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Millennium done for the season; port shuffles ships

The Millennium will not be cruising through the Inside Passage any more this season, after Celebrity Cruises canceled the final sailings in order to perform repairs to the ship.

The Millennium was supposed to stop in Ketchikan with a new batch of guests three more times this season. Those stops would have been on Aug. 21st, Sept. 1st and Sept. 11th.

The 965-foot cruise ship, with a passenger capacity of about 2,000, has been stuck in Ketchikan since Sunday evening, when it was forced to return to port due to a faulty propeller.

It is tied up at Berth 3 of the downtown dock, which has forced the port to make some berth assignment changes on busier cruise-ship days. Wednesday, the Radiance of the Seas had to anchor in Tongass Narrows and lighter its passengers to shore, but the Radiance was able to tie up at the dock after the Island Princess left at 2 p.m.

Thursday, the Sapphire Princess will anchor in the channel, but will be able to move to the dock by early afternoon.

Passengers aboard the Millennium are leaving Ketchikan via chartered flights arranged by Celebrity. They also received full refunds and vouchers toward a future cruise.

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