January 25, 2001
Celebrity has finally decided what to do with its mechanically-faulty Millennium: the problem plagued ship will make its second visit to dry dock in six months for repairs to an under-performing electric motor that operates one of the ship's two propulsion units. As a result, Celebrity has canceled two Caribbean cruises; passengers booked on the April 1 and April 8 sailings will receive a full refund and a 50 percent discount on a future seven-night Celebrity cruise in the Caribbean. The problem lies with an under-performing electric motor. The ship, launched amid much fanfare last year, had mechanical glitches almost immediately; a dry dock session upon arrival from Europe to the U.S. targeted a shuddering impact. Celebrity, ever since announcing the slow motor late last year, which took the ship's maximum speed from 24 knots to 20 knots, has been trying to avoid the need for another dry dock (and the necessity for canceling more cruises) by cutting less time in Eastern Caribbean ports to make up for the slower island-to-island speed. Its Western Caribbean itinerary featured islands close enough so no alterations were necessary.