The Government has warned Australians from travelling to Ukraine and Crimea because of the escalating crisis.
So what does this mean for cruise passengers travelling to Ukraine and Crimea?
Cruise ships aren’t due to visit Odessa or Yalta for another month and so far they have not cancelled or rerouted cruises in the area. However, they are keeping a close eye on the situation.
Viking Cruises told Cruise Passenger that it has not altered any sailings. Neither has it received a significant number of cancellations from passengers. Viking Sineus is scheduled to sail 12-day itineraries from Odessa to Kiev in May, June, July, August, September and October.
“But we are monitoring the political climate in Ukraine closely and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. In the meantime, our thoughts and support are with the Ukrainian people, ” a statement from Viking said.
MSC Cruises also told Cruise Passenger it has no plans to cancel Black Sea itineraries, however it has a contingency plan in case it has to amend its routing. for MSC Sinfonia’s sailing to the Black Sea in April and May.
“We are working on an amended itinerary for this cruise, should the political situation remain unstable, where the two Ukrainian calls at the ports of Odessa and Yalta will be cancelled and replaced with calls in Vornos, Greece and Varna, Bulgaria,” an MSC spokesperson said.
Silversea has also not changed its itineraries to the Black Sea.
Other cruise lines also due to visit the region in April and May this year include Costa Cruises and Seabourn Cruises.