India's Mumbai, which was the target of a tragic terrorist attack targeting foreign visitors this week, was just starting to rev up for a series of cruise ship turnarounds and port calls. Cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, whose Legend of the Seas had a planned turnaround, Oceania, which has Nautica in the region, Seabourn Spirit and Azamara Quest, have all announced cancellations. Specifically, the details about changes:
RCI's Legend, which is on a 27-night voyage from Rome to Singapore, had been due to call in Mumbai on Sunday, extended its stay in Dubai until late Friday, and the ship will now call in Goa on December 8.
Seabourn Spirit, on an 18-day Dubai to Singapore voyage, will be skipping the call for December 7 and will instead spend a day at sea with a call in Goa on December 8. The rest of the itinerary is unchanged.
Oceania's Nautica, which is on a 32-day cruise from Dubai to Singapore, had been due in port on December 9. The itinerary has now changed to the following; at sea on December 9, Goa on December 10, Mangalore on December 11, Cochin on December 12 and the Maldives on December 13. The rest of the itinerary remains unchanged.
Azamara Quest's December 7 call has also now been cancelled -- at this point, the line has not announced the revised itinerary.
Between mid-December and late January, there are no calls planned for Mumbai at all.
Mumbai is a popular port of call because, aside from the city itself which is India's financial and fashion capital and home to the booming Indian film industry, Bollywood, it is also a jumping off point for overland trips to some of India's highlights including the Taj Mahal, Delhi and Agra.
For example, Seabourn has had to cancel its three-night mid-cruise overland journey which includes city tours and overnight stays in Agra and Jaipur.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief
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Cruise Lines Cancel December Mumbai Calls
November 29, 2008