Royal Caribbean confirms three tour cancellations after crane accident

Royal Caribbean has confirmed the cancellation of three week-long sailings for cruise ship Oasis of the Seas (IMO 9383936) following an accident with a dry dock crane in the Bahamas.

Royal Caribbean said that in order to complete the interrupted dry dock of Oasis of the Seas, sailings scheduled for April 7th, April 14th, and April 21st had been cancelled, with customers receiving a full refund plus a full credit towards any future cruise.

A giant crane toppled onto the vessel in Freeport on April 1st, damaging both the vessel and the dock structure. The pool area was smashed and cabins were damaged. The hull was bent in.

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) will conduct a marine safety investigation as both the floating dock and the passenger vessel are registered with the BMA, Bahamas Minister of Transport and Local Government, Renward Wells, confirmed last week.

Royal Caribbean had previously said that there was damage to the dock structure and to construction cranes.

Oasis of the Seas will head for Cadiz, Spain, to be serviced. It will then resume its scheduled itineraries, beginning with a May 5th sailing from Barcelona.

2009-built, Bahamas-flagged, 225,282 gt Oasis Of The Seas is owned by Oasis of the Seas Inc care of manager Royal Caribbean Cruises of Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (Americas syndicate) on behalf of Oasis Of The Seas Inc.