February 5, 2001
As mid-east violence continues, Celebrity Cruises is pulling the plug on Israel’s Haifa, a port of call for Millennium’s 12-night Mediterranean cruises that start May 31. The replacement port is Limassol, Cyprus, which has already benefited from cruise ships seeking a haven from the continuing strife in Israel over the fall and winter months. According to a Celebrity news release, Limassol is a “city of fun...a spirited and cosmopolitan seaside town with a 10-mile coastline.” We wonder: If Limassol is so much fun than why wasn’t it on the itinerary in the first place? Another piece of Millennium’s itinerary revision means the ship will stay a couple of hours longer in Alexandria, Egypt, the gateway to Cairo. Millennium’s Mediterranean sailings run through early September. And while we’re surprised at the advance notice that Celebrity’s providing (and er, shall we say lack of faith that troubled waters won’t be smoothed over any time in the next four to eight months), Mediterranean-bound cruisers on any line, particularly on ships with planned calls at Haifa, should be prepared for more of the same.