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February 5, 2003

Infinity problems more complex than first thought
Celebrity Cruises' Infinity will not resume service until March 9 as bearing units in the ship's propulsion system will require more extensive repairs than originally expected.

The company canceled two sailings on Infinity last week -- a Feb. 2 sailing from Ensenada, Mexico, to Hawaii and a return trip Feb. 13 -- to make needed repairs. It also shortened a Jan.19 cruise.

At that time, Jack Williams, president and chief operating officer of Celebrity Cruises commented that "The thrust-bearing failure in one of the ship's propulsion systems developed very quickly, and while the ship continues to operate safely, its speed has had to be reduced.Unfortunately, this has resulted in us having to take the ship to an unscheduled drydock. I want to personally apologize of all our guests whose vacation plans have been disrupted due to this disappointing event."

Yesterday, following a thorough examination of the ship's propulsion equipment Celebrity Cruises announced that repairs will take longer than estimated earlier, and will result in one additional sailing - - on Feb. 23 -- being cancelled. Infinity is expected to resume service March 9. The company said that the ship was in transit to Newport News.

Infinity is fitted with the Mermaid podded drive propulsion system.

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