Cruise lines drop Egypt as uncertainty continues
By Cruise International | 1 Mar 2011
Read our update from Nile Cruise lines.
Cruise lines have dropped port calls in Egypt for the rest of the season following the unrest that continues to grip the country.
Lines are missing out Alexandria or not sailing in the region at all.
At the time of writing, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to advise against all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez.
Norwegian Cruise Line has swapped Alexandria with two nights in Istanbul on upcoming Norwegian Jade sailings.
Costa Cruises has adapted its route for its Red Sea Cruise, concentrating on Jordan and Israel, and turning at Aqaba instead of Egypt.
It is also offering alternative dates and itineraries to accommodate passengers who have already booked.
MSC Cruises has altered all sailings for MSC Magnifica and MSC Splendida to Alexandria until April, replacing it with Izmir/ Ephesus, in Turkey. From this April both ships operate itineraries that do not include Egypt.
Voyages to Antiquity has changed its early spring cruises to call at ports in Libya, Syracuse and Sicily and a new port in Crete.
The Foreign Office has advised that if you have a holiday booked to Egypt in the near future you should check with your tour operator to confirm your plans.
The Red Sea Resorts, including Sharm el Sheikh, currently remain unaffected.
At the time of writing, the military had taken control of Egypt.