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Celebrity Cancels Summit Sailing, Shortens Another

May 25, 2005
Celebrity Cruises has announced that Summit's June 3 sailing will be canceled -- and its May 27 voyage will be shortened by one day -- for unexpected dry-dock repairs. According to an official statement from the cruise line, "a radial-bearing unit that is showing premature wear in the ship's starboard propulsion system" must be replaced.

Guests booked on the canceled cruise -- a seven-night Alaska itinerary departing from Vancouver -- will receive a full refund, plus a free future Celebrity cruise of up to seven nights departing on or before December 15, 2006 (holidays are excluded). Cruisers on the abbreviated May 27 Alaska voyage -- which will skip a call in Ketchikan in order to return a day sooner than scheduled -- will receive an onboard credit of $300 per stateroom, reimbursement of airline change fees or hotel expenses up to $100 per guest, and a discount of 25 percent to be used toward a future Celebrity cruise of up to seven nights departing on or before June 30, 2006 (holidays are excluded). Free cruises in both instances must depart from North America.

The ship will enter the Victoria Shipyard on June 2 for the repairs, and is expected to sail its June 10 Alaska cruise as scheduled.

The cruise line has set up a help desk to assist afflicted folks; call 888-837-5676.

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