JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Celebrity Cruises announced Tuesday it was cancelling the remainder of a seven-night cruise to Alaska, plus four additional cruises, after mechanical issues forced a ship carrying more than 3,100 passengers and crew members to return to port in Ketchikan.
The cruise line said in a statement that passengers on the current cruise on its Millennium ship would receive refunds of their cruise fares and chartered air travel home. It also said it was offering future cruise certificates for 100 percent of the fare paid for this cruise.
The mechanical issues also forced the cancellation of cruises on the Millennium that were scheduled for Aug. 23, Aug. 30, Sept. 6 and Sept. 13, the company announced late Tuesday.
Cynthia Martinez, a spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which owns Celebrity Cruises, said by email that about 2,200 guests and nearly 960 crew members were onboard the current cruise. She said Celebrity Cruises "will do whatever is necessary to get our guests back home, at no additional cost to them."
Martinez said guests booked on the other canceled sailings will receive a full refund, as well as a certificate for a future cruise.
She said the 965-foot ship experienced a mechanical issue with one of its two propulsion motors. Martinez said it could sail at a reduced speed with one motor, but the cruise line decided to cancel the sailing "in an abundance of caution."
The ship had an issue with the same motor on a prior outing, she said.
Celebrity Cruises said the seven-night sailing began Friday, with the ship leaving Vancouver, British Columbia. Ketchikan, in southeast Alaska, was one of several ports of call scheduled before the cruise was to end in Seward.
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