Celebrity Pulls Century Out of Caribbean Next Summer
For the first time in several years, 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.
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.