More Cruise Lines Cancel Egypt Calls

July 19, 2013

(4:00 p.m. EDT) -- Two more cruise lines are canceling all planned Egyptian port of calls for the foreseeable future. The country has been plagued by unrest for several weeks during a particularly volatile political transition. Clashes have killed at least 50 people and the situation is not expected to stabilize any time soon.

Holland America Line is replacing calls to Port Said and Alexandria. "We have been closely monitoring the developing situation in Egypt," a spokesman for the line told Cruise Critic. "As a result of the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning to defer all non-essential travel to Egypt due to continuing uncertainties regarding the restructuring of government institutions, Holland America Line has replaced calls in Egypt on several upcoming sailings."

Ships affected by the changes are Noordam, Rotterdam and Prinsendam. The Noordam's 11-night sailings departing August 15 and August 26 will both visit Ashdod and Haifa, Israel instead of Port Said and Alexandria. The 11-night sailing on October 20 will visit Haifa and Cyprus.

Rotterdam's 10-night cruises departing October 31 and November 20 will stop in Kusadasi, Turkey and Cyprus, while Prinsendam's two-week cruise on October 28 will call on Rhodes and Katakolon, Greece.

Avalon Waterways canceled all of its Nile River cruises through September. The line had previously canceled sailings through August.

These changes follow on the heels of cancellations by Thomson Cruises, AIDA and Discover Egypt.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor