Alaska cruise halted over mechanical issues
Mechanical problems have forced Celebrity Cruises to cancel the rest of a seven-night Alaskan cruise that started in Vancouver, B.C.
The Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska — Celebrity Cruises announced Tuesday it was canceling the rest of a seven-night cruise to Alaska after mechanical issues forced a ship carrying more than 3,100 passengers and crew members to return to Ketchikan.
The cruise line said in a statement that passengers would receive refunds of their cruise fares and chartered air travel home. It also said it also was offering future cruise certificates for 100 percent of the fare paid for this cruise.
Cynthia Martinez, a spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean Cruises, which owns Celebrity Cruises, said by email that there were about 2,200 guests and nearly 960 crew members onboard the Millennium. She said Celebrity “will do whatever is necessary to get our guests back home, at no additional cost to them.”
Martinez said the 965-foot ship experienced a mechanical issue with one of its two propulsion motors. She said it could sail at a reduced speed with one motor but, “in an abundance of caution,” the cruise line is canceling the sailing.
The ship had an issue with the same motor on a previous outing, she said.
Four additional sailings scheduled for the same ship also have been canceled.
Celebrity Cruises said the trip began Friday in Vancouver, B.C. Ketchikan was one of several ports of call before the cruise was to end in Seward.
The company said engineers, consultants from the motor manufacturer and the cruise line’s marine-operations team had been working “around the clock” to resolve the issue.