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Holland America Line Cancels Entire Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Season

October 18, 2013
(7:00 a.m. EDT) -- Holland America Line has canceled an entire cruise season next year as a result of ongoing unrest in Egypt.

The line has redeployed ms Noordam to central and western Mediterranean cruises for spring and summer 2014 rather than the Eastern Mediterranean.

In July, HAL cancelled all port calls to Egypt throughout the rest of the season, prompting the line to alter all the ship's itineraries. HAL is notifying passengers and travel agents of the changes.

Passengers can select any 2014 Europe 11- to 14-day itinerary and receive the same stateroom category for the original cruise fare paid, plus a shipboard credit based on the stateroom category previously booked. Passengers booked on longer voyages will also be offered comparable sailings and a shipboard credit.

A statement from HAL said: “We sincerely regret impacting the travel plans of those guests already booked and are committed to making the process of rebooking to another sailing as smooth as possible. All guests may choose to receive a full refund if they elect not to rebook.”

-by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor



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