I believe that the only place in the area that is able to take a ship of her size is Freeport dry dock in the Bahamas.
Statement from RCI,.
"Explorer of the Seas starboard propeller was damaged when it made contact with a submerged object while departing Samana, Dominican Republic, on January 28. While the ship is operating safely, its cruising speed is currently reduced to approximately 18 knots, rather than 22 knots. A dive team attempted to make repairs in Cape Liberty Sunday, but poor underwater visibility prevented that. Repairs will take place when the ship is docked in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., Thursday
Do you know if this problem has been rectified as yet, we are travelling 5th April from New Jersey , someone has commented that the ship needs to be dry docked, is this possible,and will it be safe to travel???
Hi, we are also sailing on the 5th of April. I don't know if reading all of these reviews is a good or bad thing as we were really looking forward to this holiday - now I have a sick knotted feeling in the pit of my stomach! I am going to phone Royal Caribbean direct in the morning and see if they can enlighten me. I will let you know.
We were on the Explorer cruise on 1st Feb (Sunday) - and were told about the damaged propellor and how they were sending 2 divers down to see if the propellor could be repaired, but as you say poor visibility prevented that. We docked at St Thomas on Thursday (5th Feb) repairs were carried out, but when we docked at St Maarten's the following day, some sort of work was being done, whether it was to the propellor, I'm not sure. This is no way spoilt out cruise and the ships cruising speed did not seem affected as some days we were cruising at 21 knots.
I was on that cruise when it hit the object.
How were your experiences? I leave on June 11 for 9 nights and have been following the prop damage drama. Were the seas rougher than usual due to the damage to the ship?
I just returned from a 9 night eastern caribbean cruise aboard this ship. It performed fine and I never saw any problems with the prop. The new captain Olav is a class act and will take care of any concerns you may have. We were in a suite on the starboard side of the ship along the back, and got into some rough seas between Puerto Rico and Cape Liberty.This ship is performing as well if not better than other ships I have been on. Only concerns I had during this cruise was the eastern talking, obnoxious yankees that were passengers. Crew and staff are excellent. Ship is excellent!
I talked to Royal, they still dont have it fixed, they said by Jan 2010 they will dry dock it and fix it. After buying our 9 night cruise they told us 4 weeks before our departure that we will be missing one of our stops due to this problem. Royal will not compensate you for this I was told. So beware you may miss islands too!!!!!!!!! I leave on May 28th to Bermuda, St Maarten, St. Thomas and we are missing Puerto Rico.