Celebrity Cruises Millennium cruise ship that was grounded in Alaska last week is having trouble again.

Celebrity Cruises said in a statement:

Due to a mechanical problem in one of Celebrity Millennium’s two propulsion units, the ship returned to Ketchikan last night, The ship is capable of sailing without the affected unit. However, in an abundance of caution, the captain decided the safer and more prudent action was to return to port to evaluate the issue.”

Millennium Cruise Ship ProblemsPropulsion issues stopped the cruise ship last week.

As USA TODAY reports, this is the third straight sailing of the ship that has been affected by mechanical problems. The cruise ship limped into the port of Seward, Alaska on August 9th several hours behind schedule after experiencing an electrical problem with one of its two propulsion motors. It underwent three days of emergency repairs, resulting in the cancellation of every port call on the ship’s subsequent sailing.

Passengers on that voyage received complete refunds and a credit toward a future cruise.

The Celebrity Millennium currently is on a seven-night Alaska cruise that began Friday in Vancouver, B.C.

The Millennium is a 13 year old cruise ship – one year newer than the infamous poop cruise ship, the Carnival Triumph. The propulsion issues come at a time when many cruisers are questioning the reliability of cruise ships.

KRBD reports: Mechanical trouble sends Millennium back to port.


Photo Credit: Wikipedia / Captain Tucke

  • According to Peter Plowman’s book The Chandris Liners, the Millennium and her sisters (Infinity, Summit and Constellation) have had propulsion problems from the start. They were fitted with Medmaid pods manufactured by Rolls-royce and Alstom (rather than the more common Azipod design), which proved notoriously unreliable in service, starting with the Millennium’s maiden voyage. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. fought an extended legal battle with Rolls-Royce and Alstom on the subject; if I remember correctly the matter was eventually settled last year out-of-court.

  • Stateroom 8

    Celebrity was atrocious in their communication to passengers on this disabled cruise. Regardless of refund and/or credit, I will never sail with them again.