A cruise ship carrying nearly 2,000 passengers has been forced to cancel its voyage after officials found a mass of marine growth on the hull. The issue started with a small hole that was noticeably larger in size over time and had grown into an area large enough for divers to swim through.
The “celebrity cruises latest news” is a celebrity cruise that has been canceled due to an urgent dry dock. The reason for the dry dock was marine growth on the hull of the ship.
Due to barnacle development on the ship’s hull, Celebrity Cruises has been forced to postpone the May 22 Alaska voyage out of Vancouver, as well as change the May 15 itinerary with abbreviated ports of call.
Guests who had booked a cruise were given alternate sailings or full refunds, as well as compensation for the revised itinerary.
Cancelation of Celebrity Eclipse on May 22
Guests on the 7-night round trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier voyage from Vancouver were alerted only two weeks before sailing that their vacation had to be canceled owing to marine growth — barnacles – on the hull.
“Due to recent marine growth that has developed on the ship’s hull (a natural process known as barnacle growth) and our commitment to following local environmental procedures, we are putting Celebrity Eclipse into a dry dock for 7 days in order to safely and responsibly clean the hull,” according to an email sent to booked guests.
If guests no longer desire to sail or are not interested in substitute sailings, they will be provided rebooking options or a full refund.
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The email also mentions future Alaska sailings on the Celebrity Eclipse, as well as sailings on the Celebrity Millennium or Celebrity Solstice. Rebooked sailings will be discounted by 25%, and visitors will have until Tuesday, May 17, 2022 to make their choice.
Both the Celebrity Eclipse and the Celebrity Solstice are Solstice-class ships, having similar gross tonnages of 128,878 gross tons and passenger capacity of 2,850 at double occupancy. With 91,000 gross tonnage and 2,137 people in double occupancy, the Celebrity Millennium is a slightly smaller Millennium-class ship.
Celebrity Solstice sails seven-night itineraries identical to Celebrity Eclipse, but from Seattle rather than Vancouver. Celebrity Millennium is conducting one-way, seven-night northern and southbound cruises from Seward, Alaska, and Vancouver, Canada, on alternate days.
Celebrity Cruises’ Alaska season in 2023 will have the same three ships.
Changes to the May 15 itinerary
Guests on the May 15 departure, which took place shortly before the canceled trip, have also been informed of some significant itinerary changes. While the voyage was not canceled on such short notice, barnacle growth is producing speed concerns with environmental compliance, which has reduced the amount of time the ship spends in port.
“The ship is experiencing lower speeds than usual, and we must change our port of call schedules to account for this,” states an email addressed to booked passengers. As a consequence, all ports of call will take less time.”
An amended itinerary has been sent to guests, which includes the following changes:
- Tuesday, May 17th – Sitka – New port hours: 2:15-6:15 p.m. (formerly: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
- Hubbard Glacier (Cruising) – Wednesday, May 18 The new port hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (formerly 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
- Juneau, Thursday, May 19 — New port hours: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (formerly 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
- Ketchikan, Friday, May 20 — New port time: 2-5 p.m. (formerly 2-8:30 p.m.)
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When everything is said and done, passengers will have spent more than 12 hours less in ports of call and 2.5 hours less sailing near the picturesque Hubbard Glacier. Sitka will be the most severely affected, as instead of spending 9 hours and 30 minutes in port, the ship would now only be moored for 3 hours and 45 minutes.
“Many of our beach excursions have been impacted and either altered time frames or been canceled” because of the shortened hours, the email says.
Excursions that are canceled will be completely reimbursed to the original mode of payment, while changed shore trips will have guests’ tickets instantly adjusted to the new schedule.
To compensate for the drastically decreased port time, all passengers will get a $100 onboard credit on their ship accounts in addition to the canceled shore excursions.
The ship’s first itinerary of the Alaska season is a roundtrip cruise departing Vancouver, Canada, on May 15. The ship has been out of operation since March 30, 2020, but will return on April 23, 2022, with two 11-night one-way sailings between Vancouver, Canada, and Honolulu, Hawaii.
Cruise Ship Operations Affected by Barnacles
The sort of barnacle development plaguing the Celebrity Eclipse is normal, however it requires maintenance to maintain the ship’s effective operation and compliance with local environmental regulations.
Barnacles, although individually tiny, may have a significant influence on how much fuel a ship requires, as well as increase drag and affect overall cruising speeds. Barnacles may sometimes transfer unusual marine animals into new settings, depending on the variety – there are over 1,400 kinds worldwide.
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Cleaning the hull may be a delicate job, and it must be done with caution to avoid compromising the ship’s hull and introducing environmental toxins into nearby waterways.
Putting the ship into dry dock for comprehensive cleaning allows for the most ecologically friendly procedures to be applied, without jeopardizing the local marine ecology or passenger experiences, as would be the case if the cleaning were done while the ship was cruising at full speed.
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