Celebrity Eclipse Rescue Mission UpdateBy Celebrity Cruises, PRNE
Monday, April 19, 2010
LONDON, April 20, 2010 - Celebrity Eclipse - the new GBP500 million cruiseship from Celebrity
Cruises - will set sail from Southampton this evening (April 20) on a rescue
mission to collect stranded UK holidaymakers from Bilbao, Spain. The voyage
replaces the planned two-day launch celebration cruise for VIPs originally
scheduled to depart on Thursday (April 22).
Celebrity Cruises can now confirm that it is working specifically with
TUI UK - the parent company of tour operators Thomson and First Choice - and
also Thomas Cook and The Co-operative Travel Group (CTTG) on this sailing. By
working with these four major tour operating brands we are able to maximise
the help we can give.
Thomson, First Choice, Thomas Cook and CTTG have the infrastructure in
place to transport as many customers as possible, from across Spain, to
Unfortunately, we cannot help everybody. Celebrity Eclipse can only make
one repatriation sailing and our Bilbao pick up will be restricted to
customers of Thomson, First Choice, Thomas Cook and CTTG who have been
allocated a space aboard the ship.
We are advising customers of other tour operators to NOT turn up at the
port in the hope of travelling with Celebrity Eclipse. Whilst we want to get
as many people home as we can, we have to adhere to strict safety and
security regulations. We are only able to transport customer travelling with
First Choice, Thomson, Thomas Cook and CTTG.
Celebrity Cruises understands that many more people have had their travel
plans disrupted and we wish them a safe return home. Further travel advice is
ABTA - The Travel Association www.abta.com/consumer-services ABTA Consumer Affairs Information Line +44(0)901-201-5050
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Journalist contact: Katie Wright, katie.wright at sirenpr.co.uk, +44(0)20-3008-6288. ABTA - The Travel Association, ABTA Consumer Affairs Information Line +44(0)901-201-5050
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