RCI-Royal Caribbean cancels most of Allure Of The Seas ship's drydock refurbishment works

   May 12, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

In 2020-Q1, one of the world's most famous and largest cruise liners - Allure Of The Seas, had a scheduled major drydock refurbishment (Royal Amplified project) at Navantia Shipyard in Cadiz Spain.

The budgeted by RCI-Royal Caribbean USD 165 million drydocking was initially planned to take place between March 13 and May 9. However, due to the global pandemic (that started in mid-March), Navantia Shipyard was closed. The 58-day project was postponed for May-June and revised, with most of the changes eventually dropped.

The cruise liner's refurbishment 2020 was replanned as a 30-day "technical drydock". Instead of doing the originally planned upgrades, Royal Caribbean (world's second-largest cruise shipowner) decided to do mainly technical upgrades and regular maintenance works. All the refurbishment works for the passenger staterooms and onboard venues (enhancing old ones and adding new) were cancelled. The decision was also reasoned with limiting foreign subcontract workers at the shipyard.

The originally planned upgrades were paused and delayed until RCI's financial situation improves. Among the cancelled upgrades were the Ultimate Abyss (aft-located waterslide, world's largest at sea), The Perfect Storm (3-waterslides complex), redesigning Adventure Ocean (youth facilities), adding Giovanni's Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar" (fleet's first reimagined Giovanni's / family restaurant), Spotlight Karaoke (bar lounge).

For deck 5 was planned adding Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade, Sugar Beach Shop (ice cream and candies) and Beach Shop (poolwear). Pool Deck's (deck 15) renovations were also cancelled, including adding "The Lime and Coconut Bar" and the redesign of "H2O Zone" to "Splashaway Bay" (outdoor playground). Two Quantum-class ship venues - "Music Hall" (2-deck dance lounge) and "Bionic Bar by Makr Shakr" (served by robotic bartenders) - were also dropped from the project.

Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ship (raster image)

Allure OTS is currently en-route from Southampton UK (departed on May 10) to Cadiz, with a planned arrival at Navantia Shipyard on May 14.

For other Allure OTS accidents and incidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.