If you were one of those booked to go on the Celebrity Xpedition on June 9, then we have to inform you that this cruise has had to be canceled due to the ongoing issue with the local authorities of the Galapagos National Park, who has currently suspended their license to enter the area.
As a result passengers are to get a full refund and 25 percent of their next Xpedition cruise. This is keeping with the latest law when a cruise has to be cancelled, but it’s no comfort to those who had made plans and were looking forward to experiencing the wonderful Galapagos Islands.
This is not as good of a deal as The Royal Caribbean is offering to their customers who had booked to go on a cruise, but then they do run things a little different. However, Celebrity has said that they will also refund any airfares that their customers had purchased, and that the 25 percent in future Xpedition cruise credits will last for two years, which isn’t that bad when you think about it.
It’s still a bitter pill to swallow when you consider that these cancellations are due to frozen lobster tails, as they were found to be on the ship out of season. As a result this has led to a 45-day suspension of the Celebrity Xpedition visiting the Galapagos National Park.
Celebrity said that they were unaware of a new regulation that came into effect on March 11, 2013, but was not actually published until April 22. It does seem as though Celebrity is the victim here, or more so their customers, but as always it comes down to politics, it’s just ludicrous that it all comes down to a technicality.