Alaska cruise canceled due to a propulsion motor error has many cruise goers disappointed this week, though they will be receiving a full refund from the cruise line. A Celebrity Cruises ship confirmed this Tuesday that it was forced to cancel the final segment of a 7-night cruise that sailed to Alaska following mechanical issues threatening the safety of the 3,100 passengers on board, Yahoo reported this Wednesday, Aug. 21.
An Alaska cruise canceled would be sad to hear for anyone on board the massive, elegant ship, but it’s for a good reason. The Celebrity Cruises line released a statement saying that all passengers would not only receive a refund for the fare of the cruise, but also be offered paid air travel back to their home destinations. It would also offer cruise certificates for future stays at 100% refunds of the initial fare.
A spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean Cruises stated that over 2,200 guests and nearly 1,000 crew members were currently on board the Millennium ship when a propulsion motor malfunction was brought to their attention. A semi-failure error of one of the two propulsion motors was enough for the company to not want to jeopardize the safety of its passengers and crew. Though some suggested that sailing with only one motor might be an idea at reduced speed, precautionary reasons instead decided to fully cancel the rest of the cruise.
It was added prior to the Alaska cruise canceled announcement that the same ship was dealing with difficulties over the problem motor on a past sailing outing.
A spokesman added in another email statement:
"[It is our goal] to put the safety of the crew and the passengers first, ensure that they are protected and ensure that the vessel is capable of safely getting underway."
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