Tsunami Impact Continues To Reverberate

January 19, 2005
Following is a round-up of the most recent itinerary changes for ships sailing in South Asia as a result of damage caused by the devastating tsunami late last month:

Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 2, now making its way around the world on its annual world cruise, has cancelled just one call so far. That's a February 21 visit to Padang Bay in Bali and is, according to a statement, a result of the U.S. Department of State's travel warning that advises against travel to Indonesia.

For the February 11 - 26 sailing on Swan Hellenic's Minerva II, the ship has dropped its call at Port Blair on the Andaman Islands. According to a statement, "damage sustained in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been quite extensive." The ship will be extending its stay in Phuket, whose port and town, located on the island's sheltered east coast, and the shore excursion menu has been expanded.

In contrast, Fred. Olsen, whose Black Watch is sailing in the region, has cancelled a two day call at Phuket; instead it has added a call to the Malaysian port of Georgetown, Penang (February 2 - 3) and Port Klang for Kuala Lumpur (February 4).

Star Cruises, which had already announced altered itineraries for its SuperStar Virgo and SuperStar Gemini, announces it will maintain the revised schedule at least through February. It has eliminated Phuket and is calling instead at Malaysia's Langkawi and Penang.

We'll continue to provide updates as cruise lines announce them, particularly now that world cruises, all of which do visit the region, have begun their 100-plus-day voyages.