Cruise ship undergoes repairs in Seward

Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A cruise ship carrying about 2,000 passengers spent Saturday stranded in Seward undergoing repairs.

The Celebrity Cruises ship Summit tore a 10-foot hole in its hull on Wednesday when the ship hit a rock leaving Hubbard Glacier. The ship's hull also sustained a 140-foot-long crease, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Jim Robertson, chief of inspections for the Marine Safety Office in Anchorage.

Authorities said the damage to the 960-foot Summit posed no danger to passengers or crew members and caused no pollution.

Summit passengers on Friday were wrapping up a seven-day trip from Vancouver, British Columbia. But passengers getting on for the trip south to Vancouver expected to get underway that night. They were given $300 in onboard credit vouchers and free drinks to compensate for the delay.

Ship officials said once underway the Summit will skip a stop in Juneau to make up for the delay and get back on schedule.

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