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
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.