CELEBRITY ECLIPSE To Rescue Ash Cloud Tourists

CELEBRITY ECLIPSE approaching Southampton April 20, 2010. Photo copyright Patrica Dempsey.

Celebrity Cruise Line’s brand new 2,800 passenger CELEBRITY ECLIPSE has arrived at Southampton today, April 20.  The first inaugural event scheduled for this week has been scrubbed so the ship can head to Spain to pick up British tourists stranded by the volcanic ash cloud that continues to linger over Northern Europe. CELEBRITY ECLIPSE will arrive in Bilbao early on April 22, embark about 2,000 people who have been unable to fly for the last five days and return them to Southampton late Friday, April 23. A separate event for the ship’s naming is still scheduled to take place at Southampton on April 24.  Richard Fain, chairman of Celebrity Cruises parent company, Royal Caribbean International, said: “The events affecting air travel are completely unprecedented and it is in times like these that the global travel industry needs to pull together.”

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