September 6, 2001
As the eventful -- and news-making -- 2001 Alaska cruise season winds down, Celebrity is making belated headlines. The cruise line is paying a $55,000 penalty over errant smokestack emissions that actually occurred last summer in Juneau. The “opacity violations” occurred on Galaxy and Mercury. The payment is actually a settlement with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC); Celebrity agreed to shell out the money -- but does not admit or deny that its ships violated Alaska’s air-emissions standards. Celebrity was actually just one of seven cruise lines who, according to the DEC, violated opacity rules; the agency says negotiations are ongoing with the other companies.