Ambassador Cruises has switched ‘Ambience’s’ scheduled operation to ‘Ambition’ with immediate effect.
Upon inspection, the company found that it needed to extend the ‘Ambience’s’ biennial drydock maintenance works in Bremerhaven, Northern Germany.
This followed routine inspections that found that both propeller shafts and stern bearings were damaged by way of metal grinding.
They require essential repair works, which would risk leaking oil into the environment if not addressed immediately. Therefore, the two propeller shafts (each 20 m long and weighing over 30 tonnes each) together with their bearings have been transported by sea to a specialist metal repair shop in Denmark.
Ambassador said it was informed that the additional maintenance works will not be concluded in time to operate the itineraries on board ‘Ambience’ as scheduled, with the ship only able to return to the UK in early January ahead of her Grand Round The World Cruise.
As a result of the unexpected but essential works that will see ‘Ambience’ remain in drydock longer than originally planned, it made operational sense to swap this itinerary over from ‘Ambience’ to ‘Ambition’, the company explained.
With over 6,600 guests due to be on board ‘Ambience’ in December and 800 booked on ‘Ambition’, it made operational sense to cancel the one sailing over this period on ‘Ambition’ instead of all ‘Ambience’s’ planned itineraries, which limited the impact on most guests with forward bookings.