Propulsion repairs cause Celebrity to alter Summit sailings

MIAMI -- Celebrity Cruises canceled the June 3 sailing of the Summit and shortened its May 27 cruise by one day in order to make a repair to the ships propulsion system.

The canceled and altered cruises are expected to negatively impact parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises second-quarter earnings by $.04 to $.05 per share.

The Summit, which is sailing in Alaska during the summer season, will enter drydock on June 2 to replace a radial-bearing unit showing premature wear on the ships starboard propulsion system. It is expected to return to service June 10.

Passengers on the altered May 27 sailing will receive a $300 per cabin onboard credit, reimbursement of airline change fees or hotel expenses up to $100 per person as well as a 25% discount on a future cruise. Passengers on the canceled June 3 sailing will receive a full refund, plus a free future seven-day North America-based Celebrity cruise.

Travel agent commissions are protected and agents will receive a $50 per-cabin rebooking fee. A special help desk to assist agents and guests is (888) 837-5676.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Rebecca Tobin at [email protected].

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