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Celebrity Xpedition evacuated after running aground in the Galápagos

Celebrity Cruise’s ship, the Celebrity Xpedition, ran aground Nov. 5, 2019, in the Galápagos.
Celebrity Cruise’s ship, the Celebrity Xpedition, ran aground Nov. 5, 2019, in the Galápagos. Celebrity Cruises/Twitter

Forty-six passengers and several crew members had to be evacuated Tuesday night from Celebrity Cruises’ ship the Celebrity Xpedition after it ran aground in the Galápagos, the cruise line’s parent company, Miami-based Royal Caribbean, announced.

The company said in a social media post that no one was injured on the ship that gives guests “an experience like no other” of the famed archipelago off Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean.

It was not immediately clear how the ship ran aground or if there was an environmental impact.

“We are unaware of any environmental impact at this point but we will continue to check closely,” the company said in the statement.

The guests and “non-essential crew” were being picked up by Celebrity Xpedition’s sister ship Celebrity Flora, the company said. It added: “We are assessing the ship’s condition and will update as needed.”

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.
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