Royal Caribbean has cancelled five sailings on Liberty of the Seas in 2021 due to the need for an extended dry dock, a spokesperson for the cruise line has confirmed to Travel Agent. The cancellations will begin with the February 14, 2021 sail date.
The full list of impacted sailings is:
- February 14, 2021
- February 21, 2021
- February 28, 2021
- March 7, 2021
- March 14, 2021
Royal Caribbean announced an early 2021 drydock for Liberty of the Seas when it released its 2020 – 2021 cruise schedule; at the time, the line said that the move would be part of its Royal Amplified fleet modernization effort. That project represents a four-year, $1 billion effort to revamp 10 of the cruise line’s ships, beginning with the Mariner of the Seas, Independence of the Seas and, most recently, the Oasis of the Seas. Eventually the project will include the line’s entire Voyager and Freedom class of ships.
While exact details on the revamp for the Liberty of the Seas are not yet available, the most recent drydock, for Oasis of the Seas, reimagined its pool deck with a Splashaway Bay kids’ aqua park and The Lime & Coconut bar. The project also brought the Music Hall venue over from the line’s Quantum-class ships and added the Perfect Storm trio of water slides, as well as the Ultimate Abyss, billed as the tallest slide of its type at sea. The renovations will also add the cruise line’s first barbecue concept, Portside BBQ; the dedicated karaoke venue Spotlight Karaoke; the Clash for the Crystal City glow-in-the-dark laser tag arena; and a new escape room.