Royal Caribbean has been forced to modify over 30 itineraries due to a propulsion issue with Allure of the Seas, a spokesperson for the cruise line tells Travel Agent.
“The itinerary modifications were due to a technical limitation on one of the Allure of the Seas’ propulsion pods which lowers the ship’s speed,” the cruise line said. “These adjustments and the modified itinerary have been shared with guests and travel advisors.”
In addition to modifying itineraries on the Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean was also forced to reroute other vessels in order to prevent too many ships from being docked in a port at a given time. A letter posted by a guest on Oasis of the Seas’ December 8 sailing to the Cruise Critic message board has more details:
We're really looking forward to welcoming you onboard Oasis of the Seas and wanted to share some itinerary changes with you.
Our sister ship, Allure of the Seas, has a technical limitation which lowers her maximum speed. Over the past few weeks, we've been working feverishly to find alternate ports for Allure's sailings. Now you're probably wondering, "what does this have to do with my cruise?" Well, since we had to change Allure's itineraries, some ports will now have more ships than originally planned. So, to ensure you have a wonderful time in each destination with less crowding, we've rearranged the order we'll visit each port. The good news – you'll have additional time to enjoy each one! Oh yeah!
Overall, we've had to make changes to 30+ itineraries and yours is one of them. (Talk about "ship" happening!) Below, please find our new itinerary for December 8, 2019 on Oasis of the Seas.
The letter goes on to list the revised itinerary for Oasis’ December 8 sailing, which sails roundtrip from Miami, calling at Labadee, Haiti; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten, and spending a total of three days at sea.