Originally Posted by kd
We're very interested in your post. We sailed on Millenium (no problems) and plan to spend two weeks on Summit in Nov. Was totally unaware of the frequency of these problems on the M class ships. I would like to hear of someone else's experience or be referred to a Celebrity article that would offer some reassurance.
As I said the majority of all Celebrity m-class ships cruises do not have any problem. Whether or not the frequency of these problems is a major concern is a matter of opinion. I can assure you that after seeing a long awaited cruise to Alaska be ruined because of a problem that Celebrity was fully aware off and I was not, does lead to some questions on my part. If you read my review, I think that most people would question how the whole matter was handled by Celebrity.
One of the best articles describing the situation in a very non-biased manner is from ebearing news which is a trade publication for information on bearings. The bearings are the part of the pods that are the usual culprit in these cases. The article is dated September 21, 2004. Since the date of this publication there have been seven more pod failures; on the Millennium on 12/10/06 and 01/01/07, Infinity pod failures on 3/27/05, 9/13/06 and 11/19/06, Summit pod failures on 6/13/05 and 5/7/06. Here is a link to that article:
A search on "Mermaid Pods" will also yield several more articles about this problem.
The Summit has no reported pod problems since the emergency dry dock on May 20, 2006 to once again make repairs and I don't mean to scare anybody but I do feel that looking back I wish I had been at least been made aware of the past history of these ongoing problems and what could happen on my Celebrity cruise to Alaska.
Hope this information helps.