Cunard Line, P&O Cruises Cancel All 2017 Calls to Turkey

Originally published in Travel Pulse News by PATRICK CLARKE | DECEMBER 06, 2016


PHOTO: Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock) 



Turkey’s tourism industry has been dealt some heavy blows of late in wake of deadly terrorist attacks and an attempted coup this past summer. But it seems the hits keep coming.

According to Cruise Critic, Carnival Corporation’s Cunard Line and P&O Cruises have both confirmed the cancellation of all calls to Turkey for the upcoming year.

“After careful consideration, we have taken the decision to remove Turkey from all itineraries in 2017 for both Cunard and P&O Cruises, based upon various sources including advice given by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office,” the cruise lines revealed in a statement.

The brands also said that the calls in Turkey will be replaced with stops in Greece and Albania.

While the news is sure to disappoint travelers who were looking forward to spending time in Turkey, Cunard and P&O aren’t the first cruise lines to pull out of the troubled destination. 

Some cruise lines — including Disney Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises and MSC Cruises, among others — canceled calls in Turkey this year following a series of high-profile incidents.

The U.S. State Department continues to warn Americans of “increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.” 

“U.S. citizens should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country,” the department said in a travel warning issued Oct. 29.

Meanwhile, the U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises “against all travel to within 10 kilometers of the border with Syria and to the city of Diyarbakir.”


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