Royal Caribbean has canceled three Oasis of the Seas sailings after a crane collapsed onto the ship during dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas.
Royal Caribbean Cancels Sailings
Royal Caribbean has canceled three sailings out of Port Canaveral after a crane fell onto the aft section of the ship. After assessing the damage, the cruise line will need extra time to make fixes.
Those guests who are booked on April 7, April 14 and April 21 sailings are receiving full refunds as the Royal Caribbean cruise ship will be delayed returning to service due to the damage done.
The incident resulted in damage to the Aqua Theatre and some suites. Considering the situation and our need to complete the scheduled maintenance, we've only canceled the sailings on 4/7,4/14, and 4/21 in order to undergo repairs. Hope this helps. ??
— Royal Caribbean (@RoyalCaribbean) April 2, 2019
- April 7: 7-Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise – Canceled
- April 14: 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise – Canceled
- April 21: 14-Day Transatlantic Cruise – Canceled
The cruise line has been communicating the details directly to guests who are impacted by the cancellations. The company has also been responding to worried guests via Twitter. After assessing the damage to the ship the AquaTheater and some suites located at the aft were damaged. The ship was also listing towards its starboard side.
A source, who asked to remain anonymous, provided these photos of the @RoyalCarribean crew members after a crane crashed on the top of the cruise ship and caused significant damage. According to that source the 2,000 crew members are still in the Bahamas. @WPBF25News pic.twitter.com/4ZNOqMD2FA
— Terace Garnier (@TeraceGarnier) April 2, 2019
Around 1,200 crew members were evacuated from Oasis of the Seas just after the crane fell. With nowhere for them to go two cruise ships operated by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line offered to help.
While Grand Celebration was also in Freeport, the ship provided aid to the Royal Caribbean crew members. Grand Classica also let the stranded crew members stay overnight and provided food. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line offers short round trip sailings to the Bahamas from Port of Palm Beach, Florida.
Oasis of the Seas is one of the world’s largest cruise ships at 225,285 gross tons with a guest capacity of 5,480 at double occupancy.
Cruise Hive will keep readers informed on any new updates on this developing news.