(12:15 p.m. EDT) -- Celebrity Cruises has canceled the November 21 and November 24 preview sailings of its newest ship Celebrity Edge, just a little over one month after it announced the cancellation of the ship's December 3 preview sailing. Two other preview sailings remain as scheduled.
Cruise Critic first learned of the cancellations from forum member vtcruising who posted to the Celebrity forums: "I got a call today from Celebrity today saying that the Nov 21 and 24 Edge preview cruises that I had booked were both canceled."
According to a Celebrity statement, the ship is still scheduled to be delivered ahead of schedule.
"However, for this ship to live up to the promise we've made to the world -- an expectation-shattering revolutionary new ship that will forever change the way guests experience the world around them -- we just need to spend a little extra time on the finer details once the ship arrives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida."
Passengers booked on the November 21 and 24 sailings can rebook on either the December 1 or December 6 Celebrity Edge preview sailings, and will receive an onboard credit in "appreciation for their understanding," the line said.
Vtcruising posted that they received $200 OBC for each cruise, as well as up to $250 per person for airline changes.
All passengers who are unable to rebook on either of the December preview sailings will receive a full refund for the amount paid.
The first in a new class of ships for Celebrity, Celebrity Edge will feature several industry innovations including a revolutionary new ocean ship design that has allowed for the creation of "infinite balconies," in which the balcony can transform from an outdoor space to an indoor one with the touch of a button. (This type of cabin has been found on some river cruise ships for several years.) Another game changer is a moveable platform called the Magic Carpet, located along the outside of the ship; it can double as a tender station, restaurant or bar depending on where it's located.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor