Oasis of the Seas: Freeport Incident

On April 1, 2019, Oasis of the Seas was involved in a rather severe incident while in wet dock in Freeport, Bahamas.

The Back Story: Oasis of the Seas, the fourth largest cruise ship in the world, was in Freeport, Bahamas in a scheduled wet dock to make necessary repairs to the propulsion system. The wet dock was planned to last only a few days, and Oasis was to return to Port Canaveral to complete her 2019 Caribbean season before heading to Spain for her Mediterranean season and scheduled dry dock in October.

The Incident: While in wet dock around 1:45 P.M. on April 1, 2019, the blocks that Oasis was resting on buckled causing the ship to shift into the dock which resulted in a construction crane to topple onto the Aqua Theater section of the Oasis. Eight crew members are confirmed to be injured none of which are life threatening:

Immediate action of Oasis Captain: The Oasis was immediately evacuated of all crew and contract workers. Bahamas Paradise Line gladly welcomed all crew onto the Grand Classica to house them while travel arrangements were made.

After Effects: Royal Caribbean International has canceled the April 8, 15, and 22 transatlantic voyages to sail Oasis to Cadiz, Spain where one of the only dry docks that can accommodate an Oasis Class ship is. Once there Oasis will undergo the necessary repairs needed to the damaged areas of the ship.

Affected Cruises: Royal Caribbean is extending a 100% refund to all passengers scheduled on these voyages in addition to a 100% future cruise credit and travel change fees up to $200 per person for domestic flights and $400 per person for international flights. Royal has indeed gone above and beyond to compensate passengers affected by this unexpected event.

Will Oasis sail again: As of now, the damage is still being surveyed. However, the Oasis is considered "unseaworthy" until the extent of the damage is known she will remain as she is in Freeport. Yes, I do believe she will sail again.

Update April 12 2019: Oasis of the Seas is currently sailing to Cadiz, Spain where she will be repaired and plans to sail as scheduled on May 5, 2019. Royal Caribbean has alerted guests on this sailing that the Aqua theater entertainment might not be performing as scheduled.

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