Thruster Issues & Itinerary Changes

School me sailors! Kneed me sum edumakation!


If a cruise line cancels a port due to thruster issues, what does that really mean? If the ship can dock in Galveston and Cozumel, then why not Progreso? What is it about the port that makes the thrusters important there, but not at other ports. 


Thanks!! Big Smile

8 Answers

Some ports are a tighter fit and require the thrusters for finely handled dockings and departures. Without thrusters some ships in some ports require the assistance of a tug. Not all ports have tugs available.

Damn. I thought this was going to be a honeymoon question.

There is also currents which are stonger in some ports than others.

Some ports even have restrictions depending upon the location of such as aft thrusters for vessels without functioning 360 degree azimuthing pods, size of the thrusters and number of, for instance, not enough of them or not enough diameter. Another thing, thrusters are sometimes inoperative and the ship has to do without, meaning, as Old Grey Wolf indicated, they might need a tug or two, no tug, no docking.

I'm lucky, over 20 cruises and no "Thruster Issues" well, none that I have heard of Big Smile

Thank you the actual ship mechanical explanations. I do not require other explanations, as I have had that figured out for a long time. Regards!

Rough seas does take some of the pressure off though, doesn't it ? Big SmileBig Smile

My bad.......I thought it said thrustING issues. Thrusters are engine / propulsion things. I thought, well, nevermind. Wink


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