Cruise NewsCelebrity Cruise Ship Develops Engine Problems in Key West

Celebrity Cruise Ship Develops Engine Problems in Key West

Update Tuesday 4:00 p.m.:  The Celebrity Constellation pulled out of Key West on Tuesday morning at approximately 6:00 a.m.  The ship left 8 hours later than expected due to a delay in getting the engine inspected.  The vessel is now in route to Nassau, Bahamas.

Cruise ship problems continue to plague the cruise industry in 2013.  In the latest setback for a cruise line this year,  the Celebrity Constellation has developed problems with a gas turbine engine while in Key West, Florida.  The cruise ship spent last night in Key West so repairs could be made and and is expected to leave port by 10 p.m. on Monday.

The Constellation as originally scheduled to visit Cozumel, Mexico on Tuesday.   Due to the extra time in Key West, the ship will no longer stop in Cozumel but will now be visiting Nassau, Bahamas on Wednesday, December 18.

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Passengers were allowed off the ship so they were able to experience all that Key West has to offer after the sundown.  However, they were required to be back on board by midnight.

Repairs took longer than anticipated but Celebrity was able to replace the necessary parts to fix the engine.

Cruise Fever reached out to Celebrity and has yet to receive a response from Celebrity at the time of press.

The Celebrity Constellation is on a 5 night cruise that left Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) on Saturday, December 14.  The only two ports on the ship’s original itinerary were Key West and Cozumel. The Constellation is scheduled to arrive back in Ft. Lauderdale on December 19.  The cruise ship, built in 2002, is a 91,000 gross ton ship that carries 2,000 passengers and another 1,000 crew members.

Cruise Fever will continue to monitor the Celebrity Constellation and will update this page as more information becomes available.  Celebrity is owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International.

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  1. Very disappointed in Celebrity on this cruise from the time we reached the port for embarkation. We were told we could not board until we paid an additional $80, all of this was a mistake, but we had no choice but to pay and work it out later, or drive home and not cruise. Then were harassed for 3 days more over this, while they asked us for yet another $80 We would have gladly left the ship at this point, and driven home from Key West, but were told that was definitively not an option. Held hostage at port, we did finally get an apology for the mistake over the additional charge, and they did finally apologize. However, a Key West vacation was not what we paid for. The staff was not at their best, and certainly not forthcoming with information on this problem. This is not typical of my previous experiences with the Celebrity Line, and I will definitely rethink my line of choice for my next cruise. Celebrity you screwed up by not offering a single ounce of compensation to passengers for this, and probably lost all of us as Celebrity fans.

  2. I was on the Celebrity Constellation last week when one of the gas turbine engines failed and we were stuck in Key West for an additional 36 hours on our 5-day cruise. Asreported, we also lost a sea day and the stop in Cozumel was cancelled, being replaced with a stop in the crappy port of Nassau, Bahamas instead.

    So far, Celebrity has done NOTHING to compensate passengers for this “dud” of a Western Caribbean cruise that turned out to be a Florida “cruise to nowhere”. We might as well have stayed at the dock in Fort Lauderdale for 5 days.

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