Royal Caribbean delays Royal Amplified drydock refurbishments until further notice

   June 10, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

RCI-Royal Caribbean announced that due to financial losses caused by the ongoing pandemic, upcoming major drydock refurbishment projects (by the company's "Royal Amplified" program) will be postponed until further notice.

On Tuesday, June 9, RCI issued updates regarding the drydocking schedules for Adventure of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas.

Allure OTS' Amplification is postponed until further notice. Additionally, because of pier construction delays in Galveston TX, the terminal will not be ready to homeport an Oasis-Class liner. Therefore, Allure OTS will no longer depart from Galveston. Liberty OTS will assume Allure's itineraries in late 2021.

Explorer OTS, Liberty OTS and Adventure OTS ships' Amplification drydocks are also postponed until further notice. All Explorer OTS cruises through August 2020 were canceled to allow the vessel to complete its technical drydock in Cadiz (at Navantia Shipyard).

In May, RCI had warned a change like that was coming and told investors the necessary steps it would have to take in order to cut operating costs during the Coronavirus period. Among the cuts, RCI identified approx USD 3 billion and USD 1,4 billion of capital expenditure reductions or deferrals in 2020 and 2021.