The damage was discovered during a dive inspection while the ship was docked in Nice, France, on October 14. Because the rudders are used to steer the ship, the line deemed that the repairs require a dry dock.
Celebrity Century will remain in Nice until 5 p.m. Saturday, October 16, and plans call for it to resume service in time for its next scheduled sailing on October 25.
Passengers on the current sailing will be allowed to remain onboard through Saturday and will be offered complimentary phone and Internet services. Passengers will receive full refunds; the cruise line is also giving each passenger 25 percent of his or her current cruise fare in the form of a future cruise credit.
Celebrity Century had just departed from Barcelona on a 12-night cruise on October 13, the ship's last European sailing of the season.