As unrest on Martinique and Guadeloupe continues, cruise lines have altered itineraries in order to avoid the area. Seabourn, for one, will cancel its planned visit to Martinique on Tuesday. Cruise Critic contributor Fran Golden, who is onboard the ship, tells us that Seabourn Legend will visit St. Lucia instead.
Also, Holland America's Noordam, slated to call at Martinique on Tuesday, will visit St. Kitts instead, according to a company spokeswoman. Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas will call on Antigua Tuesday and St. Kitts Wednesday in lieu of Guadeloupe and Martinique respectively.
P&O Cruises' Ventura will call at Dominica Wednesday instead of Martinique. Costa Atlantica is the next ship due in Guadeloupe, on March 14; at this time, Costa has not made alternate arrangements.
Ongoing strike activity on Martinique and nearby Guadeloupe has been impacting cruise calls for the last several weeks, as workers protest for better wages. The U.S. Department of State and the U.K.'s Foreign and Commonwealth Office have not advised against travel to the islands, but do recommend citizens avoid demonstration areas.
We'll keep you posted as the situation warrants.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief, and Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor
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March 9, 2009