New Ship Celebrity Eclipse Swaps Laun...

New Ship Celebrity Eclipse Swaps Launch Celebrations to Support UK Holidaymaker Repatriation Mission

There are 2 comments on the story from Apr 20, 2010, titled New Ship Celebrity Eclipse Swaps Launch Celebrations to Support UK Holidaymaker Repatriation Mission. In it, reports that:

New cruise ship Celebrity Eclipse has cancelled the first leg of her launch celebrations - scheduled to begin on April 22 - in order to assist U.K. travelers whose return from their Easter break has been halted due to the impact of ash clouds from the eruption of the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano in Iceland.

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Michael Bund

Douglas, Isle of Man

#1 Apr 22, 2010
Our Royal Caribbean Cruise ended in Venice on Sat 17th April. We were asked to disembark at the scheduled time of 7.30am even tho' all flights were canceled. We were told that a rep would be at the Airport to help with accommodation arrangements.... There wasn't..... All passengers were left stranded. The ship didn't sail until Sunday , with only a handful of passengers. All we wanted was help with accommodation & possibly coaches to the ports. By abandoning us on the streets of Venice they added to the disruption & chaos. Surely they had a part to play in helping to lessen the chaos. There was only disregard and a total lack of compassion for their passengers.

I have just read that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd are the parent company of Celebrity Cruises........

Richard D. Fain, chairman of Celebrity Cruises and chairman and CEO of its parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., said:

"The events affecting air travel are completely unprecedented, and it is in times like these that the global travel industry needs to pull together. Collecting stranded British and Irish holiday makers is a fitting first mission for new ship Celebrity Eclipse - what better way for a ship dedicated to the UK to mark her arrival?

I think there's more than a whiff of publicity stunt around this rescue mission.


#2 Apr 29, 2010
I first read this article at and thought that this was a great gesture from Celebrity cruises but after reading thee story again, does anyone else think that this was just a very good piece of PR from the company.

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