Cruise line cancels calls in Ukraine and Egypt

Alexandria in Egypt and Odessa in Ukraine to suffer
MSC Cruises says it is suspending all remaining 2015 and winter 2016 calls in both Ukraine and Egypt. The cruise operator said other destinations including Bulgaria, Rhodes, Crete, Cyprus and Israel will feature instead.
The move has been prompted by concerns over political unrest in both countries, as well as falling demand.
MSC Opera’s 12-night Eastern Mediterranean sailings this year will see Rhodes and Heraklion in Crete replace Alexandria. The three departures affected are on September 28, October 10 and October 22.
MSC Sinfonia’s 12-night Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea sailings from Genoa will see Burgas in Bulgaria replace a stop in Odessa. Two departure dates are affected, on September 17 and October 11.
MSC Fantasia’s 11-night Eastern Mediterranean sailings are also subject to change, with Rhodes and Heraklion again replacing Alexandria. A total of six departure dates are affected: December 17 and, in 2016: January 8, January 30, February 21, March 14 and March 25.
In addition, Egypt port calls have been removed from the repositioning Grand Voyages of MSC Sinfonia and MSC Musica when the ships leave Europe in October and November and head for their winter home ports in Durban and Dubai. MSC Sinfonia will instead visit Heraklion as well as Eilat in Israel, while Musica will call at Heraklion.
TTG Digital
[pictured: Odessa, courtesy Visit Ukraine]