Crane collapse damages Oasis of the Seas

A file photo of the Oasis of the Seas.
A file photo of the Oasis of the Seas.

A drydock accident on April 1 at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport left a construction crane partly toppled on the aft end of Royal Caribbean's  Oasis of the Seas.

The ship was was in drydock for maintenance at the time of the accident. Eight people were injured, none seriously, Bahamian police said. 

The ship sustained damage, so Royal Caribbean has canceled three sailings: the April 7, 14 and 21 departures. Guests will receive full refunds as well as full credit toward a future cruise.

The Oasis of the Seas will leave the Grand Bahama yard to be serviced at the shipyard in Cadiz, Spain. The ship will then resume its scheduled cruises, beginning with a May 5 sailing from Barcelona.

The Oasis has a major drydock scheduled in September, when it is expected to spend two months getting a package of "Royal Amplified" improvements before its winter sailings in the Caribbean.

The Grand Bahama yard is one of the busiest cruise ship repair facilities in the world. A spokesman could not be immediately reached to learn the extent of the damage to its facilities.

This report was updated on Tuesday evening with information about cruise cancellations.


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