Government Protests Fizzle in Bangkok, Princess to Call as Planned

April 14, 2009
According to a report, members of Thailand's Red Shirt movement -- which has crippled the city of Bangkok for the past three weeks, prompting U.K., Australia, Ireland and U.S. governments to issue travel warnings -- have called it quits after two were killed and hundreds were injured in a confrontation with military personnel Monday.

The demonstrations were enough for Oceania Cruises to say that Nautica will trade a scheduled call in Bangkok on Thursday for a stop in Singapore, but Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess will visit the port on Wednesday, as planned.

Cruises that call at Bangkok actually are docked at Laem Chabang, the country's deep water port; it's some 2 1/2 hours from the capital city and, therefore, was well away from the upheaval.

Reuters has reported that -- unlike December events, which shut down Bangkok's airport for a week -- the recent events had little, if any, affect on air travel.

We'll post updates as the situation warrants. Stay tuned.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor