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Celebrity Cruise ship runs aground in the Galapagos, passengers are safely evacuated

The Celebrity Xpedition.

Forty-six passengers and several crew members were evacuated Tuesday night from Celebrity Cruises’ ship the Celebrity Xpedition after it ran aground in the Galápagos, the cruise line’s parent company, Miami-based Royal Caribbean, announced.

Celebrity is operated by Miami-based Caribbean Cruise Lines.

The company said in a social media post that no one was injured on the ship that gives guests “an experience like no other” of the famed archipelago off Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean.

It was not immediately clear how the ship ran aground or if there was an environmental impact.

“We are unaware of any environmental impact at this point but we will continue to check closely,” the company said in the statement. “We believe the Xpedition suffered some damage but do not believe it is extensive,” the statement continued.

The guests and “non-essential crew” were being picked up by Celebrity Xpedition’s sister ship Celebrity Flora, the company said. It added: “We are assessing the ship’s condition and will update as needed.”