Political unrest continues to plague the world as Libya becomes the latest country with political demonstrations against the existing government. On Friday opposition forces and government troops clashed causing several deaths and injuries.
Azamara Quest, one of the line's two 694-passenger ships, will visit Libya's Al Khums and Tripoli during a Mediterranean voyage that begins on Oct. 16, 2012. This will be the only voyage with Libya ports of call.
Azamara Club Cruises announced changes in 2010 which include more immersive port visits. More than half of all their port calls in 2012 will feature late night and overnight stays. The overnight stays make it possible for guest to experience the vibrant nightlife in those ports of call.
Other destinations featured in the 2012 program include the Baltic and Scandinavia, British Isles, Western Europe, French and Italian Rivieras, Greek Isles, Croatia, Holy Land and Black Sea, as well as Asia,South America and lesser-traveled islands of the West Indies,
For the first time ever, Libya will be a port of call this Fall on one of the ships.
Crystal Cruises announced that the 1,080-passenger Crystal Serenity will visit the Libyan port of Tripoli during the vessel's 11-night "Italian Splendor" voyage from Venice to Barcelona that begins Nov. 16. The voyage also includes calls in several Italian ports including Naples, Civitavecchia (for Rome) and Livorno (for Florence) as well as Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The recent reversal of Libya's longtime ban on American tourists is behind the addition of a Libyan port to both cruise line's schedule. We will want to continue watching Libya as the political unrest could jeopardize these plans.