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Grand Celebration Undergoing A/C Unit Repairs

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Theresa Norton | August 06, 2015

Grand Celebration Undergoing A/C Unit Repairs

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s ship, the Grand Celebration, is undergoing repairs after two air-conditioning units broke down, but still expects to depart the evening of Aug. 6, company officials said.

The ship, which operates two-night trips between West Palm Beach and Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, experienced an unexpected failure of two chiller units on Aug. 4, forcing a six-hour delay in departure from the Port of Palm Beach.

Some passengers disembarked while some who stayed onboard slept out on deck because the cabins were too warm, Christina Noce of WPTV reported. She also reported that one passenger got stuck in an elevator when the power went out.

“Two air-conditioning units went out. We’re diligently trying to get that repaired,” said company spokesman Glenn Ryerson. “We flew in some parts and expert technicians, so we’re working to get that repaired.”

He said the Aug. 6 cruise will probably depart at 9 or 9:30 p.m., about three hours later than its usual 6:30 p.m. departure time.

Passengers booked on the Aug. 6 cruise are welcome to board as usual and receive a free future cruise plus a $50 onboard credit. However, they also can decline to sail and receive a refund.

“The cruise line apologizes to the passengers of the August 4 and August 6 cruises for this unfortunate circumstance,” the company said. “We hope to have the units repaired shortly.”

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