September 23, 2022

People stuck on cruise ship in Vancouver after tugboat workers strike

The captain announced shortly after noon on Monday that the union and its workers had agreed to untie the ship from the barge

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VANCOUVER — A cruise ship bound for Alaska has left Vancouver after a nearly day-long delay due to a tug strike that sparked a flood of complaints from stranded passengers.

The Celebrity Eclipse was scheduled to leave at 4 p.m. Sunday, but Celebrity Cruises said the ship got stuck in Vancouver Harbor because it was tied to a barge whose crew refused to remove it.

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Passenger Steve Bains said the captain announced just after noon on Monday that the union and its workers had agreed to untie the ship from the barge, and then sent photos confirming that the ship had set sail around 12:45 p.m.

The cruise line says on its Twitter account that the ship will skip its trip to Alaska’s Icy Strait, but stick to the rest of the week-long itinerary as planned.

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It says it will also issue a “credit equal to the amount of 1.5 days” and that any excursions booked through the company for Icy Strait will be canceled and refunded.

The cruise line’s social media accounts were filled with complaints from people saying they were stuck on the ship.

On Thursday, the Merchant Marine Guild of Canada began industrial action against the 30 Seaspan tugs in the province after saying contract talks were at an impasse.

The Celebrity Eclipse has a capacity of 2,850 people, but the company has not confirmed the number of people on board.

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