Greece Strikes Prompt Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

June 29, 2010

What's the issue?

(4:50 p.m. EDT) -- On Tuesday, Greek workers took to the streets in the fifth general strike of the year, protesting the government's austerity measures related to pay and pensions, as well as changes to cabotage laws. A blockade of the port of Piraeus stranded ferry travelers, reports the AFP, and air and rail travel was also impacted. The violent strike injured several police officers, and buildings in Athens had their windows smashed.

The two cruise lines with ships scheduled to visit Athens today altered itineraries to avoid calling at the port during the strike. Previous protests this year forced MSC Cruises and Princess Cruises, to rearrange port calls.

Which ports and ships were affected?

Dawn Princess called in Athens on June 25 to avoid visiting today in the midst of the strike. Calls to Kusadasi, Istanbul, ANZAC Cove and Santorini were reordered to accommodate the schedule change. Dawn Princess visited Santorini today and is now en route to Venice.

Norwegian Gem added a call in Santorini today in place of its scheduled call in Athens. The ship will instead visit Athens on July 1, replacing the scheduled call in Nafplion.

What's the cruise impact?

Cruise lines with ships calling in Athens later this week -- including Azamara, Celebrity, Oceania, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, Silversea, Windstar -- report that no itinerary changes are planned. However, all lines are keeping an eye on the situation and are prepared to adjust itineraries to keep passengers and crewmembers safe in the event of further unrest.

--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor

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