Construction Hurdles Lead to More Cancellations for New Cruise Ships

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<p>Several sailings scheduled for 2025 have been canceled by Oceania Cruises due to delays in the construction of their newest vessel, Allura. This is the second round of delays for the cruise ship.</p><p><img data-cke-saved-src="" src="" alt="Oceanias large white cruise ship, despite construction delays, sails in the ocean." style="height: 169px; width: 301px;"></p><p>(Photo via Fincantieri)</p><p>Ultra-luxury cruise ship Allura was initially scheduled for a May 2025 debut, but was delayed. Now several more sailings are axed due to ongoing construction delays from the Fincantieri shipyard.</p><p>A letter to booked guests says, “We have been informed by the shipyard that Allura’s delivery will be delayed. As a result, we will need to cancel her scheduled sailings in June and July of next year.”</p><h2>What Oceania Allura sailings have been canceled?</h2><p>The canceled itineraries include 2025 sailings:</p><table class=" cke_show_border"><thead><tr><th>DATE</th><th>STATUS</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td><strong>May 2025</strong></td><td><strong>CANCELED</strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>June 8, 2025</strong></td><td><strong>CANCELED</strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>June 18, 2025</strong></td><td><strong>CANCELED</strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>June 15, 2025</strong></td><td><strong>CANCELED</strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>June 25, 2025</strong></td><td><strong>CANCELED</strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>July 7, 2025</strong></td><td><strong>CANCELED</strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>July 17, 2025</strong></td><td><strong>CANCELED</strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>July 25, 2025</strong></td><td><strong>SCHEDULED</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Initially, these voyages would sail to destinations like Turkey, Greece, Spain, Italy, Egypt, and Malta.&nbsp;</p><p>Allura’s maiden voyage has been moved to July 24, 2025. The cruise line assured passengers they would automatically receive full refunds and “a special rebook offer on a future sailing.”</p><p>The same email encouraged the affected guests to book a cruise on the new maiden voyage, offering them early access ahead of the February 12 date when it would open to the public. Allura’s revised maiden voyage will sail from Athens, Greece, to Monte Carlo, Monaco, over 12 days.&nbsp;</p><p>The cruise line added that there may be further changes to Allura’s schedule.</p><h2>Oceania’s Allura Class</h2><p>As Oceania Cruises’ eighth vessel and second Allura-class ship after Vista, Allura will be 790 feet long, 68,000 tons, and capable of accommodating 1,200 passengers and 800 crew members. It promises ultra-luxurious amenities, with spacious staterooms up to 291 square feet.&nbsp;</p><p>The first ship, Vista, which kicked off the Allura class&nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="" href=""><strong>was floated out in 2022</strong></a>&nbsp;and launched last year.</p><p>Princess Cruises issued a similar announcement a few weeks ago that its new ship, the Sun Princess,&nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="" href=""><strong>would also be delayed</strong></a>.</p><p>Supply chain issues have plagued shipyards across the globe since the pandemic.</p>
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