(3:43 p.m. EST) - The last sailing before dry dock of Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas has been delayed by a day after further repairs were required for the ship's fixipod propulsion unit. The previous cruise's itinerary was severely affected by the technical issue.
Last week a problem with the ship's fixipod, resulting in an oil leakage, forced the line to stop for a day to complete stopgap repairs, and necessitated a permanent shutdown of the propulsion unit. Both the delay and slower speed of the ship resulted in a cancellation of two port calls.
Originally, Royal Caribbean had not anticipated any impact on the March 23 sailing, but upon reaching its homeport of San Juan, it was determined more repair work was needed. Embarkation was delayed, though all passengers did get on the ship yesterday.
According to Cynthia Martinez, director of global corporate communications for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Adventure of the Seas is scheduled to depart San Juan today once repairs have been completed. As a result of the delay, a port call to Barbados has been canceled.
Passengers onboard the ship will receive onboard credit as compensation for the delay and changed itinerary. Those in inside, outside and balcony cabins will receive $250 OBC per cabin, as well as $75 for third and fourth passengers. Suite passengers will get $500 OBC per cabin, plus $75 for third and fourth passengers.