Last updated: 11:11 AM ET, Mon July 06 2015

Technical Issues Delay Two Cruise Ships Over The Weekend

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Celebrity Cruises | Theresa Norton | July 06, 2015

Technical Issues Delay Two Cruise Ships Over The Weekend

Photo of the Celebrity Summit courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

Two cruise ships encountered propulsion problems over the holiday weekend, but have since departed on their scheduled voyages.

Celebrity Cruises said the onboard engineering team detected a “technical issue” on the Celebrity Summit shortly after it departed from Bayonne, N.J., on July 5.

“In an abundance of caution, we made the decision that the safest and most prudent action was for Celebrity Summit to return to port to assess the situation,” the company said in a statement. “Our onboard team worked on the issue and the ship departed Cape Liberty at 4 a.m. on Monday. Even with the later departure, the ship’s original itinerary will not be affected.”

The ship is on a seven-night cruise that calls at Kings Wharf, Bermuda.

Meanwhile, Holland America Line’s Maasdam “experienced technical challenges with the engineering plant” shortly after departing Boston July 4 for a Canada/New England cruise to Montreal.

The ship anchored overnight while the problem was identified and fixed. All hotel services onboard were operational for guest services. Upon receiving approvals to continue operating from the U.S. Coast Guard and the line’s classification society, the ship departed at approximately 3:45 p.m. July 5.

The delay forced the cancellation of a visit to Bar Harbor, Maine, on July 5, and the ship is scheduled to arrive a little later in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on July 6. The adjusted call time there now is 1-8 p.m.

On July 7 the ship will arrive one hour late into Sydney, Nova Scotia, but the rest of the itinerary remains the same, Holland America Line said.


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