Italy Earthquake Not Impacting Cruise Itineraries

April 6, 2009
The U.K.'s Times Online reports that more than 90 people are feared dead, and that tens of thousands are homeless, after a 6.3 earthquake rocked the city of L'Aquila, in the mountainous Abruzzo region of Italy, early this morning.

The medieval town is about 70 miles, or 110 kilometers, northeast of Rome. However, the quake was felt in the Italian capital, waking residents there according to the Telegraph, and the third-century Baths of Caracalla in Rome reportedly suffered some damage.

Cruise lines calling on Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, within the next few days include Seabourn, Azamara, Costa and Oceania. At this point, none of the lines have announced changes to itineraries or shore excursion lineups due to the earthquake – though all have said they are monitoring the situation and will keep us apprised of any disruptions.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor, with reporting by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor