November 9, 2015
Editor's note: The president of the Maldives revoked a state of emergency yesterday (November 10) after less than a week, after widespread international condemnation and concerns about its impact on the country's tourism industry.
(10:50 p.m. EDT) -- Civil unrest and security issues in the Maldives -- which forced the country's president to declare a 30-day state of emergency beginning November 4 -- have caused at least one cruise line to change its course.
Oceania Insignia has canceled its November 9 call at the archipelago's capital city of Male. The ship will instead visit Colombo, Sri Lanka.
"The safety and security of our guests and crew is paramount," the line said in a statement. "Due to recent civil unrest and security issues, the Maldivian government has declared a state of emergency for the country. In an abundance of caution, we decided to change to our itinerary and cancel Insignia's upcoming call in the Maldives and replace it with a call in Colombo, Sri Lanka."
The U.K.'s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has told British travelers to take extra care in the Maldives, and avoid large gatherings, protests and rallies. The Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has also told Australians to exercise a high degree of caution on Male Island. The U.S. Department of State has not issued any warnings.
Regent Seven Seas' is scheduled to call at Male December 2. The line has not yet announced any itinerary changes. We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.
--By Gina Kramer, Associate Editor