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Turkey Protests Catch Cruise Lines' Attention

June 6, 2013
(3:47 p.m. EDT) -- Cruise lines are keeping a close eye on Turkey as protests in Istanbul, Ankara and other cities show no signs of abating. So far, though, only one cruise line has changed an itinerary in response to the violence.

Costa Cruises replaced a Costa Fascinosa call to Izmir with a stop at Kusadasi (both in Turkey) June 5, and today, June 6, opted for a call at Athens, Greece, instead of a scheduled visit to Istanbul. Costa Mediterranea's calls to Izmir and Istanbul, scheduled for June 8 and 9, are still confirmed.

"Costa Crociere is carefully and continuously monitoring the situation in Turkey," a spokesman said. "If required by the circumstances, Costa Crociere will evaluate any possible itinerary modifications or any change in shore excursion program."

Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises and Windstar Cruises, which all have ships scheduled to call in Turkey in the next few days, are all "monitoring the situation" but haven't altered itineraries.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor



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