Two major cruise lines have cancelled calls in the troubled country until June – are you affected?
Amidst the drama caused by violent protests aimed at the Egyptian government, many cruise lines have amended their itineraries at the last minute so as not to call in Egyptian ports during this time.
Two of the most recent cruise lines to pull out are Azamara Club Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. Both major lines announced their ships will not be visiting Egypt through to the end of June, even though neither are scheduled to make port calls there until April.
Azamara Quest cruises are affected – the ship’s April 24 sailing from Dubai will skip Alexandria for a sea day and will visit Santorini on April 5 instead.
Her May 6 sailing from Athens will also skip Alexandria in favour of an overnight in Rhodes on May 10, followed by a sea day on May 13; her May 16 sailing from Haifa will bypass Alexandria, calling at Paphos on May 19 and having an overnight in Rhodes on May 20.
Brilliance of the Seas’ April 21 sailing from Dubai has been amended so that the ship skips all Egyptian ports and Aqaba, Jordan. Instead, the 16-night sailing will have nine sea days.
Mariner of the Seas’ April 18 cruise from Rome will drop Alexandria for an overnight in Istanbul; her May 11 cruise from Rome will bypass Alexandria for a sea day, an overnight in Istanbul and a stop in Kusadasi; her June 4 and 28 sailings will skip Alexandria for an overnight in Istanbul.
Are you affected by these changes? Do you think the cruise lines have handled the crisis appropriately? Feel free to add a comment below.