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The crisis in Syria has had its first impact on cruise line itineraries as Holland America Line skipped calls in Haifa and Jerusalem this week citing “the uncertainties of possible military action against Syria and the potential of resulting Syrian attacks on Israel.” as reason for the itinerary changes.
The line replaced these calls with visits to Bodrum and Antalya, Turkey, and Nafplion, Greece.
We previously reported, in Must be Summer - Egypt Calls Canceled, that Noordam had replaced port calls in Port Said & Alexandria with these ports in Israel due to the unrest in Egypt.
Unrest in the Region
As tensions rise in the region, cruise lines and governments will be closely monitoring developments and making adjustments and recommendations as warranted. As always, regardless of where you are traveling, citizens of the United States and all countries, should be vigilant of their surroundings while abroad.
Here are some resources to help you stay up to date on developments:
We will continue to monitor this developing story as unrest continues to impact the travel industry.