Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas cruise ship is finally set to begin the delayed dry dock in Cadiz, Spain but will be much shorter than planned.
Allure of the Seas Dry Dock to Begin
It is being reported that Allure of the Seas is set to finally begin its much anticipated dry dock at the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain later this week. It’s good to see that even when cruise lines including Royal Caribbean are trying to lower expenses we can still look forward to a slightly revitalized Oasis-class cruise ship.
It won’t be a complete makeover of the vessel as Royal Caribbean is downscaling what’s being done. According to company chairman José Gallardo, Allure of the Seas which was originally set to undergo a 58-day dry dock will now just be in the shipyard for around 30 days.
You can take a look at our original post about the new upgrades that were planned for Allure of the Seas.
We won’t be seeing any fancy new features as the focus will be mainly on the propulsion and navigation elements. The majority of work will be done by Navantia workers rather than subcontractors. No doubt social distancing will be followed during the upgrade and strict health protocols to make sure workers remain safe and healthy.
Allure of the Seas was originally scheduled to begin a massive 58-day dry dock in mid-March. The cruise line was planning on adding the Ultimate Abyss 10-story aft slide, The Perfect Storm trio of water slides, newly designed kids venues, the first Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar and many new additions.
The renovations were costing around $165 million and bring the large vessel in line with Royal Caribbean’s newest and recently upgraded ships such as Symphony of the Seas. It’s all part of the cruise line’s $1 billion Royal Amplief program which is a huge investment to upgrade the fleet. Due to the current pandemic, it’s likely this has been put on hold. In fact, Royal Caribbean detailed the impact on its business which Cruise Hive highlighted here.
The oasis-class ship was also scheduled to begin cruising in May with 7-day Mediterranean voyages out of Barcelona, Spain. The ship is also set to to begin cruises from the cruise line’s Terminal A at Port of Miami, Florida in November 2020.