cut
it with us.
Please keep us all posted and informed...Thanks so much
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#18
Lake Erie's South Shore
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This is how we heard the news. One of the couples who is cruising with us, but booked thru a different travel agent, was informed by her TA today and she passed the news onto us. I have previously posted about my disillusionment with our group's TA and none of us, including the group leader, were notified.

As for us, we are in Portland and wouldn't think of cancelling at this point, plus we have had time in Victoria BC in the past, and except for missing the buskers at the Inner Harbour and the absolutely fantastic oysters there, I guess that missing this port is the most acceptable of possible options for us.

Will any upcoming Pearl voyage be cancelled due to this problem?
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#19
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At first they were thinking they would have to cancel one and do the emergency dry dock but now it sounds like they can continue without any big problems. Soon the ship will go to Miami and if anything is needed they can do a quick drydock in the Bahamas.

A Carnival ship has the exact same thing broken and they have been cruising with the problem for about 10 months now.
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#20
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Originally posted by ohioNCLcruiser
At first they were thinking they would have to cancel one and do the emergency dry dock but now it sounds like they can continue without any big problems. Soon the ship will go to Miami and if anything is needed they can do a quick drydock in the Bahamas.

A Carnival ship has the exact same thing broken and they have been cruising with the problem for about 10 months now.
James what date is set for drydock? I've searched around and can't find anything nor do I see a break in it's schedule.