Updated: Celebrity Cancels Summit’s Sept. 10 Voyage, Abbreviates Sept. 17 Cruise

September 2, 2004
Celebrity's Summit is the latest Millennium-class ship to experience the saga of pod-propulsion problems, and has canceled its seven-night Alaska voyage beginning on September 10. The ship will undergo repairs to the starboard-side unit in San Francisco.

In other developments, the repair work will result in an abbreviated cruise for folks booked on its September 17 sailing. Originally scheduled as a 14-night repositioning trip from Alaska to San Diego via Vancouver, that cruise will begin on September 20.

According to the cruise line, the ship is currently sailing at reduced speeds though its current sailing -- a Vancouver to Seward itinerary -- will not feel any significant impact in terms of missed port calls. On the other hand, passengers on Summit's upcoming September 3 departure, a seven-night cruise from Seward to Vancouver, will experience some itinerary alterations. At this point, Celebrity has neither provided concrete information on the changes nor has it detailed compensation to passengers whose voyages are impacted.

The pod-propulsion units on all of Celebrity's Millennium-class ships have experienced numerous problems that have resulted in more than a half-dozen cruise cancellations on Millennium, Infinity, Summit and Constellation.

According to a Celebrity Cruises statement released Thursday, passengers booked on the September 10 sailing will receive a full refund for their cruise, plus a free future Celebrity cruise, in North America, of up to seven nights, departing on or before December 31, 2005, excluding holiday sailings. Travel agents will receive their full commission for the September 10 cruise, plus a $50 rebooking fee, per stateroom, when their clients reschedule their cruise.