Some of the delayed holidaymakers have been stranded for up to seven days, many of whom were on package holidays with major UK tour operators.
Richard Fain, chairman of Celebrity Cruises, said: "The events affecting air travel are completely unprecedented and it is in times like these that the global travel industry needs to pull together."
He said he hoped guests booked on to the launch would understand the change of plan and the naming ceremony would now take place on Saturday.
Rescued holidaymakers will be travelling back in luxury on the ship which has a real lawn measuring nearly half an acre, as well as bars, 10 restaurants, a casino, a theatre and swimming and spa pools.
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