Lobster Dispute Continues: 2nd Celebrity Xpedition Sailing Cancelled

Earlier last week, Celebrity Cruise’s explorer ship, Celebrity Xpedition, had its license revoked for an apparent violation of a lobster transport rule set forth by the Galapagos National Park. Due to this revoking of the Celebrity Xpedition’s license, Celebrity Cruises was forced to cancel the June 2nd sailing of the Xpedition. Now, a second sailing has been cancelled as Celebrity continues to negotiate with the Galapagos National Park to regain their license.

In a statement sent to Cruise Currents, Celebrity Cruises states: “The Galapagos National Park has cited Celebrity Xpedition for transportation and storage of 12 kilograms of frozen lobster tails in the Galapagos while out of season. Because of this, Celebrity Xpedition’s license that is necessary to enter the Galapagos National Park has been temporarily suspended for 45 days by the local authority. Unfortunately, as a result, it was necessary to cancel the June 2 and June 9 sailings of Celebrity Xpedition.”

Celebrity Cruises is currently working with the Galapagos National Park to restore their operating license for their next scheduled departure, June 16th. Celebrity has stated that they are in contact with guests on the June 16th sailing to provide up to date information on the status of their sailing.


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Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.