Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bahrain Protests Spark Cruise Changes

Bahrain - Photo Courtesy Costa Cruises
More Cruise Modifications
Caused by Protests
Updated:  May 7, 2011

The U.S. State Department still has an alert on travel to Tunisia despite some stabilization of the unrest. It warns that  work stoppages and demonstrations could prove bothersome or dangerous for tourists.

Meanwhile, two cruise lines recently made calls in Tunis -  Holland America's Eurodam and AIDA's AIDAbella were greeted by the locals with festive music and roses.   The remaining cruise lines have not altered their original plans of skipping Tunisia ports this season.

Updated:  March 2011 Itineraries

Costa Cruises changes “Jewels of the Emirates " itinerary Costa Deliziosa and Costa Luminosa
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 Deliziosa - cruise sailing March 6 - 13 - 20, 2011 - New itinerary

Costa Deliziosa - cruise sailing March 27, 2011 - New itinerary

Costa Luminosa - cruise sailing March 7 - 14, 2011 - New itinerary 

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)

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