February 27th Update: Following the discovery of damage to one of the Azamara Journey’s propellers, Azamara has decided to end the Journey’s current sailing early. Upon further inspection, Azamara’s maintenance teams have discovered the damage to the ship’s propeller was caused by loose debris floating in the water. The additional maintenance now required has forced Azamara to cancel the Azamara Journey’s March 3rd sailing from Shanghai. Azamara will be contacting affected guest’s over the next few hours with additional details pertaining to their sailing.
Following reports of an abnormal vibration aboard the Azamara Journey and an inspection by the ship’s maintenance team, Azamara has discovered damage to one of the ship’s main propellers. Following the discovery, the ship’s command has decided to terminate the current sailing early in Kyoto, Japan.
According to Azamara, the Azamara Journey is operating with full hotel operations, but sailing at a reduced speed. The ship is expected to arrive in Kyoto on February 28th, where passengers will be met by Larry Pimentel, Azamara’s President and CEO, and Bert Van Middendorp, Vice President of Operations.
Guests will remain aboard the Azamara Journey in port until March 2nd. Upon disembarkation, guests will be flown to Shanghai and provided hotels for the night of the 2nd. The Azamara Journey was originally scheduled to disembark in Shanghai on March 3rd.
Due to the shortening of the Azamara Journey’s current sailing, guests will be provided a full refund and a 25% discount on a future Azamara sailing.
Due to the extended maintenance required for the ship’s propeller, Azamara is advising the March 3rd sailing could be affected. Azamara representatives will contact guests sailing on the March 3rd sailing within the next 48 hours with an update on the situation.