Middle East Protests & Violence Disrupt Cruise Itineraries – Updates

Due to the recent fatal attacks and protests at American embassies and military bases throughout the past week in the Middle East, many cruise lines have begun to alter their itineraries in the southern Meditarranean.

Updated at 2:30pm on 9/15/12

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Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth:

The Queen Elizabth will now visit Rhodes, Greece on September 16th instead of its original call in Alexandria, Egypt.

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Holland America Line’s ms. Ryandam:

ms. Ryandam has cancelled her call in Carthage, Tunisia today and will replace the port with Sardinia, Italy.

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Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas:

Royal Caribbean has posted the following notice on it’s website…

In an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel Mariner of the Seas’ next port call to Egypt. Mariner of the Seas, which departs Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, on Saturday, September 15, will no longer call on Alexandria, Egypt, on Tuesday, September 18. Instead, the ship will now call to Sicily (Messina), Italy, on Sunday, September 16, and Valletta, Malta, on Monday, September 17.

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According to Cruise Critic, other cruise lines scheduled to visit ports of call in Egypt are Costa, MSC and Holland America. Silversea, Princess and MSC also have ports of call scheduled in Tunisia. These cruise lines may alter itineraries if necessary, so please keep a close eye on your cruise line’s website for any updates. I will also update this page as necessary, stay tuned.

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Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.