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Updated January 31st - Additional Cruise Cancellations Announced
Political unrest in Egypt has prompted the U.S. State Department to issue a Travel Alert for Egypt effective from now until the end of February. Cruise lines have been monitoring the situation and, in the wake of the alert, have made modifications or cancellations.
At this time Uniworld is canceling upcoming tours due to arrive in Egypt up to and including February 12, 2011, and customers may choose alternative tours or a full refund.
Clients who plan to travel on our Egypt tours from February 13 through February 28, 2011 have the option to cancel and rebook any 2011 Uniworld program. The full value of the canceled booking will be applied toward the new booking. Guests must re-book by March 31, 2011.
Viking River Cancels Cruises
Viking River Cruises' Egypt cruises are canceled through February 28 and guests booked on an affected sailing can rebook with no penalty or choose full refunds. (Read more)
Avalon Cruises also Cancelled
Avalon Waterways has canceled its cruises through February 28. Passengers booked on those sailings have the option of rebooking on an alternative sailing or receiving full refunds. (Read more)
MSC Cruises Alters Itineraries
MSC Splendida and MSC Magnifica were expected to call at Alexandria over the next few days, but they're being diverted. Magnifica will now call at Limassol, Cyprus, and Haifa, Israel, on Sunday and Monday, respectively. Splendida will call at Izmir, Turkey, on Monday.
Norwegian Cruise Line Alters Itineraries
Norwegian Jade was due to overnight in Alexandria on Sunday. It will now call at Istanbul.
Tour Operators Monitoring Conditions
All tour operators are monitoring the situation and it's safe to assume the majority of land-based excursions in the immediate future will be cancelled. Contact your travel provider directly for updates if your cruise or tour isn't mentioned here.