In a letter to travel agents, Celebrity cited a "mechanical issue involving [Millennium's] starboard propulsion system" as the reason for halting the 14-night voyage from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia. The ship will be dry-docked until necessary repairs can be completed.
Officials have not yet released specifics, but Millennium and sister ship Celebrity Infinity previously experienced bearing-related pod problems with their propulsion systems, prompting Celebrity to file a $300 million lawsuit against Rolls Royce and Alstom Power Conversion, which supplied them.
Those who had plans to sail the canceled itinerary will receive full refunds and up to $250 per person for airline changes for passengers who did not book flights through Celebrity. They will also receive free credit for any Celebrity cruise (on or before March 30, 2010) of equal value (excluding holiday and Celebrity Xpedition sailings).
--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor