Update: Turkey Protests Catch Cruise Lines' Attention

June 19, 2013

(Update: 7:45 a.m. EDT, June 21) -- Costa Cruises has again pulled port calls in Turkey due to political unrest and protests that have flared up around the country. A statement from the line read: "On 18 June Costa Crociere decided to substitute the call of Costa Fascinosa ... in Izmir (originally scheduled on 19 June) with a call in Athens/Pireus and the call in Istanbul (20 June) with a call in Marmaris [on June 21]."

Although asked, the line did not specify whether passengers would receive compensation for the altered itinerary. Costa said it is monitoring the situation very closely but did confirm that upcoming cruise itineraries in Turkey on Costa Fascinosa and Costa Deliziosa currently remain unchanged.

(3:00 p.m. EDT) -- Cruise lines are keeping a close eye on Turkey as protests in Istanbul, Ankara and other cities continue to flare up. Today, AIDA announced it is canceling the June 18 scheduled visit to Istanbul.

Instead of Istanbul AIDAaura will visit Athens (Piraeus).

"The company is carefully and continuously monitoring the situation in Turkey," a spokeswoman said. "It is constantly in contact with the local and international authorities to guarantee the safety of its operations and to attentively monitor how the situation is evolving… If required by the circumstance, we will evaluate any further possible itinerary modifications."

Earlier this month Costa Cruises replaced a Costa Fascinosa call to Izmir with a stop at Kusadasi (both in Turkey) and opted for a call at Athens, Greece, instead of a scheduled visit to Istanbul.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor