While Israel’s most senior ministers are weighing up ceasefire terms in the Gaza strip, cruise lines have diverted itineraries to avoid the region.
Cruise Critic has reported the following amendments to ship itineraries:
The ship will no longer visit Ashdod on 21 November and Haifa on 22 November, but will call into Santorini and Rhodes, Greece and Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey instead.
Two overnight stays from 19-22 November in Ashdod and Haifa have been cancelled with the ship calling into Athens, Mykonos and Rhodes, Greece and Limassol, Cyprus instead.
Celebrity Cruises have issued a statement saying, “Should the situation in Israel make it necessary to bypass port calls to the country, we have identified suitable alternate locations where Celebrity ships may call.”
“We will continue to closely monitor developments in Israel and will contact guests or their travel agents should we make any modifications to upcoming itineraries.”
Smart Traveller has updated their advisory for the Gaza Strip, including surrounding areas and the remainder of the West Bank to ‘Do Not Travel’ on 17 November 2012 due to a high risk of terrorist attacks, mortar and rocket fire.