Update: Another Cruise Line Alters Mideast Itinerary

October 10, 2012

(9:00 a.m. EDT) -- Norwegian Cruise Line (formerly known as NCL) has cancelled all scheduled ports of call in Egypt for Norwegian Jade between November 21 and April 17, 2013. The ship will visit Egypt three times before then, however.

According to Norwegian, feedback from guests and lingering concerns about the situation in the Middle East facilitated the company's decision to pull Egyptian ports from Jade's itineraries. However, the line has not cancelled the ship's visits to Alexandria and Port Said on sailings departing October 20, October 31 and November 10.

After November 21, Jade's 10-day sailings will call in Istanbul, Turkey and Naples, Italy instead of Alexandria and Port Said. The 11-day itinerary will visit Naples as well, plus Iraklion, Crete.

Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Holland America, Oceania and Silversea have all altered itineraries over the past month, skipping stops in Egypt, as well as Tunisia.
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor