Update: Millennium Repairs on Schedule

July 18, 2007

Millennium Heads to Dry Dock After Cancellations

Current, Next Millennium Cruise Canceled

Millennium Still in Civitavecchia

Controversy on Millennium's Repairs? Not Necessarily....

Celebrity Millennium Hitch Costs Port Calls

Update: A spokesman for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. tells us that as of July 17, repairs to Millennium propellers continue at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo. The repairs and system checks are going well and the vessel is expected to sail on time for its next scheduled cruise from Barcelona, July 24. We'll keep you posted.

(July 11) -- Passengers on Millennium's ill-fated June 30 voyage now have more incentive to give Celebrity another go: The cruise line has increased the future cruise credit from 50 percent of the cruise fare paid to 100 percent, according to a company statement.

The credit is in addition to a full refund of everything paid to Celebrity. Passengers on the canceled July 12 voyage will also receive a full refund and a future cruise credit worth 100 percent of the fare paid.

Spokesman Michael Sheehan tells us that the announcement was made today onboard; the ship is still in Civitavecchia, though guests have been disembarking and heading home over the past few days. Passengers who'd already disembarked before the compensation increase was announced will be informed via letters (as will all travel agents).

The future cruise credits will be issued in the form of certificates, valid for all Celebrity sailings that end on or before December 31, 2008. Holiday, Celebrity Xpedition and Azamara Cruises sailings are excluded, as are cruisetours.

Cruise Critic member enigma99 posts on the Celebrity forum, "We are among the last people still onboard ... it seems most of the original passengers [took] advantage of the charters to JFK that Celebrity arranged. We are taking a bus late tonight to Venice. The ship sails at midnight to dry-dock in Palermo.

"Just a few minutes ago, the announcement was made that Celebrity will now increase their previously announced 50 percent credit for a future cruise to 100 percent! The mood among us die hards sticking it out to the end has brightened considerably.

"Overall, the mood aboard the last day or two has been rather strange. Service levels have dropped a bit, but in general the ship has done a good job of maintaining the food service, entertainment, etc., even as people are loading luggage in the elevators and leaving.

"Certainly a trip to remember...."

After the final passenger disembarks Celebrity Millennium today, the ship will set sail for a dry dock in Palermo for remaining repairs.

The July 24 cruise is expected to operate as planned. We'll keep you posted.

--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor