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Celebrity Cruises has cancelled the first leg of the Celebrity Eclipse launch celebrations (originally scheduled to commence on April 22) in order to assist travelers in the U.K. affected by airport closures and flight cancellations due to the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland.
“The events affecting air travel are completely unprecedented, and it is in times like these that the global travel industry needs to pull together,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman of Celebrity Cruises. “Collecting stranded vacationers is a fitting first mission for new ship, Celebrity Eclipse. What better way for a ship dedicated to the U.K. to mark her arrival?”