Celebrity Millenium cancels voyage with ongoing mechanical problems

Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 at 4:48 pm    

After experiencing repeated mechanical issue with its propulsion system, the Celebrity Millenium cruise ship has returned to port in Ketchikan, Alaska, canceling its current voyage and postponing several future trips. This week’s seven-day cruise, which began in Vancouver on August 16 and would have ended in Seward, Alaska, is not the first time the Millenium’s motors have malfunctioned—the ship’s three most recent voyages have been plagued with mechanical problems.

According to Coast Guard reports, one of the ship’s propulsion motors failed soon after leaving Ketchikan. Although the ship could sail at a slower speed with only one motor, the cruise line chose to cancel the voyage to ensure that the crew and passengers would remain safe. A spokesman for Miami-based Celebrity Cruises said the company “will do whatever is necessary to get our guests back home, at no additional cost to them.”

Passengers on the cruise have been offered full refunds, credits for future cruises, and air travel home. Celebrity said in a release that the Millenium, a 91,000 ton vessel, had more than 2,000 guests on board and 1,000 crew members. In addition to the August 16 cruise, Celebrity has also canceled the ship’s next four trips. The next scheduled cruise for the Millenium now leaves Sept. 22 from San Diego.

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