Second largest Royal Caribbean ship Harmony of the Seas docks in B'dos
Harmony of the Seas docked in the Bridgetown Port, Barbados
Harmony of the Seas, the second-largest cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, is in Barbados.
This is the largest vessel to ever dock in the Bridgetown Port.
The Oasis-class cruise ship comes in at 227,000 gross tons and is 1,188 feet in length. It can carry 5,479 passengers and 2,100 crew, according to cruisecritic.com.
Harmony of the Seas berthed by the breakwater in the Bridgetown Port just after 7.30 am this morning, Wednesday, May 27.
The ship is without guests due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), only crew are on board.
Royal Caribbean is currently executing repatriation flights across regions around the globe to rescue its staff. On the Royal Caribbean website, it was shared that:
"At Royal Caribbean International, our guests and crew's safety and well-being are always our top priorities.
"After further consulting with our partners at Cruise Lines International Association and in conjunction with the CDC, we have decided to extend the suspension of sailings for our global fleet for all sailings through July 31st, 2020. Our goal is to resume operations on August 1st, 2020. (China sailings will be suspended through June 30th, 2020)."
Harmony of the Seas was to arrive in Barbados at an earlier date. The last given date prior to today's arrival was May 17, 2020.
The crew members onboard Harmony are to fly out of Barbados on a series of repatriation flights from the Grantley Adams International Airport. On May 3, on CrewCenter.com, in an article entitled 'Royal Caribbean Announces Major Crew Repatriation Plan', it was stated that "Filipino crew will be transferred to Harmony and Liberty. Harmony of the Seas will sail to Barbados, where Royal Caribbean have asked to operate charter flights to Manila every three days, starting May 11."
Harmony of the Seas is now off-shore to make way for the Liberty of the Seas to come alongside. Both Royal Caribbean ships will be here for a couple of days as the repatriation flights are reorganised.