Royal Caribbean’s ‘Oasis of the Seas’ is currently in Navantia’s Cádiz shipyard for repairs after suffering damage in drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard.
Three sailings departing Port Canaveral on April 7, 14 and 21 were cancelled due the unscheduled repairs. Her next sailing will be a 5th May departure out of Barcelona, the first cruise of her European summer season.
Affected Royal Caribbean customers will receive a full refund, a 100% credit towards a future cruise and a limited reimbursement for airfare change fees. Any prepaid excursions booked through the cruise line will also be refunded, the company said, due to the accident which occurred in a floating dock at Grand Bahama Shipyard.
She suffered unspecified damage during propulsion repairs in the yard’s largest floating drydock, Dock 2. Niklas Sandström, a project manager who was on board the vessel at the time of the casualty, reportedly told Finnish media that the vessel took on a list to starboard of around even degrees. A crane fitted on the drydock’s starboard side fell over onto the amphitheatre on the vessel’s stern.
In a brief statement, Royal Caribbean indicated that the drydock itself may have suffered damage in the incident. “We are aware of damage to the dock structure and to construction cranes. We are assessing damage to the ship,” the cruise line said.