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Continued anti-American protests in the Middle East have prompted cruise lines to cancel calls in Tunisia and Egypt in an exercise of caution.

Silversea’s Silver Cloud has replaced a 30 September call into Tunis, Tunisia with a visit to Gozo Island in the Maltese archipelago, while Oceania Marina will now visit Antalya, Turkey and spend an additional day in Ashdod, Israel on 4 October instead of previously scheduled calls into Alexandria and Port Said, Egypt.

Cruise Critic reports that Azamara Quest has cancelled their scheduled visit to La Goulette, Tunisia on 31 October with a full-day visit to Minorca, Balearic Islands on 1 November.

Royal Caribbean and Cunard have also altered recent itineraries to avoid Alexandria while Holland America cancelled a call to La Goulette.

Smart Traveller’s latest advice (6 September 2012) suggested that travellers to Egypt exercise a high degree of caution, while those heading to South Sinai (excluding Sharmh el Sheikh) reconsider their travel plans.

A ‘do not travel’ warning is in place for the Governorate of North Sinai (including the Taba-Suez Road) however.

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Words: Natalie Aroyan

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