The Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, is back in service after being out of commission for 17 months. The vessel was originally built by Royal Caribbean International and delivered to its owner in April 2017.
The cruise line news is that the first Oasis-Class Cruise Ship has returned to service after 17 months on hold.
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas was the next ship in line to begin operations after completing test sailings beginning July 27. The Oasis-class ship got her conditional sailing certificate last week and is now on her way to welcoming its first passengers after a 17-month hiatus.
The Allure of the Seas is currently the world’s single largest cruise ship. It was one of Port Canaveral’s first and busiest weekends in a long time. With the return of the Allure of the Seas, the turnaround of the Mardi Gras, and the return of the Disney Dream to service.
The World’s Largest Ship in Service
It’s another success story for the cruise industry now that the Allure of the Seas is back in service. Not only have cruise ships been able to run without any major problems in the past month, but they have also been able to do so without large outbreaks of COVID-19, negative publicity, or news articles that undercut the industry’s hard work. It also boosts confidence that putting big ships like the Allure of the Seas into service would be a breeze.
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The 225,282 gross ton Allure of the Seas is traveling with a fully vaccinated crew, and most guests have been vaccinated as well, with the exception of children under the age of 12. Those who had not been vaccinated underwent extra testing before to the trip and will do so again throughout and towards the conclusion.
Unvaccinated passengers must additionally carry extra insurance to cover any potential quarantine or repatriation, but this insurance is waived for children under the age of 18.
All of this is part of Royal Caribbean’s strategy to keep all passengers safe aboard while still allowing minors under the age of 12 to board who cannot be vaccinated.
Labadee, Haiti’s Allure of the Seas (Photo Courtesy: Royal Caribbean)
The Itinerary of St. Thomas is on shaky ground.
The Allure of the Seas is resuming service with a voyage from Orlando (Port Canaveral) to St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and a Perfect Day at CocoCay. The call to St Thomas has been wobbly since the local administration declared last week that all passengers aged 12 and above on cruise ships visiting the USVI must be properly vaccinated:
“This latest requirement will impact all cruise ships scheduled to call on St. Thomas in the near future. To comply with this requirement, guests ages 12 and older must provide documentation of full vaccination at the terminal as a condition to boarding. Guests under the age of 12 are not required to be vaccinated, but will be subject to our COVID-19 testing policy.“
Guests booked aboard Allure of the Seas cruises to St. Thomas have been given an alternative voyage or a full refund as a consequence of the US Virgin Islands’ demand.
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For the foreseeable future, the ship will be cruising in the Caribbean. Allure of the Seas will travel to Costa Maya, Mexico, Roatan, Honduras, and Cozumel, Mexico, before wrapping off her Western-Caribbean voyage at CocoCay’s Perfect Day. Unvaccinated passengers over the age of 12 are welcome on this trip, which departs from Port Canaveral on August 15.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can cruise ships start running again?
What happened to the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship?
The Oasis of the Seas cruise ship was involved in a collision with an oil tanker.
How long does a cruise ship stay in service?
A cruise ship typically stays in service for around 20 years.
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