Celebrity Cruises has confirmed that Celebrity Summit's January 31 cruise, originally a seven-night Southern Caribbean cruise out of San Juan, has been shortened by a day. The cruise will now end on Friday, February 6 (instead of the 7th). The ship will then immediately head into dry dock to undergo repairs for what the line describes as "an electrical problem."
A spokesman from Celebrity told Cruise Critic that the dry dock was expected to last four days. The next cruise aboard Celebrity Summit is on scheduled to depart from San Juan on February 14. Celebrity Summit was chartered -- and therefore not open to the public for booking -- for its February 7 departure; that cruise has been canceled.
According to the line, the cruise departing January 31 will now sail an altered itinerary. A previously scheduled visit to Scarborough, Tobago on Wednesday has been canceled. The new six-night itinerary is as follows: St. Maarten on Sunday; Roseau, Dominica on Monday; St. George's, Grenada on Tuesday; Barbados on Wednesday; at sea on Thursday; return to San Juan on Friday.
The line will be offering the following compensation for passengers booked on the cruise.
Celebrity will provide an onboard credit to each stateroom based on stateroom category ($300 per cabin for inside/oceanview; $450 for baclony; $1,050 for suites).
If you purchased air transportation through Celebrity Cruises, the line will rebook your airline tickets for the end of the sailing at no additional cost.
If you did not purchase air transportation through Celebrity Cruises, the line will reimburse up to $150 per passenger for airline change fees, as a result of rebooking airline tickets for the end of the sailing.
If you did not purchase air transportation through Celebrity Cruises, and do not want to change your airline ticket for the end of the sailing, the line will reimburse up to $150 per passenger for hotel accommodation on the evening of February 6.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor
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Celebrity Shortens Summit Cruise; Ship Headed to Dry Dock
January 10, 2009