Celebrity Cancels Turkey On Galaxy's Summer Itineraries

February 4, 2004
Turkey is still feeling the fallout from last autumn's terrorist bombings in Istanbul as Celebrity Cruises now joins Oceania in announcing it will drop planned calls to that city and to Kusadasi as well. Celebrity Galaxy, which had planned five itineraries next summer featuring Turkish ports, will replace those stops with Dubrovnik, Croatia and Taormina, Sicily. 
Last week, Oceania Cruises had said it would replace Istanbul and Kusadasi. Instead, its Insignia will offer, as substitute ports of call, destinations such as Piraeus (for Athens), Mykonos and Santorini in Greece; Amalfi, Siracusa and Messina in Italy; and Valletta in Malta.
Princess Cruises was the first to announce it would replace Istanbul with Rome on Star Princess' 2004 itineraries. Star Princess will, however, continue to call at Kusadasi. Royal Princess, which plays a more exotic role for the cruise line, will, for now, keep Turkey on its autumn schedule.
Among major cruise lines offering Europe this summer, Royal Caribbean is the only other company to bypass Turkey -– but its change in plans for Brilliance of the Seas was made prior to the bombing in Istanbul. Otherwise, officials from lines such as NCL, Orient, Crystal, Seabourn, Silversea and Radisson Seven Seas report that Turkey's ports are still on their 2004 itineraries.