Cruise ship that had mechanical issues expected to remain in port until at least Thursday

JUNEAU, Alaska - A spokeswoman says the Celebrity Cruises ship that was returned to Ketchikan, Alaska, after experiencing mechanical issues last weekend will remain there at least until Thursday.

Cynthia Martinez says charter flights have started taking passengers to Seattle or Vancouver, British Columbia. She says some passengers remained on the Millennium as of late Wednesday morning.

Martinez has said the 965-foot ship experienced a mechanical issue with one of its propulsion motors. She said the ship had an issue with the same motor on a prior Alaska outing.

The mechanical problem also has forced the cancellation of four future Millennium cruises.

The current cruise left Ketchikan on Sunday as part of a seven-day outing to Alaska only to return later that evening.

A Coast Guard spokesman says the cruise company will need to file a sail plan that will allow it to move the ship for further repairs.