The Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas is getting some repairs – in an email sent to passengers in advance of their embarkment on Sunday, September 29th, a delay of about 8-hours will be experienced.
Recently it was noted that the ship has had some issues with its cruising speed over the last several sailings. In May, 2019 a similar event was experienced as well.
In the letter to the passengers, it was stated that divers will be on-site and working on the ships azipods. An azipod is the ships propulsion system which can “turn” nearly 360-degrees to position the ship far easier than a traditional rudder-prop setup.
The Liberty is due to return to Galveston late Saturday or early Sunday to give the divers ample time to make the repairs before departing on its next cruise.
Recently over the last several months, many other ships, both with Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines have experienced similar issues with their azipod’s. With so many ships now using these high-tech propulsion systems and with the “newness” of the technology, it remains to be determined what their actual life-cycle will be.
TheOceanTraveler will keep up on the issue and update this article.