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Update: I understand that P&O have confirmed that there is a problem with the starboard motor, and that as a result Ventura is having to voyage at reduced speed. They’ve also confirmed that the call at Madeira has been cancelled and replaced by a (possibly shorter?) call at Punta Delgado. No mention as to whether she’ll be late back into Southampton on the 22nd, however. P&O have also confirmed that all shipboard systems are fully working. So it seems that the problem is confined to the electrical motor (and/or associated control systems) driving the starboard propellor, and not the main engines which are elsewhere in the ship and just spin alternators to generate electricity. I imagine that repairing this problem will have been added to the jobs to be done during the refit which, as I said below, is due to start immediately after this cruise.

I’ve been reading some reports that Ventura has a problem with one of her propulsion motors. There have been some reports that she was stopped in the water for a while, but later continued moving but at a reduced speed. I’ve also read that her current itinerary – she’s on her transatlantic voyage back to Southampton after a winter season of Caribbean fly cruises – has been amended; apparently, a call at Madeira has been dropped and the Azores substituted. (This would be a more direct voyage, apparently.) Frustratingly, I can’t find any confirmation by P&O about the issue.

Ventura is due back at Southampton on 22 March, after which she’ll go for her first significant refit. Presumably this will be done in Germany, but I don’t know whether it will be at Hamburg or Bremerhaven – P&O have used shipyards in both of these ports recently. After the refit she’s due back in Southampton on 7 April to start her spring cruise season.

One Response to “Propulsion motor problem on P&O Ventura?”

  1. Malcolm Oliver says:

    Some newer ship have the newer Azipod system of propulsion and have suffered from premature ‘bearing’ failure. However the Princess ‘Grand Class’ (including Ventura and Azura) have traditional propulsion with drive shafts and engines connected to the propellers.

    This system is sometimes regarded as the more reliable option, but offers less manoeuvrability.

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