Royal Caribbean Cruise Delayed Due to Technical Issue

January 9, 2018
Exterior shot of Grandeur of the Seas

(7:23 p.m. EST) -- Grandeur of the Seas' next cruise will depart two days later than initially planned, due to a technical issue that requires immediate repairs.

Cruise Critic member CruiseKeeper, who is onboard the ship, said on the Royal Caribbean forums, "Captain just said we are going to Port Canaveral instead of Freeport. The issue is port side steering where we need a part."

A Royal Caribbean spokesperson confirmed the itinerary change: "Grandeur of the Seas is currently experiencing a technical issue. As soon as we became aware of the issue, our highly trained engineering team has been working to resolve it.

"While the ship is safe to operate, in an abundance of safety, it will now make a stop at Port Canaveral on Wednesday, January 10 for repairs."

Grandeur of the Seas is expected to return to its homeport of Baltimore on Saturday, January 13. The next sailing was originally scheduled to depart on Thursday, January 11. It has been shortened from nine nights to seven nights.

The ship is toward the end of a nine-night Caribbean cruise that departed from Baltimore on January 2. CruiseKeeper added that the line has extended beverage and internet packages, while new packages are available at 50 percent off, for those onboard.

No further details on compensation have been announced.

--By Gina Kramer, Editor