Latest Greece Strikes Spark Cruise Itinerary Change

July 10, 2010

Update, 1 p.m. EDT: Windstar spokeswoman Vanessa Bloy says Wind Spirit called as planned in Athens today. We'll keep you updated.

What's the issue?

(July 8, 10:30 a.m. EDT) -- Greek workers took to the streets today in the sixth general strike of the year, protesting the government's austerity measures related to pay and pensions, as well as changes to cabotage laws. The strikes halted public transport in Athens, including trains and ferries, and planes were grounded this morning, reports the Associated Press.

Two cruise lines had ships scheduled to visit Athens today -- one has altered its itinerary, while the other called in the port as planned.

Which ports and ships were affected?

Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity, which was originally scheduled to overnight in Athens and depart today, left the Greek capital at Midnight this morning in order to avoid the protests. The ship is calling in Navplion today, instead. MSC Cruises' MSC Armonia did, however, call in the port today as planned, according to a spokesperson for the Italian line.

What's the cruise impact?

Cruise lines with ships calling in Athens later this week include Windstar Cruises' Wind Spirit on Saturday; Pullmantur's Zenith on Monday; and NCL's Norwegian Gem, Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Equinox and Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas all call on Tuesday. This latest strike lasts just 24 hours, so at this point, no other itineraries are impacted.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor