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Cruise lines changing course to avoid violence in Middle East and North Africa

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 14 - 2012

Anti-American demonstrations have erupted in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to an anti-Muslim movie that was produced in the United States. Since tensions are high some cruise lines have elected not to stop at ports that are near violence. Cruise lines are keeping close tabs on the situation and determining if itineraries need to be changed. Two lines have elected to make changes.

Royal Caribbean International canceled Mariner of the Seas’ port call to Alexandria, Egypt scheduled for September 18 and will instead stop in Messina, Sicily and Valletta, Malta on Monday September 19. A Royal Caribbean spokesperson stated that the decision to change course was “in an abundance of caution” and stated the company will notify guests and travel agents of the changes. Additionally, Holland America Line’s Ryndam skipped its scheduled Tunis, Tunisia port of call on Friday and elected to visit Sardinia, Italy instead.

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