Celebrity Cruises gets relief in Galapagos

By Tom Stieghorst

A judge in Ecuador has issued a temporary stay of an order suspending the Celebrity Xpedition's authority to sail in the Galapagos.

Notices of the order, by judge Luis Vicente Trejo Neira, was posted on the website for the Galapagos National Park.

The decision appears to clear the way for Celebrity Xpeditions to depart on a June 9 cruise.

On May 23, the park had lifted Celebrity's license for 45 days, forcing it to cancel a cruise scheduled for June 2. The park said Celebrity had violated park rules by carrying frozen lobster tails onboard out of season.

Celebrity said the lobster tails were purchased in season from local fisherman.

"Celebrity Cruises is committed to complying with the rules and regulations of the Galapagos, which are put in place to protect and safeguard this unique and pristine environment," a company statement said.

Guests on the canceled cruise got full refunds, a 50% credit towards a future Celebrity Xpedition cruise, full ticket refunds if air transportation was arranged through Celebrity and reimbursement of change fees if air was purchased independently.

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Correction: Celebrity's license was lifted for 45 days. An earlier version of this report erroneously said the stay was 45 days.

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