Around 11am Wednesday morning, Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas, which had been delayed in San Juan due to propulsion issues, finally set sail on an abbreviated southern Caribbean sailing.
Adventure of the Seas docked in San Juan on Sunday, following a sailing of propulsion issues. The ship has experienced propulsion issues for the past two weeks, but was forced to cancel calls in Aruba, Curacao, and St. Croix on the latest sailing. The ship has recently been forced to sail at a reduced speed due to technical issues with the ship’s fixipod. Once the ship arrived in San Juan in Sunday, passengers disembarked the ship a few hours late and maintenance began attending to the ship’s fixipod.
The unscheduled maintenance on the fixipod eventually required additional working time, leading to Royal Caribbean delaying the departure indefinitely. While the Adventure of the Seas was docked in San Juan, divers began removing the propeller blades to begin maintenance. The process of removing the blades was further complicated by undisclosed technical challenges, forcing the ship to remain in San Juan until Wednesday morning.
Once the required maintenance had been completed, Adventure of the Seas set sail from San Juan on Wednesday morning. Passengers were able to embark on Sunday and have remained onboard the ship for the time in port. The most recent compensation package from Royal Caribbean is offering all guests a full refund of their cruise fare in addition to a 50% credit of their cruise fare to be used for a future Royal Caribbean sailing. The Adventure of the Seas will still be able to make her scheduled calls in Antigua, St. Lucia, and St. Croix.
Adventure of the Seas is scheduled to enter an extended drydock on March 30th, where she will receive a number of Oasis Class enhancements. In addition, technicians will be able to complete a full diagnosis and overhaul to the ship’s propulsion system.