Celebrity will not keep a ship in the Caribbean this summer. That's because it's just reassigned its 70,000-ton, 1,750-passenger Century -- originally slated to spend the warm weather months sailing 9- and 10-night Caribbean voyages from Ft. Lauderdale -- to Europe. The ship will now sail a variety of 9- and 10-night itineraries in Northern and Western Europe, and in the Mediterranean.For the first time in several years,
While it's not unusual for cruise lines to announce redeployments of its ships, Celebrity's relatively last-minute move is a bit unorthodox -- particularly when it means that the change will completely wipe out its presence in the Caribbean for that season. That's in part because Europe, as a cruise destination for 2005, is more popular than it's been in years; Celebrity's move is indicative of the current popularity of that region.
The line is offering concessions to folks booked on Century in the Caribbean. These include:
Depending on their voyage length and timing, passengers can move to other Celebrity or Royal Caribbean ships (based on space availability -- and holiday cruise options are generally not offered) without incurring any kind of fee. Rate protection is a given.
In some cases, onboard credits will be offered to those who rebook. Onboard credit amounts are higher for rebooking in the Caribbean than in Europe -- and amount depends on cabin category.
Passengers booked for a summer Caribbean cruise on Century can cancel outright -- and receive a full refund.
Celebrity's announcement stated the line would not open booking on its newly established European itineraries until January 4, 2005.
Celebrity Pulls Century Out of Caribbean Next Summer
December 28, 2004