Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Canceled Due to Barnacles
Two weeks before setting sail, Celebrity Cruises has canceled the May 22 Alaska voyage from Vancouver on Celebrity Eclipse due to barnacles.
Celebrity will be putting the ship into a seven-day dry dock to clean the hull. The reason for removing the barnacles is to keep invasive species out of the coastal waters.
Affected guests can either rebook on the same ship at a later date, choose another Alaska cruise on Celebrity Millennium or Solstice, or get a full refund. Those who rebook will receive a 25 percent discount. They have until May 17 to choose.
Quantum of the Seas Back in U.S. After 7 Years
For the first time since 2015, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas is back in the United States after having spent seven years sailing in Asia.
On May 4, the ship welcomed passengers in Seattle, kicking off a summer season of Alaska cruises. Quantum is operating seven-night cruises roundtrip, visiting ports including Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point, and Victoria.
Following the summer season, the ship will head Down Under to begin sailing from Australia for the first time.
American Queen Voyages’ First Expedition Ship Sets Sail to Alaska
American Queen Voyages’ first expedition ship set sail on Saturday out of Vancouver.
Ocean Victory is the seventh vessel in the fleet, which is comprised of ships on rivers, lakes, and oceans.
The 186-passenger vessel will operate 12 and 13-day journeys between Vancouver and Sitka through September, which include a pre-cruise hotel stay. Because of its small size, Ocean Victory will be able to visit ports larger cruise ships can’t get to, like the Norwegian-style village of Petersburg.
Guests will spend the season exploring the wilderness of Alaska and learning about it in depth with naturalists and the ship’s expedition and excursion teams.