Celebrity Cruises' next ship delivery, Constellation, is returning to the builders' French shipyard, following sea trials, to correct a leak in its starboard propulsion pod. This delay in the ship's delivery will cause the cancellation of one chartered cruise, sailing May 5, 2002.
The ship's builder, Chantiers de l'Atlantique
, of St. Nazaire, France
, will make immediate repairs to correct the leak, which is allowing seawater to enter the pod.
"We apologize to our guests for this unexpected situation," said Jack Williams
, president and chief operating officer of Celebrity Cruises. "We need to ensure that all aspects of a new ship are operating properly before we take delivery. We look forward to a speedy correction of this situation and smooth sailing moving forward."
The May 5 sailing was a seven-night charter to depart from Barcelona, Spain
. If the ship's May 12 cruise needs to be cancelled in order to complete the repairs, a full refund and additional compensation will be provided to impacted guests. The exact timing and full extent of the repairs will be known by Monday, May 6.