Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

Has anyone cancelled a cruise out of fear?

We were talking last night and wondering if many others have canceled cruises due to political unrest in the world?  With the Middle East being so destabilized for so long now and perhaps even getting worse and spreading it makes eastern Mediterranean travel pretty dicey. We really enjoyed our previous cruise visits to Egypt, Oman, Israel, Tunisia and Turkey. Probably never get a chance to do that again. Now, yesterday, the most visited city in the world, Paris, really got hammered.    

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Ewoodspark
Contributor Level: Captain

Never actually cancelled a cruise due to political unrest, but furthermore I would never book a cruise that had ports in Muslim countries. We were looking at a NCL Canary Islands cruise, but as one day the Epic docked in Morocco, my Wife refused to even consider the cruise. I am fully aware that atrocities can happen anywhere in the world, but I like to play the percentages.

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

Wow, that leaves a lot of the world out Ewoodspark.  For instance, the world's largest Muslim population is in Indonesia, the second largest is in India and in Malaysia over 61% of the population practices Islam. Most of the cruise line cabin crews come from Indonesia (HAL has a training school in Jakarta) and the Philippines. Philippines only have 5% to 10% Muslims, I understand most are Roman Catholic.

During our three trips to Oman, Salala and Muscat were two of the cleanest and safest cities we have ever been in. Too bad Oman is so close to Yemen. Our visit to Morocco was great and we felt safe, 2008, it included days in Rabat, Casablanca and their resort city Agadir, Iike you say though, you never know where danger lurks and I would probably think twice about Morocco nowadays. We have done a lot of Africa, probably the western countries are safer than the eastern and northern ones but the only two I would like to return to are South Africa and Namibia. One has to be very careful of a lot of South America as well, and Muslims have little to do with the dangers there.

I really liked our visits to Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey, multiple times, but sure glad we did them before Arab Spring.       

 

 

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

No I have never canceled a cruise. But I have not booked a couple based on what's going on.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

No I have not.  Ships will change ports if conditions warrant it.  I am booked on a world cruise and we are headed to places of unrest.  

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

 

That is so correct. We have encountered situations like that a number of times.

The one I most hated to miss was visiting Tripoli after Tunisia. We had been warned that Libya hadn't confirmed our visit for sure but things looked good. To the point I even asked friends if they wanted me to give their regards to Omar Kadafi when I saw him. Alas--Libya decided Canadian and US passports couldn't come ashore. We accounted for over 50% of the guests. HAL's policy is that if 50% can't, no one can. So we got Malta instead.

At Honiara on Guadalcanal they had an election just before we got there. Didn't go too good as they were shooting each other in the streets. So we spent the day on the water in front of the beach looking at Henderson Airfield, sailing Iron Bottom Sound and taking in an all day lecture from our Pacific War expert about all the naval battles and shore battles in the area. Lucked out though in that we got to go ashore instead up at Rabaul at the top of the "Slot" which was even better.

A year ago we had to bypass Dakar due to Ebola on Senegal. Got a third Cannery Island stop though, which was better since we had did Dakar before.  

 

 

 

 

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

Two other concerns that might really impact the cruise industry, rendering some cruises dangerously inconvenient and air transport to and from even more undesirable. This is at Dubai and the Ancient City of Petra, if this sectarian and political unrest continues to unravel.

More and more cruise vacations continue to begin or end at Dubai due to its appealing and logistical geographical location--"For generations, international fliers have stopped over in London, Paris or Amsterdam. Now, they increasingly switch planes in Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi, making this region the new crossroads of global travel. The switch is driven by both the airports and airlines, all backed by governments that see aviation as the way to make their countries bigger players in the global economy."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2013/03/04/middle-east-becomes-the-worlds-new-travel-crossroads/1961565/  

On one of our cruises we disembarked at Dubai. Stayed an extra day on the ship and toured Dubai then flew non-stop over the pole to San Francisco where we connected with Alaska Airlines and onto our home in Anchorage. Sure would be a shame if this air route isn't available anymore and we have to go back to the London, Paris or Amsterdam mess again.

It might already be too late for one of the truly great sightseeing experiences ever for us in our travels, which was the ancient city, Petra, which is Jordan's largest tourist attraction, an historical and archaeological city in south Jordan, just a hour or so from where our ship docked. Named the Rose City for good reason (due to the color of the stone). A water carved narrow gorge makes for a very impressive entrance (in places only 3–4 m (9.8–13.1 ft) wide) called the Al Sig ("the shaft"), It is a mile or so walk (most must walk it). After passing through the cut I was met with a breathtaking sight, Petra's most elaborate ruin, Al Khazneh, (known as "the Treasury"), hewn into the sandstone cliffs.

The Russian airliner was downed not that far from Petra on Sinai Peninsula just west across the Gulf of Agaba. The Egyptian Sinai resort cities like Sharm el-Sheikh on the Gulf of Agaba have already lost their visitor markets as a result. 

 

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