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Middle East Protests Impact Cruise Schedules
« on: February 06, 2011, 03:08:33 PM »
At the suggestion of Phyllis we are going to post all information under one thread rather than the individual cruise lines.

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Information for Norwegian Jade Passengers
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2011, 03:10:42 PM »
Information for Norwegian Jade Passengers

02/04/2011 12:15 PM EST - The safety and security of our guests and crew is our number one priority. Therefore, the company is closely monitoring the situation in Egypt. At this time, the U.S. Department of State is advising against travel to Egypt.

Given this advisory, we are cancelling Norwegian Jade’s next two scheduled stops in Egypt. The new itineraries are as follows:

          Arrive    Depart
Sun    Barcelona         7:00pm
Mon    Day at Sea         
Tue    Rome (Civ)    8:00am    7:00pm
Wed    Day at Sea         
Thu    Athens (Pir)    10:30am    8:00pm
Fri    Ephesus (Izm)    9:00am    6:00pm
Sat    Istanbul    1:00pm    overnight
Sun    Istanbul         overnight
Mon    Istanbul         10:00am
Tue    Day at Sea         
Wed    Valletta    9:00am    6:00pm
Thur    Day at Sea         
Fri    Barcelona    5:00am   


For sailings with scheduled stops in Egypt beyond the March 6th Jade sailing, we will continue to closely monitor the situation and alert guests as appropriate.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Important News on Egypt from MSC
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2011, 03:12:19 PM »
Important News on Egypt from MSC

Feb 06 2011 - MSC Cruises always puts the safety and security of its guests before all other considerations. This is why, having monitored the situation in Egypt, we have decided to alter all of the upcoming calls for MSC Magnifica and MSC Splendida to Alexandria for the rest of the season. We will continue to follow the situation very closely and, should the situation stabilise again, we will not hesitate in changing the itineraries back to their original schedule. You will find all the latest updates on http://www.msccruises.com.

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EGYPT UPDATE FOR NAUTICA, APRIL 20, 2011 AND INSIGNIA, APRIL 23, 2011
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2011, 03:30:11 PM »
EGYPT UPDATE FOR NAUTICA, APRIL 20, 2011 AND INSIGNIA, APRIL 23, 2011


Dear Guests and Travel Agent Partners,

Feb 03, 2011 - As the political situation continues to unfold, we wish to provide you with an update on the status of the voyages below.

As the safety and security of our guests and crew is our #1 priority, we will amend the itineraries as needed to ensure the safety of all onboard. We are receiving regular updates from our security personnel and our ground operators in Egypt and we will continue to monitor and assess the situation.

This situation, as with others in Africa and the Middle East, tend to be extremely fluid and can resolve themselves rather quickly. As such, we have not made a final decision as to whether or not we will alter the itinerary at this time but wanted to provide you in advance with the alternate itinerary we have planned.

NAUTICA, APRIL 20, 2011
Date    Current Itinerary    Alternate Itinerary
Apr 20    Dubai    Dubai
Apr 21    Dubai    Dubai
Apr 22    Fujairah    Fujairah
Apr 23    Muscat    Muscat
Apr 24    Sea    Sea
Apr 25    Salalah    Salalah
Apr 26    Sea    Sea
Apr 27    Sea    Sea
Apr 28    Sea    Sea
Apr 29    Sea    Sea
Apr 30    Aqaba    Aqaba
May 1    Safaga    Aqaba
May 2    Safaga    Sea
May 3    Sharm El Sheikh    Suez Canal
May 4    Suez Canal    Ashdod
May 5    Ashdod    Ashdod
May 6    Haifa    Haifa
May 7    Cairo    Limassol
May 8    Alexandria    Rhodes
May 9    Sea    Kusadasi
May 10    Athens    Athens


INSIGNIA, APRIL 23, 2011
Date    Current Itinerary    Alternate Itinerary
Apr 23    Rome    Rome
Apr 24    Sorrento    Sorrento
Apr 25    Taormina    Taormina
Apr 26    Zakinthos    Zakinthos
Apr 27    Sea    Santorini
Apr 28    Alexandria    Aghios Nikolaos
Apr 29    Cairo    Antalya
Apr 30    Haifa    Haifa
May 1    Ashdod    Ashdod
May 2    Ashdod    Ashdod
May 3    Limassol    Limassol
May 4    Tartous, Syria    Tartous, Syria
May 5    Alanya    Alanya
May 6    Kusadasi    Kusadasi
May 7    Athens    Athens

We are hopeful of being able to call on Egypt as currently scheduled, but if we do decide to operate the alternate itinerary, we will notify everyone at that time. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 800-531-5658.

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Re: Middle East Protests Impact Cruise Schedules
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2011, 04:26:50 PM »
We'll have to see if there's an impact on the Suez Canal as well ???

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Royal Caribbean International Statement on Protests in Egypt
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2011, 11:40:24 AM »
Royal Caribbean International Statement on Protests in Egypt

Changes to Mariner of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas


February 9, 2011 - Royal Caribbean International has been closely monitoring the situation in Egypt. In an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel our upcoming port calls to Egypt through June. The sailings that have been modified are:

Mariner of the Seas, which departs Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy on Monday, April 18 will no longer call on Alexandria on Sunday, April 24. Instead, the ship will now call on Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday, April 24 and stay overnight until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 25.

Mariner of the Seas
, which departs Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy on Wednesday, May 11 will no longer call on Alexandria on Wednesday, May 18. Instead, the ship will now spend Monday, May 16 at sea, stay overnight in Istanbul, Turkey from 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 17 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 and call on Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey on Thursday, May 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mariner of the Seas
, which departs Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy on Saturday, June 4 will no longer call on Alexandria on Saturday, June 11. Instead, the ship will now call on Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday, June 11 and stay overnight until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.

Mariner of the Seas
, which departs Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy on Tuesday, June 28 will no longer call on Alexandria on Wednesday, July 6. Instead, the ship will now call on Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday, July 6 and stay overnight until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 7.

Brilliance of the Seas, which departs Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Thursday, April 21 will sail a modified itinerary. The revised itinerary will be:  
  
DAY PORT ARRIVAL DEPARTURE
Thursday Dubai, United Arab   5:00 p.m.
Friday Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Fujairah, United Arab Emirates 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Muscat, Oman 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Monday At Sea    
Tuesday At Sea    
Wednesday At Sea    
Thursday At Sea    
Friday At Sea    
Saturday At Sea    
Sunday Suez Canal (Passage) 6:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.
Monday At Sea    
Tuesday At Sea    
Wednesday Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.
Thursday Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy  7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Friday At Sea    
Saturday Barcelona, Spain 6:00 a.m.  

 
The cost of any shore excursions in a cancelled port, which were purchased through Royal Caribbean International, will be refunded to the form of payment used. Guests who booked shore excursions whose call date has changed, through Royal Caribbean International, will have those reservations transferred to the new day of the port call. Our shore excursion staff onboard can assist guests regarding activities in any new port of call.

We will continue to closely monitor the changing situation in Egypt and will contact guests or their travel agents should we make any additional modifications to upcoming itineraries

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Situation in Egypt / Tunisia - Costa Cruises changes its itineraries
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2011, 11:57:59 AM »
Situation in Egypt / Tunisia - Costa Cruises changes its itineraries

Given the recent events and current situation in Egypt, which caused an unexpected and uncontrolled number of cancellations for the Costa Allegra Jan. 31 and Costa Marina Feb. 3 cruises, only some of which were announced in advance by travel agencies, Costa Cruise Lines is changing its Red Sea program and providing new information about how existing bookings will be dealt with.

Costa Marina

Red Sea cruises departing on Feb. 10, Feb.17 and the Red Sea Grand Cruise departing Feb. 24, 2011, are cancelled.

All guests booked on the Feb. 10 and 17 Red Sea cruises, may receive a credit in the amount paid on the following departures:
- Costa Allegra, Feb. 14 or 21, 2011, on the new itinerary (Jordan, Israel)
- Costa Pacifica, Feb. 19, March 2, 13 or 24, 2011, 10-day Mediterranean itinerary (Israel, Greece, Turkey)

All guests booked on Feb. 24, 2011, Red Sea Grand Cruise may receive a credit in the amount paid, on the following departures:
- Costa Allegra Red Sea Grand Cruise, March 28, 2011, departing from Aqaba (Jordan)
- Costa Luminosa Grand Cruise from United Arab Emirates, March 21, 2011, departing from Dubai (UAE)
- Costa Deliziosa Grand Cruise from United Arab Emirates, April 3, 2011, departing from Dubai (UAE)
- Costa Romantica Grand Cruise from Indian Ocean, April 3, 2011, departing from Port Louis (Mauritius)
- Other available spring 2011 departures for Mediterranean itineraries on Costa Concordia, Costa Magica or Costa Serena

IMPORTANT: BY NO LATER than 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, all guests booked on the above-mentioned Costa Marina Red Sea cruises have to choose either a credit on one of the proposed departures or the possible use of a voucher for another 2011 cruise. Alternatively, guests can ask for a refund of the amount paid.

Costa Allegra

All the Costa Allegra Red Sea cruises are confirmed for the new itinerary comprising Jordan and Israel.

IMPORTANT: BY NO LATER than 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, all booked guests for the Feb. 14, 21 and 28, and March 7, 14 and 21, 2011 Costa Allegra Red Sea cruises, or the March 28, 2011, Red Sea Grand Cruise will have to choose either a credit for the same amount, on one of the proposed departures listed below or the possible use of a voucher for another 2011 cruise. Alternatively, guests can ask for a refund of the amount paid.

Available departures for the credit:
- Costa Pacifica Feb. 19, March 2, 13 or 24, 2011, 12-day Mediterranean itinerary (Israel, Greece, Turkey)
- All Spring 2011 departures on Mediterranean itineraries of Costa Concordia, Costa Magica or Costa Serena.

No confirmation is required for guests who want to keep their booking on the new Jordan-Israel itinerary. Flights are confirmed according to details already shared.

If no choice is expressed regarding possible credit or refund by the date indicated (Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011), the company will apply the standard contract conditions.

Grand Cruises

Costa Cruise Lines confirms that for Costa Allegra Red Sea Grand Cruise, Costa Luminosa and Costa Deliziosa Grand Cruise from United Arab Emirates and the Costa Romantica Grand Cruise from Indian Ocean, the one day calls at Sharm el Sheik, Safaga and Alexandria (Egypt) have been cancelled and replaced by a two-day call at the renowned Israeli city of Eilat. This call will allow passengers to visit Jerusalem as well as the ancient Masada fortress and the Dead Sea.

Any cancellation for the above listed grand cruises will be handled according to the conditions of the contract.

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Re: Middle East Protests Impact Cruise Schedules
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2011, 09:50:05 PM »
Royal Caribbean International - Itinerary Changes Egypt


March 18, 2011 - Royal Caribbean International continues to monitor the situation in Egypt. Due to the uncertainty in Egypt, and in an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel additional port calls to Egypt through November.

The additional sailings that have been modified are:

Brilliance of the Seas, which departs Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday, September 9, will now call on Istanbul, Turkey, on Monday, October 3 and stay overnight until 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 4.

Brilliance of the Seas, which departs Barcelona, Spain on Monday, October 10, will now call on Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday, October 15 and stay overnight until 10:00 p.m. Sunday, October 16.

Brilliance of the Seas, which departs Barcelona, Spain on Saturday, October 22, will now call on Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday, October 29 and stay overnight until 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 30.

Mariner of the Seas, which departs Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy on Thursday, September 8, will now call on Istanbul, Turkey, on Thursday, September 15 and stay overnight until 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 16.

Mariner of the Seas, which departs Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy on Monday, October 3, will sail a modified itinerary. The revised itinerary will be:
 
DAY    PORT    ARRIVAL    DEPARTURE
Monday    Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy         5:00 p.m.
Tuesday    Sicily (Messina), Italy    9:00 a.m.    3:30 p.m.
Wednesday    At Sea         
Thursday    At Sea         
Friday    Istanbul, Turkey    7:00p.m    
Saturday    Istanbul, Turkey         3:00 p.m
Sunday    Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey     10:00 p.m    7:00 p.m
Monday    Athens (Piresus), Greece    7:00 a.m    6:00 p.m
Tuesday    Rhodes, Greece     9:00 a.m    5:00 p.m
Wednesday    Chania (Souda), Greece    7:00 a.m    2:00 p.m
Thursday    At sea         
Friday    Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy    5:00 a.m    


Vision of the Seas, whose sailing begins in Istanbul, Turkey on Friday, September 16, will now call on Haifa, Israel, on Monday, September 19 and stay overnight until 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 20.

Vision of the Seas, whose sailing begins in Istanbul, Turkey on Friday, October 7, will sail a modified itinerary. The revised itinerary will be:
 
DAY    PORT    ARRIVAL    DEPARTURE
Friday    Istanbul, Turkey         
Saturday    Istanbul, Turkey         2:00 p.m.
Sunday    At Sea         
Monday    Haifa, Israel    9:00 a.m.    11:59 p.m.
Tuesday    Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel    7:00 a.m.    
Wednesday    Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel         7:00 p.m
Thursday    At Sea         
Friday    Athens (Piresus), Greece    7:00 a.m    6:00 p.m
Saturday    Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey    9:00 a.m    7:00 p.m
Sunday    At Sea         
Monday    Istanbul, Turkey    5:00 p.m.    


Vision of the Seas, whose sailing begins in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday, October 17, will sail a modified itinerary. The revised itinerary will be:
 
DAY    PORT    ARRIVAL    DEPARTURE
Monday    Istanbul, Turkey         
Tuesday    Istanbul, Turkey         2:00 p.m.
Wednesday    Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey     10:00 a.m    8:00 p.m
Thursday    Athens (Piraeus), Greece    9:00 a.m    6:00 p.m
Friday    Rhodes, Greece     9:00 a.m    7:00 p.m
Saturday    At Sea         
Sunday    Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel    10:00 a.m    
Monday    Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel         10:00 p.m
Tuesday    Haifa, Israel    7:00 a.m    10:00 p.m
Wednesday    At sea         
Thursday    At sea         
Friday    Istanbul, Turkey    5:00 a.m    


Vision of the Seas, whose sailing begins in Istanbul, Turkey on Friday, October 28, will sail a modified itinerary. The revised itinerary will be:
 
DAY    PORT    ARRIVAL    DEPARTURE
Friday    Istanbul, Turkey         
Saturday    Istanbul, Turkey         2:00 p.m.
Sunday    At Sea         
Monday    Haifa, Israel    9:00 a.m.    11:59 p.m.
Tuesday    Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel    7:00 a.m.    
Wednesday    Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel         7:00 p.m
Thursday    At Sea         
Friday    Athens (Piresus), Greece    7:00 a.m    6:00 p.m
Saturday    Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey    9:00 a.m    7:00 p.m
Sunday    At Sea         
Monday    Istanbul, Turkey    5:00 p.m.    


Vision of the Seas, whose sailing begins in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday, November 7, will sail a modified itinerary. The revised itinerary will be:
 
DAY    PORT    ARRIVAL    DEPARTURE
Monday    Istanbul, Turkey         
Tuesday    Istanbul, Turkey       2:00 p.m.
Wednesday    Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey     9:00 a.m    8:00 p.m
Thursday    Athens (Piraeus), Greece    9:00 a.m    6:00 p.m
Friday    At Sea         
Saturday    Valletta, Malta     7:00 a.m    6:00 a.m
Sunday    Sicily (Messina), Italy     7:00 a.m    4:00 p.m
Monday    Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy    10:00 a.m    6:00 p.m
Tuesday    At sea         
Wednesday    Malaga, Spain     8:00 a.m    7:00 p.m
Thursday    Seville (Cadiz), Spain    7:00 a.m    3:00 p.m
Friday    Lisbon, Portugal    6:00 a.m    
 
The cost of any shore excursions in a cancelled port, which were purchased through Royal Caribbean International, will be refunded to the form of payment used. Guests who booked shore excursions whose call date has changed, through Royal Caribbean International, will have those reservations transferred to the new day of the port call. Our shore excursion staff onboard can assist guests regarding activities in any new port of call.

We will continue to closely monitor the changing situation in Egypt and will contact guests or their travel agents should we make any additional modifications to upcoming itineraries.


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Re: Middle East Protests Impact Cruise Schedules
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2011, 11:56:24 AM »
COSTA CROCIERE CHANGES 2011 MEDITERRANEAN ITINERARIES, REPLACING PORT CALLS IN EGYPT, TUNISIA AND ISRAEL

(HOLLYWOOD, FLA.) – March 8, 2011 – Costa Crociere has announced the replacement of its calls in Tunisia, Egypt and Israel for the balance of 2011. While the Italian company values and appreciates the great appeal of these three countries as prime tourist destinations, due to recent events, Costa Crociere has decided to change the itineraries of all cruises that included calls to those countries. The changes will enable the company to efficiently plan and execute its complex technical and maritime operations for the entire season.
 
For the current 2011 season, all seven-day Mediterranean cruises of Costa Concordia, Costa Serena and Costa Magica that had a scheduled one-day call at Tunis, Tunisia, will be replaced with a one-day call at Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, or Cagliari, Italy.

All Mediterranean itineraries with scheduled calls at Alexandria, Egypt, and Haifa and Ashdod, Israel, will be modified and offer alternative calls at Limassol, Cyprus; Rhodes, Greece; Marmaris, Turkey, or the newly added ports of Alanya and Antalya, Turkey.

All of the information on itinerary changes can be checked on costacruises.com, costaclick.com and through Costa partner travel agencies.

Costa Crociere’s highest priority is to ensure for all its guests a relaxing, worry-free experience, and the cruise line is trying to minimize any last-minute itinerary modifications.

Costa Cruises currently confirms all scheduled calls in Egypt, Tunisia and Israel for its 2012 program.

For more than 60 years Costa Cruises’ ships have sailed worldwide, offering the best in Italian style, hospitality and cuisine while providing holidays focused on fun and relaxation. The line’s 14 ships visit 250 destinations throughout the Mediterranean, northern Europe, the Baltic, Caribbean, South America, United Arab Emirates, Far East and Indian Ocean. Two new ships are on order from Fincantieri and will be delivered in 2011 and 2012.

For more information on Costa Cruises, call 800-GO-COSTA or visit www.costacruises.com

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MSC - Mediterranean Cruise News
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2011, 08:15:11 PM »
MSC - Mediterranean Cruise News


For MSC Cruises, the security and comfort of our guests is paramount. Therefore, as a consequence of the recent political developments in Northern Africa, the company would like to confirm the following:

TUNIS – SUMMER 2011
With reference to the current situation in Tunisia: should conditions not return to normal, all our ships programmed to visit Tunisia will operate an alternative itinerary and replace the scheduled calls to Tunis.
The following ships are affected:
MSC Fantasia from the 16th of April to the 15th of October 2011
MSC Splendida from the 10th April to the 06th of November 2011
MSC Lirica from the 18th of April to the 07th of October
MSC Sinfonia from the 04th of June to the 15th of October
Should the situation return to normal, the original itinerary will be reinstated and the call at Tunis will be operated as originally scheduled.

TUNIS – WINTER 2011-2012
MSC Cruises will replace the call to Tunis with a visit to Civitavecchia for the winter season 2011-2012.

EGYPT – SUMMER 2011 and WINTER 2011-2012
MSC Cruises will replace calls to Egypt with a new port of call for the summer season 2011 and the winter season 2011-2012.

BAHRAIN WINTER 2011-2012
MSC Cruises will replace the call to Bahrain with a call at Khasab for the winter season 2011-2012.

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Re: Middle East Protests Impact Cruise Schedules
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2011, 07:02:00 PM »
Holland America Line Resumes Egypt Travel

April 5, 2011 - With the recently amended recommendations by the U.S. Department of State for improved travel to Egypt, Holland America Line has reinstated original cruise itineraries for all fall 2011 cruises scheduled to call in Egypt. In addition, ms Prinsendam will resume its original spring 2011 cruise itinerary including Egypt ports and ms Amsterdam included a visit to Safaga, Egypt, on April 2, during its Grand World Voyage. Affected travel agents and guests have been notified. Egypt cruise ports offer attractive cultural activities and profoundly historic sites for our cruise guests to visit. They are popular destinations on longer voyage cruises and we are pleased to reinstate them into scheduled cruises.

ms Amsterdam Grand World Voyage that departed Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Jan. 5, 2011 will maintain earlier itinerary changes but now call at Safaga on April 2. The affected segment of the itinerary is as follows:

Mar. 29 - Apr. 1    At Sea    
Apr. 2    Safaga, Egypt    7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Apr. 3    Aqaba, Jordan    7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Apr. 4    At Sea    
Apr. 5    Daylight Transit Suez Canal    
Apr. 6    Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel    7:00 am – 11:00 pm

ms Prinsendam 62-day Africa and Mediterranean Grand Voyage that departed Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Mar. 12 will sail the original published itinerary.

Japan Travel Advisory

Holland America Line has made revisions to the April 14th and May 2nd sailings of the ms Volendam as a consequence of the recent events in Japan. While the situation there is improving on a daily basis, there remains much recovery work to be done in the northern region. As such, upcoming scheduled calls to Northern Japan have been canceled including Yokohama (Tokyo) on May 4-5; Hakodate on May 7; and Kushiro on May 8. In their place, we have scheduled calls in Korea and Russia. The new itinerary for the affected segment of the sailing is as follows:

May 2nd:    Kobe (Osaka), Japan    
May 3rd:    Scenic cruising Inland Sea of Japan    
May 4th:    Busan (Pusan), South Korea    Full Day
May 5th:    At Sea
May 6th:    Vladivostok, Russian Federation    Full Day
May 7-9th:    At Sea
May 10th:    Petropavlovsk (Kamchatka),
Russian Federation    Full Day

After May 10th the schedule reverts back to the published itinerary.

Port calls to Nagasaki (April 30th) and Kobe-Osaka (May 2nd) in southern Japan will operate as scheduled. These areas are hundreds of miles southwest of the Fukushima nuclear plant and well beyond the 50 mile precautionary area originally recommended by the U.S. and Japanese governments. While we remain confident in travelling to southern Japan, guests may also refer to the U.S. Department of State website for their most recent statement.

Although we always try to maintain our published itineraries, we believe these changes are prudent in light of recent events. Japan is a large country with many areas that are completely safe to visit. At the same time, there are areas which need more time to recover.

We are confident that our guests will enjoy the interesting and unique new ports on this portion of our revised itinerary. As well, we will handle all arrangements and costs for Russian visas. There is no action required on the part of our guests. No special visas are required in Korea. We appreciate our guests understanding of this situation and patronage of Holland America Line.

To show our solidarity with the people of Japan and assist with their rebuilding efforts, Holland America Line will deliver a check for $25,000 to the Japanese Red Cross during our call in Kobe on May 2.

Holland America Line Replaces Spring 2011 Mazatlán Port Calls

At Holland America Line, the safety of our guests and crew is our top priority. As such, for the remainder of the 2011 Spring cruise season we are replacing Mazatlán on our published itineraries as follows:
ms Oosterdam 7-day cruises departing March 12th, 19th, 26th and April 9th and 16th will now feature two days in Puerto Vallarta with an overnight on day three. The April 2nd departure will instead overnight in Cabo San Lucas on day four.

The 10- or 14-day sailing on ms Zaandam departing April 10th and ms Oosterdam departing April 23rd will now call a second time in Cabo San Lucas on day six.

Affected guests and travel agents are being notified.

Discussions will continue with local authorities in Mazatlán to determine the appropriate time to resume port calls there.

Should future itinerary changes be made, affected travel agents and guests will be notified.

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Re: Middle East Protests Impact Cruise Schedules
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2011, 11:12:14 PM »
Princess Cruises Reinstates Calls to Egypt on Upcoming Sailings
All Modified Cruises Return to Original Itineraries

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (April 18, 2011) -- Princess Cruises has reinstated calls to Egyptian ports on all itineraries where they were previously removed.

In February due to political unrest, Princess modified itineraries for 18 sailings scheduled to call in Egypt through November. The cruises aboard Star Princess, Dawn Princess, Ocean Princess and Pacific Princess have now returned to their originally published itineraries. Princess' first Egypt call is scheduled for May 15.

"The situation in Egypt has calmed considerably since wide-spread protests earlier this year, and the tourist areas aren't currently being affected," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "So we're pleased to tell passengers they can once again plan to experience this country's iconic pyramids and other ancient wonders."

The Egyptian ports of Alexandria and Port Said are part of the two-day Egypt experience included on the line's 12-day Holy Land sailings. Sailings depart from May 7 through November 15, 2011. Passengers currently booked on Holy Land sailings are being contacted with the revised itinerary information.

Princess will continue to monitor the situation in Egypt and consult with various authorities to obtain the latest information and advice. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com.

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Re: Middle East Protests Impact Cruise Schedules
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2011, 11:12:14 PM »