Tuesday, 8 March 2011

RCCL brands alter port calls away from Egypt


RCCL brands alter port calls away from Egypt

By Donna Tunney
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., parent of Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International, has altered the itineraries of several cruises with port calls in Alexandria, Egypt, due to continued uncertainty in the country.

Azamara Club Cruises' Azamara Quest, which sails from Dubai on April 24, will spend an extra day at sea and call at Santorini, Greece, rather than Alexandria.

The ship's May 6 departure from Athens (Piraeus), Greece, will substitute an overnight in Rhodes, Greece, and call at Paphos, Cyprus.

Additionally, when the ship departs Haifa, Israel, on May 16, it will call at Paphos, Cyprus, and overnight in Rhodes.

The Celebrity Silhouette will substitute Haifa, on cruises departing from Rome (Civitavecchia) on Aug. 22 and Sept. 3. On its Sept. 15 sailing from Rome, the ship will arrive in Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel, two days earlier than planned.

Its Sept. 27 cruise from Rome will substitute Limassol, Cyprus, and Haifa. And its Oct. 10 departure from Rome will include a call at Haifa and an overnight in Jerusalem.

The May 11 and June 4 and 28 sailings of Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas all will substitute either Ephesus or Istanbul, Turkey, calls in place of Alexandria. The Istanbul calls will include an overnight.