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Royal Caribbean Alaska Sailing was changed the day before embarkation

Royal Caribbean Rays of the sea had a rocky start to this year's Alaska cruise season. Drive problems have already forced the popular cruise line to cancel Your 7-day Alaska cruise is scheduled for April 26, 2024, and now the subsequent cruise, departing May 3, 2024, has undergone an unexpected itinerary change.

Instead of calling at Skagway, Alaska, the port originally scheduled for May 8, the Radiance-class ship will call at Haines, Alaska. The remainder of the itinerary remains unaffected and future cruises, all generally following the same itinerary, are still scheduled to call at Skagway.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause. Nevertheless, we look forward to visiting a new port with you!”, Royal Caribbean wrote in a letter to affected guests.

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Radiance of the Seas (Image credit: Ric Jacyno / Shutterstock)

The one-way cruise begins in Vancouver, Canada before sailing to Alaska to visit Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Sitka, the newly added Haines and Hubbard Glacier before ending in Seward on May 10. The next cruise will then begin in Seward, Alaska, also on May 10, and will end in Vancouver a week later, with the 2,143-passenger ship continuing to shuttle between the two ports throughout the Alaska season.

The reason for the single port charge has not been confirmed. Although it could possibly be due to the ship's propulsion problems, it is more likely that the change was made Skagway Cruise Port is operating with one fewer berth than normal while it awaits the arrival of a new float for its ore dock – and the relatively small port initially only has three different docks.

With Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian encore and Holland America Line MS Noordam A visit to Skagway is also planned on the same day Rays of the sea“, scratched, it's possible that there simply wasn't enough room to accommodate the Royal Caribbean ship.

Also read: Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas: Overview and Things to Do

Norwegian encore And MS Noordam will each embark on their own 7-day Alaska cruise, both departing May 5th. The Norwegian ship will sail back and forth from Seattle, Washington, while the Holland America ship will sail back and forth from Vancouver, Canada.

Rays of the sea Is back in business after technical difficulties

On April 23, 2024, during Rays of the sea was in the middle of a repositioning cruise to officially begin their Alaska season, a problem with the ship's propulsion it has come to light.

Due to technical difficulties, the ship was unable to travel at its normal speed, forcing the crew to close ports in order to complete the journey from Los Angeles, California to Vancouver, Canada on time.

The next cruise, which was scheduled to depart Vancouver on Friday, April 26, was also affected. The 894-member crew welcomed guests aboard on April 26 as planned, but made arrangements for the humble ship to remain in port for two days longer to carry out repairs.

Radiance of the Seas at the Vancouver Cruise TerminalRadiance of the Seas at the Vancouver Cruise Terminal
Radiance of the Seas at the Vancouver Cruise Terminal (Image credit: Ric Jacyno / Shutterstock)

Passengers enjoyed the ship's amenities during a staycation of sorts. Under the new plan, the ship would set sail on April 28 with a modified itinerary. However, the repairs ultimately took longer than expected and this cruise was canceled.

Thank God, The drive problem has now been resolved, with Royal Caribbean informing guests in recent days that the May 3 cruise (and subsequent cruises) can proceed as planned. The news comes shortly afterwards Rays of the sea was spotted sailing through Vancouver Harbor, presumably to test its propulsion capabilities.

“We are pleased to announce that our teams are completing the technical work on board on time and we will be able to welcome you on May 3rd as planned!” Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to restore the ship to get you in top shape.” the cruise line wrote in an email.

Aside from the problem affecting the ship's propulsion, the nature of the mechanical problem was not disclosed. Nevertheless, these events are similar to previous problems Rays of the sea had its drive less than a year ago in August 2023.

These technical challenges led to Several cruises were canceled at the last minuteSome are wondering if the problem has been completely resolved and if it could reoccur in the future.

Radiance of the Seas in VancouverRadiance of the Seas in Vancouver

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