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Symphony of the Seas sea trials delayed due to weather

21 Jan 2018
Matt Hochberg

The first sea trials for Symphony of the Seas have been pushed back due to inclement weather.

STX France shipyard had originally planned for Symphony of the Seas' first sea trials on January 19, but it had to be postponed 24 hours.  Despite the delay, Symphony was unable to begin her sea trials on Saturday either.

Mer et Marine reports weather conditions, particuluarly wind, exceeded the limits that STX France has for ships to leave the shipyard and enter the English Channel. The weather conditions were deemed too risky.

In addition to wind, certain other sea conditions need to be met, such as the tide needs to be at a certain level for the keel to have enough under it in order for the ship to reach the channel. With the delay due to wind, the tides are now unfavorable and will not offer a favorable window until four weeks from now.

Royal Caribbean is schedueld to take delivery of Symphony of the Seas in late March.