Will Korean Tensions Impact Cruises?

May 25, 2010

Seoul, Korea
What's the conflict?

(5 p.m. EDT) -- Following a lengthy history of conflict, South Korea announced Monday that it will sever trade with North Korea after a North Korean attack sank a South Korean warship, killing 46 sailors. A report by MSNBC says that the U.S. has offered its support to South Korea and will take part in two military exercises with South Korean soldiers off the Korean Peninsula. Read on to find out how your sailing might be affected.

Which ports and ships could be affected?

Cheju City, South Korea -- Costa Romantica (June 24), Seabourn Pride (June 28)

Mokpo, South Korea -- Seabourn Pride (June 29)

Seoul (Inchon), Korea -- Seabourn Pride (June 16)

Yeosu, Korea -- Seabourn Pride (June 18)

What's the impact?

Spokespersons for Royal Caribbean, Costa and Seabourn tell us there is no impact to itineraries at this time.

What should I do?

We'll keep you posted as we find out more. In the meantime, you can try contacting your travel agent or cruise line directly. Contact information for most lines can be found on our Contacting Your Cruise Line page.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor