A guest aboard the Holland American Line Westerdam sent us the following information this morning:
“On HAL’s Westerdam now. Ship malfunctioned while at Hubbard Glacier, severely hampering forward progress. Captain says part of propulsion system (Azipod failure). Heading to Sitka now, but will skip Ketchikan. Any news on this situation? Coast Guard is aware and monitoring the situation.
We will miss Ketchikan and not sure what time we will arrive in Sitka. (The ship is currently in Sitka now) Many excursions canceled in Sitka.
Flying in Experts from HAL for assistance. No more info being given at this time.”
The cruise passenger requested that his identity remain anonymous and confidential.
The Westerdam sailed from Seattle on a seven day cruise was was scheduled to call on Juneau, Hubbard Bay, Sitka, Ketchikan and Vancouver Island, before returning to Seattle.
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