(5 p.m. EDT) — Following a warning from the U.S. State Department, Carnival Cruise Line has canceled calls on the port of Izmir, Turkey, on all upcoming sailings of Carnival Vista, the line’s newest and largest ship.
Instead, all voyages through October will visit Kusadasi, Turkey, which is not included in the government-issued advisory.
“Several of our sister cruise lines have called there in recent weeks with very positive feedback,” Carnival said in a letter to passengers booked on Vista’s May 14 sailing from Barcelona to Athens, informing them of the change. The letter also cited Kusadasi’s proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus, a popular bucket list attraction for visitors.
Izmir was specifically named in a March 29 travel advisory from the State Department, which warned against unnecessary travel to southeastern Turkey due to an increased risk of terrorist activity targeting American travelers.