One of the world’s largest cruise ships is having some big mechanical issues.
Royal Caribbean International said Thursday that the 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas will be pulled out of service for a week so unscheduled repairs can be made in the Bahamas.
The problem, according to the Miami-based cruise line, is that the bearing in one of the ship’s three propulsion motors has been wearing down faster than expected. While the motors can operate and maneuver the vessel, the ship’s top speed has been limited to keep the wear in check.
“While Allure could have continued to sail at a reduced rate of speed, we felt it was important to fix the problem as soon as possible,” William Baumgartner, senior vice president of marine operations for parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises, said in a statement. “We explored numerous repair options. Unfortunately, there was no satisfactory solution that did not involve taking the ship temporarily out of service.”
The sailing on Feb. 23, 2014 will be canceled so the ship can be repaired at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport the week of Feb. 24.
Those booked on the affected sailing will get a full refund or have the option to sail on some other itineraries at the same rate.
Due to the limited top speed, the ship has adjusted some of its itineraries in the eastern Caribbean. The ship is now calling on Nassau, Bahamas, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Allure of the Seas, which shares the title of world’s largest cruise ship with sister Oasis of the Seas, sails from Port Everglades.