The problem with scheduling yourself on a ship coming out of dry dock? It’s incredibly simple for those plans to be waylaid. Just ask the thousands of passengers who’d planned to set sail out of Miami on Royal Caribbean International’s Empress of the Seas in late March and early April, all of whom have been displaced thanks to delays.
According to Travel Weekly, Royal Caribbean recently informed its travel partners that additional time would be needed for upgrades to the ship, which include a refurbishing of the staterooms, the addition of Chops Grille (the line’s popular steak house) and what has been described as a “reimagined” casino. The 25-year-old ship is returning to the Royal Caribbean fleet after an eight year absence, during which it joined the Spanish Pullmantur line. Royal Caribbean began taking reservations for Empress of the Seas in December, with its first sailing following dry dock originally set for March 30th.
As of now, the ship’s first post-renovation sailing is slated for late April. Passengers booked on the cancelled trips (originally set to sail on March 30, April 4, April 7, April 11, April 16 and April 21 out of Miami) can either cancel for a full refund, switch their reservation to the Majesty of the Seas, or rebook for a later date with a $100 onboard credit offered to make up for the inconvenience.
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