Two Royal Caribbean cruise ships, Oasis of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, have reported issues with their propulsion systems. Customers with upcoming cruises on Anthem of the Seas have been notified of itinerary changes due to the ship having to travel at a reduced speed. The ship’s engine requires maintenance, impacting its speed and resulting in dropped stops in Port Canaveral, Florida or Nassau, Bahamas. Royal Caribbean has apologized for the change and offered compensation to affected guests. Oasis of the Seas also experienced a propulsion issue, with one of its three propulsion pods needing an electrical component replacement. The ship’s speed has been lowered as a precaution, resulting in a slight delay in arrival at Port Canaveral. However, guests have reported that the issue has had minimal impact on their cruise experience.
Cruise ships often have redundant engines, allowing them to continue operating safely even when facing propulsion issues. In most cases, ships are able to operate at a reduced speed until repairs can be made. However, in rare cases, such as with Radiance of the Seas last month, sailings may need to be canceled for more immediate repairs. It is not uncommon for ships to make repairs during scheduled dry docks. Overall, while propulsion issues can occur, cruise lines have measures in place to ensure the safety and comfort of their guests.
In conclusion, both Anthem of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas have experienced propulsion issues, resulting in itinerary changes and reduced speeds. Royal Caribbean has notified affected guests and offered compensation for the inconvenience. Despite the issues, guests have reported that their cruise experiences have not been significantly impacted. Cruise ships typically have redundant engines and can continue operating safely at reduced speeds until repairs can be made.