Celebrity cuts 7-night cruise to Alaska short

Celebrity Cruises’ 965-foot Millennium cruise ship was stopped short midway on a 7-night journey to Alaska due to mechanical problems.

Celebrity cuts 7-night cruise to Alaska short

Celebrity Cruises’ 965-foot Millennium cruise ship was stopped short midway on a 7-night journey to Alaska due to mechanical problems. The Millennium was carrying over 3,100 passengers and around 960 crew members and was re-routed to go back to port in Ketchikan.

Celebrity Cruises has had to cancel future sailings on the Millennium that were scheduled for August 23 and 30, as well as September 6 and 13.

One of the two propulsion motors on the cruise ship began having a mechanical issue, causing the ship to sail with only one motor at reduced speed. A cruise line spokesperson said it had experienced this same problem on a previous sailing. It was decided to err on the side of caution and cancel the rest of the cruise.

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Spokesperson Cynthia Martinez said they “will do whatever is necessary to get our guests back home, at no additional cost to them,” further explaining that all passengers would receive refunds, would be chartered home by air, and would also receive certificates equal to 100 percent of their cruise fare for future use.

The Millennium left Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday and was scheduled to arrive at its last port of call in Seward, Alaska.

On a brighter note, Ketchikan restaurants and bars got an influx of customers and sales as cruise passengers explored the port after the unexpected final disembarking on Sunday evening.

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