By Heidi Zemach for SCN
That ill-fated 965-foot Celebrity Millennium cruise ship forced to stay in Seward for four days, along with three thousand passengers and crew members due to mechanical issues the Friday before last, continues to have similar problems with one of its two propulsion motors. The ship, which started out in Vancouver, was to have made several stops in Southeast Alaska, but was forced to return to Ketchikan late Sunday after problems with its motor recurred. The line is providing chartered air flights out of Ketchikan, is refunding all 2,200 of its passenger’s the full price of their tickets, the trip home, and offering them another free cruise at a future date, which is what it did for the passengers who remained in Seward previously.
Meanwhile, Celebrity Cruises has canceled the remainder of that ship’s sailings for the season—including its return to Seward this Friday, where the seven-night cruise would have ended, and the September sixth cruise begun.
The Millennium came to Seward every other Friday, alternating with the Holland America cruise ship Zaandam. There also are large cruise ships docking in Seward every Sunday, and smaller ships visit on occasional Wednesdays and Thursdays through mid-September.
Reported by Heidi Zemach, SCN.