Last week’s events in Turkey which saw a failed coup has resulted in cruise lines now pulling out from Turkey as a result.
The weekend saw Holland America Line, Carnival Cruise Line and the parent company of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL), cancel their scheduled visits to the troubled country.
Royal Caribbean International’s Vision of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas call at Chania (Souda) Crete, Greece on Tuesday, July 19 and Wednesday, July 20, respectively. Meanwhile Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Reflection, which was due to visit Kusadasi on 24th July and Bodrum on 25th July, will now call at Rhodes on 24th July and Sicily on 27th July instead.
RCCL are currently monitoring the situation within Turkey and has been keen to reassure it’s passengers by releasing a statement:
“As we continue to monitor the situation in Turkey, Royal Caribbean will contact guests or their travel agents should we make any additional modifications to future itineraries”
Holland America Line have also made changes to their itineraries. Eurodam which departed on the 17th July, will no longer visit Kusadasi and have altered the itinerary to reflect this change. The cruise line is keeping a close watch on the situation and that was reflected in their statement:
“Should adjustments be required on other upcoming cruises with calls there, booked guests and their travel agents will be notified,”
Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Vista was scheduled to visit Kusadasi on the 17th July but that was cancelled and instead she had a day at sea. The upcoming visit to Kusadasi on the 20th July will be replaced with a day at sea.
Carnival were also monitoring the situation and would make a decision in due course to future sailings to the area. Carnival Spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz stated:
“We will continue to monitor the situation in Turkey in conjunction with global security experts and make a determination with respect to future calls in Kusadasi — beyond July 20 — in the coming days.”
Other cruise lines have also been following the situation in Turkey closely in order to determine whether to continue to sail to that region. Cruise lines such as Silverseas, have pulled out of Turkey for 2017 as a precaution as tensions and unrest within Turkey look to dissuade cruise lines placing their cruise ships within the region.
It is anticipated that other cruise lines will be making decisions on Turkish itineraries in due course.
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