Cruise Ships Alter Itineraries to Avoid European Strikes

November 13, 2012
(1:09 EDT) -- At least three cruise lines have altered ship itineraries to avoid possible complications from widespread strikes, scheduled to hit Greece, Portugal and Spain starting November 14.

"We were aware of the upcoming strikes and proactively made changes to some itineraries," Cynthia Martinez, director of global corporate communications for Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, told Cruise Critic. RCCL is the parent company of Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.

Celebrity Constellation, which was scheduled to call on Vigo, Spain, on November 14 will instead spend the day at sea. The ship then visits Portugal on November 15 and stops in Vigo on November 16.

Royal's Independence of the Seas will forego a scheduled visit to Lisbon on November 14 in favor of a stop in Lanzarote, Spain.

Seabourn also has made a change, bumping up Seabourn Legend's call on Palma de Mallorca to November 12 from November 14.

The general strikes are expected to last three days and disrupt air travel as well as public transportation.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor