celebrity constellation dry dock cruise engine repair

(1 p.m. EDT) -- Celebrity Cruises has canceled the November 21 three-night sailing of Celebrity Constellation in order to replace a piece of the ship's diesel engine. Affected passengers are being notified and offered alternate sailings or a full refund.

"We need to replace a large component of Celebrity Constellation's diesel engine that can only be done in dry dock," Cynthia Martinez, director of global corporate communications for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., told Cruise Critic. RCCL is the parent company of Celebrity Cruises.

"Due to the shipyard's availability, we decided to cancel the short cruise so that we could perform the work in November." Martinez added the problem with the diesel engine is not affecting current Constellation sailings.

"The ship has been using the two gas turbine engines instead of the diesel engine. There has been no impact to the ship's top speed."

All passengers booked on the November 21 sailing may rebook on select Constellation sailings in 2015, in like accommodations, at protected/lowest-available rates, or on any Celebrity sailing at prevailing rates and receive $100 in onboard credit per cabin ($200 for those booked in suites).

The select dates available for Celebrity Constellation are: January 5 or 24, February 7 or 21, or March 7.

Additionally, passengers who incur a fee due to changes in their airline reservations will be reimbursed up to $200 per person (a faxed copy of fee receipt is necessary).

Alternatively, passengers may cancel and receive a full refund.

Rebookings and cancellations must be made by September 17.

--By Dori Saltzman, News Editor