More problems for Celebrity's trouble-plagued Millennium class ships. The cruise line just announced that two -- yes, two -- of its three ships are going to enter an unexpected drydock to repair mechanically-related problems. Summit heads into drydock on March 29 and Infinity goes April 13. In both cases propulsion pods are the problem. As Celebrity aficionados will remember, last summer the company had a spate of similar mechanical problems and like then, this newest bout requires cancellation of scheduled cruises during a pretty high season time of year (spring break).
Summit will cancel its March 29 cruise out of Port Everglades and delay (and shorten) the next scheduled voyage, an 11-day trip, into a seven night sailing that departs April 12.
Infinity loses two sailings -- both from San Juan, scheduled for April 13 and 20 departures.
There are more changes as well -- port swapping and the like -- so if you are booked in April on either of the two ships call your travel agent or Celebrity at 1-888-305-4626
According to a Celebrity statement, the ongoing troubles relate to pods involving ball-bearing units that are wearing out prematurely. This slows ship down, resulting in missed port calls.
Both ships will receive repairs at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas.
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Celebrity Cancels 3 Sailings
March 20, 2002