Political unrest in Bangkok has Crystal Cruises revising its itineraries to avoid the city.
Cruise lines on Asian itineraries often use Bangkok’s port of Laem Chabang.
However, the Thai government declared a 60-day state of emergency in the city last month as tension between government and opposition leaders continued to escalate.
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs also advised Australians travellers to avoid all locations where protests occur including Bangkok and surrounding areas.
Crystal Cruises is the first major cruise lines to announce it will cancel Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony calls to Bangkok throughout 2014 and early 2015.
A company statement online said:
“Given the unpredictable and growing violence, we felt it prudent to make this decision now, reserve our berths to accommodate the changes, and, advise everyone as soon as possible.
“Please be assured that under no circumstances will we risk our guests’ or crew’s safety to maintain a published itinerary.
“As always, the safety and security of our guests and crew is of paramount importance to Crystal Cruises.”
Affected itineraries include:
– Sensational Southeast Asia cruise on board Crystal Serenity departing Hong Kong on 22 February.
– Temples and Safaris cruise on board Crystal Serenity departing Singapore on 10 March. The pre-cruise inclusive program has been amended with the extended land program now starting in Singapore instead of Bangkok.
– Kingdoms of Jade and Gold cruise on board Crystal Symphony departing 26 March.
– Southeast Asia Exploration cruise departing Bali on 7 December.
– China Sea Holiday Spectacular departing Singapore on 21 December.
– Southeast Asia Sojourn cruise departing Singapore on 5 January 2015.