Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox
Cruise News
Home > Cruise News Archive > P&O Cancels Egyptian Port Call Over Fear of Unrest
Date Published: February 19, 2013
More current news for P&O Cruises:
P&O Cruises Launches 'Strictly' Competitions Across Fleet

P&O Cruises Profile and Reviews
Latest Cruise News Headlines
P&O Cancels Egyptian Port Call Over Fear of Unrest
(11:30 p.m. EST) -- P&O Cruises has cancelled a stop in Egypt's Port Said on Oceana's current Eastern Mediterranean cruise, opting instead to spend two days in Alexandria.

The cancellation comes just a few weeks after P&O cancelled Ashdod in Israel due to "security issues." The line took the decision to swap Port Said (for Cairo) for the quieter Mediterranean port of Alexandria, where the ship is currently berthed, to avoid being in Egypt on a Friday. Generally, unrest has typically taken place after morning prayers on a Friday.

Despite security concerns, all tours to Cairo have gone ahead as planned -- including an overnight tour in the capital city -- without incident.

A spokeswoman for P&O said: “Port Said was cancelled following assessment of the current disorder in that particular city.

"Alexandria does not currently have these levels of disorder, hence we are content for our ships to visit there. The excursions we are currently running to Cairo have been risk-assessed at the highest level and avoid Tahrir Square.

"In summary, Port Said has been cancelled due to specific issues in that City.”

A number of lines have been forced to alter or cancel intineraries to Egypt in recent months, including Regent Seven Seas, which changed an itinerary in November; and Norwegian Cruise Line which cancelled all calls in Egypt for this season.

--by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor



Cruise News Headlines
More P&O Cruises News
P&O Cruises Reviews

About UsAdvertisingEditorial DisclaimerPress
PrivacySite MapStoreSubscribe
X

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.

We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.