Update: U.K. Issues Travel Advisory for Samoa, Others; No Cruise Impact Yet
September 30, 2009
(10:15 a.m. EDT) -- The U.K.'s Foreign Office (FCO) is advising against all but essential travel to Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga, a day after tsunami waves flattened villages and swept cars and people out to sea.
According to the Associated Press, at least 99 people have been killed as a result of the tsunami, which was triggered by an earthquake with a magnitude between 8.0 and 8.3.
The U.S. Department of State has not issued a similar travel advisory at this time.
Princess Cruises is the next scheduled cruise line to visit Samoa, with Sun Princess set to dock in Apia on October 8 and Pago Pago on October 9, and Star Princess set to visit the ports on October 9 (Apia) and October 10 (Pago Pago). Princess Cruises has yet to issue a statement.
--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor