RCL Cancels Three Oasis of the Seas Sailings After Crane Accident

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas
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Royal Caribbean has canceled three sailings on Oasis of the Seas after the ship was damaged while in drydock, a spokesperson for the cruise line tells Travel Agent. The ship’s April 7, April 14 and April 21 sailings have been cancelled as it heads from the Grand Bahama shipyard, where the accident took place, to be serviced at facilities in Cadiz, Spain

“Guests on the three sailings will receive full refunds, as well as full credit toward a future cruise,” the cruise line said. “We are sorry for the disruption to their vacation plans.”

The Oasis of the Seas will resume its scheduled itineraries beginning with the May 5 sailing from Barcelona. 

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The accident took place on April 1 when a crane collapsed on the Oasis-class cruise ship while it was in dry dock in the Grand Bahama shipyard, causing it to tilt toward its starboard side. The ship had been undergoing enhancements as part of Royal Caribbean’s $900 million “Royal Amplified” fleet upgrade project. 

In May 2020, the revamped Oasis of the Seas is scheduled to homeport in New York City, making it the first Oasis-class vessel and the largest cruise ship ever to sail from the Northeast, according to the cruise line. Plans call for the ship to sail a lineup of seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas, as well as a select number of short cruises to New England and Canada

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