Celebrity Cruises will replace the problematic propulsion motor on Celebrity Millennium, a fix that will allow the ship to return to service on Sept. 22.
“As we suspect the root cause of the electrical issue is located within a portion of the motor which is inaccessible, we decided that it would be best to replace the entire pod,” Celebrity spokeswoman Tavia Robb said in an email.
The company said both the 2,158-passenger vessel and the 250-ton-Rolls Royce Mermaid pod are on their way to Grand Bahama Shipyard. The ship is coming from Alaska and the pod is en route from Rotterdam.
The cruise operator, part of Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises, has not yet determined the final cost of the repair, Robb said.
Millennium has been out of commission for guests for more than a week, when propulsion issues forced the line to cancel a voyage mid-cruise. Celebrity canceled the next four sailings -- set to depart Aug. 23 and 30 and Sept. 6 and 13 -- as well.