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.