Royal Caribbean announced this week that the inaugural sailing of Navigator of the Seas has been cancelled due to construction delays during its $115 million upgrade. The five-night sailing was slated for February 24.
In a statement, Royal Caribbean says, "poor weather conditions have affected the progress of the ship’s outer decks."
"Although it is important to complete the ship on time, it is most important to ensure that we deliver 100 percent on our promise to provide the memorable experiences our guests enjoy with Royal Caribbean."
Passengers who were sailing on the Western Caribbean February 24 cruise will be refunded for their fare (including non-refundable deposits), prepaid amenities and airline cancellation fees (up to $200 per guest for domestic flights and up to $400 per guest for international flights). Guests will also receive a future cruise credit valued at 50 percent of the fare paid.
Navigator of the Seas is expected to emerge from its drydock for the nine-night Southern Caribbean cruise departing from Miami, FL on March 1. In May, the ship will sail three- and four-night cruises that call at the line’s new private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at Coco Cay.
As part of the upgrade, the ship is receiving new water slides (including the longest one at sea), the cruise-line’s first ever aqua coaster, a FlorRider surf simulator, additional dining options and a revamp to its pool deck that includes a kid’s Splash Pad and a two-level poolside bar.