(5:10 pm) Royal Caribbean has announced that the Allure of the Seas, which has been experiencing propulsion issues over the past few weeks, will dry dock the week of February 24, 2014 at Grand Bahama Shipyard. This unscheduled dry dock will force Royal Caribbean to cancel the February 23, 2014 sailing of Allure of the Seas. Guests on the cancelled sailing will have the choice to either receive a 100% refund or sail on select itineraries at the same rate.
In addition, the Allure of the Seas will need to sail a revised eastern Caribbean itinerary due to the revised speed of the ship. Allure of the Seas will now call on Nassau, Bahamas, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
“We sincerely regret that we will be unable to deliver the Royal Caribbean cruise vacation that our guests were looking forward to,” said Adam Goldstein, president and chief executive officer, Royal Caribbean International. “We understand that our guests’ vacation time is very precious and can assure you that we did not take this decision lightly. But it was very important to us that we bring Allure back up to speed so that she could continue to deliver the amazing cruise vacations our guests expect.”
In recent weeks, the Allure of the Seas has been forced to sail at a reduced speed due to “irregular wear” on the ship’s propulsion system. The reduced speed has and continues to force Royal Caribbean to alter port times throughout Allure’s eastern Caribbean itinerary.