WATCH: Three sailings cancelled as biggest cruise ship in world heads to Spain after crane collapse

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CANCELLED CRUISES: On April 1 a construction crane collapsed onto the ship while it was docked in the port of Freeport, in the Bahamas (inset). Photo credits: Royal Caribbean / Twitter / @Bahamaspress


A CRUISE SHIP that was seriously damaged after a crane collapsed on it while it was docked in the Bahamas in the Caribbean has headed to Spain for urgent repairs.

The ‘Oasis of the Seas’, the largest cruise ship in the world, has arrived at the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz but it has resulted in the cancellation of three scheduled sailings.

Some people, including honeymoon couple, booked onto the cancelled cruises have taken to Twitter to criticise the company.

Aaron Gillespie said: “My wedding is Saturday. #OasisoftheSeas was my honeymoon. Serious emotional damage and chaos starting my marriage. Can you please fix my honeymoon?”

On April 1 a construction crane collapsed onto the ship while it was docked in the port of Freeport, in the Bahamas, and left eight crew injured and caused damage to the outdoor stage on the upper deck and several suites. There were no passengers on board at the time.

The Royal Caribbean cruise line has been forced to cancel three scheduled departures for April 7, 14 and 21 and the ship is expected to resume its program on May 5 from Barcelona.

The company said: ““Guests on the three sailings will receive full refunds, as well as full credit toward a future cruise.

“We are sorry for the disruption to their holiday plans.”

Launched in 2008, the Oasis of the Seas has capacity for more than 6,400 passengers with 2,100 crew members.

The liner is expected to return to the Cadiz shipyard later in the year for a scheduled refit.

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