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."
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.