Millennium Still in Civitavecchia?

July 8, 2007
Update: As of 1:45 p.m. EDT, July 8, Celebrity Millennium has not set sail from Civitavecchia; it was scheduled to depart last night after being docked since July 4 for repairs.

Member berryhappy24 writes on Cruise Critic's Celebrity forum, "We are given an 'onboard' time each day, but then we don't leave, so we could have stayed out later. Last night's was 10 p.m., so we rushed back from Rome on the train to discover that we in fact were not leaving until after midnight. So, we went to sleep expecting a sea day today. We slept in to wake up to, you guessed it, Civitavecchia ... again."

We'll share additional details as they become available.

(July 6) -- Celebrity Millennium, which has been under repair in Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) since July 4, is not resuming its 12-night Mediterranean cruise tonight as planned. The ship will remain in Civitavecchia until tomorrow, July 7.

The ship's propellers struck a rock while anchored off Villefranche on Monday and skipped a call at Livorno to head directly to Civitavecchia for repairs; three of the four blades on the starboard propeller and one on the port propeller needed replacing. Royal Caribbean spokesman Michael Sheehan tells us that a particularly stubborn bolt has thrown them off schedule.

Passengers will be getting a full refund, and Royal Caribbean is organizing transportation from Civitavecchia to Naples (a 4.5-hour motorcoach ride) as well as several different complementary tours.

"Damien the cruise director just came on to announce the following (he always has to give the bad news)," Cruise Critic member berryhappy24 posts from the ship on Cruise Critic's Celebrity forum. "We will remain in Rome until Saturday night. We will skip Naples, but the ship will provide free shuttles to Pompeii and Sorrento, a 4.5-hour trip each way (nine hours in a bus isn't fun for me, so we'll skip that port).... We decided to go back to Rome tomorrow and shop and see the Sistine Chapel. The down side of being in port again is that there's no casino to play in at night.

"We are quite a fixture of the port now. Seven ships were in port today and passengers from those ships were coming down to see the work going on."

Stops at Naples, Santorini and Athens have been canceled. The ship will make a new port of call in Corfu before finishing its sailing as scheduled, with calls at Dubrovnik and Venice. The July 12 sailing, and other future sailings, are not expected to be impacted.

--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor