August 12, 2013
Costa announced Friday (Aug. 9) it will cancel all calls for the rest of the winter cruise season to Egypt and the Red Sea, replacing those with cruises in the Gulf.
Costa joins a host of other lines, including Princess Cruises, Seabourn, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, AIDA and Thomson Cruises, which have all pulled out of Egypt in the past few weeks.
A statement from Costa read: “Considering the unstable political climate in Egypt which is impacting on security conditions in both the capital of the country and its other main cities, Costa Cruises has decided to cancel all calls planned in Egypt and Red Sea cruises in the autumn/winter 2013-2014 season.”
The line confirmed that its seven-day Red Sea itineraries would be replaced by seven-day cruises in the United Arab Emirates on Costa Fortuna from Dubai, calling at Muscat, Khasab and Abu Dhabi. Red Sea cruises planned for 11 November on Costa Voyager will be replaced by the Costa Fortuna repositioning cruise to Dubai.
In addition, the planned calls at Port Said and Alexandria, initially part of the November 11th cruises on the Eastern Mediterranean with Costa Pacifica and Costa Serena, will be replaced with longer calls in Ashdod (Israel) and in Haifa (Israel).
Costa added it will return to Egypt “as soon as the socio-political environment will allow it”. --by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor