Celebrity Captain Pleads Guilty to Operating Vessel Drunk

We continue to follow the story of the Celebrity Cruises Captain that was found to be drunk by the Coast Guard while operating the Mercury in Alaska. This is really interesting to us, because we like to sail the Mercury and have met this Captain before. We also will be sailing on the Mercury this coming November on our Mexico cruise.

Here is the latest news:

SEATTLE, July 31 (Reuters) – A cruise ship captain pleaded guilty on Monday to operating a Celebrity Cruise Line vessel — carrying 1,884 passengers — while under the influence of alcohol.

The U.S. Coast Guard arrested Periklis Petridis, a Greek citizen in command of the Mercury cruise liner, on May 19, hours before the ship was scheduled to depart from a Seattle pier for Alaska.

During a routine Coast Guard check, officials discovered the captain had been drinking. Tests found Petridis, 47, with a blood alcohol level as high as 0.181, more than four times the federal maritime limit for operating a ship.

As part of a plea agreement, Petridis received one year’s probation, a $15,000 fine and a one-year ban from entering U.S. waters as an employee of any commercial vessel.

Celebrity Cruise’s parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., relieved Petridis of command and dismissed him after his arrest in May.