Royal Caribbean to Cancel Turkey Cruise Calls

Royal Caribbean has canceled all calls to Turkey in 2017 due to security concerns.

Royal Caribbean International is the latest cruise line that will remove all calls to Turkey from its itineraries for the remainder of the 2017. Carnival Corporation’s Cunard Line and P&O Cruises are among other cruise lines that decided to stop sailing to the Mediterranean nation through at least the end of this year.
The Miami-based company says in a statement it made the decision because of the current unpredictability of events happening in the Mediterranean country, and that they aim to keep the safety and well-being of both travelers and crew members in mind after the series of terrorist attacks in the country in last year.
Royal Caribbean decided to replace calls to Ephesus, Turkey with visits to Montenegro and Greece. There is no further information whether customers who purchased shore excursions for their stop in Ephesus will be refunded by the company.
The ships that will change their itineraries include the Brilliance of the Seas which will visit Mykonos, Greece; Jewel of the Seas which will sail to Rhodes, Greece and Rhapsody of the Seas which will travel to Chania and Mykonos, Greece, or Kotor, Montenegro.
Royal Caribbean said that they will continue to closely monitor the situation in Turkey and will hope that they will soon “return to this popular port-of-call.”