(2:17 p.m. EST) -- Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas has been forced to cancel two port calls after an oil loss from the ship's fixipod propulsion unit forced the shutdown of the pod. The fixipod cannot be repaired until the ship goes into dry dock March 30, though the line said the ship's next sailing should not be affected.
Cruise Critic first learned of the propulsion problem from Community member Lavaland who posted "Just read on our Roll Call that the Adventure of the Seas, which I am supposed to be boarding in 5 days is currently stuck in St. Kitts with a busted propeller."
Royal Caribbean confirmed the issue. "Yesterday, as Adventure of the Seas was arriving to St. Kitts, the ship became aware of oil loss from the ship's fixipod," Cynthia Martinez, director of global corporate communications for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., told Cruise Critic. "Oil booms were immediately placed around the ship to contain the oil. Engineers required additional time in port in order to continue working on the issue."
The work necessitated the delay of the ship's departure from St. Kitts until 3 a.m. Furthermore, because engineers could not complete a permanent repair, the fixipod will remain offline until the ship goes into dry dock March 30. This will cause the ship to sail at a reduced rate of speed.
The combination of the delayed departure from St. Kitts and the reduced speed has forced the ship to cancel its scheduled port calls to Aruba (March 20) and Curacao (March 21). Instead, Adventure of the Seas will visit Antigua today, St. Maarten on Thursday (staying overnight) and St. Croix on Saturday.