Crystal Cruises cancels Turkish ports of call amid security fears


Crystal Cruises has cancelled calls at Turkish ports amid security fears.
The cruise line is replacing stops in Istanbul and Kusadasi with Greek destinations ‘in response to ongoing security concerns for travel’.
The changes impact itineraries for Crystal Symphony’s April 24 and May 1 sailings.
The cruise line will also automatically cancel pre-booked excursions and said it is developing new ones.
Turkish ports of call scheduled for April and November aboard Crystal’s new luxury yacht, Crystal Esprit, will also be changed, but new itineraries have yet to be finalised.
“The safety and peace of mind of our guests are our primary concerns and we do not take any risks with either,” said Crystal CEO and President, Edie Rodriguez.
He said customers could continue their planned holidays ‘without the added worry of security in a particular destination’.
A suicide bomb blast in Istanbul on Tuesday claimed the lives of 10 German tourists.

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