|Bahrain - Photo Courtesy Costa Cruises|
Due to the critical situation in Bahrain, Costa Cruises informs you that the itinerary "Jewels of the Emirates" has been modified to exclude the call in Bahrain City. Will be included an additional night/day in Muscat, Oman.
Costa Cruises considers the safety of its Guests and crew members as a key priority and it is constantly in contact with the local and international authorities
Bahrain joins Egypt and Tunisia as countries of political unrest. The violent uprising has prompted government response and cruise line reaction.
Tanks roamed the streets in Bahrain as the government cracked down on anti-government protesters. Public gatherings were banned Thursday as violence escalated. Five protesters were killed and hundreds wounded during the rioting.
Violence prompted Costa Cruises to alter cruises on two ships in the area. Costa Luminosa and Costa Deliziosa are currently sailing Middle East cruises out of Dubai and will sail modified itineraries this week. Planned calls to Bahrain City will be replaced by an extra day in Dubai. Further modifications are expected for next week's sailings, but details were not currently released.
U.S. Comments on Protests in Bahrain
The United States is very concerned by recent violence surrounding protests in Bahrain. (click title for U.S. Embassy statement)