January 31, 2003
Celebrity Cruises abruptly ended yesterday the beleaguered Infinity’s trans-canal sailing. As reported yesterday, Infinity -- for the third time in the young ship’s history -- was experiencing propulsion problems that were slowing the ship down. Celebrity had already announced that Infinity’s next two cruises would be canceled and that this one, a scheduled 14-night Ft. Lauderdale-to-San Diego voyage, would arrive at the latter a day late. However, yesterday, after further investigation of the ball-bearings revealed that there was more wear-n-tear than initially observed -- and responding to concerns of some passengers about arriving in San Diego a day late -- the company opted to end the cruise in Acapulco. Approximately 500 of the 2,040 passengers were flown home yesterday while the remainder, billeted at the luxury Acapulco Princess resort, will fly home within the next couple of days. In the meantime, Celebrity maintains that repairs should stay on course -- with the first return voyage still slated for February 23 -- but has not even announced its dry dock plans. We’ll keep you posted.