Mediterranean Cruise business on the ebb.

During our cruise beginning in Venice in mid November we experienced what they are talking about in this article, in that all our Turkey ports were canceled and replaced by three more Greek ones and one in Montenegro.

"Fears of terrorism in parts of the Mediterranean basin have sent the region's share of global capacity to a 10-year low, according to the report by Risposte Turismo, a cruise research firm based in Venice.
Only 15.5% of cruise ship capacity will sail in the Med this year, down from 18.3% last year and 16.4% in 2007.Francesco di Cesare, president of Risposte Turismo, said the decline is the result of a mix of factors, among them the "no-go zones for cruise ships," which currently include destinations such as Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt."

Tags: Europe - Mediterranean

5 Answers

Can You really blame the travellers, At one time part of the rite of passage after high school was a tour of Europe or Middle East. Now? safety is a priority. We see comments about the dangers of Nassau from some folks. I had friends cruise in the Med a few years back.. they missed half of the ports due to violence and the threat of terrorist.

The best thing the cruise lines can do right now would be to include air fare and build packages for those in Europe to cruise in safer zones.

Just a thought.

Such a shame. I was surprise by how much I enjoyed my visit to Turkey back in 2004. Honestly speaking, I wouldn't mind going to Izmir again, even right now. Would love to see the people there that I befriended. I'd visit Istanbul again too. As far as the terrorist a-holes, if it's my time to go, it's my time to go, where ever I might be.

We did travel to Turkey in 2014 & enjoyed the ports of call there. If the cruise line deems it unsafe to visit, I don't want to travel there. I did visit Israel in 2016 but the cruise line cancelled our stop in Egypt.

It is a shame, the Med is such beautiful place to cruise and visit. I'm glad I have cruised there a couple times before things got bad. I will still go back to the Med but will stay away from trouble spots. Some cruise lines have canceled Med cruises and moved the ship in for the Alaska season as cabins were not booking.

Mexico got the message when ships didn't go there for a brief while. Cruise lines will not place their passengers in danger for the sake of a few pictures.


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