JUST IN FROM RCI: Allure of the Seas WILL NOT be home-ported in Galveston in 2021

"Due to the Impact of COVID-19 and given the closure of shipyards, along with the disruption to the supply chain, Royal Caribbean would like to make you aware of some updates Regarding Allure of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, and Adventure of the Seas:

- The Allure of the Seas Amplification has been postponed until further notice. Additionally, due to pier construction delays in the Galveston terminal, the pier will unfortunately not be ready to welcome an Oasis Class ship. Therefore Allure will no longer set sail from Galveston, Texas, and rather, local fan-favorite Liberty of the Seas will assume Allure's itineraries in late 2021

- The Adventure, Explorer, and Liberty of the Seas amplifications have also been postponed until further notice. All Explorer sailings will be canceled through August 2020 to complete a Technical dry-dock.

Travel partners with clients effected by these changes will be notified directly with more details and options available."

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NERTZ! Didn't have any booked out of GALV on RCL, but was looking forward to those improvements. Got 3 after this Nov (NCL-NOLA, if it goes!) out of GALV on CCL...good ol VISTA and newly renamed (but not refurbed) RADIANCE. Being taught at a young age to "follow the money" it amazes me that all these cruise lines expect to survive this. Just how much debt can anybody take on b4 the ships sink...or get somebody elses logo on em???

Oh!My! Surprised

I agree. OMG!!

Yep - disappointing as we had booked a cruise on Allure in March 2021. We're moved to the Liberty which we've sailed twice. Liked it - great family ship, but really like those Oasis class ships. Moved us to the same class of suite. Must decide whether to keep or bite the bullet and move to a cruise from a Florida port at the same time. An extract of our letter is below.

"Dear Guest,

We hope that amidst this situation, you have remained healthy, safe, and optimistic that each day that passes, is another day closer to a more regular day-to-day.

Given the closure of shipyards along with the disruption to the supply chain caused by this pandemic, the amplification of Allure of the Seas, which included renovations and new signature attractions, has been moved to a later date. Currently, Allure is in Cadiz, Spain receiving a routine technical dry dock to ensure she is ready for your cruise. And, due to pier construction delays in the Galveston terminal, the pier will unfortunately not be ready to welcome an Oasis Class ship. As a result, Allure of the Seas will no longer sail from Galveston during Winter 2021 - 2022 and will sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, instead.

We know how much time and effort go into planning your cruise and apologize for the delay in construction plans. We were excited about it, too. However, the good news is, Liberty of the Seas will take Allure's place in Galveston come Winter 2021 and will set sail on 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries on the exact same days as your original cruise. To make this transition easier, we're automatically moving you to the Liberty of the Seas sailing departing on the same day as your original sailing. Rest assured, you'll be moved to the best available stateroom, your cruise fare amount will either be protected at your original rate or reduced to the current rate (whichever is lower), and all of your amenities will remain the same."

cruisellama, please keep us posted on what you decide to do. At this point in time, it may be easiest to go with the path of least resistance.

Sorry...was your cruise on Allure out of Galveston in March 2021? Or 2022? I didn't think it was arriving in Galveston in November 2021. We (extended family cruise - 5 cabins, 10 people total) were on the Thanksgiving Week 2021 (Nov. 21, 2021 departure) on Allure, and I'm hearing all of these people say they've been contacted by RCCL, yet neither I nor my travel agent have heard a word. Like your letter, they're all saying they were automatically transferred to Liberty OTS, but how on earth does that work? Allure is 40% bigger, and was nearly fully booked for our sailing. Those people won't all fit on Liberty!

Grrrrrr

Was booked on Allure for a Mar 2022 cruise. Delay in port upgrades prevents basing an Oasis class ship in Galveston at that time so we were moved to Liberty of the Seas (Freedom class). We can live with that (sailed it twice). Received an email from RCL today that Allure will be sailing, but from FL, but if we want to get back on we can. Unfortunately, they didn't provide an itinerary. RCL site is down, phones are fully maxed out, and can't get the answer. Anyone know how Allure will now be deployed?

Sad Hope you get some answers, soon!

Received another RCL email that Allure is now sailing from FLL at the same time we were booked in Galveston. Was able to move back to Allure. All good. Hope we're sailing in 2 years.

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