"Navigator of the Seas" is still in Lisbon today due to a malfunction involving one of her stabilizers. Port calls at Cadiz and Malaga have been cancelled and it is unknown at this time whether the cruise can end in Barcelona on time.
Local authorities in Lisbon have apparently decided to prohibit the ship from leaving. However, it had to vacate the pier and is currently anchored on the Tejo river.
it appears there is a major problem with one of the stabilizers which apparently can no longer be folded in. Reports from onboard the ship suggest that the stabilizer will likely be (quote) "cut off" as the Portuguese authorities reportedly don't consider the ship seaworthy unless the problem is solved.
I see divers and a plasma arc torch in the Navigator's immediate future!
I was making a joke about the petition earlier - but looking around the internet it appears some of the passengers are seriously considering pressuring RCI for compensation already. No doubt the trial lawyers aboard the ship are hyperventilating over this. Why can't people relax and not immediately jump into "what's in it for me" mode?
Not only the people on board now, but imaging the future cruises that are going to be affected to fix the problem. Dry docking and repair of something like that is going to be time consuming. Unless they can cut off the stabilizer and just do with out it until maintenance time. But I doubt that.
At least Sonny is going to have some interesting stories to tell upon his return.
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Yes, it will be interesting to hear Sonny's first hand account of it. I'm hoping he will log on and update us from the ship.
This 14-night cruise was already heavily discounted - I think it ended up being about the price of a 7-nighter - but that won't be good enough for some. I'm sure RCI will do something more substantial than the $100 credit they have already issued to each passenger.
I have to agree with Penny... Milk this for all that it's worth. It wouldn't bother me if it took them a month to get the ship back to being "seaworthy". As long as there is a good supply of sun and alcohol, I would stake out a good deck chair and become one with the European sky.