Celebrity Saying Bye-Bye to Baltimore

Celebrity Cruises is scuttling Baltimore for the more lucrative waters of Australia and New Zealand. Word is the cruise line will pull Celebrity Century from Baltimore effective next year. The ship was scheduled to operate a series of 12-night voyages out of the city in late 2011 and early 2012; instead it will redeploy to Australia and New Zealand for the winter season.

As reported by USA TODAY, "Celebrity says customers with individual and group bookings that are named and deposited on Baltimore sailings departing between November 1, 2011 and March 21, 2012, have the option to cancel their booking, or move to the same category of accommodations on a comparable trans-Panama Canal voyage on Celebrity Infinity on either October 28, 2011 or March 27, 2012; Celebrity Century's Hawaii sailings October 2 or 17, 2011, or April 2 or 20, 2012; 10- or 11-night Caribbean cruises on Celebrity Equinox in 2011, or entirely new 12-night Caribbean sailings from Cape Liberty, NJ, on Celebrity Silhouette, the line's fourth Solstice Class ship, entering service in 2011."

The line also says holiday sailings are open only to passengers currently booked on Celebrity Century's double-holiday voyage of December 23, 2011. Passengers with applicable bookings who opt to shift to one of the eligible sailings will receive a $200 per cabin or $400 per suite onboard credit. Passengers with reservations on the previously announced sailings on Celebrity Century from Baltimore in 2011-12 will be contacted by Celebrity Cruises. Passengers with questions specific to those bookings also can call 888-281-9343.

Note: The announced cancellations do not affect the series of Celebrity sailings out of Baltimore planned for this coming winter on the Celebrity Mercury.

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