Crisis in Egypt
By Cruise International | 1 Mar 2011
We speak to the cruise lines caught up in the recent outbreak of political protests.Read Cruise lines drop Egypt as uncertainty continues.
River cruise companies swiftly put passengers on flights back to the UK from Egypt as protests escalated in the country in early February.
They were acting upon Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice against all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and Luxor, and its recommendation that British nationals should leave the country immediately.
During the social unrest, cruise companies either flew passengers back or offered full refunds. Discover Egypt cancelled its departures to Egypt for the weeklong half-term holiday that began on 21 February.
Clients were offered a full refund or they could reschedule their holiday for a later date. The company said that a large proportion had opted for the second option. Discover Egypt said it believed this showed that Egypt remained a popular holiday destination.
Titan Travel also suspended its river cruises.
“The Titan HiTours and Elegant River Cruises’ 24-hour crisis team successfully managed to get all clients out of Egypt with minimal disruption to their holiday plans,” said Hugh Clayson, commercial director of Titan Travel.
“Clients were able to finish their Nile cruises and were swiftly transported back to the UK as the situation heightened. Since then we have followed the Foreign Office’s advice and are not operating any tours to Egypt at present. We will continue to do this until the situation settles.”
Bales Worldwide has confirmed that it is giving passengers the option to cancel their bookings on affected Egyptian itineraries and receive a full refund, or to rearrange them for a later date. The company remains hopeful that Nile cruising will resume as soon as stability has returned to the nation.
Due to the unpredictability of recent events, those who have booked a Nile cruise in the near future should keep themselves fully updated by remaining in touch with their travel agent.
For latest news and advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, call 020 7008 1500 from the UK, 02 2791 6000 from Egypt, or visit fco.gov.uk