Travellers are being urged to reconsider upcoming trips to Egypt, as the country remains under a 9.00pm to 6.00am curfew.
Thirteen-hour days commenced this month as a result of violent unrest following the 3 July coup of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advised Australian holidaymakers to reassess travel plans to Egypt, and particularly avoid regions in North Sinai, including the Taba-Suez Road.
Cruise lines have responded to political disturbances, with cruise cancellations and diversions:
Uniworld has advised guests that due to the instability it has decided to cancel all remaining 2013 departures on its Egypt programs.
Holland America Line says it is closely monitoring the situation, but as a result of the US Department of State Travel Warning to defer all non-essential travel to Egypt, the line has replaced all calls in Egypt on several upcoming sailings.
Affected itineraries include two 10-day ms Rotterdam itinerary departing Piraeus, Greece on 31 October and 20 November, the 11-day ms Noordam itinerary from Pireaus, Greece departing 20 October and the 14-day ms Prinsendam trip sailing from Piraeus, Greece on 28 October.
MSC Cruises has announced the cancellation of its MSC Armonia’s 2013-2014 winter itineraries in the Red Sea, replacing the cruise with two new itineraries departing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Sebourn has cancelled all calls in Egypt on several upcoming sailings in October on Seabourn Odyssey and Seabourn Legend.
Princess Cruises also cancelled calls in the country this month, and is monitoring the situation for any updates.
Silversea has had some itineraries affected by the unrest, replacing Egyptian ports with stops in Turkey and Greece.
Cruise 1326 on Silver Cloud scheduled to call in Port Said on 23 September and Alexandria on 24 September, will instead stay an extra day in Haifa and receive an additional full day call to Marmaris, Turkey.
Cruise 5331 on Silver Spirit due to call in Port Said on 10 October and Alexandria on 11 October will instead add an extra day in Haifa and an additional full day call in Rhodes, Greece.