First Crystal Cruises announced on Friday that it would be re-routing its ships away from Istanbul and the beach resort of Kusadasi, citing “ongoing safety concerns” for the change.
Today MSC, an Italian cruise line, also said it would be suspending its calls in Turkey. It said the decision would affect MSC Magnifica’s itinerary, with weekly calls to Izmir and Istanbul, from March 29, 2016, being replaced by ports in Greece — Athens and Mykonos.
“This decision was taken by the company amid growing concerns by guests as a result of the recent tragic events in Istanbul,” said an MSC spokesman. A bomb explosion at the heart of Istanbul claimed the lives of 10 people, including nine German tourists, on January 12.
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Crystal has revised its itinerary for Crystal Symphony’s sailings on April 24 and May 1, introducing Greek ports of call.
“The safety and peace of mind of our guests are our primary concerns and we do not take any risks with either,” said Edie Rodriguez, CrystalCEO and president. “The itinerary changes will allow our guests to continue with their planned holidays in the same standard of excellence and luxury, without the added worry of security in a particular destination.”
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Turkish ports of call scheduled for April and November aboard Crystal’s new luxury yacht, Crystal Esprit, will also be changed, the company said, though the new itineraries have yet to be finalized.
For both Crystal Symphony’s sailings, pre-reserved Crystal Adventures will automatically be cancelled, while the line is in the process of developing a host of new shore excursions, which will be available in the online Guest Check-In/Priority Check-In & Planning Centre (PCPC) at crystalcruises.co.uk.
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